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RATINGS: 1134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 84   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This Special Ale is, in reality, a reconstructed exhumation of the very first ale that we ever brewed way, way back, in 1993. Brewed with a big head, a muscular malty thorax, a silky texture & all strung together with a hoppy sweet nerve sack... yum.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2005
Tap at the Blind Tiger. Rich copper colour and thin white head. Bright hoppy aroma, grapefruity citrus aroma. Flavour also shows massive resinous hop profile. Some sweet caramel and brown sugar malt flavours. As it warms the hop aroma become even more intense. Nice brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Clear reddish-copper body with a foamy off-white head. Distinct crystal malts give the aroma cinnamon-spice and brown sugar qualities. Medium malty sweetness with some spicy/earthy hops and substantial bitterness. Seems a little dull around the edges. Suffers from a lack of freshness, especially for an "imperial" style.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2005
Thanks to Odeed for this one.Has a whopping hop nose with a what appears to be rye or something as a back drop.Smells mighty sweet to.Flavor is a little drab,not like the style but more like a Pale Ale

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2005
nice glowing orange color with a quite large white head. Nice citrus in the aroma, doesnt show through as much in the body, but its blended well with a nice malt character.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Nice hoppy aroma, with some caramel. Taste is a bit of alcohol sweetness, caramel, and that’s it. Body is lovely and smooth.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2005
From a bomber shared by Blake. Hazy brown-read body under a big white head. Clean malty aroma, sort of a darkly roasted caramel / chocolate thing. Grahm cracker. The flavor is primarily bold crackers/caramel with apple skin, orange flesh and a finishing raspberry. Caramel dryness in the finish. A well done malty brew - the flavors are clean, well-defined and balanced but just not terribly compelling.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (5107) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Ruddy light brown color with a moderate foamy cream colored head. Pure hops aroma, with grapefruit and a hint of pine. A mild presence of light caramel and pale malt. From a hops head view this is a nice sniff. Mild sweet caramel malt start and are quickly escorted out by the bitterness and acidity of the hop. Quite biting and unbalanced in the mid to late quaff. This almost seems to need some rest for things to mellow and blend.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2006
22oz bottle pours mahogony with a nice offwhite rocky head that stays pretty well. Aromas of floral and grapefruit hops with a little caramel malt behind it. Flavor starts off with those caramel malts and very sweet but the finish is all citrus hops. Somewhat bitter finish. Medium bodied and a smooth drinker.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gachupines (1074) - USA - MAR 30, 2006
Appearance is reddish with a decent head. Taste is fairly strong hops up front finished with a malt backbone and some more hops in the finish. Remains smooth and drinkable throughout. Pleasant strong ale, recommended for hopheads who want something other than an IPA for a change.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12122) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 4, 2006
(22oz bottle) Crystal clear copper body with large beige head, nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, some pine, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some caramel, pine -- much more bitter than the IBUs suggest. Medium body, some resin.


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