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RATINGS: 794   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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This is a classic West Coast-style imperial red ale brewed with medium crystal malts, centennial and cascade hops. The color is a burnt amber with red highlights and the aroma has a spicy hop presence with moderate caramel malt accents. The taste is a smooth, malty one with a balanced hoppy finish that includes hints of sweet caramel


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (970) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
600ml bottle served in a pint glass. A: Pours a deep clear amber color forming a big fluffy beige head. Good retention and many lacings left in the glass S: Sweet. Sweet malts, caramel, caramel malts, grapes, roasted malts and flowery hops T: Mild sweet upfront followed by caramel, roasted malts and flowery hops. In overall, a dry and crispy taste.Very malty. Some notes of dark fruits, mainly grapes. Medium to high bitterness in the end M: Medium body and carbonation. Caramel and roasted malts aftertaste O: Great drinkability. Port Brewing quality. "California Ã?ber Alles"! ;) [ BA Review @ 6/2/2013 ]

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kayres (524) - , Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Orange with a thick white head. Somewhat sour hop aroma. Big body and bitter stale hop flavor. Sharp stale finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (4104) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: SBWF 2014.
Appearance: Brown colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Citrus, caramel, malt, fruit, hops.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Fruit, caramel, hops, alcohol.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Peter_L (897) - SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2014
Flaska från SB. Kopparfärgad vätska med tjockt gulaktigt skum. Massiva toner av citrusfrukter med karamell och rostat malt, lite kaffe och antydan av tobak. Kort sagt en doftkaskad. Len och fin inledning som övergår till en explosiv munutfyllnad från alkoholen. Krämig, sött karamellig nästan juicig. Sedan kommer en skön beska mullrande. Det amerikanska humledrivet bara går och går och går och....Ja ni förstår - lång eftersmak.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Broncosnbeer101 (11) - Denver, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Poured at GABF a great imperial red ale or strong ale. Generouse hops but the malt comes through in spades. Caramel, and malts are all over in a good way mouth coating and the hop bitterness cleans it all out to a fairly dry finish. I really enjoyed this brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rollerton (101) - SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2014
Bottle from SB. Pours three fingers of head. Nose is full of flavours, so is the taste. A lot of caramel and hint of roasted. Sweet, but very good!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2014 "good, but the reds are just not the best of the port brews. gimme a stone 13 or a gordon any day. this has a definite hoppy aspect, but is very dark and malty as well. nutty, semi sweet malt, and more bittering hops, slightly floral. good, but not great."

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aenima (275) - Askim, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2014
Heavy citrusy aroma with hints of caramel. The taste is american hops and dark caramel.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (7983) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2014 Bottle, bomber, on September 24, 2014. From Systembolaget, Ludvika.
Hazy brown color, tan head. Sweet, fizzy, malty, grainy, roasted, toasty, alcohol, bitter taste. Fizzy mouthfeel, high bitterness. Warming alcohol. Sweet, malty, alcohol scent. Nice, but rather evident alcohol.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Barreras (1055) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Pours a deep copper color with a deep red malt aroma. Taste is malty with a distinct bitter red aftertaste. The double red flavor is evident but not overpowering. Slightly skunky, but the aftertaste dissipates quickly.


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