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RATINGS: 185   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


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
humlelala (1036) - DENMARK - SEP 18, 2011
(Sample at Papsø’s) Pours a slightly hazy copper amber with tan head and lace. Aroma is a fresh herbal hoppy complemented by a strong, malty sweetness. Just like a red ale should be. Medium carbonation, full-bodied, oily texture and a short sweet finish. Taste is less harmonic - a bit muddled impression with the sweetness and bitterness being present but not really playing up to each other as well as in the nose.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (21505) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2011
Bottle at Papsø. Hazy orange red coloured with a medium sized off-white head. Fruity aroma of caramel, hops and pine needles with notes of cookies and dark chocolate. Fruity flavour of caramel, hops, pine needles and dried fruits. Dry hoppy finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (32001) - 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 (29846) - 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 (25083) - 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 (2758) - 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 (3011) - 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 (1177) - 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.


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