mrhoppy (1285) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Let it warm up. Very bitter, grassy resin. Really smacks you in the face at first. Then as it warms blossoms into a big beautiful red headed hop bomb. A bit harsh but pretty good.
johnnnniee (2411) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful deep shade of, well crimson, with a huge fluffy beige head that sticks to everything. Fruity and caramel malts mixed with earthy grassy citrus hops just about sum up the aroma on this one. I got an intense blast of citrus when I popped the cap open but that was short lived. Taste is caramel and dark pitted fruit mixed with an earthy spicy bitterness. Long lingering earthy grapefruit finish. Resinous and creamy mouthfeel, medium body and carbonation level. Wow I’m kind of impressed. Nice balanced red ale at a reasonable price compared to its peers. Great luscious creamy mouthfeel. Too bad its a "limited release" Points off for the screw top cap.
tgncc (2852) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice aroma, caramel, bread dough, earthy hops. The appearance is nice translucent amber/brown, off-white head. The flavor is caramel, toffee, bread dough, earthy hops. The body id medium to medium thick, smooth, creamy mouthfeel. The finish is earthy, floral hops. Nice beer. I didn’t get the diacetyl that others picked up. I guess it depends on the batch. This is sort of the same style as the Long Trail Centenial Red, another beer I enjoy. I like this whole Imperial Red thing.
ChainGangGuy (4400) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
10 ounce helping served up at Summits Wayside Tavern in Woodstock, Georgia.
Appearance: Served up a clear, garnet-hued body capped with a thin layer of lasting, whipped, off-white foam.
Smell: Particularly candyish nose with a sweet-scented maltiness marked with a whiff of toasted bread crusts brushed with butterscotch and maple syrup. Earthy, grassy, citrusy hops in the nose, as is a wafting booziness.
Taste: Deeply toasted maltiness teamed with a burst of caramel candy sweetness and a meager hint of nuttiness. Dab of buttery diacetyl blended in. Slight maple tones, reminiscent of their Maple Oat Ale. Earthy, modestly grassy hop character along with some fruity, citrusy grapefruit tastes. Moderate bitterness that makes way for a touch of hard fusel alcohol to reach the tongue. Finishes dry and zesty with a lingering mixture of bitterness and alcoholic warmth.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Notably smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: It’s bitter, it’s a bit boozy, but it’s got a pleasant smoothness to it that helps it go down without too much trouble. However, the ten ounces in this helping is more than enough for one sitting.
Ughsmash (7175) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Sugar Maple as “Imperial Red Ale”. Poured clear reddish-golden with a sticky cap of off-white head. The aroma was sweet and buttery with redder fruits and caramel representin’.. it was OK, but hard to get past the butter. Buttery notes carried their way through the flavor, again picking up some fruit and caramel sweetness.. heavy fruit and pine bitterness around.. grainy fruit sugars and abrasive bitterness on the finish. Medium-bodied and sharp most of the way through the palate (mostly due to rising bitterness as the drink progressed).. OK feel and flow beyond that. I didn’t much care for this.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5045) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sampled on draft at Smokin’ Joe’s in Pittsburgh PA this beer poured a red-amber color with a medium sized head that produced good lacing. The aroma was sour toasted caramel. The flavor was sour toasted caramel, moderately harsh fruity hops and had a odd buttery undertone. The finish was long, rough, hoppy and buttery. Medium body. Not good.
gsmitty80 (1831) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2010
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Churchkey
Good strong ale. Poured a dark red with a lasting head that laced pretty well throughout the experience. The malting was very smooth and the high alcohol did not penetrate as much as other strong ales. Very good.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2010
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Tap at Pony Bar: Something was wrong here, I have to re-rate this one. Copper pour with good clarity and an off white head. Butter-bomb aroma- all diacetyl. Slick palate with a butterscotch ridden flavor. Some vegetal twiggy hop notes underneath all the diacetyl is detectable, but something went wrong with the batch I was served. A nauseating butter-bomb.
nimbleprop (5085) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Churchkey, Washington D.C. With so little information about this I wasn’t really sure what to think. Pours a transparent orange, amber with a frothy, lacing white head. Aroma is pretty big but not aggressive: grapefruit, caramel sweetness, some biscuit, some berries. Long, bitter, sharp finish was a bit of a surprise. Flavors of caramel, sweet malts, oranges, lemons, sticky, resin. Surprisingly nice, a touch too bitter on the end.
argo0 (11590) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Off-white head atop clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit/earthy, caramel, strawberry. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, caramel, strawberry, earthy. Medium-full body, some resin, stickiness.