nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from a bottle. Murky amber red color with an off white head. Aromas were of sweet malt. Medium and nice mouthfeel. Mild bitter hop presence along with the crystal malt sugar. Not a whole lot else going on. Pleasant beer but would not search it out.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to kiefdog. poured amber with a white head. aroma was floral, caramel, and some slight pine. flavor had a big malt backbone, citrus, and pine. body was medium with low-medium carbonation. I wish that I would have drank this fresh.
nick76 (4257) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is strong with citrus and pine hops as well as caramel malt and a bit of candy sweetness. The appearance is deep amber with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall a really good amber.
daknole (9437) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish pour. Cream head. Lots of caramel, golden raisins, sugar cookie aroma. Flavor is full and slightly sweet. Tons of caramel malt. Great for the style.
Travlr (13231) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2011 Hazy brown color, beige head. Aroma of plain caramel. Taste of bitter pine. Interesting.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 3, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle courtesy of Markwise!). Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head. Arom has lots of citrusy hops, sweet malts and hard candy. Taste follows suit with the maltiness and some hoppy bitterness. Medium bodied with a sticky texture. Bitter finish. Not bad, but not my cup of tea.
storminorman (78) - Arizona, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice red color. You can snell the hops. Very smooth. There is a subtle caramel flavor and a sweet finish.
Leighton (11841) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at CPK, London, thanks to Paul. Pours rich ruby with a foamy, off-white head. Toasty malt aroma with plenty of hops. Fully sweet flavor in this guy, heavy malts, bread, some toast. Yeah, just big toast and sugar. Full bodied with average carbonation. Mild warming finish with very good balance. Plenty sweet, some pine and grapefruit. Very solid.
Jlo7399 (217) - Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours red with white head. Smells of floral hops. Taste is strong grassy hops with a solid malt backbone. Alcohol is apparent in this one, but not overwhelming. A little sweetness is detected but a nice bitterness is left by the aggressive hopping of this one. Delicious.
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2011 Bottle. Deep amber color with a thick off-white head. The aroma is nice; shows a caramel and pine needle dominant scent but with also some grapefruit and a touch of toffee. I must say, this is probably better than I thought it would be. Nice and clean, not one of these over the top Imperial Red/Strong Ales with one too many ingredients. There’s definitely some caramelized sweetness but not overdone, along with pine hops, a little citrus, and a toasty component. A little bit of the 7.4% shows in the finish as this warms up a bit but not much of it. I’ll be the first to admit the strong(er) Red is not really my thing but this was quite solid.