italarican (1470) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared at the NY Meet the TURD tasting; thanks yobdoog! Pours a dark amber with creamy beige head. Aroma is fairly one-dimensional of butterscotch. Boozy with lots of butterscotch. Cloying and syrupy. Apparently Imperial Amber = barley wine to induce diabetes.
vtafro (2810) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown pour with red tint. Earthy and grassy hop tones and malty sweetness. Barleywine?
alex4r (72) - - APR 19, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a brown muddy color. Very sweet nose, malty almost to a fault. The hoppiness does come through. A sweet stickiness on the palate. Overall, just too sweet for me, although it is an interesting brew and I am glad I was able to try it.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of drabmuh. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.
Pours a semi-dark red color with a nice off-white head. Some spottylacing on the way down. The nose carries some nice pine hops with a bit of fruitiness and bread in the background. The flavor adds in some lights caramel. Good bitterness and a bit too much malt body. Much better than 110k batch 3, though I prefer Tocobaga.
Hair6a11 (1315) - Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; Pour is murky dark brown / amber with a fine bubbled khaki head in this glass - some spotty lacing here. The nose is caramel, toast, pine, and cherry skins. The flavor profile is the prototypical cigar city malt profile of toasted malts, caramel, brown sugar. There is a heavy hop profile of pine and hop resins, with a large dose of dark fruit here as well. It is a bit refined, but this was a nice experience.
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Pine-y hop resins ride along toasted malts in this very sweet and chewy strong ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam sits atop the cloudy red.
-Cranberry-like fruitiness contributes some depth.
-Portly caramel doesn’t have the refinement some Barley Wines or Scotch Ales can have.
-Lightly acidic angles create confusion.
-The soft carbonation makes the residual sugars feel even heavier.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2012
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
From notes. First reviewed 8/22/2011. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Thanks to bauermj for sharing this bottles.
A dark, murky, cranbeery liquid enters my tulip with a good amount of thickness and viscosity for an amber. A medium thickness tan head rests on top, leaving some lace behind on the glass.
The aroma is full of caramel and amber malts. Very sweet, with some resiny pine and a bit of grapefruit bitterness hiding in the background.
This is supposed to be a hopped up amber ale, but all I get is a sweet, syrupy malt bomb. Tons of amber malt impart a malty sweetness, and there is a good amount of caramel and toffee as well. Toward the end some pine and even less grapefruit hops step in, but they cannot prevent the malt tsunami from totally wrecking my palate. A bit of ethyl alcohol lets me up the ABV is up there.
This has a full body, with creamy carbonation with a little bite. There is a little heat from the obvious alcohol, and it is syrupy-sticky.
Batch 4 is an even bigger culprit of being a malt bomb than Batch 3. It just is not that good. After having enough to sample, everyone thought better of it and dumped the rest of the glass.
Ughsmash (7087) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle. Poured medium garnet-tinted amber with a nice, sticky beige head.. looked great! The aroma picked up tottering, redder fruits, and biscuity notes with a floral bouquet and grapefruit meat around.. warm undertones worked well. The flavor found drawn caramel, lots of dark fruit, and a kiss of mead at the core.. peppery alcohol and broken-down fruity hops around.. spicy finish over muddled malts. Heavier-bodied and a bit syrupy on the palate, but highish carbonation kept it moving.. just a little too much going on, but it was aiight.
sunevdj (3128) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear brown. Hoppy with aromas of grapefruit and spruce. Could have fermented some more? – Still good. Soft carbonation. Full bodied with an oily mouthfeel.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Mike.
Pours a thick, gooey amethyst amber with a nose of hairspray, isopryl alcohol, malted bread, and strawberry jam. Flavor is malted strawberry and bready jam. Thick on the tongue. Good beer.