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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kumite56 (471) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - OCT 27, 2005
This beer poors a dark red to amber color and with a clear body. Head is frothy off white and has moderate lacing. ARoma is nice with lots of perfumy hopps present. Flavor is sl sweet, significantly bitter in the finish, crisp and nice. Palate is medi8um bodied.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2005
Pours a med amber color,with a very nice malty aroma.Very nice balance of big malt and hop.with a good finish!Very good brew!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMerritt (1842) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2005
Bottled, purchased at Lundeen’s in Sycamore, IL. Red-orange (with flecks of pinkish-purple at a distance) with a medium-sized fizzy off-white head. Lots of caramel and toffee in the aroma, some plums/raisins, slight alcohol with perhaps a hint of cinnamon and some ginger "zing". Moderately bitter flavor, some pine, balsa wood, lightly roasted malt, caramel, and wheat hulls. Dry, lightly bitter finish with some residual sour graininess. Nicely carbonated with a moderately full mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 22, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2006 Got this at Noonan’s in Hamilton, OH. Definitely one of the best of the Great Lakes brews. Aroma is biscuity malts, and a hint of wheat. Hoppy and bitter just the way I like it. Also biscuits in the flavor. Speaks of Halloween. slightly fruity but just ..slightly. anyway. A must have for any Great Lakes fan.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 16, 2005
12 oz bottle from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, MI. Clear dark copper-bronze, moderate glossy off-white head, lasting...lots of woody/herbal character in the nose, caramel and vanilla...luscious fruits hit the tongue, strawberries and citrus, in the center it verges on I-swear-to-God my favorite pie raisin cream and then it descends into a rough earthy bitterness, dried grapefruit with the sugar removed...beautiful mouthfeel...nice, very very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5341) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2005
Bottle. Courtesy of JCW via trade. Ruddy amber with a medium off-white head. Nose is hoppy and citrusy (orange peel). Light earthiness and perhaps a hint of pine as well. Light caramel as well. Taste is very hoppy with lighter sweet malts. Light toastiness and more earthy notes. Body is medium with moderate carbonation. Lots of hop bitterness and oily in spots. Finishes with a bit more caramel and toasted malts coming through. Citrusy hops and more light earthiness. Perhaps a hint of pumpernickel bread as well. Very nice!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5108) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 14, 2005
Poured with a gorgeous medium amber body. The head is lightly yellowish tan. The aroma is rich with caramel, grapefruit and some fresh sourdough bread. This makes me think of a hop monster. The taste is a little caramel and a little pine. There is also some light bread crust. Bitter finish that sticks around. The body is slick for such a big beer. This could use a little more malt to balance it out. Recieved this as a bonus in a trade with OhioDad.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2005
Sparkling orange, thick light tan head (great lacing). Nose was a very nice blend of florals, caramel coated biscuits, roasted toffee brittle, and lighter citrus tones. Flavor was well hopped with florals and citrus up front, yet counter-balanced nicely with lightly toasted caramel and chocolate malt notes. Medium bodied, prickly carbonation, bittersweet finish. A nice sippin brew for a cool crisp Autumn night...

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2005
a copper reddish brown with a nice light beige head. I smell dark fruit like raisin and some citrus. Also has a sweet malty scent. Th first sip is like a strong prune-rasin taste that balances out with malt.. but finishes very hoppy and bitter. Lots of flavor in this brew. There is also a LOT of bitter grapefruit & burnt chocolate in the aftertaste. Maybe too much. This is very interesting. You have to take a small sip at a time. This is not light at all. You can only drink a couple at a time. But it certainly can’t be called boring ..

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
roder60 (1285) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2005
Pours a hazy light orange with lots of bubbles and scant amount of white head. Aroma is very citrusy, especially oranges and pineapples, even some grapefruit. Flavor is very very hoppy and bitter, as well as sour and grapefruitish. Flavor then mellows and has more balance and smooth sweetness as it finishes. Overall, a little too harsh for my palate.


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