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RATINGS: 839   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9068) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Thanks to jsquire for this brew. Pours a cloudy amber to copper with an average light brown frothy head. Good patchy lined lacing. Aroma is heavily malty with caramel and faibt yeast, kind of like buttered toast. Hoppy initial flavor with warming caramel malts and finishes with a lingering spicy hoppiness. Warm and full-bodied thick palate, almost syrupy.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Cloudy light brown with orange tints and a thin off white head. Carmel, sweet malt, and hops permeate from the glass...smokey sweet malt and well balanced hop finish...not quite as "strong" as I had anticipated but decent nontheless.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2005
A big thanks to Vac for this one. The aroma was full of flowers, fermented fruit, raisin sweetness, malts and a slight hint of citrus. The flavor was sourt like fermented fruit, malts, citrus and raisin/plum sweetness. The beer poured a reddish orange w/ slight head and lacing. The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth w/ a light to medium body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Pours with a bright amber body topped by a thin head with some lacing. The aroma is sweet and malty with notes of caramel and fruit, as well as alcohol esters. The flavor is similar with a bitter, piney hop flavor. Agressive on the tongue with a warming sensation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pjk33 (389) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2005
Bottle. Pours a hazy copper color with a slight head but the head remains as well as a great sticky lace. Nose is surprisingly sweet malty and hoppy with a smoked quality... what the hell is this brew? OH MY... what a nice beer! Why did I allow this one to sit in my beer fridge for so long? Great body and mouthfeel, silky and smooth. Roasted malt taste with great English hops pounding my taste buds (they buds are masochists and are begging for more!). This is one of Great Lakes best offerings... quite a nice strong ale!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2005
Piney and grassy hops, citrus, light fruit, burnt sugar in the aroma. More orange than red, clear, thin white head. Nice flavor, citrusy hops, sweet malt, a little caramel, light fruit. Solid bitterness. Medium full body. I’ve been sitting on this bottle for a few months, and the age did it well. Rounded out the flavors nicely.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JAN 23, 2005
Pours rich and auburn with minimal head. A barley wine nose with butterscotch and jasmine highlights. The flavor is hoppy and a tad acrid. A strong green tea element that ends bitter. Overall, quite interesting. The alcohol doesn’t dominate, yet it is certainly present.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Poured a reddish amber with small tan head. Sweet malty aroma with some hop smell. Nice hoopy caramel malt flavor with an alcohol taste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (3901) - Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Bottle. Large fizzy ivory head that mostly diminished, fair lacing, fine-small sized bubbles, carbonated, transparent, and an orange hue. Aroma was malty, hoppy, caramel, and sweet. Sweet, malty and a very hoppy flavor which was not much to my liking. Mouthfeel was tingly, dry and hoppy. Light-medium body. Just too hoppy for me.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2005
boittle - many thanks to badgerben for the beer! Pours dark reddish amber with a moderate off-white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is malty sweet and heavy on the floral and citrus hops - slight hint of turpentine, but not in a bad way. Sweet rich flavor, lots of caramel and toasty malts to ground this brew, full hop finish and lingering piney pucker. Medium to full body and gentle carbontion. Over all, a very nice brew and treat from the midwest.


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