RateBeer
overall
98
93
style
Serve in Snifter, Tulip

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 1066   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 84   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
Share this beer with friends!
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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rondphoto (2182) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - NOV 22, 2014
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Clear dark amber, solid beige head cover, heavy streaks of lace. Taste is full-bodied caramel malt that grows stronger in the palate, adding medium hops on the swallow. Some malt returns in the finish, along with a little warmth. Solid brew. Recommended.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (340) - CANADA - NOV 21, 2014
Pours deep amber with a red tinge, one fat finger off white head diminishing gradually to a thin cap, moderate to heavy lacing (4/5) Nose is pine resin and citrus, caramel malt. (7/10) Taste is moderate sweet, moderately strong bitter. (8/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation, mild bitter finish. (4/5) Excellent amber ale - light enough to be session able, with a very well-integrated ABV that’s never intrusive, yet retaining enough body and hop presence to be interesting. A somewhat hop-forward interpretation of a traditionally malt-dominated style - I like it. (16/20)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bulk_Carrier (2224) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - NOV 21, 2014
This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a nice looking somewhat hazy to light transparent amber color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing clinging in a nice foamy sort of way. The smell had a nice blend of citrus sweet to piney coated caramel malts. The taste was mainly sweet with a nice bitter underscore of piney hops. There was a light piney/caramel aftertaste leading into a dry piney finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat sharp but still good for the style. Overall, I say this was a pretty good Imperial Red that I would bang again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pilsnerrogge (2523) - Finspång, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2014
Bottled:
Clear, reddish amber with a mid sized, thick head.
Hoppy aroma with notes of pine, shampoo, wood and onions.
Hoppy taste with notes of pine, pine apple, resin and wood. Some sweet malt lurking in the background. Long bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (1558) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2014
October 8, 2014. Bottle at home, best before july 2015 (sticker). Dark ruby red with a dense creamy off-white head. Aroma is sweet caramel, red berries, orange zest, pine. Taste is medium sweet caramel and berries, medium bitter pine and grass. Finish is rounded, dry grassy bitterness with a caramel note in the back. Medium bodied, oily mouthfeel, soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BLADT (653) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle pour. Mostly opaque copper color in glass with a consistent bone white head. Webbing all the way down. Aroma is pine and fresh citrus, offset with a healthy amount of malts. Faint booze presents on warming. Inviting. Medium body. Nice balance between grapefruit hops and caramel malts on taste. Finish is a fruity bitterness, subtly sweet. Shows a nice range of character as it warms.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EdInSaltLake (665) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Citrus, bitter hops, and bread crust, sweet malt aroma. Grapefruity hop flavor; Caramel malt, dark fruit. Bread crust/toast. Moderate bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajnepple (2394) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2014
22 oz bottle from Biggie Wine & Liquor. Pretty clear red appearance with a sticky beige head. Aroma of resinous hops, pine, caramel, toffee, citrus fruits, tropical fruits and light floral notes. Similar flavor, a medium, resinous hop bitterness balanced by a mild, caramel/toffee, malty sweetness. Medium body

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Peter_L (835) - SWEDEN - NOV 9, 2014
Flaska från SB. Dofter av citrus, ananas, bränd karamell och tobak. Skön eldig munkänsla där alkoholen inte blir påträngande. Lång eftersmak.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fratto (2649) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle from cwsample. Brown orange pour with an off-white head. Aroma is sap, brown sugar, and sweet oranges. Taste is sticky, caramel, pine, and booze.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page    1  2 3 4 » 107


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50