Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle from sefus12, thanks Beau! Pours a cloudy, deep red-brown colored body with a two finger-width, dense and foamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is fairly floral, citrusy, and hoppy with a light spruce. A light caramel malt alongside the floral citruses with a touch of bread. Flavor is citrusy and slightly sweet up front with a good amount of florals before a light bready caramel and some toasted grains come in. Leafy and piney hops come out towards the end and grow into a moderately bitter, grainy, dry finish. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a decent imperial red. Well hopped with a light caramel, toasted bread maltiness. Pretty citrusy with a nice mix of florals and pines/leafy hops. Not bad.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Yogiís, Bloomington. May be officially a winter seasonal but this was fresh and floral as could be when I had it. Bright gleaming red pour with a dark heart and a thick fluffy head, sticky lacing everywhere. Strong sharp hops and caramel malts in the nose, with abundant floral notes. Mouthfeel is luxuriant, with a bit more of a bite than youíd expect at 7.5%. Flavors tended to be maltier than the nose would suggest, but it was a well balanced and very drinkable ASA in the same region as Arrogant Bastard (with a bit of a Hoosier mellow).
jkwood04 (3749) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle in a snifter. Pours deep ruby with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of toasted malts, some dough and nuts, and strong bitter hops. Flavor the same, with a nice hop finish. Average texture. A pretty good beer.
wedgie9 (1825) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted on 6/21/11 from a 22oz bomber bottle purchased at Delockís. Pours a fiery red with a thick beige head that slowly recedes to thick, rocky lace, and leaves a ton of residue along the inside of the glass. The nose is bitter resin, citrus, slightly herbal, and floral hops with a sweet caramel and bread malt backbone. The flavor is slightly sweet (not as sweet as I was expecting given the nose) caramel and bread malt up front, moving to the more bitter resin, citrus, and herbal hops. The body is medium and oily with average carbonation and a long resin, citrus, and herbal hops bitter finish.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle into a pint glass. This beer pours red with a thick light tan head. The beer says it uses English yeast, but it smells like Belgian yeast, sweet. There are definite malty notes. Taste is sweet and still Belgian like, with hops on the back end. Not too complex, pretty one dimensional, but not bad overall.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Yogiís in Bloomington IN. Pours a dark reddish brown with a light biege head. Fruity ester and citrus hop aroma. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Flavor of caramel and husky grains countered by citrus and earthy hops. Dirty and resiny tea like finish.
bluejacket74 (1267) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a slightly hazy reddish/amber color with a huge light tan head. The head lasts forever, and thereís a good amount of lacing. I bought a bottle of this for one of my friends, and he warned me that it was a gusher, so I made sure to open the bottle as carefully as I could. It didnít gush out but even after a slow pour the glass still ended up being 80% head and 20% beer. So once the beer finally settled enough to drink, the aroma is bready and caramel malt, cloves, yeast, and some earthy hops. The taste is the same as the aroma, but with the addition of some herbs. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit creamy and coating, but has way too carbonation. I think itís a solid beer, but the way too high carbonation hurts it. Iíll have to try this again in the future, maybe this bottle was a bit bad. I donít think it was supposed to be quite as carbonated as it was.
iugrad93 (266) - Indiana, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark reddish brown with white head and light lacing. Aroma of caramel, bready, earthy with some citrus; I presume from the Cascade hops. Taste is sweet with some light bitterness. Palate is full bodied with average carbonation and a short, semi-bitter finish. Overall, this isnít bad but seems a bit Belgiumy, maybe from the yeast.
JaBier (4730) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear red/copper in color with a medium off-white head. Malty and caramelly nose with some phenolic character and earthy hops. Caramel malt flavor with a grassy hop finish. Not bad, but nothing special.
jcr (2165) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Amber body with a short, white head, rapidly diminishing. Citrus aroma with hints fo caramel and grapefruit and leafy hops. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet, lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture and lively carbonation. Tastes of citrus and some caramel and some raw hop flavors. A bit thin and vinegary notes in the finish, along with some hot, peppery alcohol.