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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sathorael (151) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 8, 2013
Pours a light mahogany with amber hues. Medium dark tan foam with nice legs. Aromas of caramel, malty sweetness, pine, mild chocolate, and a bit grassy. Taste is malty sweet caramel, pine resin, mild alcohol and floral notes. Finish is slightly spicy with good carbonation and balanced sweetness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7077) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 6, 2013
22oz bomber pours with a clear amber body with some ruby red hues and supporting a thin dark tan head of foam. The modest aroma has some roasted malts mixing with earthy malts, a touch of earthy coffee and then faint citrus to floral hops in the background. The taste begins with sweet malts and mildly roasted malts as well as a dash of coffee. Those roasty notes head quickly into a nice mix of pine and citrus hops. It picks up just a thin ribbon of cherry like fruity esters here and there amid some resiny pine hops heading into the finish. This is a little pricy for what you get but still decent enough.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
coreyc1221 (260) - Truckee, California, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Smells like a wheaty Red. Looks dark as fuck. Oh Mother Russia! I like it. Slightly tangy start with a palate covering bitter. Going to a tasting of theirs later this month. Stoked

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3882) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 20, 2013
Bomber from BevMo Salinas. Nose light toffee, rye bread, and some citrus and light pine with a toasty/roasty background note. Clear rust amber with a medium, lightly lacing, pale tan head. Flavor is bitter, resin, and a dark fruit note.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (2005) - California, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Reddish brown in color... Aroma of caramel malts blended with citrus hops... Flavor is toffee, citrus hop backbone but gives way to spicy hops on the palate... Solid ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocJitsu (1045) - Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Beautiful crystal clear, deep copper color with a light taupe head. The head has excellent retention atop this stunning and inviting beer. The aromas are clean and of Christmas pull candy and competing grass and grapefruit. The mouthfeel is a bit creamy, wet, slick, with a little carbonation and hop burn just before the finish. A bit of biscuit and toffee up front, leading into a touch of tart cherry, and finishes grassy with grapefruit bitterness, not necessarily flavor. This is an enjoyable beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guerde (1182) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 30, 2013
(bottle from comrade bhensonb Благода& Билла!) Pours a clear dark crimson color with a medium light tan head and significant lacing. Aroma consists of a perfectly matched combo of hops and malt, with scents of grapefruit, orange, pine, peanut brittle, and cinnamon and sugar-coated doughnuts. Flavor also holds cinnamon (must be the Chinook speaking), caramel, pine, and iced tea. Tangerine makes an appearance with further warming and only accentuates the existing complexity on offer. The beer finishes with a pleasant bitterness that’s coupled with the spicy and slightly bready rye. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is very smooth, save for a tiny tingle of carb this could’ve been mistaken for a cask serving. Overall this is a quality imperial red, and is one of, if not the, best example I’ve ever tried. Certainly this beer is fit for any member of the proletariat. Thanks again Bill!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (17520) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark amber reddish color with an off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy piney caramel aroma. Fruity malty earthy piney hoppy caramel flavor with hints of licorice. Has a fruity malty earthy hoppy bitter caramel finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kroney (158) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2013
pours dark reddish-Brown, with a tiny light tan head. aroma is balanced with nice sweetness coming from the malt and some berries. hops are well disguised, until the first sip... citrus and resin hop bitterness dominate the middle of each sip, with the beginning being ask sweetness, and the finish almost like a rye ipa. very drinkable, and well brewed. great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11059) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Bottle. Poured clear brown color with an average frothy tan head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy complex hop, toasted rye and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid beer.


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