onceblind (4078) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark mahogany under a thick rocky off-cream head. Wonderful nose of chocolate covered cherries and a sharp tartness of red fruity berry, atop a mildly bitter floral hop resin. The flavor is a wee bit on the mild side, and starts with a mild-ish caramel maltiness...but then halfway through it turns into a chocolate cherry cordial flavor, with a pseudo synthetic strawberry creme flavor reminiscent of chocolate-cherry ice cream. Very nice and interesting. Finishes with a light touch of chocolate.
jkwalking05 (3759) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Light brown in color with a decent sized beige head. Aroma is of caramel, strawberry, almost candy-like, honey, brown sugar, and a hint of piney hops. Taste is of strawberry blending to caramel, light raisin, faint earthy notes, honey, and juicy orange. I usually HATE amber ales...this is a GREAT beer.
Stuedmaster (213) - Vista, California, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bomber from Frazier Farms. Ruby red pour with one inch beige head that lasts and leaves lacing. Aroma of brown sugar, grapefruit, resin, floral, hay, bread, and caramel. Flavor is sweet and bitter at the same time, with the bitter winning out in the end. Too many high alpha hops for me, tastes like Cascade and Centennial with too much grapefruit flavor. I detect some roasted grain and coffee notes in the finish. Overall kind of nice but I’m not crazy about it. I like the 6.66% abv. the number of the beast.
TheHOFF43 (1752) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Alesmith. Pours a hazy amber with khaki head. Aroma is strong caramel, floral hops. Flavor is fantastic caramel and hops. Floral, citrus and caramel blend with a terrific mouthfeel. Great beer.
Ibrew2or3 (6910) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have wanted to try this for a long long time. So glad it is now bottled. 22oz bomber pours with a nice clear deep ruby red to amber body the supports a firm tan head of foam. The aroma offers up sweet malts, some sweet nuttiness and then a hoppy mix of black licorice, pine resin and floral hops. The taste is nice and rich with a pleasing malt to hop balance. It has slick sweet malts, some sweet nuttiness and then it gets into pine hop resin, bitter floral hops and some hoppy spicy dankness. This is all going so well together and attains a tasty balance between malty sweetness and hoppiness. Well done.
conway (1435) - - FEB 21, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark amber/ruby with a persistent fluffy light tan head. Aroma is excellent. Spicy floral hops, caramel and candy. Taste has an unfortunate rubbery note at first but that fades a bit. Piney hops, orange peel and Smarties candy. Deep caramel finish. Thick chewy palate and relatively light carb. Awesome.
Ughsmash (7137) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Poured rich blood red with a short-lived beige head. The aroma picked up semi-sweet biscuit and caramel notes with nice dank floral hop accents.. a kiss of peppery spicage on the back of the nose. The flavor found sweet caramel and bready malts at the core, with fresh floral and lesser herbal bitterness around.. sweet-ish on the finish, yet dry, with great balance. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.. sweet, but it had enough fresh, tasty hops to cut through and balance it out.
OPIE788 (336) - Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Copper/red color with little head. Bitter hop that mostly covers up a burnt sugar flavor. Wish it was the other way around.
DougHnut70 (65) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bomber into a tulip on Valentine’s Day of course! Pours a dark, cloudy red that has a bright red shine when light shows directly through it. Smells sweet like Sweethearts candy with the sayings mixed with a great IPA. Complex tastes of honey, pine, citrus, roasted malt, tiny bit of some tasty roasted carmelized malt throughout drinking. Starts sweet, goes malt, and vice versa. Very VERY smooth, medium carbonation. Now I’m sure it’s the best red/amber ale(s) - maybe because I can only get a few bottles once (or twice if you count Evil Dead Red) a year. This year I bought half a case because I felt greedy when I saw it. If you see this - highly recommended.
zach8270 (3472) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle - 22 oz) Copper pour with a thin head. Bitter hop aroma with some light caramel notes under it. Flavor is pretty much the same. Bitter hops without the citrus that I’ve been enjoying. More bitter and dry with some light caramel hints.