talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The pour is a very deep, blood red color with some clarity and a head of beige, average size, and fizzy/frothy; the longevity is fair and the lace is minimal. The nose is a bit bland, odd for a 9.5% ABV beer; notes of dark honey, brown sugar, some peppery spice, light citrus-pine hop notes, and maybe just a bit of rye bread? The flavor is definitely more oak-laden than I would have thought from the nose, a nice smoke tinge underneath, brown sugar still there, hints of roast, spicy hop notes but notes much else from the hops, maybe a bit of honey as well. The palate is moderately bodied, soft to lively in carbonation, and drying, thin in mouthfeel, especially for the size of the beer. The finish is short with spice, smoke, and dry oak. To be honest, there are so many things about this beer that make it seem like a table strength beer; thin body and mouthfeel, bland nose, and not much for complexity. The beer is pleasant and creative with the nose and the flavor seeming so different to me, but not worthy of the "Limited Release" title. Somewhat expected from Redhook.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, thanks to Tran at Perry’s. Aroma of light smoke, some brown sugar, caramel, sherry, fruity esters. A bit of alcohol. Fresh wood. Taste, alcohol, dark fruit, dog hair, brown sugar, caramel, oak. Light bubbles, dry.
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark chestnut pour produced a thin eggshell head that left a spot or two in the glass. Aroma is caramel, biscuit, dark fruit and wood. Flavor has much more hops than the nose would indicate and the ABV is noticeable. Sharp, biting alcohol with lots of brown sugar. Medium mouthfeel.
raphael (1136) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Seems weird to call this an imperial brown, assuming browns can have this kind of hope edge, A soft but enveloping aroma, hops a strong minority among hte caramel, yeasty dough and (non-perfumed) soap. Sharp red-brown color with off-white sufficient head. active and fragrant in the moth. I taste caramel and a sense of a slightly darker malt, the hops, alcohol. almost mint.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber/brown with tan head. Aroma of toasted grain, hint of caramel, light wood, signs of dark fruit, floral, earthy, pine resin. Flavor is very similar to aroma with a bit of candy sugar, has somewhat of a boozy finish and a sharp, hoppy, pine resin bitter. Mouth feel is heavy body with moderate carbonation. Overall, I really do not get any honey out of this and the hop is a bit dirty and astringent. Not really my cup of tea.
beerguy101 (5355) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on 4/16/2010. This American Strong Ale pours a medium to dark brown color from a 22oz bottle. Medium to full sized white foamy head. The aroma is malty, nutty, with a touch of wood. A medium bodied Imperial Brown/American Strong Ale. The malts are caramel, nutty and bready. The hops are earthy. A touch of oak and a touch of honey. Nice carbonation. A like smoke maybe. Interesting beer. A touch of honey shows up at the finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a touch of wood.
hopdog (11196) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Poured a dark brown color with and averaged sized off white head. Aromas of nuts, caramel, some woodiness, brown sugar, and chocolate. Tastes of caramel, the same woodiness, brown sugar, and a little earthy.
Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2010 Clear amber pour with tan head which fades to leave a moderate lace. Cognac nose. Chocolate, honey and caramel malt with medium to heavy body and oak and whiskey flavors. Light carbonation with grappa undertones and a pine resin finish make this a session beer that would also go well with steak and potatoes.As much of an IPA fan as I am, I could have done without the dry hopping. They should have gone brown ale all the way!
Aurelius (5006) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear, fairly dark, tea-colored red-brown with a clingy bone colored head. AS lightly pasty aroma. Flavor is woody whiskey and that’s about all -- not very sweet, muted cocoa. Whiskey finish. Fermentation Lounge, on tap.
blutt59 (6469) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle, garnet amber pour with short thin foam, aroma is woody grapefruit, flavors of oaky caramel sugar, cookie dough, wedding cake icing, finish is bitter metallic