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RATINGS: 1038   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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.


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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopheaven (91) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Deep amber to mahogany in color with a milky head. Smells richly of dark caramel malts with notes of burnt sugar and raisins. Has a barley wine character. Smooth and sweet on the tip of the tongue fading into a luscious, sugary caramel-rich flavor. Ample bitterness and hops round this one out. It’s like a younger, lighter, more limber barley wine. Similar to a Scottish Ale but sharper. Not as complex as an Old Ale. Exactly what I look for in a Red Ale and exactly what I expected of an Imperial. Smooth on the palate not spritzy or syrupy but just right.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (716) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Draft at Logan's Alley - pours a transparent amber . Soft fruity aroma . Taste is mild earthy hops with a hint of red berry fruit . Malty sweet finish . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wihlan (287) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2014
Flaska från systemet - maltig doft, lite mörkare och något grumlig. Komplex maltig smak och en fyllig kropp.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BiffNilsson (230) - Perstorp, SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2014
Rödbrun med kraftigt skum som sjunker snabbt. Lämnar mycket rester på glaset. Doften är kraftfull med friska fruktiga toner på en kraftigare bas med inslag av kola och kaffe. Smaken är fyllig och kraftig med stor kropp. fin efterbeska på gränsen till bitter. Som vanligt levererar lagunitas en toppenöl.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Linnet (1123) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2014
Hoppy, malty jammy ABV well integrated good quality, but not exceptional, hoppy, malt driven, straight up uncomplicated.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gyllenbock (4864) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Clear reddish copper with a thick medium head. Aroma and taste of hops, citrus, hay, some light licorice and toffee. Sweet and wiith a medium bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smokinggun91 (1) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 20, 2014 does not count
Sprucey/piney hops add a slight bitterness at the beginning leading into the sweet, delicious middle consisting of darker fruits such as cherry and caramel malt (which is where the beer gets its beautiful color). Then, at the end, the imperial nature of this red ale comes back for the main punch of the hops, leaving you with a nice bitterness that doesn’t overwhelm the palate and settles into a nice creamy bitter mixture. With a nice full body and tall head of foam on the pour, this beer is a pleasure for all the senses.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thorongil2 (1277) - , Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2014
(bottle) bright orange amber colour with a tall brown head; aroma of tropcal fruit, stewed fruit; rich flavour, starts with a slight sour note and morphs into a long, light bitter finish; slightly creamy palate; very nice

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LearninBeer (381) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2014
The aroma is hoppy, spruce and grass and a little malt, caramel. Pours a clear copper amber/brown, with a big off white head mostly diminishing with excellent lacing. The taste is medium bitter. The body is medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish bitter. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsniclas (5637) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
Bottled from Systembolaget Redish copper with a meium head. Grassy flowery hops in the aroma along with notes of liquorice. Medium to high bitterness. Sweet flavour with salmiak, liquorice and grassy hops.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"similar to red rocket (bear republic) in that this can be a really full flavored, super hoppy (and really good) ale...if it’s not spoiled. inconsistencies have led me to pass this one up on the shelf lately. it can be really tasty, though."


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