umich03jm (3374) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear darkish orange color with a nice amount of creamy head that lingers a long time. Nice complex aroma. Getting tropical fruit, cherries, pine, caramel malt, toasted malt, and grapefruit. Taste is pretty intense up front. Huge hop taste, mostly tropical and citrus. Moderate bitterness comes through in the middle along with a big caramel malt flavor. Finish is smooth and a bit creamy, big alcohol warming from the 11% abv but it’s not too harsh. Pretty thick mouthfeel and a bit oily too. Very interesting Imperial Red. I really liked this.
gregwilsonstl (1896) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Piney aroma. Dark amber. Very hoppy. Thin head. They have secret ibus. Medium body.
Tinco (609) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful deep red, amber color with a frothy off white head that disappears pretty quickly. Sweet malts, orange, some alcohol. Bitter taste, sweet orange, sweet malts, some alcohol in there, caramel, toasty, some pine at the back sweet juicy hops. Not too impressive but overall a great brew!
shrubber85 (10224) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Orange malt and light citrus peel aroma. Amber with small head. Very sweet orange and strongly bitter orange peel flavor. Sweet and hoppy.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Almost clear brown with a pocked beige head. Nose is pine, caramel, orange peel and gin. Resiny, medium to full body, some warming; i’m surprised it’s not sticky at all. Taste is mostly bitter and hoppy but subdued with barely noticeable toffee and honey. Grapefruit pith, tangerine and quinine; more depth as it warms. A big beer with balance.
radagast83 (6943) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Finally just decided to jump in and have a bottle for myself, at 11% you taste virtually every single ABV in the brew. Aroma is raw hop character, definately some pine comes out on this one, with some citrus character to it. Alcohol burn in the back of the throat makes this one less pleasant than it could have been had they not tried to get this to 11.
sherm1016 (1271) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from Downer Wine and Spirits. Pours a reddish brown color with a tan head. Aroma is hoppy, tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, some pine. Medium on the palate with smooth carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, bready, caramel, some pine hops, with a light, bitter hop finish.
mteehead (9) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2012 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours a dark copper color. Even a novice like me can pick out the pine and citrus aroma. The alcohol is present but masked slightly by the hop aroma and calmed by the malt.... but it’s definitely there. After a few big sips of this one, I’m glad I have 11 more bottles of it!
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours amber red with small off white head. Aroma is sweet bready malt with lots of hops. Taste similar with a nice balance of sweet malt and hops, a bit syrupy on the mouthfeel. Really good beer
DiarmaidBHK (4085) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at mad mex Monroeville. Pours orange with a thin white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Slight citrus note on the nose. Definitely hides its 11% well. A bit of hop flavor on the tongue. Finishes clean. I was kind of bored with this one.