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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Attention citizens of America! The reds are among us! An Imperial Red was spotted in the vicinity of Knee Deep Brewing Co. It has disguised itself with a heavy dose of hops in the kettle and even more in the fermenter. To further allude detection, it has added a slight spice from rye. Do NOT be fooled. This is not a west coast style IPA. This a delicious and extremely dangerous Imperial Red. Do not try to approach it by yourself. McCarthy’s Bane is here and very real. If you share this beer with your comrades, be prepared to find your name on a list in McCarthy’s briefcase. It may be on draft in select quality beer establishments around you. Be advised! McCarthy’s Bane is a malty, somewhat spicy, yet very hoppy brew that is dry hopped and brewed with huge amounts of Pacific Northwest hops. Yes, we use rye in this amazing brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6221) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2014
Bouteille de 22 oz partagée lors d’une dégustation entre amis. Arôme: Odeur d’houblon avec une pointe fruitée. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’oublon résineux avec une pointe de caramel et d’agrume. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement houblonné. (Rating #5486)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8281) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Toasted bread and fruity caramel support coniferous hop resins in this rich and flavorful strong ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam settles atop the mahogany gown.
-Though intense, the flavor profile is rather balanced.
-Sweetness levels are kept in check.
-The toastiness is very enjoyable.
-This was a nice surprise! The flavor profile is a cousin of Arrogant Bastard, I would say.


   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
John25 (871) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Bottle. Amber. Pine. Citrus. Heavy pine taste. Pretty heavy thick mouthfeel. Creamy/syrup. Decent, but not as good as I hoped it would be. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
conway (1820) - - FEB 12, 2014
Bottle. Brownish amber with off white head. Aroma is sweet malt, citrus and piney hops. Taste is extremely piney, borderline cleaning product. Citrus and caramel notes support with a slightly roasty finish. Thickish syrupy palate with moderate carbonation. Not my favorite offering from Knee Deep.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skmikeg (1118) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Pours a reddish amber-brown with a one finger tan head with good lacing. Aroma is of pine, sweet malts, rye, citrus, caramel, bready malts, and some toffee. Taste is about the same as the aroma with maybe a little more hoppyness. Has a medium full body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a slighty dry, moderately bitter, long finish. Overall, a pretty tasty, complex strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3287) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle shared by Moose. This was much later in the evening so my notes are fairly thin. Tasty with some sweet malt, resinous hops and lingering bitterness. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Daytonbeer (681) - Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Pours cloudy brown with tan head and some lacing. Aroma of rye, dark fruits, and toasted malts. Taste is the same with citrus hops. Very bitter. Complex brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Bomber from... BevMo? Yeah, I think that’s it. Anyway, pours a murky amber brown Nice lacy off-white to yellow-stain foam head. Aroma is solid of toasty biscuit and cinnamon malts, with the Centennial hops carrying the nose. The rye comes through immediately on the first sip. Followed by more of that solid bready/cinnamon malt and clean (but somehow gritty?) hoppy finish to balance things out. Lingers sweetly on the tongue and teeth, without tipping over into oiliness. Really well done beer. Another from Knee Deep. On the pricey side, but consistently putting out quality stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3454) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2013
Block like head deep dark ruby pour mild carbonation aromas pine fruit dark malt toffee syrup the flavours citrus medium bitter resin toffee rich malt sweet toasted touch coffee and chocolate sweet caramel the finish decent imperial good qualities involved especially the roasted and bitter resin finish nice ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HughConway (828) - Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Bomber bottle. Pours mahogany, off white head. Sweet aroma with some hop back. Taste is sweet, slight hop bitter. Nicely balanced beer.

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