Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle in Breck with friends and family. Poured a murky copper with an off-white head. Smell is marshmallows, graham crackers, brown sugar, roasty malt, grapefruit, and light alcohol. Taste is sweet caramel, marshmallow, a touch of cocoa, and hops with a huge, lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel is creamy with medium carbonation. Pretty tasty strong ale.
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled out of a bomber. A big time red ale that has intense malts. Limited carbonation and really a nice warmer on a breezy night.
sneaks2210 (46) - New York, USA - JUL 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a beautiful, somewhat cloudy garnet with a creamy 2 finger head.
Has a powerful sweet tropical fruit aroma. Loads of mango/pineapple, piney and spicey, very resinous. There is also an intense amount of malt sweetness.
The taste is of a pine cone dipped in caramel. Again there is an abundance of juicy tropical fruits with an extreme bitterness taking over at the end. Full bodied and a bit boozy. This is a monster of a beer!
thicksuds (449) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 3, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Solid Imperial Red, it is classified as a strong ale but def. is an imperial red, and its a good one at that, smells great, fruity and bitter, taste is very bitter, and full, hops are intense, nice yeast component as well adds to the flavor of the brew, one of the better reds I have ever had. Top notch!
jglanton (18) - Yorba Linda, CA, California, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’m assuming that this is the same as "Tongue Buckler Imperial Red".
Pours a rich dark red amber with a medium frothy white head. Aroma of spruce, leather, soy sauce, caramel. Taste has a light sweetness, heavy bitter, and a touch of sour. Full body, a little thick, medium carbonation. Finish is long bitter that fades to a clean sweetness.
Overall the bitter hops and alcohol initially overpower the palate, making it somewhat overheated for the medium richness of this red. I would ask for more body and flavor, or a little less hops, to balance this. Perhaps some aging will bring this to nirvana. Some time left resting in the glass improves the balance. As it stands, the excellent finish keeps me sipping this to the end.
Tasting Note: When sampling the aroma, avoid drawing a full clod of the head into the nasal cavity. The carbonation mines the sinuses with astringent submunitions, followed by an explosion of piney darts between the eyes.
Niko100 (2659) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich amber/ruby color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, caramel, pine hops, & citrus; Flavor of sweet malt, rich spicy hops, caramel/syrup, and citrus (notably grapefruit); Finish is bitter with some alcohol; Nicely balanced & complex; Quite hoppy imperial red - pretty good.
JStax (5095) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bomber into a brandy snifter. Aroma is loaded with resin, citrus, pine, grapefruit rind amber malts, and toffee. Taste is primarily the citrus and resin bitterness but also has a hefty malt backbone that brings everything together. Long sweet bitter juicy finish.
madmitch76 (21802) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
25th July 2010
Hazy brown - red beer. Nice creamy off white head. Soft smooth palate. Toffee caramel malt base for very nice hops. Piney, grassy. Sweet pineapple and a little spice. Whilst your enjoying the hops the malt turns soft and creamy. Finishes soft and fruity. Top notch red.
beerbastard (841) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big pine hop hit with malt in the nose. This assualts the taste bubs right away. Lots of hop flavors follow by the malts, notice chocolate in the middle, very bittersweet with a dry finish. Pretty good but proably won’t get it again
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours a dark reddish color with a beige head. Aroma is of lots of bitter grapefruit, pine, caramel and sweet malt with some bready notes. The flavor is quite bitter with nice bitter grapefruit and pine, with a nice lingering bitterness, with the caramel and sweet malt with the bready notes. The body is medium with a dry mouth feel. Overall a pretty tasty Imperial Red, and it kind of reminds me of Arrogant Bastard.