AWISLguy (915) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Arminetti. Pours cloudy brownish orangey red with a small white head leaving nice spots of lace. Aroma is toffee, sweet fruits and butterscotch. Yummy. Taste is of sweet caramel, sweet dark fruits, bitter oranges and a bourbon-y-ness. More sour down through the glass. Medium to full bodied. Dry and oaky. Finishes sweetly with a bit of bitterness and some alcohol. Very enjoyable. Very different than expecting.
GranvilleTim (1403) - Granville, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber red pour with a tan head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt. Taste is creamy, caramel malt, little sweet, lots of flavor. Ok lacing. Very good beer.
nellycale (146) - Caledonia, Minnesota, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From bottle.Pours a cloudy dark amber color with thin off-white ring head.
Aroma of caramel and amber malts, dry leaves, tea, and oak. Flavor of caramel, oak, some earthy and leafy notes, and peanut brittle, nutty, coffee. Medium bodied, with a mouthfeel that starts smoother and finishes thicker.9.2% ABV is hard to tell. Decent imperial res
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HighWine (926) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to frosted shaker at Blues Bar. Auburn colored pour with a dense foamy off white head that leaves thick lace on the glass. Aroma is sweet grape, oak, caramel, and ash. I like the taste. Itís very woody at first and that is followed by a nice hoppiness and toasted malt. The ash characteristic presents itself on the finish. I really like the barrel treatment on this. It lends a complexity that makes this a lot more interesting. ABV is very well disguised. Tasty.
tmoreau (1915) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle poured to a Czech-pils glass at Lunar Brewing Co., showing a clear, mahogany color, frothy, tan head foam, and wavy cling to the lacing. The nose was sweet caramel, and esters, with some woody/oaky scent. Medium bodied, with soft carbonation, the flavor presented some toastiness, vanilla, fruit, and a pronounced, lingering hop bitterness that had some resiny qualities to it. Alcohol presence was well hidden. A little astringent, but not bad.
phaleslu (5154) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle from Chris- thanks again, Chris! This one pours a mostly clear tea-amber color with virtually no head, just a small off-white ring. Aroma of caramel and amber malts, dry leaves, tea, and oak. Flavor of caramel, oak, some earthy and leafy notes, and peanut brittle. Light-medium bodied, with a mouthfeel that starts smoother and finishes stickier. Low carbonation. The 9.2% ABV is well hidden. I never know what to expect with an imperial red, but this one doesnít deliver the hoppiness it promises.
ryecatcher (539) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a murky medium brown (thought this was a red ale??) thin head, okay lacing. Malty, some vanilla, more malt, bitterness. Average.
BeerSquare (115) - - MAR 30, 2013
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I generally have trouble passing up beers Iíve never tried, but I think Iím going to start with OíSo. They tend to go exactly the direction I do not like with all my fave varieties.
With this one, itís becoming annoying-- especially because at first sniff, I thought this was going to be something great! The aroma really is a nice, rich, thick, nutty thing with lovely notes of vanilla to broaden it.
Ah, but then it touched my lips, and all the scores slid. Syrupy sweet is NOT what an imperial red should be. And strong is fine, but this has such an alcohol taste and such sweet vanilla notes, it actually reminds of Balvenie Double Barrel, in a twisted way.
But if I wanted that, I would not have opened an imperial red.
Most disappointing here is the hop profile-- not sure exactly which hop it is that OíSo completely overdoses on, but itís here again just like in their DIPA. Sour and biting in all the bad ways, and completely lacking completxity.
In that way, it just smacks you up, and leaves you with a syrupy coated mouth. Yuck. (First time Iíve ever said that about an imperial red. . . )
JPDurden24 (1379) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the bottle, dark red pour with a white head. Hoppy and sweet citrusy aroma. Taste is sweet and malty with some residual sugar and hoppiness. Good, but not great.
upaboveit (4) - - DEC 26, 2012 does not count
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent beer that could be significantly improved. There isnít much nuance to this brew. A slightly above average imperial red. The label on the bottle is an eye-catcher though. Iím drinking this post-Christmas day 2012 and I must say that it does taste a little flat.