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RATINGS: 782   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


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kestral (506) - Årnes, - AUG 26, 2012
Bottle@Schouskjelleren. Pours a dark amber with a huge creamy beige rocky head. Tons of lace. Looks great. ARoma of citrus, tropical fruits, burnt sugars, caramel.. Intensely hoppy on the nose. but it smells like it’s going to be backed up with a considerable sweetness. Some pine/resiny quality to it as well. A sip revleas that this one has got a lot of everything. Tons of bitterness up front, some burnt notes that is reinforced by the massive hop finish. Very fruity, with a pine needle finish. Fairly calm mouthfeel, not flat though. Quite full bodied. This is intense and delicious.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5607) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Conyers, Ga. - Sigman Bottle Shop - 22 oz bomber. Pours a hazy dark copper with a sticky medium thick khaki colored head that leaves a thin film of lacing. Aroma has some sweet cake mix accents, a touch of toffee. Full-bodied flavor with plenty of juicy citrus notes, some fruity pomegranate goodness, some sweet cake mix notes, a bit of canned fruit cocktail in the finish. A tad bit of booziness pokes its head in there. Nice thick rich mouthfeel. Pretty solid.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jorn69 (1025) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2014
@ Röhällavägen 141028. Bottle (650 ml) from Systembolaget (95:-). Fruity, caramely and hoppy, sweet, grapefruits and pine, medium to full body with an oily texture. The finish is dry, bitter and hoppy with alcoholic notes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigbish (544) - California, USA - OCT 27, 2014
If you’re giving me a big beer with centennial and cascade hops, chances are I’m going to love it. Great flavor, nice bitterness. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikeyo1 (239) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle @ home. Hazy copper color liquid and a huge tan,frothy & lasting head with nice lacing. Sweet caramel aroma with lots of pine apple & hop raisins. Also orange, grape, bread, marmalade and some warming alcohols. Big sweet mouth feel with an instant sharp bitterness. Caramel, toffee, orange marmalade, flowers, pine apple, dark bread, grass and some light roasted notes constitutes the flavor. Lasting marmalade sweetness and dry grape-like bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FestDecBeet (174) - - OCT 22, 2014
Look: pours a dark copper. Clear and a white head. Smell: sweet toffee. Tropical fruit. Malty sweetness. Hops. Taste: slight bitterness. Tropical fruit. Toffee candy sweetness. Feel: nice dryness that makes you want another sip. Medium carbonation. Overall: great beer. Love this hoppy red ale. First drank: home 10/22/14

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2669) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours a reddish amber with a thick tan head. Aroma of caramel, pine, citrus and grass. Flavor was malty and bitter with caramel, pine, citrus, subtle toffee, grass and alcohol. Sticky texture, medium-full body, average carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (4284) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2014
Bomber from SB Majorna cons 2014-10-17 Göteborg AR: grapefruit, pine, orange/apricot marmalade AP: heavy hazy woody body, frothy wee bubbly cream beige head, nice curtains F: strong grape fruit bitterness, orange liquore, dry, apricot/orange peel marmalade, Big Beer! intensive carbonation, brittish dried fruit butter cake, wee grainy, finishes grape fruit and pine cones. And thank you SB for making the importer adding a wee sticker over the diver on the label and me to pay for this non value nonsens...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdiBeer (1370) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2014
Aroma: caramel, intense flowers, heavy ripe tropical fruits. Appearance: hazy brown, no head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: sweets continue, heavy caramel and ripe fruits. Overall: very nice Double Red Ale, excellent aroma. Pint at Lost Abbey/Port Brewing, San Marcos.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (891) - 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 (489) - , 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


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