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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.32/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
An intense Imperial Red Ale. Belgian yeast imparts a complex aroma and vivid hop character. Small-batch brewed with rich malts and lavish hops to deliver an ABV of 8.5%. Once a winter seasonal, under new ownership at Mehana this is their best seller and a year round product.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - APR 19, 2012
Aroma is fruits and floral. Pours red amber with no head. Flavor is malty and raspy with a dry finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
fluffy (2284) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2016
I'm wondering if this is better on draft, because from the tall boy can its metallic as all get out. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bule (1727) - California, USA - FEB 22, 2016
20oz can pours a teddy brown color with a bit of head. Fruity aroma. Lots of maltiness. Overly sweet. Some Belgian yeast fruitiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (20341) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Can. Hazy amber color, tan head. Aroma of fruity caramel. Taste is malted milk balls and sweet caramel. Very malty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosenbergh (9930) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 24, 2015
19.2 oz can. (Foodland) Kailua, HI.
Murky reddish brown color with a small light tan head. Prunes, sweet dark fruits, mild hops, mild bitterness and sweet malt in the aroma. The flavor is dark fruits, prunes, sweetness, mild hops, mild bitterness and malt. Belgian style double red ale? What the heck is that? 8.5% is well hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
IslandHaole (1216) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - SEP 21, 2015
Sweet malt, brown sugar, yeast and a bit of Heath Bar. Dark caramel color, smallish beige head. Sweet & tangy, toffee and barnyard funk (in a good way). Mild carbonation, slick feel, alcohol well hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfinney23 (2604) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2015
22 oz can, though also had a sample on tap at the brewery a few days later. Deep hazy amber with a large but short-lived head. Fruity sweetness with funky Belgian yeast and lightly bitter notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimE (4845) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 23, 2015
Light amber color. Very malty caramels mouth with some Belgian funkiness but overall pretty tame.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (7214) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Can. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly/fully diminishing. Body is medium to dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie, nuts, malt syrup), with notes of bubble gum, candy sugar, stewed plums. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy/watery texture, soft carbonation. A big, dumb, syrupy sweet mess.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
J_man (900) - Tustin, California, USA - NOV 11, 2014
22 oz. can from Safeway in Lahaina. Unusual musty aroma from a very hazy orange/brown body with almost no head. Nutty, slightly roasted malt taste along with a juicy pineapple sweetness. The flavor is kind of muddled and disjointed. Leaves a sweet, sugary taste along with a bit of the nut flavor. It gets better as you drink it, but itís still not very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (14975) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 24, 2014
Can from the brewery. Brownish-amber colour. Aroma is phenolic Belgian yeast notes, a bit bubblegummy and definitely dubbel-ish. On the palate, it is quite sweet, with a fair bit of alcohol. Dominated by phenols (esp. bubblegum) and a good dose of malt. I guess the problem is the malt is a bit muddled and indistinct, the hops are noticeable but not balancing, and ultimately I canít really figure out what Iím drinking or why. As this is their best-seller, Iím apparently in the minority.

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