marcus (9231) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Good Foods. Pours dark copper with a modest tan head and a toffee aroma. There is a slightly harsh treacle flavor with a hint of candi sugar and a bitter finish. It’s a hearty brew, but the taste is not partucularly pleasant.
alexsdad06 (9140) - 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.
bb (8572) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a cream colored head. Malt and earthy aroma. Malt and honey flavor with light earth. Medium bodied. Honey and malt lingers with light earth and backing hops.
douglas88 (8463) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle thanks to someone at the Christmas tasting. I stole this bottle basically- thanks to someone. A light reddish brown color with a tan head. The aroma and flavor is rich caramel, earthy, hot, some smoke, interesting.
blipp (8275) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours amber brown with an off white head. Oaky aroma with some toffee sweetness and a hint of hops. The flavor has woody oak up front, toffee/caramel malt sweetness, and some late floral hop bitterness. It seems like the base beer was closer to an american-style barleywine, as opposed to an "imperial brown ale" as the bottle suggests, but hey, they brewed the damn thing, what the hell do I know. Pretty good.
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber pours clear mahogany with deep copper hues and short lived tan head. The modest aroma is smooth with sweet malts, some honey and sweet smelling dark fruity esters to go along with a faint background of caramel covered wood. The taste starts both smooth and rich and then ends a bit rough with booze. I get roasted malts and a bit of honey. By midway roasty malts are met with nuttiness, sweet dark fruitiness and wood. Into the finish booziness grows to sort of harsh levels before this dies off into the after taste.
SudsMcDuff (8112) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 22oz .. . Pours a deep caramel tan .. medium foam .. . caramel, molasses, and bread .. . pretty smooth, the abv is pretty tame .. . tasty for a redhook product .. . . I’ll tell you what’s ridiculous! The Kaiser! Somebody should put him on a roll!
BMan1113VR (7917) - 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.
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
8/27/10. Bomber. Big thanks to Byron at Liquor Loft/Proof for sharing with the crew! Brown pour, mostly red when held to the light. Sweet roasty aroma with a hint of booze. Sweet bitter roasty flavor with a dose of astrigent bitterness. The finish is very burnt bitter. Eh.
after4ever (7620) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Pours a murky dark brown with a dense and somewhat pillowy tannish head. Nice caramel and brown bread nose. Creamy medium body with mild carb. Toast, caramel, brown bread, and a bit of molasses on the mid-palate. Mild yeasty tang in there, vaguely reminiscent of fruitcake with dark pitted tree fruit in it but that’s a distant note, nowhere near the foreground by any means. Mild caramel and toast finish. Doesn’t have as much flavor as you might expect for the abv, even given a brown as a base recipe. There are definitely more assertive browns out there with half the alcohol. Still, it’s appealing, and hides the alcohol well enough, even if it is a bit on the mild side in terms of the flavor profile.