bluejacket74 (1341) - 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 (4956) - 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 (2220) - 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.
screigh (462) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 20, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a brown/red color. Looks a bit like iced tea. No head at all on my pour. Smell is grain and sweet. Tastes a bit tart or sour. Some bitterness in the finish.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally getting around to rating this since now itís available in bottles. Pours a deep clear read with a small off white head that fades to a nice film. Aroma is nice blend of English biscuity malts, light caramel, citrus, earthy resinous hops, herbal grassiness, and light pineyness. Taste is sweet malts at first them fades to bitterness and finishes clean and dry. Carbonation is perfect and the finish is clean and not overly long. Overall a really great beer.
ogiergrove (120) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful copper color with a complex bright hop nose. Unexpected combination of resiny bitterness with an almost Belgian fruity Esther quality
Block (1432) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hops throughout. Great aroma to start with a bitter finish. A lingering dryness. Masks the alcohol very well.
vyvvy (4025) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours reddish brown with a light tan head. The aroma has lots of maltiness that is toasted with a bit of mush. Medium grainy body with gentle sharp carbonation. The taste starts off with rough earthy hops along with toasty nutty malt and some spice. The finish is earthy and resiny. Quite nice.
Dogbrick (8259) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2010 Sample at Heorot in Muncie, IN. The beer pours a clear brownish-amber color with a medium off-white head that recedes steadily. Thin rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark malt, caramel and hops. Medium body with flavors of piney hops and malt plus a touch of citrus. The finish is hoppy up front and settles to a sweet malty aftertaste. Decent Imperial Red overall.