DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
10-Jun-10 (22-oz bottle: Purchased for $7.99 at BevMo in La Jolla, CA) Most standard 6-pack releases from Redhook are decent but unexciting, but the same can be said for a lot of other breweries too. However, like those other breweries, the 22-ounce special release beers tend to be quite solid, and the 8-4-1 Expedition is case in point. This oak-aged beer is malty, medium-sweet, and fairly caramely, yet balanced by grassy, moderately bitter hops and moderate oak influence. The somewhat resiny bitterness from the hops tends to give the finish considerable length. The nose offer a significant amount of hoppy grassiness, sweet and caramely malt, oak tinges and modest vanilla. While the beer has medium weight and average carbonation, there is a slight astringency on the palate from the oak aging, and alcohol adds a bit of warming. The body is ruddy amber in color with excellent clarity and the off-white head builds to almost an inch on the pour before settling at an average rate to a thin layer and wide ring. Solid beer, one Iíd likely buy more of down the road if it werenít a one-off.
lucklys (62) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It poured a murky brownish-red, reminiscent of an old penny, and sported deep ruby red highlights in the sun. If it was murky initially, it seemed to clear as it warmed, which makes me wonder if it was a little too cold. A heavy - but fluffy - off-white/beige head built to just over a finger thick and dissipated gradually, leaving sticky spots of lace along the glass and a thin collar surrounding light patches in the middle. ---
The nose was a little difficult to pick up on, and as it warmed all of the complex aromas seemed to melt together, but Iím pretty happy with what I pulled out of it with the time (and amateur nose) I had. There were lots of sweetly toasted malts, some honey, a light woody oak scent, burnt caramel, and hints of vanilla as it warmed. There were very few hops that I could pick up on, though there was an odd citrus tint that didnít seem to belong with the rest of the earthy compilations. After some research, I deduced that the citrus was thanks to the Cascade hops, which are used as an aroma-type cultivar and produce obvious floral and citrus tones. ---
My first swig of this heavily wooded brew was pleasurably smooth, made up of a medium mouthfeel with small but adequate carbonation that created a surprising kick of spiciness that mellowed out quickly. Another reason for the spiciness was thanks to the Willamette hops, which are a triploid aroma-type cultivar that are actually Fuggle hop seedlings, and they are known for their spicy/woody characteristics. Many of the flavors that were present were very obvious thanks to the resemblance to the nose, with a sweet malt, quaint honey and vanilla flavors, and a strong wood/oak base; all I needed was to be sitting on a mossy rock in a thick forest watching little insects floating lazily through the sunbeams. ---
All of the different tastes were quietly and subtly wrapped in a smokey cloak as it rolled off my tongue, leaving just enough room for a mild bitterness to leak into my taste buds. The flavor was definitely a stronger version of the nose and carried lots of oak and wood notes, making it the most nature-istic brew Iíve tasted yet. I would love to take this with on a camping trip up in the mountains, surrounded by the tranquility of the trees and just being out in the wilderness. Being able to drink in the awe-inspiring freedom of nature while enjoying a delightfully crafted brew that pulls all of it perfectly into a liquid is a good way to cover each of the five senses. This is one for those who take time to appreciate their life and all the wonder present in the little things, even if that little thing happens to be the Grand Canyon.
dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a brown/copper, with a small beige head. Aroma of oak, brown sugar, and some sweet chocolate, which comes out as 8-4-1 warms. Medium body, with flavors of caramel, oak, and a soft sweetness. Overall, very drinkable, not as complex as I was thinking.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours a nice caramel ruby color with a nice white head. The nose is dry and dusty from the oak with a nice sweet sappy dose of hops. Lots of caramel covered orange and pineish/grapefruit notes. The flavor is big and balanced, nice spicy dark malts, clean balanced and snappy hop bitterness and a rounded oak note that follows up the tail. Very well done for Redhook, Iím surprised at the complexity and overall nice malty mouthfeel.
Reid (1900) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle from a local Family convienience store just south of my apartment ,Liberty Rd, Salem. $7.49
I see that this bottle is at least a year old..seeing as the íblurb" says the shelf life is 365 days i am not hopeful!
here goes anway
Colour? Slightly ruby red accented brown small tan head.
Fine aroma here. caramel, toffee, light hint of chocolate( dark),hazelnuts and a touch of floral hop. very complex.
Tste is like the above but having some really nice smooth dark heather honey tones, a slight woddsy smoke and the hops turn up at the end and curiously blend well with the honey. I like.
Very good palate to the beer.
Very surprised..this has held up well under the harsh lighting.
A nice beer.
alexsdad06 (5429) - Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a clear copper color with a small off white ring. The aroma has dark fruits, sweet caramel malt, vanilla and some alcohol. The flavor has sweet caramel, vanilla, woody, with a moderate bitterness. Finish is on the dry side, woody and somewhat bitter. This was a bit better than expected.
rcasta (835) - EL SALVADOR - JAN 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
como imperial definitivamente califica; como brown ale tambien. pero la combinaciůn puede dejar un poco que desear. interesante pero mejores imperiales mas oscuras
BelgianBeerGal (3197) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Vegas of unknown vintage. Pours a ruby, mahogany color with a small off-white head and a little lacing. Pretty big, hoppy aroma with some caramel malt and sugar at the end. The smoke and chocolate start off the flavor and the hops pop up again in the finish. Really no note of the 9.5ABV until the very last taste. You know, not bad at all.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brownish color. Aroma has toffee, hops, light cocoa, banana and booze. Flavor has banana, light toffee and some hop bite. Ok.
jake65 (2616) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Dark bronze pour with a finger of creamy beige head. Sweet nose of citrus and malts, light bready/rye note. Sweet and hoppy taste up front with citrus and florals. Dries out with more florals and more the the bready rye. Finished with a lingering sweet citrus and caramel taste. Very nice.