DrnkMcDermott (2737) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2004 Draft, re-rate, 4/24/04 I'm re-tasting this, since this is the house beer that Matt has tweaked the most as new brewmaster. Body has darkened, I think, to a garnet red color. Head in thin but a little rocky, leaving thin tan lacing. Taste has more hop bitterness than I remember. There's also a slight orange note in the roast malt, then some slight earthy and winy notes amongst a good caramel roast. A definite improvement.
Draft. Well, I find I don't have too much to say about this. A nice roasty quality and a decent enough taste, but it gets overwhelmed because the Nut Brown is the next item on the "sampler platter." This is actually the best session beer of the place, instead of the Zephyr. You'll likely have a much higher opinion if it's the only beer you have in one night.
DalzAle (1898) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to dtjager! It’s a gusher, lots of foam and overflow immediately after opening the bottle! Dirty brown pour, lasting head and an aroma of spicy/hoppy caramel. Flavor is very creamy spicy malt, herbal hops and finished nice a bitter. Aside from the overcarbonation, this beer was pretty great! Plenty of flavor that you’d get from a great imperial red, without being too high in alcohol. Not sure what the bottles run, but I’d certainly buy it if priced right.
ReggieDunlap (2894) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very murky amber with a thick tan head...lively...nice retention and lacing. aroma has earthy hoppiness...bitter...some slight caramel malt...a very faint plasticy note but it is hidden and doesnt detract too much. Flavor has lots of caramel maltiness and earthy, almost woody hops...earthy bitterness...mostly balanced leaning toward hoppy. Mouthfeel is full and the finish is dry and earthy/bitter.
kaser (2002) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hoppy and bitter for a red. Bubbly head on a reddish brown pour. Had this on draft at Jerry's in Andersonville. Really good - top notch for a red
jandd1983 (2041) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled at the brewpub. it poured a dark amber color with a beige head. The aroma was of caramel, some pine and grapefruit. The taste was of lightly roasted caramel malt, mild earthly yeast and some grapefruit rind. It was very nicely balanced and flavorful. Well done.
jstraw (1880) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Jerry’s. Hazy amber with light, whispy beige head, no legs / Bright nose of pine, caramel, citrus / Light body, acidic, dry with some astringency, bitter finish / Light flavors of toast, pine, grapefruit / Pleasant enough in light, very dry, style.
DrouisBrew (11) - Lake Orion, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
It has a nice amber hue. With a great aroma of light orange. Gas a nice robust hop flavor. Overall tasty
shrubber85 (6792) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Caramel malt and orange peel aroma. Cloudy reddish amber with moderate head. Sweet caramel malt and strong bitter orange peel flavor. Nice hoppy beer.
queenholly (2564) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ brewery. Caramel malt and sweet orange hops aroma. Hazy amber with a small off-white head. Same as the nose - caramel malt and sweet orange hops flavor. Medium body, soft carbonation.
crossovert (6088) - Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice imperial red here. It is hoppy and robust yet not a chore to finish. Malts and hops both shine.
ROGUE (2086) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Brew Pub. Pours a deep amber color with a light tan head and decent retention. Aroma is piney hops mainly, with notes of citrus and light caramel malt. Taste has a piney hop backbone with a light citrusy base and a bit of caramel malt. Medium to light bodied with medium carbonation.