bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Somewhat a perplexing ale. 12 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip since I have no clue what to serve an IRA in. Deep amber red with orange edging. Whitish head that rings around the glass then moves along. Smell is underwhelming at 50 degrees. Taffy, caramel,fresh biscuit. Taste, however, is great and robust. Hop complexity you wouldn’t believe; pine resin, grass, lemon, grapefruit, ripe orange. Matched with a hearty malt bill that beefs up the body and sweetens the brew. Finishes big and clean with a hint of honey. Final thought: a barleywine by any other name would taste as sweet...
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"This imperial red was 3 mo old but tasted and smelled older. Too bad, cause the malts used were really nice, with a Carmely fruity nutty sweetness. There were some citrus hops and bitterness left but they were obviously faded. Fresh, I think this may be in Oskar blues territory, but has a short shelf life I guess..."
Errl (1681) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle..Pour is dark brown with a thin head with bubbes..Nose is nutmeg, dry, cinnamon, spice. .Taste is caramel, spice, dark fruit, dry, dusty..
djd07 (3820) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Gibson. Pours a cloudy orange with small frothy off white head that lasts. The aroma is strong floral and citrus. Medium mouthfeel wth nice resin and pine with light bitterness. Very nice.
superspak (2771) - Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/13/2012. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, floral, grass, light pine, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of citrus/tropical hops and balanced dark/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, floral, grass, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of juicy hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/hop flavor balance with zero cloying after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and fairly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial red ale with age. All around great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
alexsdad06 (5802) - Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle in Oct. 2012 and again late Dec 2013. Pours a clear dark amber brown with a thin beige head. The aroma and flavor have toasted malts, caramel, resiny, earthy, some citrus hops, herbal notes, fresh it was a bit hot, interesting enough and still not doing too bad.
Sledutah (5019) - Utah, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle thanks to Timbo
Pours clear dark golden with a medium sized off-white head and some lacing. Aroma of malty, caramel and ripe fruit. Tastes of caramel, sweet malt, woody and pine resin
A nice beer, close to a barleywine but lighter. No noted alcohols, smooth.
tfratzke (56) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of caramel, butterscotch. Reminds me of a barley wine. Beautiful copper orange color. White head fades fast. A little syrupy in a good way. Taste is bitter piney resinous caramel. A nice sipper.
drsordr (1206) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vertical tasting provided by alexsdad06, 8000, 9000, 10000, and goes to 11. Bottle pour copper. Nose some grassy and resin hop. Faint malt. Taste grassy hop up front. Fairly thick mouth. Sweet mid malt. Some spicy hop late. Actually the only one in the series that we drank the whole bottle.
gschrade (767) - Collinsville, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this at Global Brew. Pours dark amber with a off white head. Taste pine, fruity, citrus. I thought this was good. I would drink this again.
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pushkinwow (2062) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Capones. Dark amber with an off white head. Reminds me of an old ale but slightly mellower with a red/amber tinge - lots of malts, old resin hops, boozy, some pit fruit and cherries lend an odd base to this, mild carbonation and moderate+ body, fruit, quite a bit on the finish that warms you up at the end. Interesting. And a last thought - pineapple of all things!