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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 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.


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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a beautiful burnt red color. The head is typical for the style: about one fingers worth, with an off-white shade. It fades away slowly leaving nice ring of lacing on the glass. S: This is dominant in burnt caramel. Touches of piny, herbal hops blend well within all the caramel the nose provides. Slightly bready, too, almost like pumpernickel in a way. I could use a touch more hops, but I doubt itís the freshest bottle. T: It pretty much tastes just like it smells. Plenty of burnt caramel and toffee malt start this one off, with a pleasant balancing hop quality (mostly piny, not much citrus). I like the aftertaste and itís mild nuttiness. Fairly balanced and mellow, almost to a fault - no one note really sticks out. M: The general feel is bit sharper than Iíd like, both in carbonation (pokes through the body somewhat excessively) and actual texture (itís rather coarse). Aside from those two niggles, the dry finish helps it go down easily. O: Not my favorite beer, but neither is it my favorite style. Itís quite well made though - there are definitely others out there who will enjoy it more than I did.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (821) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle, thanks to Summer Secret Santa. Thanks! Clear amber pour with some white head, irregular lacing. Aroma of caramel, faded hops, cherry, toffee. Caramel sweetness on the tongue balanced by moderate bitterness. Medium-full body, slick texture. Overall: Iím a sucker for vampires. Nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
generallee08 (614) - New York, USA - JUN 25, 2014
It had a deep copper amber body with some reddish highlights and good clarity. The head is tall and fluffy, light beige in color and has nice retention. On the glass it makes cool sticky lacing. There is a full nose of fresh bready malt, light roasted notes, hints of toffee and mixed nuts. The aroma is sweet and yet balanced by solid notes of citrus like hops. The flavor has sweet caramel, bready and nutty maltiness with well balanced citrus/pine hops. The 8% abv is mild and adds some more subtle warmth and character. The finish is slow with some pleasant hop bitterness. It has a solid medium to full body with mellow carbonation and a smooth texture.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hockeybeerguy (1618) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 8, 2014
This is a review from notes taken from my consumption last Autumn. I got this in a trade. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice semi-dark red to slightly hazy looking brown color with a decent half fingered white foamy head that died super quickly. There wasnít much lacing. The smell was super malty and yet somewhat roasty with some light nuttiness about it. The taste was malty sweet and had some of that roasty nuttiness coming back in there. There was a quick roasty nutty aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium and showed a decent sessionable aspect about it. The carbonation seemed really subdued, but still okay to me as it wasnít anything bad. Overall, hey now, Iíd say for the most part this was a decent American Strong Ale, though I think I was expecting more. No worries, I think Iíd have it again, possibly not one to adamantly seek out, but still worthy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gopherfan99 (365) - CROATIA - MAY 18, 2014
Bottle, pours a dark red with an off white head, tastes of hops, pepper, and malt, nice balance of spice and sweet, good beer

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jsmerig (1208) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Pours a golden red. Taste is sweet with chocolate. The sweetness lingers and leads to a bit of grape flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (2734) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2014
bottle. deep red with small head. quite malty base with solid hops in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2200) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2014
something like red with fruit and malts and a hop aroma. little alcohol and te beer finishes short with some sweetness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pictoman (444) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2014
Poured from the tap. Clear red amber with off-white head. Mild hops and caramel. Medium body, full mouthfeel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rxeight (1221) - Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Dark hoppy aroma. Taste is lots of hops an bitterness. Carmel malt. Has an almost cedar taste from the realt and pine hops. Lots if red ale plus hops. Probably about as good as it gets for the style, just not one of my preferred styles.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike67 (773) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours dark read with short lived, creamy, off-white head. Aroma is of citrusy, herbal hops, caramel malt and ripe cherries and apples. Body is medium and crisp. Citrusy, herbal hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Delicious, brew.


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