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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
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A lot plus a little more. Batch #4 is an Imperial Amber.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUL 12, 2011
Thanks Matt for sending this one out. A pour from a 750 ml. gave a deep reddish color with some light head. Aromas were of some citrus and sugar. Smooth and full bodied in your mouth with a tad bit of carbonation. Flavors were very good with dark cherry, sweet crystal malt, bitter earthy hops. Slight resinous character also to this beer. Good long finish of the afore mentioned flavors. A good imperial red for sure if you are into this style.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ajcobb24 (20) - Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Appearance - Pours a dark brown into a snifter. Aggressive pour produces about one finger of head. Super sticky head that sticks to the sides of the glass for a long time as it is swirled around. Smell - Not impressed. A sweet malt smell that is ruined by burnt oats or coffee beans. At this point was really hoping not to relive my World Wide Stout experience. Taste - Not impressed. Just another cookie cutter malt taste that could have had something going with the sweet tinge at the end of the sip if it werenít ruined by that burnt nut/coffee taste at the end. Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with some hidden carbonation coming to life in the mouth. Sticks to the insides of the mouth and to the epithelial lining of the throat as it makes its way down. Overall - I am really trying to support my hometown brewery here, but so far I have had two forgettable brews from Cigar City. 110k and Jai Alai are not anywhere near the best beers in their respective categories and are not beers that I would like to try on a regular basis.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11104) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2011
on tap-pours a light brown head and black color. Aroma is sweet roasty medium/dark malt, resin. Taste is sweet roasty medium/dark malt-cocoa, resin/citrus hops with slight bite. Slight syrupy mouth feel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jzzbassman (1516) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Bottled. Poured a nice red with a big fluffy white head. Big caramel aroma. Flavor is smooth and alcohol is well hidden, with brown sugar, malt, and grapefruit.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (21072) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 10, 2011
Bottle at Theis og Mette. Dark brown coloured with a small off-white head. Fruity aroma of hops and pine needles with notes of caramel. Fruity flavour of hops, grass and pine nedles with notes of vanilla. Hoppy finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (13537) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2011 Bottle at home - Tasting (Thanks to Plovmand). Cloudy red/brown - offwhite head. Raisins, cocoa, chocoate, peachy, mango, high fruity, alcoholic, amber malts, grassy, ok hoppy, sparkling, soay, Lovely.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (6514) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2011
Bottle from Hopscotch. Thanks! pours dark reddish brown with a medium light tan head. Sweet fruity aroma with notes of sweet caramel, peaches, mango, pineapple and citrus. The flavour is sweet fruity with notes of caramel, exotic fruit and a nice bready dry kick.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2011
Deep amber color and pours with a really nice thick fluffy tan head. A good amount of scattered lacing sticks to the glass. This is big on the malts for sure, with a lot of sugary toffee and caramel. Slick and fairly sweet going down but with enough resinous hops to give it some balance. Itís got some roasty bitterness thatís welcomed, although it still gets a little sticky in the finish. Not even close to Batch 3 sticky sweet. Just a hint of leafy citrus mixes in. Iíll be the first to tell you I donít really find the idea of an Imperial Amber all that appealing but this one is a pretty good beer. Doubt Iíll have it again but I did enjoy it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9225) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Deep red pour, off white head. Lots of sweet resinous notes up front followed by caramel malt and brown sugar notes. Flavor is sweet with loads of caramel, brown sugar, alcohol. Pretty nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2011
750 ml bottle via trade with smith4498 - Pours a hazy brown color with a 2/3 finger thick light tan head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is toasted malt and dark esters. Flavor is full of esters and lightly sweetened toasted malt. The fruit lingers in the finish with a tad bit of hops. Medium body. Thanks Jason.


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