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RATINGS: 975   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 84   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chiiidog (42) - Lubbock, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Pours copper/dark red with a medium sized off-white head. Aroma is somewhat subdued, with some hops and a little malt. Taste is a great balance between the hops and malt. Not at hoppy or sweet as something like CCB Tocobaga, but it has a smoother finish. Mouthfeel is pretty thick, which takes away from the drinkability a bit. Overall a solid red ale.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flatmatt (1112) - Northville, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2014
22 oz bottle. Pours slightly deeper than medium amber with an off-white head and a few floating particles. Hoppy pine, floral, fruity hop aroma with toasted malts leading the way. Similar flavor profile. A pretty nice mix of flavors that certainly has grown on me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thechasm442 (308) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Fresh bomber poured into a Duvel glass. Pours a somewhat hazy copper red with an inch of thick off white head that leaves nice lacing. Typical aromas of pine, caramel, citrus, and toasted bread. You can tell it’s a red. Upon first sip the beer has a citric, piney quality up front that is quickly met with caramel and bread malts, maybe even sourdough. It’s a tasty red that sticks to your mouth and doesn’t have much noticeable alcohol or anything. A solid beer for the style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (838) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Aromas of intense hops, pines, toffee and caramel. Appears a darkened copper with a moderately heavy white foam rim. Taste is really nice with a heavily hopped mouthfeel. Notes of herbs, pines, earth, resin, malty caramel sweetness, subtle toffee, and a really nice metallic toasted malt on the back end. Overall, actually really impressed by this one. Extremely hop forward but still having a lot of sweet malts. A rating.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stxoil (22) - Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Bomber from Which Craft in Austin. Muted, but somewhat fruity aroma. Poured a gorgeous coppery red with a two-finger off-white head. Taste is malty but with a generous dose of hops to make it interesting without leaving it bitter. This is a very solid offering.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kroney (154) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Bomber poured into a snifter. Aroma is kinda muted... subtle caramel and crystal malts, pine and grapefruit hoppy and sweet yeast. Flavor is raisins, dates, grapefruit bitterness, sweet then finishes bitter and floral. Palate is super smooth. Really good red. Would taste in the 4s UF the aroma was bigger.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TattooJack (95) - Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Poured from a bomber (or 3) into a pint glass, love the color. I think the commercial description of "a muscular malty thorax" is exactly correct. It is very smooth and drinkable and packs a punch. Put it in a 6 pack, sell it year round, and we’ll be all set.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHeath99 (957) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle from Lazy Dog. Pours a reddish amber with off white head. Aroma of floral hops and malts. Taste of malt, almost like unsweet tea, with some hoppiness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frahmo (292) - Idaho, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Brown our with a single finger of off white foam. Nice malts with hint of hoppiness. Flavor is well balanced and smooth with a mixture malts and hops that goes down easy. This is one of the better Imperial Reds I have had. Definitely a buy when seen.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (902) - Poway, California, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Pours a copper-ruby red with a two finger off white head with nice lacing. Aroma is of citrus, pine, dankness, tropical fruit, sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits, light toffee, and some toasted malts. Taste is citrus, pine, tropical fruits, caramel, toffee, figs, dark fruits, sweet malts, toasted bread, and some very light booze. Has a medium-full body with a semi creamy, semi-moderately bitter, medium-long, pretty well balanced finish. Overall, a pretty tasty, complex, and well balanced strong ale.


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