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RATINGS: 190   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewDad (5117) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6354) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
brigg (532) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5462) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2011
Bottle - Release #5 8.0% ABV. Murky ruby pour with a tall, dense foamy beige head. Aroma is strong citrus fruit, spicy hops, soft caramel notes, light pine and apricot. Taste is big citrus fruit, sweet malt, pine, soft caramel, and spicy hops. Body is medium with a strong, dense carbonation. Ends with more strong citrus fruit notes, pine, spicy hops, toasted caramel, and mild earthiness. Body is medium with a moderate, dense carbonation. Ends with more strong citrus notes, big spicy hops, caramel notes, melon, apricot and subtle earthy notes.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
obguthr (4373) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Strongly and distinctly piney hop aroma, rather like being in a Carolina forest. Hazy ochre, medium yellow head, nice lacing. Same piney hop bitterness somewhat offset by sweet malt and cherry fruitness, but the hops are still prominent. Alcohol is not noticeable. Drinks like a hoppier, yet tamer, Arrogant Bastard, without Stone’s "house flavor". This is my first Epic beer and I like it so far.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2011
22oz bomber, release #5 listed as 8.0% abv, from grape & gourmet. pours a hazy, garnet color with a soft, two-finger, bubbly head leaving drippy lace. aroma is great with big, fresh, juicy hop notes of pink grapefruit, blood orange, and pineapple backed by hints of berry, bunt cake, and bits of toffee with some light pine resins as it warms. flavor is damn nice as well with nutty, toasted malts, caramel, and pine resins coming forward ahead of dry, bitter grass, orange citrus, and peach skins with the subtle notes of berry and red grape peaking through on the back end. palate is medium bodied with brisk carbonation and a fruity, bitter finish. overall, a damn nice imperial red.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Bottle at the 5th Annual Richmond Industry Gathering on 11/28/2010. Clear red amber bod with a small white head. Big floral hop arma. Big floral hop flavor with some caramel. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cpetrone84 (1602) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2011
A-pours a slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a thick and creamy tan colored head leaving a light lacing on the glass. S-notes of caramel malts up front, a little sticky and somewhat sweet, lots of oily hops, somewhat piney resign, and a touch of grapefruit. hints of booze in the back. T-full flavored, lots of sticky sweet malts with notes of caramel and lightly toasted toffee. the hops transition pretty smoothly, resignous pine and hints of grapefruit. light herbal hop presence, faint bitterness in the finish and again a note of bourbon. M-very syrupy and soft texture, a little thin in the back with a light carbonation. D-this is a fairly strong beer with notes of booze and a nice balance of malt and hop. assertive hop presence and sweet malt backbone, pretty good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ekoerper (592) - Iowa, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Bottle from the brewery, release #6. Sweet, fruity aroma with plenty of hops, pine and citrus. Deep cloudy red pour with massive, sticky white head that leaves a lot of thick lacing. Flavor is caramel malts, dark fruits, pine, citrus. Thick, full bodied, plenty of carbonation. Nice brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11898) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 9, 2011
22oz bottle. Small off-white head atop cloudy copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, caramel, light cherry, alcohol. Sticky medium body, some resin.


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