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RATINGS: 204   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2804) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stimulus (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Release #7. 7.8% ABV. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a deep amber/red with a one finger tan head. S: Hoppy with some caramel malt in the background. T: Floral hops give way to sweet caramel and toffee malts. There is no alcohol bite and very low bitterness; the beer’s focus is on the hop profile. M: Smooth, medium bodied, and well carbonated. O: For a style that isn’t really well defined, I’ll judge this based on the fact that it is listed as an Amber/Red Ale, and it is a slightly stronger, hoppier version of a Red Ale. This is nothing at all like Nugget Nectar, but it doesn’t try to be; instead of citrus, floral and sugary flavors fill this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pressboxjoe (395) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Bottle into small snifter. Pours pretty but cloudy with a persistent head that really didn’t even want to diminish from a good finger to a half. Whiff of a typical imperial red hit me from a few feet away - sweet, malty, nutty, bready. Strangely, the aroma died down pretty quickly and I had to turn to the bottle to get a better sense of it. There I found a pleasant, resiny hoppiness. Flavor: malt is the first thing. A little roasty even, sweet and ever so slightly tart. Lots going on though - resiny hops gain foothold in the flavor, and there is what i think is a great balance of sweet and bitter. Now I have to say, although I didn’t start drinking this supercold, over the course of the first half glass the aroma has returned, floral, and the flavor has become more pronounced, which is great. Some cherry. Bitterness increasing, definitely a dry finish. Somewhat reminiscent of Yakima Twilight although I think this is more subtle. A tasty introduction to Utah beer!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
abcfan (890) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2011
Good brew. Pours deep red/brown with a nice tan head. Aroma is mostly caramel with some faint hop character. Tastes like eating a slice of dry wheat bread with a dry sticky finish. Would drink again, nice for the style.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12011) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2011
22oz bottle-shared by jtclockwork–pours a retaining light tan head with trailing lace and copper color. Aroma is resin, medium malt-roasty/caramel. Taste is resin/orange hops, medium malt-roasty/caramel/hint of cocoa.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (13493) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2011
Bottle shared with Jcwattsrugger. Pours mahogany. Tan head. Nose and taste of hops, pine, dark breads, resin, cocoa and sweet malt. Bready malt and cocoa finish with some pine. Medium body. Solid.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 21, 2011
#4 from dave 1/2/11. reddish brown. hazy. small white head. it smells of toffee... and lots of it... nearly burnt! also, aromas of toasted nuts, roast, grapefruit, pine and pecan pie show up. the flavor is the same but really dry and crazy hoppy. crisp and delicious!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JUL 18, 2011
One malty bastard. Big red that’s very smooth and creamy. Not much in the way of hops or the nose. Go through a series of smooth hops...creamy, smooth.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (5294) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2011
22 oz bomber from Spirits Brick. Poured a good looking deep red/brown body with a full frothy beige head that lasts the entire duration of the beer. Aroma of pineapple, sweet candi sugar, caramel, molasses, slight alcohol. Full mouthfeel with a creamy finish, soft carbonation and a touch of alcohol warming. Flavor grains, alcohol, molassess, burnt brown sugar, toffee. The was pretty yummy.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1778) - Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2011
Location/Date:Bottle from Whole Foods, shared with Dave 7/3/2011.

Appearance: Pours a red brown cloud.
Aroma: Aroma is of hop and citrus.
Taste: Strong bitterness front, medium malt back.
Palate: Medium body, somewhat lingering finish.

Summary: A nice imperial red, and I’m always a sucker for this style.


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