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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skmikeg (946) - Poway, California, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3203) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Daytonbeer (650) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gorditoabd (624) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3287) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HughConway (804) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6009) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2013
bottle, amber reddish pour, medium bodied. boozy, sherry aroma, rich malts, toffee, caramel notes. touch of fruity hops. Agressive amber

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2415) - California, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Reddish colored, moderate head, decent lace/retention. Aroma is caramel, grapefruit, pine, raw hops, also their house character. Medium bodied, moderate bitterness, moderate sweetness, really nice.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Thanks to Dodgrblu for bringing the growler for Thanksgiving! Aroma and flavor of stale, grassy hops, some body and the maltiest I've had from Knee Deep. Unfortunately, I'm still not a fan. Ok beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6085) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2013
In short: A corpulent resinous fruity red ale. Good nourishing hoppy beer.
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed fresh a few weeks after purchase.
The look: Clear copper body topped by a persistent small beige head.
In long: Nose is resinous hops over rich caramelized cereals. Taste is as malty as it is hoppy. In mouth the beer has a nice full body creamy mouthfeel with a generous carbonation. Taste is nourishing. Red berries covered with caramel, cherry wood, breakfast fruit jam, red meat, resinous fruity hops, resinous wooden hops. Bitterness of medium intensity. A certain astringency reminiscent of chewing on a sheet of paper. A good beer despite the awkward red-meat flavor, something that I often get from those so-called Red Ale. I used to think that beer was the one thing I consumed in excess quantity but then I read the recommended serving size on my jumbo size potato chips bags and now my beer consumption doesn’t seem so bad.


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