onceblind (7096) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(release #33, 8.0% ABV) Hazy dark amber under a generous foamy light tan head. Deep rich nose of biscuity caramel, a touch of stickiness and a little raisin, some light piney and floral resins, and a chewy toffee undertone. Flavor was much of the same: sticky toffee and raisin and caramel amberness with a grassy, bitter, floral and piney resin on the back end. Rich and complex without being overly hoppy. Sticky but palatable and very enjoyable.
Ferris (12428) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - Big hoppy earthy pine and malts. Cloudy copper with a very rich beige head. Big pine hops and malts. Decent.
Caytinator (1005) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
5oz taster at the brewpub. Looks the part, good lacing. Smells good, appetizing. Very decent overall, nice flavor and well-malted, decent moderate aftertaste--it’s the blue jeans of imp red ales, it fits great and never goes out of style.
cfrancis (3107) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark ruby red with a moderate beige head. Aroma is caramel malts and earthy, pine hops. Taste is an awesome balance of rich caramel malts with a little smoke and fabulous pine and earthy hops.
jonno (2467) - JAPAN - APR 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very straight forward - big bold body with resionous finish. Clean and simple but very drinkable.
TimE (4961) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber color, lots of caramel and pine in the nose with some dried fruits. Big malty back bone but fairly simplistic. With aggressive hops.
weark (637) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - MAR 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Erzbierschof - Hazy amber/reddish color with a small and fast disappearing beige head - Aroma is very malty and citrusy (grapefruit) with notes of caramel - Flavor is malty, caramel, grapefruit, with herbal notes - Medium body, medium carbonation, medium bitterness, dry, dry bitter caramel finish - awesome beer, well balanced, good malt backbone and a judicious choice of hops
drjay44 (3376) - Salida, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at a local. Release # 13. Pours a thin ivory head, over a hazy light brown (SRM 20) body.....nose is cereal, roasted malts, with cocoa tones, hints of pine and citrus from the hops, minimal esters......taste is cereal, with light roasted malt tones including cocoa, finishing with a harsh hop bite......mouth feel medium, slightly sticky, alcohol hidden, clean acid finish. The hops are a bit harsh on the finish, dominating the malts and making for an unbalanced beer. It would be better with less bitter hops, a bit more in the dry hopped, and an increase in malt complexity. BJCP 7/3/11/4/6
NachlamSie (3256) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber of batch 27, 7.7% abv from the brewery. Pours rich red with a white head. The aroma is plenty hoppy with a sturdy malt backbone. The hop aroma or flavor doesn’t come out as much I like from the style, but there certainly is a strong bitterness present. There are hints of grass, pine and resin with caramel and biscuits for balance. The flavor has sweet hints at brown sugar that remind me of their IIPA. Similar to that one, the hops here are very bitter and cut through the palate while not having an overly broad or deep character. If a beer is going to be crammed full of hops I want some greener, fresher qualities. I consider Arrogant Bastard to be the benchmark of this style and having this makes me crave one.
Vells (1549) - Rîga, Latvija, LATVIA - JAN 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Impressive hop character for American strong ale, grassy and citrus fruity, covered with pleasant intense malt background, wood, pine. Sweet with moderate to intense bitterness. Bit astringent. Wow.. huge beer with perfect balance. Really enjoyable brew. Reminds me of amber ale.. oh wait.. Imperial red! X)