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RATINGS: 887   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.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2006 (02.08.06) 12 oz brown bottle from Archer Liquors. 8% ABV. Bottle labeled as best before 10/07/05. Batch 22688e. Clear red-orange hued ale having a small white head. Soft carbonation. Rich malt and hop aroma. Medium bodied beer that starts with light malt sweetness and pronounced hop/grapefruit flavors. Finishes dry and clean with traces of grapefruit flavor and light hop bitterness. Well-balanced beer with notable hop flavor and bitterness. A very good stock ale.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (5095) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2006
12 oz bottle. Deep copper body, clear, with a small but firm off-white head. Resiny hop aroma with some grainy malt showing through. There are some positive malt aspects of caramel and toffee. Mostly harsh bitter citric hops up front in the flavor, with a bitter then caramel sweet finish. Rather muddled and generic flavor with a high test alcoholic finish. Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation, slightly sticky on the finish. Overall, nothing about this lights up my palate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Bottle obtained via trade with beeryum. Pours dark amber with a slightly hazy appearance and a thick off-white head. Interesting aroma of caramel, floral citrusy hops and a touch of ovaltine(!) Very bold and flavorful. Notes of caramel, toasted malt, toffee and then grapefruity piney hops. Very well balanced. Pleasantly sweet, plenty of hop bitterness in there as well. Alcohol content very well hidden. Full round an creamy on the palate with moderate carbonation. Lacing hangs on the glass in broken sheets, great head retention. Good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8229) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Deep orange and red color. Somewhat hoppy, grassy (alpha king-like) nose, which is interesting. Sweet cedar and plum scented. Very sweet and somewhat dry as well. Cherry wood, cedar wood, plums and red grapes around within a mildly spicy Belgian-like yeast.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - JAN 12, 2006
This is a wierd beer. Taste is very heavy and a bit like of soap. The slightly bitter aftertasted saves it. It pours dark orange and smells pretty good. Not my fave though.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Bottle from Kevin. Body-dark hazy amber with a patchy film of bubbles. Nose-smells like overripend canatloupes. Taste-bran flakes, malt extract, low key sweetness, honey, brown sugar, molasses, great hops on the finish. The hops on the finish are nearly perfect without having an unpleasant biterness. This has all the flavors that I look for in a big American barleywine, but none of the associated sweetness, and I love that! Excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (4971) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 27, 2005
This bottled brew marked bbf 11/20/04 poured a large sized head of fine to medium sized mostly lasting light tan bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body contained soft carbonation, was transparent and brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of hoppy caramel malt. Its mouth feel is initially tingly smooth with a hoppy aftertaste. Its flavor contained caramel hoppy notes. An above average brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Bottle from Santa
Pours a rich gold/yellow, with an aroma of pear, grapefruit, and sour grape. Eerily wonderful lacing. Flavor is grapefruit, peach, apricot, and a bit of berry. Palate is slippery. Quite good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 22, 2005
12oz bottle from Dough77...Thanks Tim! Pours a dark copper color with a slight white head. Nose of berries and hops, some light apricot and some bread. Taste is very bitter and very hoppy. light bread here as well, with a nice bit of sweet caramel malt thrown in.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2005


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