wedgie9 (1737) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted on 8/18/11 from a 750mL bottle obtained in a trade, batch E!011. Pours an opaque dark mahogany with a thin, bubbly white head that doesn’t actually go anywhere, but just hangs out for a while. The nose is full of caramel malt and some citrus hops that seem to be past their prime. The flavor is malty and somewhat spicy with the flavor of citrus hops that, once again, are past their prime. The body is full and oily with light carbonation and a long caramel malt and lightly spicy, old hops finish.
changeup45 (1700) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Got this in a Secret Santa. This pours a murky-reddish color with a thick foam on top. Thick lacing slides along the sides of the glass after each sip and a thin head lasts the whole glass. The aroma is very malty; toffee, biscuits, caramel. Citrusy hops follow and there’s also an underlying raisin dark fruity scent. The flavors follow, minus the dark fruit, which is nowhere to be found here. A hefty toasty malt profile really stands out with caramel and toffee. Bitter and dry in the finish; the hops are much more assertive in the flavor, which is needed with all that malt, and they show as more resiny tasting than the citrus that was noted in the aroma. Big beer; full-bodied, doesn’t show much alcohol sting but the richness of it certainly screams 10%. Pretty solid too but the idea of an Imperial Red doesn’t really intrigue me so it’s not surprising that I got sick of this one rather quickly. A classic example of an American Strong that probably didn’t really need all the ingredients put in it.
JRock72 (605) - - MAY 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at flossmore pre party. Very strong flavours, mostly of rasty malts. Very well done.
Ontbeertaster (2257) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very strong beer indeed, but it was harsh and not too much a of likeable beer, it had dry and even some sour notes but it wasnt special. Decent offering
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle poured into my Narke glass...Dark brown with amber edges give its a glassy sheen. The head sucks and is disappointing. Tope, whispy, watery and big bubbles form a weird cap that has good retention and lacing. Doesn’t look right...Malty rye aroma that is very strong; rye, caramel and grass hops...The taste is malty but has an undertow of vomit that is mildly distracting. Caramel and hops mostly. Seems heavily influenced by an ipa.
Overall, not to bad. I’d drink it again but don’t think I’d recommend seeking it out with much effort.
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - MAR 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Copper color with lots of carbonation. Big malt aroma still though there is now a touch of cardboard. Still tastey. Malty and spice with touch of rye. Caramel coffee toffee caramel. Nice but a note of cardboard is creeping in. Full body. Good.
madmitch76 (13066) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
17th February 2009
Cloudy red-brown beer. Initially a little unsatisfying as I was expecting something more very hoppy. But this beer gradually wins you over with it’s charms. Malty and very smooth and there is enough hop here to get your bitterness receptors salivating! A balanced red beer then!
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to bmanning for sharing this in a tasting.
A: Pours a beautiful crimson with a nice white head.
S: Lots of sweet malt and some leftover hops; sweetness comes through from all angles.
T: Malt sweetness and still some remaining piney, tropical bitterness from the hops.
M: Medium-heavy with a good amount of carbonation.
D: Quite drinkable. A very solid brew--wish they’d make it again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-27-2009
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Blind Tiger.
Deep brown/amber color. Strong malty aroma with some earthy and roasty notes, along with a light caramel sweetness and some hoppy notes. Full bodied and dry with a touch of bitterness. A little bit of heat from the high alcohol but not too much. Very smooth with good carbonation. Long, lingering finish. Another quality beer from Ithaca.
kbutler1 (1345) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a very deep red amber color with very minimal head. The aroma is loaded with malty sweetness and caramel with a slight touch of hops. The taste is super sweet but was expected. Drinks actually fairly easy. Minimal alcohol notes for a 10% abv beer. Medium mouthfeel. starts with the aforementioned malt sweetness with a subtle hoppiness in the back end.