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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Imagine if Red Trolley T-boned a semi full of hops. Brewed with an overload of hops and five types of caramel malt, this full-bodied strong ale has plum, raisin, and caramel flavors that are balanced by an aggressive hop bitterness and warming finish. ABV: 8% 30 SRM 70 IBU 22 Plato


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2012
(22oz bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a tall long lasting beige head. Aroma of caramel, bread, citrus, and chocolate. Flavor of toffee, caramel, chocolate, raisins, and light citrus.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 18, 2011
22oz bottle. Rating #22. Dark amber/copper in color, the head is beige with a little lacing. Sweet caramel aroma with a bit of plum, not picking up any hops. Nice hop bite up front that melds with the sweet malts very nicely. Tasty stuff. (2061)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
J_man (665) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Aromas of roasted malt and dark fruit. Medium amber with a light tan head. Sweet dark fruit flavor follows the aroma with some vanilla and a creamy texture. Definitely some earthy bitterness in here along with a nice alcohol bite to balance the sweetness. Finishes with more plum and raisin dark fruit flavors and a lingering tingle on the tongue. Just had some Red Trolley tonight with dinner and I wouldnít have guessed this was itís big brother. Interesting amplification of RT but not as balanced as the original.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2686) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 27, 2011
22oz bottle, no date. $8.99 at Beverages 4 Less in Santee. Also, my bottle states that this beer is now 8.5%. Clear orange brown with a 1/2 finger beige head, creamy with fair retention. Pleasantly fruity sweet aroma that consists of plenty of caramel malt and almond, very light vanilla, and moderate tropical fruity hops. The flavor follows suit, which, for me is a nice surprise. Usualy it seems beers in this style go for brash and aggressive, but this was pretty easy drinking--no ridiculous hop bitterness or over the top scorched caramel toffee sweetness that I come to expect from this "style." The tropical fruit hops are still there, but more or less just complementing the caramel malts. Definitely sweet, but not too sweet. Semi-dry finish, light alcohol noted, with bitterness peaking at a 3. Low carbonation with a medium full body. Nothing crazy exciting, but still was enjoyable. Reminded me of New Glarusí Alt beer from a few years back, at least with the sweetness and the almond notes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ADfan (538) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Amber color in the glass with a medium head. Aroma has some caramel and resin. The texture has some richness to it. Apricotís and roasted figs are the first thingís that I taste. It definitely has some heavy malts that hit you on the back end. Good finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Taster + growler. Pours clear amber. This is, as advertised, a darker, hoppier version of Red Trolley. Predominately sweet, the hop profile is subtle but welcome. Very easy drinker; 8% is well-hidden. I would be happy if this was in KSís regular rotation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChazMania (642) - Pasadena, California, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Aroma is malty and dark fruit, like cherry and plum. Appearance is clear and dark red, nice looking beer. Taste is not nearly as hoppy as the description states, which perhaps means this is an older bottle as I canít see a date stamp anywhere. It doesnít seem to taste like an "American Strong Ale" (which is a sweeping category anyway) it just tastes like a mild red ale. Perhaps this is what Red Trolley should be normal made like. The texture and palate is ok but on the thin side for an 8% beer. A good but not outstanding beer. On deck is their Blackball Rye IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Peacehammer (589) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Poured from a 22oz bomber. Pours a deep red, with malty aromas, and big frut aroma as well. Almost an apple or pear. Soft on the mouth, light earthy hop flavor. This is a pretty good beer. Not great but pretty good. Itís too bad this isnít just how red trolley is always made.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Clear yellow with a fizzy white head. Clean musky aroma and a taste of grain and malt with an earthy finish.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beersearcher (2295) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Pours a dark orange. Big malty flavor followed by a harsh medicinal note. Some sweetness too that is overpowered by the ABV.


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