gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A rich brown color, pretty opaque with a slim whitish head.
Smells of a full kettle of wart boiling- a very recognizable and enjoyable scent. Strongly sweet but not overwhelmingly so, caramel, brown sugar and sweet goodness characterize this scent.
Tastes good! Unabashedly sweet but in no way nauseating, and that’s coming from a couple of guys who prefer more bitter beers. The rye flavor has an understated but powerful influence on the taste, combining with a good nut-brown presence. Indeed, No hop finish to speak of, which often places a beer on the shit list, but in this case it’s not so sorely missed. There is a bit of a sweetness in the aftertaste that can be unpleasant, but overall this beer is pretty enjoyable.
Mouthfeel is solid. This beer becomes better and better as you drink it (as most do). Points deducted for the after taste. Without any hop finish the sweetness seems to dissolve on your tongue like too much halloween candy.
Strong and malty without being too sweet; the caramel and rye flavors blend well together. A recommended alternative for a brown.
TURDFERGUSON (3760) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Can I bought because I like pigs; kinda like a dumb blonde may pick it out wine. this beer has American beer style I hate the most written all over it. Hops are fairly light, herbal, and cheesy, lots of sweet boozy burnt sugar, leaving a nasty bite and flavor on the tongue.
cheap (3659) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2013
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Not impressed by high alky beers that are crude. Looks like dark hefe. smells malty. Taste? Must be an american wannah be barley wine. Nasty viscous stuff.
drywallman (320) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from the 16 oz. can. It appeared a cloudy redish brown with a short lived white head. The caramel from the malt and the sweet nuttiness from the rye was very prominent, followed by the clean grassy tang of the hops. Deceptively smooth at 8%.
swoopjones (4940) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, amberish pour. piney hop aroma with a good amount of caramel maltiness. Flavor followed what aroma led you to believe. Good falvor of piney hops, malty backbone, touch of rye. Decent
skoll (404) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
16 oz can Pours to a deep red-brown body with a tan head. Aroma of rye bread and light earthy hops and fennel. Flavor is very malty with lots of rye bread and some unique hops. Almost like a earthy spice mix with fennel, thyme, and rosemary. Palate is medium bodied.
ReggieDunlap (2794) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a hazy caramel color with a thin off white head. Aroma has earthy/piney notes and sweet maltiness. Flavor is caramely sweet with tea and earthy/piney notes. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is resinous and piney.
burg326 (2772) - Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle pours a redish amber color with aromas of malt, light citrus, some caramel, and some earth. Flavors are the same with a decent malty-alcoholy finish.
jrob21 (2190) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2013
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
A little band Ali and fusel alcohol syrupy bit. Clear orange color with no head and decent lacing. Fruity aroma and caramel sweet flavor. Not my fave. A syrupy barley wine.
superspak (1930) - Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy ruby red color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, floral, and light rye spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity; quite malt forward. Taste of caramel, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, floral, light pine, and light rye spiciness. Light pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, citrus, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, floral, light pine, and light rye spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; malt forward with solid hop flavor balance; with minimal cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice imperial red ale. Good balance and complexity of malt and hop notes; and quite smooth to sip on. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.