FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A vigorous pour into my teku glass produces a light amber tinged, initially two finger thick head. The beer is a concentrated amber color that shows a brilliantly clear burnt red hue when held up to the light. The aroma is dense with vanilla and coconut like aromatics up front; quite smooth, and further draughts of the nose yield caramelized, pleasing, rich, toasted malt notes. There is a huge sweet, caramel malt character here that manages to keep away from the bad sweet-tea like character that can often plague beers like this.
Sweet tasting, rich, thick, chewy, and most definitely a sipping brew. The malt character is the most noticeable up front, but it is accentuated by lightly toasted coconut notes, and amplifying vanilla barrel notes. The finish has a bit of astringency and spice to it with its woody character and there is a rounded woody oak flavor throughout. Sweet caramelized grain notes are well balanced by the other flavors, and there is a toasted character here that is accentuated by the oak, but provides flavors of toasted, caramelized brown bread, roasted / caramelized nuts, and a brown cracker like note that gets a bit hay like at times. The alcohol is fairly well constrained here, but does provide a touch of palate warmth, and a definite belly warmth. There is a light bitterness here, but really much of the malt balance is provided by the barrel character. The bourbon provides a characteristic fruitiness and there is a soft berry like character here as well.
Enjoyable, especially since I wasn’t expecting much from a barrel aged Imperial Red.
BelgianBeerGal (2869) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Missed this at the brewery but found it at the Grand Canyon General Store. Yep, the tourist location inside the park. Who would have guessed? Shared with Wyatt. I thought it was a nice attempt at "imperializing" a red ale. The hops were still there and not overpowered. Pretty tasty.
Ratman197 (8484) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel, bourbon, oak, fruittiness and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, bourbon, oak, fruittiness and light vanilla with a smooth dry lingering bourbon finish.
SHIG (3279) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - OCT 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to fata2683: Poured a reddish brown with a finger thick tan head. Aroma is very sweet malt, boozy, and vanilla. Taste is rich caramel malt with nice boozy notes and vanilla along with cocoa. The alcohol is there, but don’t overpower the taste.
markwise (4093) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to IBrew2or3 for this. Cheers, Dave! Pours a hazy amber with a tan head. Nose is sweet malt, caramel, some vanilla, wood, and mild spirits, with some assertive pine and citrus. Flavor is similar with a nice vanilla and barrel presence along with caramel and assertive hops. A nice compilation of flavors. Interesting beer.
BOLTZ7555 (2600) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wax topped bottle pours a burnt crimson/burgundy with a creamy eggshell pour. Spatters of bubbles inside the glass but not a ring in sight. Nose of caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, smoke, and bourbon. Flavor shows all of the same qualities with a little less interest. A little hot still and a weird lingering malt backbone. Better than expected from the style. Probably shouldn’t barrel age a red ale...on second thought, never should.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomber from the brewery 11/25/11.
clear copper with an ow head.
aroma and flavor are big in the caramel and vanilla departments.... lesser notes of sweet bourbon, malt sugar, green barrel, booze, spice and pine hops. interesting balance...
Terminus (3041) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAR 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap at brewpub Feb 2012-pours dark orange lite copper hue with a small kacki head like 511 tactical cargo pants-nose is lite bourbon, vanilla, lite hops and peat-flavors of a litely oxidized ale with a splash of bourbon not a bad beer long vanilla finish with lite piney hops under all the vanilla. didnt get the heat mentioned that others did, at least all that noticible. Pretty decent beer!
alexanderj (3196) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; poured a rich auburn-red with a large off white head. Aroma of earth, citrus, pine, vanilla, alcohol and bourbon. Flavor showed some balance and nuance. Alcohol well hidden. Notes of bourbon, caramel and fruit, with a moderate hop finish, of earth and some pine. Touch of sweetness and vanilla. Vanilla comes out to play more and more. A bit lacking in hops for an imperial red, but a very nice final product overall.
salvaticas (267) - - FEB 22, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had at the lumberyard brewery in flagstaff. Surprisingly good, smoother than the imperial but the bourbon barrels and a nice punch to the flavor. Was impressed overall with the lumberyard red series but especially with this one.