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RATINGS: 423   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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.ís (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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - 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 - itís tough to say why itís so good, but it is damn good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (8355) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2012
A very nice red ale, dk why I always forget to rate my ballast point beers. Hoppy, not quite a tongue buckler but close.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Bottle. Cinnamon candy spiciness, red delicious apples, pine sap and grapefruit juice hoppiness in the nose. Medium-full body, sweet with strong bitterness and a raw hop grassiness. Fruity and citric, somewhat alcoholic and strongly spicy. About what you expect of hoppy amber barley wine, thereís nothing wrong with it technically but the aroma and flavor arenít enjoyable for me.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8184) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Bomber. Pours clear mahogany, looking like orangy-brown fall foliage through indirect light. Nose is rich, heavy resiny hops and a huge malt bill. Almost barleywiney nose. Tastes very astringent and resiny, with a huge hop bill that tells me the 107 claim is likely right on the money. The malt is there, but cannot match the hops in this. Mild vinous fruit flavors late, and some caramel malt, but the hops are center stage here. This one is unique, but way too astringent to be great.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8125) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 14, 2012
Clear red-chestnut to mahogany beer under a huge yellow head, leaving lace. Very orangey nose, sugared oranges on liqueur and orangepeel, point of mineral aroma, some banana, and lots of dry hops. Bitter, with a background of caramel and toffee. Faintly roasted and very hoppy flavours. Bit leafy/earthy retronasal. Dry-out effect, medium bodied. Nice red ale, Californian style (meaning hopped to the gills). Txs to the people at Linda Vista!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7884) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (7831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2014
22 oz. bottle, pours a cloudy dark amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is well-balanced between intense caramel malts and resinous hops. Flavour is quite robust, with loads of resinous hops upfront, balanced by just enough caramel malts. Intensely hopped, but tastefully done. Robust and extreme imperial red ale. Excellent.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (7694) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2013
22oz bottle, shared with friends during a game of Catan. Best by: 4/17/14. Mostly clear dark red color. Fine dark particles in the body. Thin beige head. Few dots of lace. Bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Lightly sticky. Moderate sweet taste, some sweet taste of booze. Spicy hop. Some light caramel malt. Good longer spicy hop aftertaste, good tropical fruity notes. Pretty good. Grows on me as I sip.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (7374) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Sampled at the 2014 Untapped festival in Fort Worth. Pours a clear deep red with a yellowish brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has notes of grain, toffee and grass. Flavor has more grass and a bit of pine backed by grain and toffee.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7233) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 9, 2011
On tap @ Radio Maria. Beautiful russet orange amber, thick lacy tan head. Sugary malty sweetness, spruce tips, orange rind, subtle spiciness. Incredibly long bitter finish. Big bodied, sticky, resinous. So good!


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