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RATINGS: 467   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 107   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (9988) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle from Lueken’s Liquors. A smooth mouthfeel, with an initial maltiness followed by a pleasant citrusy hop finish. Well integrated blend of malt and hops, the perfect imperial red beer. Another master craft from this brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Tap at Churchill’s in San Marcos. Pours a clear amber to near red. Moderate lace. Nose is red fruits, toffee, brown sugar, fruit juice. Hints of sherry. Taste is syrupy, sweet, sticky, moving to sharp tanginess with brown sugar and lemon maple. Lemony and toffee finish. Pretty intensely sticky. Very sharp mouthfeel. Long sticky plus resiny bitter finish. Headache inducing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (9103) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9046) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2015
2015-03-14. Dark amber body with a nice foamy beige head. 3+ Moderate aroma, hoppy. Light fruit and vegetation. Flavour is fairly bitter, a bit rough actually. Green hop character lingers long into the finish. Average bodied palate, good carbonation. Okay, sort of rough hop character overall. Bottle shared at beerhugger’s tasting.

Overheard: "1994 was the best year for music ever." - IPFreely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (8954) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 20, 2014
Draft - Caramel and piney hops. Clear amber with a rich beige head. Up front bitterness, caramel and a bit sweet. A little too bitter but still nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (8903) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8801) - 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, there’s nothing wrong with it technically but the aroma and flavor aren’t enjoyable for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8799) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8798) - 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.

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