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RATINGS: 843   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.


3.6
   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 (4058) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3219) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JAN 6, 2005
bottle-purchased at Rileys liquor store in Madison, WI-pours a nice copper hue with some slight haze from the yeast. piney, sweet apple aroma. pinney earthy hop tones. slightly hot, cinnamon finish. The C hop notes make this beer have that cinnamon characteristic that is kinda interesting. all the other reviews say this has huge hops-i thought they were kinda subdued maybe due to some slight aging. not a bad offering from great lakes.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sfontain (792) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2004
Beautiful dark garnet; very small head; lots of tiny floaties. First whiff makes me think, "IPA"; alas, aroma mostly hops with substantial citrus notes and perhaps some caramel. Flavor is big: significant malt but overshadowed by the huge hop presence; again, some caramel. Full-bodied, yet clean. Too hoppy for my tastes, but very good nonetheless.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2004
I found this beer in a bottle in Indianapolis. The smell if of nice citrus hops. The beer has a nice thick consistency to it when poured. The taste is very full and has nice hop bite. I think this is more a double IPA than a strong ale, but anyway -- it’s great!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2004
Fresh floral hop-caramel nose with some grapefruit. Taste starts malty then the hops kick in. Tasty and very drinkable, not as aggressive as Arrogant Bastard but along the same lines.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2598) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2004
Bottle, from trade with JCW.Good aroma, Caramel,honey,orange/grapefruit, bread crust. Nice head that faded slowly. Orange amber color, very slight haze. Bittersweet flavors. Grapefruit/orange, aluminum, carmel. Has bite. Medium to full bodied,creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter citrusy dry finish. Slight warming. Nice beer. Didn’t get the big nose that some seem to get, Oh well. Thanks JCW.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrRomero (1974) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 24, 2004
This beer rocked. Poured an orange/amber with a medium beige head. Big aroma of malt and caramel with a little bit of hops. Big malty flavor followed up with hops. Little bit of citrus. Finishes a bit dry. Very nice beer.


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