English mild ale malts were the main building block for Crazy Bet. Several different caramel malts were used, adding additional sweetness and a deep ruby color. Numerous hop additions throughout the boil of Columbus, Mount Hood, and Nugget combine to add both a balanced bitterness and intense aromas. Additionally dry-hopped in the fermenter with more Columbus and Nugget, Crazy Bet Imperial Amber is sweet upfront and bitter in the end. Just like her namesake. We think she’d like it.
Drake (9454) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a clear copper-red color with a large tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of toasted malts, nutty notes, herbal hops, mild stone fruits and caramel. The taste is nutty notes, citrus, toasted caramel malts, bitter hop finish. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness. Solid beer.
Foxbush (1368) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber This was purchased at Tom Leonard Market. They have been stocking COTU beers and others. The strong ale or Imperial amber ale poured with huge frothing tan head and lacing down the glass. The ale poured a deep amber color with a slight haze. The aroma of caramel malts and spruce. This is a big ale and one of COTU’s most complex beverages. The medium body ale had lively carbonation. The finish was smooth with only modest bitterness. I hope they continue to produce big beers like this one.
Kinz (3395) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Missed this on draft at the brewery, but managed to stumble across a bottle. Medium to deep amber, some chill haze. Pretty creamy looking head, very compact. Caramel malty aroma with a kick of piny hops. Flavor is a match - gummy caramel malts, followed by a pine and earth hop bitterness. Really quite enjoyable. Well done.
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