evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber into snifter. Pours a cloudy amber with caramel hues toward the bottom of the glass. Malty nose with some floral and light citrus plus a hint of soap. Smell was fainter than expected coming from a thick head with nice retention; but I like the combination of hops and malt I get from the nose. Taste is all malt up front and not the caramel tasting malt I’d expect from a hoppy red/ASA; taste is more of a butterscotch malt. There is a strong showing of piney and resin hops on the finish. A very well balanced brew.
camborne (595) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Citrus and some dark spice on nose. More hops than I expected but that’s ok with me. Nice malt backbone with some warming alcohol burn on finish
MrHangover (1850) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Deans Winter Shelter Tasting, courtesy of Vaiz. Pours a clear amber beer with thin white head on top. Aroma is piney hops, combined with earthy aroma’s as well. Slightly spiced. Flavor is medium bitter, caramel and long lasting aftertaste. Great winterwarmer for sure. Another great AleSmith beer!
Arve_Christian (2482) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika, abv 8,5%. Copper colored, good foam. Aromas of malt, caramel, dried fruits, hops and some vanilla. Medium/full body & high complexity. Some immediate sweetness- good balancing bitterness- overall well balanced. Very enjoyable
KansaiBeerLvrs (924) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle picked up in Sweden & shared at Asahiya’s Chrisas Party - best before 12/31/2014. 8.5% an Imperial Red Ale. A lovely red with a beige head & a caramel + citrus aroma. Great fruity taste, herbal & floral hops shine with a solid caramel body. It was a big hit which knocked people’s socks off.
superspak (1930) - Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/8/2013. Pours lightly cloudy reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, tangerine, pineapple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, floral, pine, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and dark malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, tangerine, pineapple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, floral, grass, slight pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Slight floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange zest/ring, tangerine, pineapple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, floral, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and well balanced hop and dark malt flavors; with a moderately crisp bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and fairly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent imperial red! All around awesome balance and complexity of hop and dark malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
worldbeertaste (1408) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper brown with a red tint and a white, lacy, lasting lacy thin head. Smells of zesty hops, fruit, and orange. Nice and fresh. Sharp full nice refreshing full hop zest with a dry bitter fruity finish. Bitter. A great IPA.
Benzai (5881) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from bottle @ Deans Winter Shelter Tasting. Clear dark amber color, small off - white head. Smell malts, hops, resin, spruce. Taste malts, hops, resin, spruce, bitter. Medium body and carbonation. Lovely!
jmgreenuk (2724) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Deans Winter Shelter Tasting. Poured a reddish dark amber with a thin bubbly white head. The aroma is big hop varnish. The flavour is medium to strong bitter with a sharp hop bitter slightly alcoholic woody palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation.
deanso (4200) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample @ THT tasting courtesy of SIC1314.
Thin white head. Clear amber pour. Nice hoppy beer. In balance. Very nice
kermis (3769) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Dean’s Winter Shelter Tasting. Pours clear amber with a light tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, raisin. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter, a real malt bomb. Medium to full bodied with light carbonation.