fitwitchik (292) - USA - AUG 27, 2014
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured from a bomber into a snifter glass cloudy amber with a thin head.
Aroma is fruity malty very subtle hops.
Flavor is overly bready sweet caramel with a bitter finish. Canít place what is off for me with this brew. It doesnít seem balanced from start to finish. Slightly below the average imperial red-disappointed.
ContemplateBeer (1530) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 11, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: Malty nuttiness with caramel; a touch of mild citrus. Appearance: Copper red with a patch of bone head. Flavor: A little more butterscotch than caramel; citrus presence builds toward the finish, but can only be described as "light" at best. Palate: Medium body, tacky texture, soft carbonation, long finish. Overall: Rather shocked I hadnít rated this, but maybe itís been that long. A maltier imperial amber thatís pretty clean, but not too exciting.
BrianPetrie (8) - Pelham, USA - AUG 7, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I am an ale enthusiast. You cannot taste any alcohol sweetness at all. Malty offering with complexity and depth. An absolute treat!
Aurelius (4121) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Woody, toasty, toffee, nicely bittered. European style bomber, bad label. Aroma is actually a little muted. Dryish, the bitterness really hits you on the back and sides of the tongue. Medium body, long woody finish with some grass and raisin. Not quite what I expected, but decent. New Leaf Market.
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
My Bottom Line:
Toasted bread and caramel wade in lax residual sugars, as peppery hop bitterness balances out.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam shrouds the cloudy red.
-Fruity touches are also felt.
-I have no idea if this bottle was close to being fresh as there is no date on it anywhere.
-The hop character is rather muddled.
-This is on the sweet side for my tastes in the style.
Ibrew2or3 (6848) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber, courtesy of shrubber85, pours with a clear ruby red amber body that supports a nearly tight tan head of foam. The aroma offers up a mix of sweet caramel, molasses, crisp ripe red apples, pine hops and some ripe cherry notes. This has a pretty sweet aroma but the molasses to toffee notes takes this to a better place. The taste starts with sweet malts, sweet caramel malts and ripe cherries before pine hops and a dash of roasted malts join in to provide some balance. It gets a touch toffee and molasses like here and there too for adding richness and interest. Pretty nice.
PorterPounder (5472) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Earth Fare - 22 oz bomber. Pours a dark copper, slightly murky with a thin off-white head that leaves a thin trail of lacing. Aroma has some passion fruit essence, some over excessive crystal malt. Heavy flavor with a lot of everything. plenty of crystal malt maltiness, some hints of molasses, just a touch of sweet citrus, and a finish of sweet cake mix. Mouthfeel has a nice thickness to it. Just a little too much of everything though.
theisti (3217) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - SEP 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
5 oz sample draft at the New Albanian Pizzeria and Public House in New Albany, Indiana. The pour is a slightly hazed copper reddish with a light tan head. The aroma is big malt grain, warm cereal. The taste is big on the grain, cereal fresh, lightly caramel along with a bright, almost chemical astringent bitterness. The palate is medium bodied, soft carbonation, and a bit of alcohol heat on the dry finish particularly as the warmed. This was well made though not totally my type of beer.
beerproject (129) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is very dry grainy and roasted. I feel like I just opened a bag of grains. Taste is a well balanced bitterness with a dark malty flavor.
DialSquare (2619) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Proof. Amber pour. Sweet caramel, candy sugar, floral aromas. Tastes are caramel, herbal, earthy bitter.