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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2004
Red Brown Coloring With White Ring. Dry and Hoppy... Some Spices Here and Noticable Alcohol....Got the Oomph..but I don’t Know if I Like it...On The List to Try Again.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IndianaRed (2192) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Bottle pours a dark caramel golden hazy golden color with a modest liight tan head. Coarse lacing. Aromas are sweet malty and some caramel and hops...like barlywine. Dry astringent flavor. Malt and caramel and spice. average carbonation.Significant hops character and a bitter hoppy finish. Not bad. Thanks to HerFtyDork for sharing this one

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (3954) - 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.

3.3
   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcr (2112) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Nice malty start balanced with a hop finish, though no better than many other beers brewed in this style. Red pour with short tan head. Sweet malt aroma of caramel and fruit , peach and strawberry, followed by some bready malts and citrusy hops. Flavor is sweet to begin with, but quickly turns bitter and that sticks around through the finish. Medium body with watery texture. Prickly carbonation. Moderately long finish. Solid and pleasant enough, but lacks distinction.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2007
12 oz bottle bonus via trade with West Side Threat. Pours cloudy orange with a white film of a head. Scent is rich and malty with a bit of a hoppy edge. The taste is a very nice balance between a full force hoppy bitterness and a nice malty taste. The hops really stick with my mouth after I finish taking a sip. This is certainly a high quality American Strong Ale.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2007
Bottle from trade. Pours a dark copper color with a small off white head.Aroma of grapefruit and caramel. Taste is of hops and spices. Flavor is odd and uninspiring. Finishes with a dry sweetness lingering on the tongue.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ron (2353) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2008
One bottle in trade with JB. Pours a great deep amber color with small white head. Aroma of hops. A pretty sweet beer with a big hop bite and caramel malts. Alcohol is hidden well. Great balance and very tasty. Thanks JB

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6324) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 12, 2008
Appearance: dark deep amber with hint of reddish brown. Large creamy beige head. Aroma: medium light alpha hop aroma with noticeable alcohol feel. Burn with woody hints, sweet malts sitting deep below. Touch of vanilla. Flavour/Palate: soft front with fruity, leafy wet hops. Soft clean malts quietly fill void. Twig like bitter ending with softer sublime flow. Semi dry alcohol felt detached. I am not sure what they wanted to create here. Quality is present but direction somewhat misguided.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Light reddish amber in color with a thin white head. Citrusy hops in the nose. Mild malt sweetness in the back, balanced out by an upfront dose of piney, citrusy hops. Lightly dry finish. Nice.


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