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RATINGS: 183   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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This beer is very popular! Extremely complex and strong at 7.1% ABV. This beer is well balanced between the caramel-malt driven profile and the dry, supporting hops. Look for hints of dark bread and a slight fig or raisin taste all backed by a strong resin, but not overwhelming hop presence.

Release #1,5 - 8.0% ABV
Release #2,7,10 - 7.8% ABV
Release #3 - 7.4% ABV
Release #4 - 7.1% ABV
Release #6 - 7.9% ABV
Release #8 - 8.1% ABV
Release #9,12 - 8.0% ABV
Release #11 - 7.3% ABV
Release #13 - 7.7% ABV


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (30909) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2011
22 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy to murky amber/red with a small off-white head. Aroma is crisp hoppy, fruity and pine. Sweet, dense malty, fruity, bitter and light yeasty. Bitter and lingering hops fruity yet dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29224) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2011
Bottled. A murky dark golden beer with a thin orangey head. The aroma has notes of hops, citrus fruits, and malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, hops, lemons, and straw, leading to a bitter finish. OK, but nothing special.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2011
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of nimbleprop. Pours a cloudy amber with a creamy beige head. Sweet caramel aroma with a twist of citrusy hops. Medium body, dry and almost astringent fruitiness with lots of citrusy hops leaving a bitter finish. Nice. 180911

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (2679) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Release #7. Pours a dark amber, murky with a red tint, lots of floaters. The head is creamy tan which covers the beer throughout and laces nicely. It has a wonderful crisp pine hop aroma but the flavor is quite different. A ton of malt up front, sweet with caramel and molasses. The hops come on later and balance the beer very well. Very good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (2980) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 9, 2011
From a bottle poured a dark amber color with a fair amount of head. Strong sweet malty flavor with a quick finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sherm1016 (1132) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown color with an off white head and lots of lacing. Aroma is malty, toffee. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, caramel, with a hint of piney hops, and a slightly spicy hop finish. Pretty complex. Tastes sort of like a barley wine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2011
It’s definitely an above-average ale, but I wouldn’t say anything really stands out about this one. A bit of a quaffer as far as imperials go...

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
p1meatloaf (208) - California, USA - AUG 23, 2011
From bomber into pint glass. Bought from the brewery 5 days ago. 2 finger beautiful light brown creamy thick head from a decently aggressive pour. Looks very thick dark ruby red in light. Smells of some floral hops with a bit of a roasty maltness. Tastes exactly how i thought; thick, floral, creamy, dark, and a little roasty. Deliciously smooth on the palate and great lacing all up the glass. Overall 8 of 10. I thought it just didn’t have enough hop bitterness to be an Imperial but definitely enough malt depth. I guess great IRAs dont always need that much hops, but im just a hop head from San Diego who kinda expects it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2011
22oz bottle. Release # 7. Poured a cloudy mahogany color with an averaged sized off white head. Lacing left on the glass. Aromas of caramel, some citrus, roast, earth, and floral. Tastes of caramel, citrus, toffee, light earth, and malty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2011
Release #7 Pours an opaque, deep dark ruby color with mahogany edges and a 2.5 finger beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of lace left behind. Dank, earthy aroma with lots of resinous, oily hops. Lots of soily pine needle character that is countered by some sweet chocolate and other dark malts. Hints of chocolate, toffee, biscuit and caramel as well as some dark fruit, especially dark cherry. Decent balance of malt and hops without the malt profile overpowering things. Chewy bodied and much fuller than expected for the style with a strong dry, bitter, earthy hop presence up front that lingers over the sweet malt backbone into a slightly dry finish. Some resinous floral/pine needle flavor that is countered by a very strong malt backbone with tons of chocolate and subtle roasted malt. Hints of toffee and biscuit as well as some tart dark cherries. The sweetness is a nice balance to the bitterness from the hops. The malts are a bit prominent for my liking but this beer is still well balanced and pretty quaffable considering the ABV.


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