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Legend Vampire Imperial Red Ale

Legend Vampire Imperial Red Ale
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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
The urban legend surfaced soon after the collapse of the C&O Railroad tunnel beneath the Church Hill neighborhood in Richmond, VA. On October 2, 1925, the cave-in buried several men and the Locomotive 231 steam engine. The legend suggests a blood covered creature with jagged teeth and skin hanging from its muscular body emerged and raced towards the James River. Pursued by a group of men, the creature took refuge in Hollywood Cemetery. To this day, the men and engine remain entombed in the now sealed tunnel. The "Richmond Vampire" reportedly haunts the tombs of the cemetery and has been seen roaming the streets of Richmond.

Richmond Vampire Imperial Red Ale is a deep crimson color with a sweet, robust toasted malt character, balanced by bold aromas/flavors of West coast hops. A hearty beer, and a balanced one, as caramel sweetness backs up to citrusy hips.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
obguthr (5648) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Tea and grass nose, moderate strength. Cloudy rust, medium yellow head, good lace. Meaty tea and dried leaves flavor, savory and hearty. Subtle caramel base. Finishes almost smoky. Full body. Now this is an imperial red. Donít get me wrong, I like the hoppy ones, but red ales are malt forward by definition. This typifies what the style should be, a big hearty malt bomb with just enough hops to make it interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (6188) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2013
On draft at Magnolias in Purcellville VA. Pours a clear amber with a fine ecru head. Light malty nose. Flavors of rye and citrus hops. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation and a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (4043) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Bomber. Clear reddish copper pour with decent light tan head. Big caramel malty earthy sweetness balanced nicely with a citrusy hop punch. Smooth despite the abv which is very well hidden. Not something to seek out, but iíd drink it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Draft at Mellow Mushroom. Dark red, slight head fades quickly. Aroma is caramel with a lot of hops, mostly grapefruit and pine. Flavor is essentially a match. Lingering bitterness. A bit more complex in the malts than this makes it sound like. The 9% was well hidden. Nice beer, but didnít get me excited.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Itís not yet Halloween in Ratebeer time, but it is here, so on with the Halloween themed beers! This one is a bomber from Whole Foods Charlottesville. Pours a slightly hazy red color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of toffee malts with spicy, citrusy hops. The taste is citrus hops, a mild pine of pine and strong toffee malts. Medium bodied, a bit on the sweet side but not cloying, mild lingering bitterness, moderate carbonation. Nice beer.

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