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RATINGS: 846   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Often referred to as Burning River Pale Ale’s big brother, this stock ale is remarkably balanced for such a highly hopped beer. A rich deep blood red color makes this beer scary enough to be served every Halloween and a few other times of the year.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 7, 2005
Tap at Nessun Dorma. Pours to a nice amber body with a thick creamy white head that’s merengue-like. Nice lacing. The aroma is nice and dry-hopped. Citrus, caramel, the flavor is really hoppy. Quite bitter. Must be 100 IBU? Can cut through any food. So much hop oils. Really friggen bitter.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TINOZACCA (146) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2005
This a another great beer from the greatest brewery ever. The color is very nice and dark, with a pretty and creamy head. The aroma is thick and full of malt, sweetness, and hops. The flavor is strong with sweetness, spice and roasted malt. A great strong bitterness finishes the beer. Excellent.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2006 12 oz. bottle Beautiful deep garnet color with medium head. Faint malty nose , but hops dominate. Barely noticeable alcohol , flavor is again dominated by hops. Very enjoyable. .Re-rated 09/22/06. Head is much larger with better structure and durability, nice lace. Medium body with slight stickiness, medium carbonation. Some burnt caramel, dark cherry, grapefruit bitterness. Long bitter finsih. this years version seems a little better to me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2005
Rich roasted caramel and toffee malts artfully balanced by a heap of hops...mainly of the Pacific Northwest citrus/grapefruit variety. Very tasty and repeatable...Nice long-lasting bitterness right through the lingering finish, too.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Panzuriel (1296) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2005
Dark Coppery brown liquid with a nice beige head. Nose is dry and very strong hoppy. Taste is full, hoppy and more dry bitterness that evolves and lingers. Mouthfeel is somewhat less than expected, yet still a bit tangy or fizzy. Finishes dry and good back of the mouth bitters.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jzzbassman (1514) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Poured a beautiful brick red color with a white head that was gone before I was done smelling it. The aroma was a lot of grapefruit and hay. Big flavor with a bite, but I had no idea this was an 8% beer, as I didn’t read anything first and the alcohol was well hidden. Very enjoyable. Thanks again OhioDad!!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4755) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2007 Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Aroma is buttery caramel with hints of citrus and flowery hops. Pours a bright transparent reddish-orange with a small white head. Lots of caramel and toffee up front, but it comes across slightly watery. Finishes with a light grapefruit hoppiness that seems to increase in the aftertaste and then lingers for some time.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalhead (628) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2005
This is basically a pretty good but not stellar IIPA,huge hop aroma,nicely balanced with just mild hints of malt sweetness and citrus. Incredibly drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2551) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 8, 2005
Bottle. A reddish amber color with a tan head. The aroma had sweet caramel, apple, slightly toasted malts. A moderately spiced and hoppy flavor with caramel. Smooth and enjoyable throughout. Thanks to OhioDad (Scott) for the trade.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2005
A reddish brown color witha light spotty white topping that is gone within seconds. Has a really big hop aroma thing goin on that quickly turns into fuel kinda like nailpolish remover. I got just a medium malt thing goin on in the body with maybe some spices or veggies or something.


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