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RATINGS: 840   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Bottle courtesy DarkElf. Pours caramel with a thin white head. Smells rosey with some sweet malty hints. Tastes chewy with a decent resiny finish.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Crit (3718) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2008
One word ...YUCK !! Amber with thin fast fading beige head. Alcoholic cyrstal malt nose, light hops. Starts sweet, then some hops, which are immediately overshadowed by a harsh alcohol bite. Unpleasant lasting bitter end. Rough and unfinished like a poor quality barleywine

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Bottle, from Whole Foods. Pours a deep red amber with small beige head. Aroma is full of pine and malt with hints of other hop flavors to come, very lovely and very strong. Flavor is bitter and potent with alcohol and hop flavors. Some sweetness is present towards the end with evident crystal malt but the woody hops dominate. Finish is long and balanced by sweetness and bitterness. This one went down far too quickly for such a potent ale, a tribute to the elegance of it’s flavors...a strong word for a such a big beer. Time to go back and get more, what the hell was I thinking?

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (13530) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Bomber from South Bay Drug - as SA Double Red Ale. Reddish amber color with a foamy beige head. Deep roasted malt aroma with hints of hop to come. Medium plus body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is red/roasted caramel malt with a heck of a lot of hop. Heat at 9.2%? What heat. Awesome brew. Finish is slightly sweet, but with the abundance of hop, it’s hardly noticeable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2626) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2008
22oz bomber. Good floral aroma. Deep amber body with thin birge head. Pour look little flat. Good fruity plumbs but near the finish the sweet carmel malt was present. A moderate dry bitter and caramel aftertaste left on palate. good brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2008
pour a really dark rich amber or cherry stained wood with a soft sponge-like light beige head. lots of web-like lacing on the glass. aromas of caramel, malted grain, light pine/fresh rosemary similar to standing near it in the garden after you just accidentally stepped on it, grapefruit, orange, floral, earthy and grassy as well. the palate is surprisingly NOT cloyingly sweet! it does seem to sweeten a bit as it warms but at that point it doesn’t matter since it’s nearly gone... the flavor is spicy and stingy both from alcohol and hops. pine, floral, citrus and copious amounts of nondeScript hops thrown in on top of a woody, caramel-y malt backbone. medium to full body leaves a slight residue on the lips. this goes down way too easily at 9.2%...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (11255) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2008
Bottled at Papsoes Blind tasting 19th. June 2008 no 17: Amber coloured. Unclear. Light brown head. Herbs, spice, pine and light caramel in the aroma. Flaovur is sweet, caramelly, light flowery and herbal. A bit piney as well. Full bodied. Dry. Very bitter with a light sweet touch in the end. Very well balanced beer with high drinkability.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3475) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2008
22 oz bottle

The third bottle that I could not resist opening soon after getting a shipment from Seattle this is the one that I was probably most looking forward to. Since Pizza Port/Lost Abbey have not been disappointing yet I knew that I was in for something good. That was definitely the case with this; it wouldn’t take me long to drink a case if it was lying around the house.

Aroma / Appearance - The rusty brown body was the color of darkly stained wood and was graced by a dirty white halo. Cherry pie, butterscotch and earthy notes stood out. In the background were gummy bears, wet cedar chips and hints of some flowery hops.

Flavor / Palate - The initial bitter start shocked the palate into action. As it mellowed I detected caramel, molasses, and roses. The woody peach finish kept the throat moist yet wanting more. Each sip refreshed and brightened my senses so it was sad when the bottle was finally empty. For time reasons I probably won’t try this again but if this was all I could drink it would not disappointing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8957) - 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.

Bottles.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - 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


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