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RATINGS: 844   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Often referred to as Burning River Pale Ales 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1224) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2012
On tap at the Comet Cafe. Pours brownish red with a tan head leaving nice lacing. Aroma has fruits, nuts, sweet caramel with some wood. Taste is of sweet dark fruits, heavy malt, tangy citrus. Slightly sour. Syrupy and heavy, a bit rough. Finishes sweet and sour with some length. Very tasty and - as ever with GL - seems very true to style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (907) - - AUG 6, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 9-24-12- Poured from bottle into pint glass Appearance The beer pours a beautiful orange-amber color with a one finger off white head. The head has pretty nice retention, but eventually fades slowly over time to leave a nice level of lacing on the side of the glass. Smell The aroma is big of a piney hop and caramel sweetness. Mixed with these aromas are some nice lighter notes of citrus hop as well as some lighter dark fruits. Taste The flavor starts with a nice bready and pine hop taste with a lighter caramel sweetness. The initial taste is only lightly hopped and semi-sweet with a nice smooth flavor. A fruity sweet flavor then comes to the tongue. These flavors down the bitter more, but only temporarily. The sweeter caramel is soon lost as more bitter pine comes to the tongue. Toward the end of the taste a nice citrus hop flavor of grapefruit and a lighter tangerine flavor come to the tongue, leaving a very pleasant citrus hop flavor on the tongue. Mouthfeel The body of the beer was nice and creamy up front getting crisper at the end of the taste. The carbonation level of the beer was on the just below average side. The body was fantastic in this brew. Up front the creaminess suited the light sweetness and bready nature of the flavor very well. But as the taste went on the crisp feel at the end was wonderful for the pine and citrus hop flavors. Overall, the carbonation was at a good level for both. Quite a nice mouthfeel. Overall This is one tasty Imperial IPA. A great blend of hop, malt and sweet with fantastic flavor transitions and an excellent feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (893) - 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: Im a sucker for vampires. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
generallee08 (639) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hockeybeerguy (1869) - 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 wasnt 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 wasnt anything bad. Overall, hey now, Id say for the most part this was a decent American Strong Ale, though I think I was expecting more. No worries, I think Id have it again, possibly not one to adamantly seek out, but still worthy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gopherfan99 (418) - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jsmerig (1231) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (2847) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2014
bottle. deep red with small head. quite malty base with solid hops in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2224) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pictoman (482) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rxeight (1281) - 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.

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