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RATINGS: 927   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Often referred to as Burning River Pale Aleís 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2006
dark amber/light brown with a white head. hoppy nose with quite a bit of fruity roasted malt. flavor nicely balanced bitter hops and roasted fruity malt. full bodied moderate carbonation. finish bitter hops and a strange mix of alcohol and fruit that almost reminds me of cherry cough syurp. solid enjoyable beer nonetheless.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MHED (114) - lisle, USA - SEP 17, 2006
12 oz. bottle. Poured richly and ruby red with tight froth head and nice lacing. Aroma of aggressive fruit sugars and floral hops. Caramelly sweet with slight burnt toffee and spicey yet floral hop bitterness. Pricey but donít be scared....

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2006
Sampled at Great Lakes. An interesting brew. Itís an american strong with a lot of characteristics of the belgian strong, but mellowed out. Dark brown/tawny in colour with spicy malts and a decent amount of hop. Raisin and caramel are prominent. lemon and cherry hide as well. This was a nice seasonal to get a glimpse of. Will have to come back in June for their stout seasonal.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2006
Bottle from Sean, thanks! Damn, wanted to try this for a long time. Bright (dark?) red in color. This is a really fresh bottle. Smell is mostly hops, some malts and a little sweetness. Taste is bitter and strong, sweet and caramel, much like a barley wine. A little harsh perhaps, but pretty nice, hope it will mellow out in another year or so. I really enjoyed it, and the label is really cool.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2006
This rating is overdue. Bottle back in 2005. Hazy amber pour..small whitish head. Spicy, moderately sweet nose..caramelish. More sweet malty flavor...citric hoppiness too, herbal and earthy as well. Nice lingering bitterness in the end...decent mouthfeel...enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bgburdman9 (861) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2006
Definitely pours a reddish color witha small head. Aroma was very fruity malty and had a little hoppiness. The flavor was bitter and had a lot of citrus hoppiness and also a little sweet. This was pretty balanced. Another great beer from great lakes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 11, 2006
12oz, Please enjoy by Nov 23/06. Pours a not quite blood red, though it is copper red with a one finger beige head. Aroma of pine resin grapefruit, and pineapple almost to the point of astringency, some caramel and lightly toasted malts, brown sugar. There is some candy sugary sweetness, but Thereís a buttload of hops off balancing this brew as best they can. More grapefruity, spicy, and resiny hops in the taste. The alcohol isnít really hiding at all, though isnít terribly strong either for 8%. The beer has a lingering chalky bitter finish. Not as full bodied as Iíd imagined (medium) and soft moderate carbonation. Quite nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (5132) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 11, 2006
A cause for celebration when this is released, one of my favorites. Pours a beautiful dark amber / bronze with a good sized tan head that does a very nice job of lacing the glass. The aroma has dark fruit and lots of floral hops and citrus hops that blend grapefruit and pineapples. There is a cane sugar like sweetness. Medium to full bodied with a slick resiny feel and a good deal of moderate intensity carbonation. Taste has lots of tropical-esque citrus, dark roasted mlat and some piney woody hops. Very full flavored beer. The finish has lots of grapefruit hops and and plenty of the initial flavor. An incredibly balanced hearty beer that I hope to experience many times this fall.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Bottle: Pours a dark red/ brick red type color with a small, light red tan. I am having a hard time placing what I am smelling, maybe some hint of grapefuit and pine. It does smell good though. Has a nice sweet aroma to it. The taste is also hard for me to place. I can taste a nice amount of hop bitterness, but it does not overshadow the sweetness of the malt. I also sense a little bit of grapefruit that I had smelled, there on my palate. This is a very good beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Draft at the brewhouse. Aroma: Caramel, sweet malt, and alot of hops. Lots of grapefruit and resin, with some pine and floral, as well. A subtle earthiness underlies the whole thing. Appearance: Deep copper with strong red tint. Light biege head was small and rocky. fair lacing. Flavor: Sweet malt, light caramel and brown sugar, a touch of dried cherry. Hops come in with some grapefruit, resin, and floral notes and a strong bitterness. Palate: Medium-full bodied with a slight stickiness. Medium carbonation. Finish is slightly sweet with a strong hop bitterness. Overall: One of my favorite things about fall is the release of Nosferatu. A great brew. This years seems a little more bitter than last years, but still great nonetheless.


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