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RATINGS: 441   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 107   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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100 IBUs
Bottled Version: 107 IBUs, 10%

Prepare to walk the plank to an Ale of overwhelming proportions. More hops & more malts than any land lubber can handle. After this experience...your tongue will be buckled. The I.B.U.’s (International Bitterness Units) are off the scale on this ale. Be forewarned, those with a timid palate, this is not a wee beer! Handcrafted in small batches for those sailing the seas in search of great ales.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7898) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 20, 2011
On tap at Stone. Pours with a hazed amber brown body and a small, off-white head. Aromas of apple, caramel and fruity hops. Flavors of cotton candy, orange, bitter and a grassy dry hop character. Medium to lively bubbles. Firmly bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4609) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 16, 2011
Pours a lightly hazy orange amber with a medium creamy off white head. Aroma of sweet malts, dark fruits and American hops. Toffee too. Flavor of the same. Sweet and malty with a hop punch.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (6073) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Draft at bierkraft with baby streets for ballast point event. Pours a dark, deep hazy red body with light white lacing. Aroma is vanilla and fresh hop. Mouthfeel is smooth and almost creamy with notes of hops, and vanilla finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Macegan75 (744) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Sample of a 2009 bottle from John Welsh. Pours a brownish red with slightly lighter colored head and some lacing. the nose is crystal malt, candy sugar and slight fruity ketones, first sip is well balanced but still slightly boozing. I can’t imagine how hot this beer must have been two years ago. The finish is sweet but slightly dry. Not bad.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2011
(On draught at Moto). Pours mahogany with off-white head. Aroma of mango, grapefruit and cereals. Taste is bitter with a really nice, sweet malt backbone. Full bodied with sticky texture. Finish is bitter. One of the best imperial reds I’ve had.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Poured a reddish amber. Very nice clean look to it. The nose is malt with some wheat and a little fruit. The taste is malt up front with a little apricot and wheat on the back. Has a medium body and a dry mouthfeel with a sweet dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Bottle:   Deep amber, moderate to large frothy white head, very nice lacing.   Candied citrus peel on the nose, otherwise some hop, pine, and sweetened grapefruit.   I would go so far as to say some caramel as well.   Sweet rindish start, citrusy, hoppy, with a caramel malt background.   This is pretty friggen tasty!   Very warming, almost too warming.   Some alcohol presense on the backside is very apparent.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Could stand to be a touch maltier to balance it out even more.   But as is, its not a hop bomb which I am very thankful for.   I think this as a Double Red is close, its not overly hoppy, however it could use a bit more malt.   As is, warming, citrusy, and packs a huge punch.   Thanks Ron for this California treat!


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8837) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2010
Tap at Rattle N Hum. Deep amber-red pour. The nose is really solid. Soft sweet malts with a lot of bright fruity/spicy hops. Fresh and hoppy with a lot of grapefruit/orange citrus behind it all. Chewy, resinous palate that alternates between grapefruit and pine. Sticky hop oils and softly toasted/rye-like malts. Bright and fresh - it’s tough to say why it’s so good, but it is damn good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5927) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Thanks to kaiser81 for sending this beer my way. The beer pours a reddish-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is caramel and toffee malts with some nice fruit tones. The aroma smells very sweet. The flavor is caramel and chocolate malt with a good amount of orange and pine hops. The malt backbone goes very well with the strong hop profile. Medium bitterness overall. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (12519) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 11, 2010
A: The pour is amber though it leans more toward red than anything else. The head has a slightly tan hue and leaves some nice lacing. S: A blast of dank, juicy grapefruit is the first thing to hit the nose. The intense citrus and pine hop aroma lasts throughout the sniffing process, and is mixed with some brown sugar and caramel. T: The hop flavors, particularly the grapefruit, are not quite as bitter as I would have expected. There is a definite sweetness to the beer, provided by some caramel malts and a brown sugar taste. There is some decent bitterness on the finish, however. M: A medium to full bodied beer (for the style, anyway) with a crisp carbonation and bitter finish. D: The alcohol doesn’t necessarily show itself in the course of the smelling or tasting of the beer, but it does make itself known (and not surprising at 10%). Still a nice beer, but it can sneak up on you.


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