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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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (4965) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1747) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (11784) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2011
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness, citrus and fruittiness. Palate was medim bodied and crisp with a smooth finish. Flavors of carmel, earthiness and light fruittiness with a smooth lingering carmel finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2011
Release #6, 7.9% ABV. The pour is a translucent, rusty, ruby color with a beige, moderately full, pillowy, frothy head which is somewhat lasting and leaves nice, sticky lace. The nose is quite fragrant and pleasant with lots of floral, resinous, slightly piney, some toasted caramel, dried apricot, and passion fruit. The flavor is similar with lots of resin, dark caramels, slight passion fruit, some light roast, dried apricot still, and faint notes of pecan. The palate is fitting with a moderately full body, nearly lively carbonation, and a round, velvety mouthfeel. The beer finishes resinous, drying, still sweet with caramel, and slight roast and dried apricot. The beer carries both a moderate bitterness and a moderate sweetness with the bitterness winning out but very slightly. Truly emphasizes what a good imperial red should be; complex malt richness balanced by complementary hop flavors and a firm bitterness. Certainly never overpowering in strength or hop bitterness, which made for a very likeable and drinkable beer. Certainly brings something different to the table from many other similar beers and a refreshing change from the other beers from this brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
adnielsen (10199) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2011
Bottle @ home. Dark burgundy appearance with a light brown head. Quite potent caramel malty, lightly piney, moderately hoppy nose. Fairly strong caramel malty, organic hoppy flavor. Toffee, caramel, bushy flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beaver (1510) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2011
22oz bottle, release #6 - 7.9% ABV. Pours a hazy amber reddish brown with a small off white head that diminishes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts and reisny piney hops.

The flavor is sweet toasted caramel malts with some dark fruit and a good amount of piney resiny hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice big hoppy red. It’s more toasty than expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewDad (5169) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2011
22oz Bomber – Trade – Douglas88
reddsh Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Nice hops – Floral and fruit aroma and flavor. Tasty brew great malts and roast. Very thick beer chewy brew. Very much drinkable and great dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Bomber courtesy of douglas88. Pours brown with a tan head. Smells resiny and peppery. Tastes over the top resiny with a piney orange hint on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
brigg (562) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 3, 2011
(bottle) A foggy chestnut beer with a small to medium brown head. Great aroma of sweet malt and floral hops w/ some grapefruit, wood, and grass. Full bodied, chewy and a little sticky. Sweet with caramel malt, raisin, and shifting to grapefruit and floral hops. Nice balance between sweet and bitter, though the bitterness wins the day in a long, strong finish. Notes of molasses, pine/wood, and a tinge spicy. A good deal is going on here, and it all works very well.

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