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RATINGS: 863   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2004
Amber colored beer with an off-white head. Smells slightly caramelly and bready. Earthy hop flavor and moderate bitterness with a sweet malty backbone. Solid.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2004
Yes. Great Lakes you brew good ale. Great hue, lackluster head retention (its only detraction), mild bitterness that lingers on the tongue, full, rounded hop flavor and aroma. Very refined. Burning River’s big brother??? More like its wise old uncle.

3.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkenLooser (22) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2004
Burnt amber/red color similar to wine. Highly filtered without a hint of cloudiness. Thin white head, but highly carbonated. Strong hops taste with a great malty touch. Mild bitter aftertaste. A great seasonal ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2004
Bottle: Coppery medium amber w/ a lasting dark off white head. Strong perfumey herbal and piney hop. Caramel and toasty malt follow close behind, and a medium fruitiness in the mid nose into the finsish of the aroma. Hints of alcohol as well. Well balanced to just bitter. Toasted malt flavor balances the hop very well, and moderate fruitiness helps. Finish is malty sweet and hop flavored. Aftertaste is lightly bitter. Smooth m/f, very well hidden alcohol, low carbonation. Overall much better than some of the years past batches. Very well balanced and drinkable, although not a session ale. A 4 pack does very well for the night!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2004
An attractive red color with a lasting, tan head. Pungent nose of hops (grapefruit pith) and wispy caramel. Mouthfeel is very substantial; big, solid body. Creamy palate with dense, resinous hops that are completely integrated into the juicy, fruity malt. The bitterness is palate-filling and not overly sharp and biting like I see in some versions of this style. Great balance and length. Overall, I get flavors similar to a Big Foot, but the balance is towards hops instead of alcohol to counteract the residual sugar. This is a big but deceptively drinkable ale.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 21, 2004
Bronze/amber with a huge tan head. Reminds me of a Arrogant Bastard from the bottle in looks, just a few shades lighter. Piney nose with bug malt presence of caramel in there, well balanced in the nose???Let’s take a sip... WOW, huge piney hops is the dominant force here, but a caramelly and almost scotchy malt is there. Dry and tingly at the finish with a definate alcohol presence at the finish. The head sticks around until the finish and laces nicely. Bitter aftertaste leaves a scratchy throat, softens as it warms, a very nice addition to the already solid Great Lakes lineup!

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
EnderKiller (26) - Athens, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Not blood red, but a nice amber color with a thin off-white head. Smells like any ol’ ale but is rich and bitter with hops and roasted oats. Very smooth and drinkable, better than Elliot and just in time for Halloween!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2004
Pours a nice and deep amber color, small white head. Filtered and very clear. Smells of hops citrus. Tastes hoppy but very balance, especially for 8%. The only flaw I could find is that it comes in four packs instead of six.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walleye (1067) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2004
poured a nice amber with a light tan head. aroma hops,citrus,grapefruit and lemons, pine, hints of malt, alcohol. flavor citus, malts the bitterness is just right, a touch of sweetness, nutty and a hint of alcohol. another good one from glbc

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - SEP 17, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2006 An incredibly smooth, well-balanced ASA. Orange/copper color, sweet malty aroma, sweet malty, bitter flavor. Everything comes together quite nicely in the finish. Overall this is a delicious ale, and a worthy addition to the GLBC repertoire.


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