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RATINGS: 832   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2011 My Bottom Line:
Voluptuous dried fruit and caramel sweetness hug resinous, leafy hops in this portly and alcoholic American Strong Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the misty dark red.
-Carbonation is quite low, making the body’s girth more appreciable, but decreasing drinkability significantly.
-Alcohol warming is persistent.
-The resinous hop bitterness is as gripping as the alcohol in the end.
-For most breweries, this would be a smashing Barley Wine or Strong Ale experiment, but we’re talking about Tomme Arthur here so I was expecting mindblowing greatness as usual.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2008
(Bottle 65 cl) Courtesy of toncatcher. Almost clear amber golden with a tiny, off-white head. Fat and oily hop aroma. Medium body with notes of toasted caramel, overripe fruit and somewhat perfumy hops. Distinct and a little raw hop finish. 190608

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (24402) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2008
Botte #17 at Papsoes blindtasting. Cloudy orange coloured with a small off white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel, hops and pine needles with notes of cardemomme. Fruity flavour of caramel, hops, pine needles, grape fruits and cardemomme. Dry hoppy finish. Well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (36972) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2008
Bottle. Papsoes MadsBerg homecoming blindtasting, bottle #17, as Double. Pours hazy orange with a lacing white head. Solid wooden hops aroma. Flavour is solid dry hoppy with a dense caramel malt base and a slowly growing bitterness. Smooth yet also hoppy. Dry and woody hops flavour following. Ends dry hoppy and solid bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2008
22oz Bottle: Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber with virtually no head. The aroma is malt driven with some hop presence but a some alcohol aromas are there on the nose. The hops are there in the taste, sweet citrus perhaps, but not overwhelming. This is about the malt and lots of it. I get caramel, butterscotch and a slight reminder of a barley wine. The alcohol that I smelled provides some warmth in my mouth. This beer is definitely a palate coater with a medium to heavier feel but it fits the style. This is a good beer overall but I shouldn’t be surprised that I’m not crazy over it since I am not a fan of the regular Shark Bite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
blklab2007 (2108) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 20, 2008
22 oz. bottle labeled double red poured into a tulip glass with some vigor only producing a half inch light tan head that diminished. color is a brown ruby and the carbonation visible is low. aroma has a wonderful dry hopped sweetness, citrus, grapefruit, and a hefty dose of crystal malt. mouth feel is medium with just enough carbonation. flavor is fairly bold with a hop wave hitting first then the malts come through finishing with some bitterness both on the hops and malt side. the hop profile is very tasty, and the sweetness is just right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2008
A cold pour yields a rich, gooey amber mucus with amost no head. I can count the bubble spatter. Theres 123 bubbles on the roof of this thing. Maybe thats how many bubbles a dead surfer produces after a shark attack. IDK. Aromas of full on caramel w/ a pinch of citrus. Full nectar and dead as it’s head w/ very little effers. Defined sweetness w/ thick and jammy caramel flavors upfront and a mild hop factor. Theres an interesting aged citrus pulp comonent that protrudes adding complexities. The fnish is bittered mildly w/ citrus rind and has lingering sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2008
This was a dark red pour with a nice hoppy finish with a nice bittersweet taste and a nice malty body to it overall not a bad beer.CHEERS!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (4956) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2008
22 oz bottle from Capones that clearly states "Double Red" but who am I to argue with RateBeer?? Pours a deep murky reddish amber with hardly any head, I’m thinking it might have been the glass since I wasn’t at my house but a family members. Aroma is very reminiscent of a barleywine, lots of caramel, toffee and some pineapple and citrus. Full bodied with some noticable alcohol warming. Flavor of caramel, bread, toffee and some pineapple sneaks in there as well. They might as well just go ahead and call this one a BW and just get it over with.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 16, 2008
20080616 Bomber. Deep, dark amber-red color, a bit hazed, with a medium sized lasting off-white head. Aroma is full of sweet malts, a bit barley wine-ish, some citrus, more resin, but those hop notes are subdued. Full, coating, mildly sweet body up front, coarse in the middle with emerging resinous hops and sweet but bitter and astringent to finish. A bit of a peppery spice at the end. Tasty, nice, though unremarkable.

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