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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Venture Series - A series of one-time release, seasonally brewed beers that allow craft beer enthusiasts to explore the diverse flavors and styles of their favorite beverage. Our Oak-Aged Imperial Red has intriguing aromas of oak and mocha. Creamy malt flavors of caramel and chocolate create a complex flavor balanced with hop bitterness.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CanIHave4Beers (3362) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Pours a hazy copper color with a small head and nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is rich and intriguing, very sweet and caramel forward, some weird tootsie roll & some cocoa. Plenty of dark toast french oak in there as well. Defiantly rich smelling, perhaps a touch too sweet smelling to be really inviting, but interesting for sure.

The flavor is way unbalanced, rudely sweet with loads of tootsie roll and french oak. Where the oak mingles well in the aroma it overpowers the flavor. Beneath what I donít like lies a pretty good idea for a beer, itís got a mellow alcohol character, nice toasty malt tones, light fruity happiness, and a light chocolate character.

Itís certainly a complex beer, but the recipe needs some ironing out to really reach itís potential.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dgess32 (10) - - DEC 3, 2014
Bomber poured into a pint. Smooth and malty with a nice note of oak and vanilla. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (6980) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Bomber. Shared with my brother. Reddish amber pour with a wispy white head. Oak and vanilla. Some sweetness and a drier finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (3521) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Bottle thanks to Pepsi! Gusher! Pours hazy red amber with tons of suspended floaties. Medium beige head, creamy with nice lacing Aroma is caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla, cardboard. Flavor is the same, yep, a lot of wood and vanilla here, medium sweet, light bitter. Woody, almost cedar feel to it. Lingering bitter finish. Medium body. Points for originality if nothing else@

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (3124) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2013
This was poured from draft at Zombie Burger in Des Moines. Red with no head. Coconut and vanilla taste. Syrupy Good brew. Unique

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
flabbergasted (4) - Omaha, Alabama, USA - JUN 16, 2013 does not count
Had it on tap a while ago. It was excellent. The oaky vanilla flavors. Bought a few bottles. Oaky flavor less prominent. Still pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (9478) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2013
Bottle @ home via trade with randomgarbage. Thanks pepsied! Pours a clear, deep reddish orange appearance with a light brown head. Huge grainy oaky, vanilla, herbal, toasty caramel malty aroma. Flavor is quite strong with some booze and a ton of vanilla and grainy oak. Thereís some notes of light fruit, chocolate, and caramel, but the beer is incredibly, fresh wood forward with a massive amount of vanilla. A bit overly oaky, but I could see some really digging this beer. Kind of surprised to see BroIPA say he didnít get oak. Thatís all I got. He likely used a different glass that didnít accent the oak notes, possibly a beer bong?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MacBoost (1399) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2013
So...much...vanilla... Pours a clear amber witha pillowy white head. Super enormous notes of vanilla and caramel. Taste is vanilla milkshake, caramel, toffee, slightly bitter but oh so sweet. Not cloying though... At least not yet. No alcohol detected... No oak notes detected either. Just a straight vanilla bomb to the dome. This beer is 1st cousin of Southern Tierís Choklat. So much vanilla. So much vanilla. So much vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (4062) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 2, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2013 Aroma is grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit pulp and a hint of sweetness/sugar. The flavor is chocolate/coffee, grapefruit, citrus, caramel sweetness and a slight alcohol burn in the finish. A lot going on in this, almost too much so but interesting none the less.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
boozedude (1998) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Bomber into pint glass.. Brown pour.. Thick creamy off white head.. Aroma is alcohol..fruit.. Caramel..hinrs of chocolate.. Taste is similar.. Like it alot

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
igneous1 (1506) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - FEB 9, 2013
deep amber color, clear, big frothy almond colored head. nose has notes of vanilla, perspiration, and is a bit earthy. flavor is initially vanilla, somewhat sweet with a creamy mouthfeel. alcohol and a decent bitter hoppy finish are also perceptible.

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