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RATINGS: 263   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Imperial American Extra Strong and Special Double Red Ale. Our anniversary beer, TEN is brewed with too many malts to list and an excess of American hops, including several additions during fermentation. Enjoy the russet color, aggressively hoppy aroma and flavor, rich body and fiery finish.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
generallee08 (680) - New York, USA - JUL 5, 2014
The body has a deep russet brown color with a deep hazy orange glow when held up to the light. The pour produces a one finger thick white foam head which fades to just a thin film covering. Lacing is minimal, slick and spotty. There are loads of nice citrusy hop notes in the nose as well as a solid base of sweet malt and sweet alcohol. It flavor starts with a deep rich base of sweet malt. It reveals hints of caramel, dark dried fruit and dark alcohol laced cake. This make for nice mellow warmth though out. Hop flavor is also present and adds some mild citrus as well as earthy and spicy bitter notes. The palate has a big full body soft carbonation and firm smooth, almost sticky texture.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2085) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2013
A: Amber/Brownish Hue, Passes Mild Light, Off White Head, Great Lacing S: Dark Malts, Raisins, Sweet Bread T: Raisins, Dark Fruity Malts, Sweet Bread M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Sweet, Mildly Boozy Overall, after almost 5 years, this beer still has a lot of malty kick and sweet boozy flavor...not much left in hops (obviously)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2012
750ml bottle from Dutch’s Bar & Bottle Shop in Cincinnati, OH. Batch E!014. Pours a lightly hazed, deep ruby-brown colored body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is big, somewhat sticky caramels and toffees with a bit of a toasty bread and a good amount of fruity hops still giving off some orange citruses and berry fruits despite being dulled by age. A few earthy and raisin notes as well. Flavor is similar. Big, sticky caramels and toffees with a light chocolate note alongside the toasty bread. A nice earthy bitterness comes with a bit of a spiciness to balance the big sweetness. Finishes with some dull citruses and red fruits while staying sweet and slightly sticky, but somewhat dry from a medium-high bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste with a bit of a warming alcohol following a full body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, this has held up pretty well over the years. The hops have definitely faded, but there’s still a firm enough bitterness to balance the bigger, sticky sweet malts. Enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (2776) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Pours a reddish brown color with an off white head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, and some pine. Heavy malt flavor with caramel, toffee, dark fruit unfront with a touch of hops at the end. Overall, exceptional beer!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8415) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 1, 2012
Bottle. Dark reddish brown with off white head. Nose/taste of rich malt, toffee, grass, sweet sticky caramel and sweet tea. Medium body. Finishes slightly dry and slight grassy/pine. Still very tasty.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (5695) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a reddish-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma has a lot of the malt I typically associate with red ales, as well as some toffee and grass. The flavor is similar, with a lot of red ale notes, toffee, grass and alcohol. As the beer warms I start to get some cinnamon notes, as well a some pine and resin from the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Batch E!006; Sampled January 2012
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two finger thick, amber tinged, dirty tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber / plum color that shows a lightly hazed brightly red stained, amber color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of lightly aged malt, dark fruit, and aged citrus / berry fruit aromatics (this last seems distinctly like a hop signature). Oxidized, caramelized malt notes lean a bit towards sweet tea (though without the sticky sweetness), definite caramel, toasted-brown-sugar-crusted desert breads and a touch of nuttiness that is even more accentuated by some oxidation character. The hop character here is still quite present, even after four years, though it is certainly greatly diminished it still reminds me of citrus infused berries and ruby red grapefruit.

The beer is fairly sweet tasting, though this is fairly well tempered by a lot of citrus oil hop character, some palate coating hop bitterness and a toasted and nutty / oxidized malt character that comes into its own towards the finish. Flavors reminiscent of caramel soaked grapefruit zest, fresh pine needle syrup, ripe / fresh spruce tips (with that woody / citrus vibrancy). The hop character still has enough vibrancy to them to add a green, almost astringent edge towards the end of each sip, and there is still a lot of fruity hop character here, despite it being obvious that the hop character has been quite reduced since it was fresh. My wife describes the confluence of aged / oxidized malt and hops as smoky, which I can definitely see, but wouldn’t have come up with on my own.

This definitely has a nice character to it; it reminds me a lot of an aged bigfoot; it is certainly better fresh for those that are pure hop heads, but this is close to the sweet spot for the oxidized malt yet still fairly aggressive, but greatly mellowed hop character. Actually, as I work my way through the second glass, after the beer has warmed up a fair amount I really start to get a peaty, smoky, umami / not-quite salty character that is definitely noticeable; I would swear that there is some smoked malt in this, but age could have done it, and seems the most likely that this last is the case.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (1873) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2011
750 mL bottle. Translucent rust in colour with a small beige head. This bottle is a couple of years old. Still smells hoppy, though (high alpha - zeus or simcoe or one of those), along with lots of caramalt. Big, sweet malt profile. There is still some hop flavour, but I suspect that the bitterness has faded. Good example of a great style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6489) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 29, 2011
750 shared by bhensonb. Pours reddish brown with a massive beige head and an enticing floral hop aroma There is a chewy toffee and alcohol flavor with a long dry warming finish. Lots of delicious ingredient.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11056) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Capped 750. Batch E!009. Pours very dark red with a foamy beig head. Aroma of strongly roasted malt and some aged hops. Med+ body. Flavor is old malt, old hop, touch of tobacco. Some heat. Suggests aged Fuller’s Vintage Ale. Excellent.


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