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RATINGS: 844   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBunn (2452) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2005
Reddish amber color with a large head (maybe a little sudsy, though) that laces nicely as it diminishes. Smells of spice and hops, which dominate the flavor after the initial, mild sweetness of the malt gives way to the hops. It comes off as a bit unbalanced near the end, though, which is a bit of a shame since it promises so much right up to that point. It’s really nicely put together, but falls apart a little at the end as the hops overpower.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 3, 2005
Clear amber-gold-orange hue with a medium, creamy, off-white head. Strong herbal/floral and pungent pine aroma. Dark bread, light brown sugar malts. Starts out pretty sweet (german base malts?) with a moderate bitterness. Lightly sweet, heavily bitter finish. Perfume like. Medium-full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2005
By remarkably balanced I believe they mean "over-hopped." Its not the content of hops (i.e. Devil Dancer "over-hops" and does well), but here the hops come off unbalanced. There’s some spice and heat here, accentuated by my having some post-rating with a red sauce and fresh herbs from the garden. Unfortunately, a lot of the complexity is lost to the hops. They’ve done well with their porter, stout, and dortmunder, but this disappointed me.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - SEP 1, 2005
A spicey floral aroma is present and the color is a medium golden brown. The taste of hops is present from the beginning and remains so throughout.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - AUG 31, 2005
I’ve been keeping an eye out for this one for years. Scored the last two bottles a few weeks ago at Viking premium beverage on King Ave in Columbus. Pours a medium clear copper. The tall off white head is creamy with fair lace. The nose has primarily hop notes of spice, spruce, and resin, with a hint of lilac. The flavor starts with a blast of hop bitterness right from the get-go. Maintains the status quo through to the finish which adds a touch of alcoholic presence. The body is medium creamy and soft, but has a slightly "loose" feel. Not bad, but didn’t meet my expectations.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2005
Copper body with a velvety off-white head and good lacing. Strong woody hop aroma plus caramel and brown sugar. Sweet crystal malt flavor with nice toasty notes and balancing woody/earthy hop character with partly drying bitterness. Medium-full body. A solid stock ale. Thanks Erway.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2361) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Large light orange head of fine bubbles. Dense and creamy on top. Light carbonation. Sweet and malty aroma with a hint of alcohol. Nothing very distinctive. Maybe a little bit of hops. Color is a bright orange. Strong bitterness that is balanced very well with the sweet malts. Plentiful hops! Some alcohol that imparts a nice warming. Little dry citrus in the flavor with a pretty sharp bitterness at the finish. Long and dry and makes the mouth pucker. Alcohol shows up at the finish also. Aroma a little weak in my bottle but the flavor makes up for it big time.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2005
This baby poured red, just like they said. Tan creamy head on a clear red body. Very good lacing, Head stayed till the bitter-sweet-sad end. Malt nose, with dark fruits, then lemon-citrus. Caramel and orange. Wow, big hops here, once past that, caramel, and sweet citrus fruits. Followed by a bit more pine lemon hops. I really like this. Bit of a bitter dry finish, mouth watering for more. I WANT MORE! CHEERS TO OHIODAD!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2007 2nd rating,much different then the first one I had,much more hop intense,but with enough malt backing tht its not quite an IPA. Bumped it up about 5 points

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Rounding out a hat-trick of 3 deliciously-evil beers (including Avery the Beast and Old Rasputin RIS) comes Nosferatu. Pouring a clear, reddish-copper with a large, creamy, buttery-yellowish head, the appearance rates a 4. (The awesome label art of the Max Schreck version of the monster bumps it to a 5.) Heavy caramel malts mingled with sweet orange citric hops... sometimes distinct, othertimes blending to form an aroma of spiced orange taffy. Despite an initial sharpness (a "bite", if you will), the flavor was remarkably balanced. Thick & sweet malted flavors alongside a moderate, lingering citrus bitterness. Dry and creamy with light alcohol in the finish. Terrorific.

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