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RATINGS: 197   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4457) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Extremely muddy/dirty pour, reddish brown. One finger of sandy tan head. Malty/bready nose, spicy alcohol and piney hop nose. Convoluted dirty character. Flavor is a mess, rich and piney, phenolic and warming alcoholic notes. More body than necessary, compounds with an oily hop character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 18, 2011
On tap at Biercafe / Belmont Station with mcberko, pours a hazy clearn brown / orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet candied dark fruits, caramel malts, molasses and syrup. Palate is a little cloying, all around decent flavours though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcberko (10565) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 14, 2011
On tap at Biercafe / Belmont Station, split with Matts_Property, pours dark amber / reddish brown with a small beige had. Aroma of dry caramel malts, some mild vinous qualities. Flavour is very sweet caramel malts, with dry vinous qualities to contrast. Medium-complexity, with a syrupy palate and cloying sweetness. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12408) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Tap sample at CBW 2011. Poured cloudy light brown color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, earthy and fruit aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture with soft carbonation. Medium to heavy complex bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish and small alcohol burn of moderate to long duration. This is a solid complex brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. This style is one I’ve been reluctant about for a while, since I usually want either the full-on hop bomb of an IPA or the bigger BW. Still, something about Epic’s rendition struck me as I found it very well balanced and ingratiating. Dark, sticky, almost oily pour with lacing everywhere along the glass. Lively, fruity nose with pungent hops coming across less bitter than weedy. Sweet caramel malts in the nose are more accentuated in the taste, and it’s here that the hops become a bit more piney. The overall effect is of brightness, and makes for an enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Fiery burnt tangerine, auburn, and crimson pour with a small eggshell head. Nice mix of bright floral hops and gooey caramel malt. Get the citrus pith, rind, and pulp in this along with slight pine presence. Honey, toffee, and brown sugar balance out nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (40504) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2011

Bottle 22fl.oz.

Unclear medium amber colour with a average, frothy, fair lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, grass, orange - citrus, hops. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110918]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (11704) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2011
Bottle at papsø. clody brown, small offwhite head mild malty aroma, well rounded. flavor is malty, dry, hoppy, like a barley wine

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (14660) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2011
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Clear red/brown - white head. Knækbrød, citrus, high malty, ok bitterness, sweetness, light roasted, nice hoppy, caramel, citrus. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ben4321 (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 9/25/11, Release #7

Aroma: The nose is sweet and sugary, with caramel malts, roast, fruity notes, and some hoppy undertones
Appearance: This one pours a murky, almost dirty, amber-brown color with an off-white head and good lacing
Flavor: Tastes more balanced with the mid-plus caramel sweetness, fruit flavors, and low-mid hop bitterness
Palate: It is medium bodied with a mouthfeel that’s sticky sweet (not quite cloying, but it does detract a little)
Overall Impression: Overall, I thought this beer was decent, but I just wanted it to be a little bit better. I would have prefered some more presence from the hops and a little less of the (almost) cloying sweetness, as it was a little hard to get past. To me, this one was more like a Barley Wine then an Imperial Red. It is a decent offering, but honestly, I wanted to like this one more then I did.

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