JStax (5052) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 7 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. Appearance is a murky brown with a thin, quickly diminishing head of grey-ish foam. This beer looks like its be stored in a dirty sock. Aroma is fairly indicative of a nice barley wine. Malty to the point of candied fruits and chocolate notes with a hint of booze to back-up the candy note. The taste is...interesting. I’m on the verge of saying stale, but something makes me think it isn’t. It’s not all that sweet. It has a bit of a Cavendish flavor to it. In that regard, this beer would pair nicely with a cigar. Palate is dry and robust.
jmohno (1508) - Iowa, USA - JUN 21, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky red. Thin head. Aroma is sweet doughy , toast/light roast. Herbal planty, dated bottle. Taste is some caramel chocolate light roasts, toasty. Bit boozy. Dark toffee. Don’t think I’ve ever had this fresh, tastes aged, kind of medicinal b vitamy. Poorly stored most likely.At one time I thought I liked this, its OK.
JohnGalt1 (1538) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 16, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
brew is a dark hazy red/chestnut brown with a good red glow when held to a light.
Aroma is light dried fruits that are pummeled by citrus hops.. a little caramel and chocolate as it hits room temp.. it really needs to warm to get interesting. Piney and biscuits.
Flavor is thin .. probably to big bitterness and a nice toasty malt mid palate.. citrus/floral hops and a good dose of brown sugar without the sweetness.. a little yeasty fruitiness.. that seems to find its way into most Rogue brews.. finish is medicinal hops and a lingering toffee quality. Body is fairly light for a brew of this caliber/abv.. carbonation is pretty much perfect.
if I had this beer in a blind tasting... I would guess.. a barleywine.. not an energized version of a red ale.
blipp (8030) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 9, 2016
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Looking at the dates this was most recently reviewed, I’m seriously questioning how old this damn bottle is.... No date stamp found. Pours brownish amber with nearly no head. Some sweet malts, caramel, some earthy and herbal tea-like notes, brown sugar, and a weird candy-like finish. A bit of oxidation, but it’s not overpowering. This was a gift... I would never buy garbage like this for myself. Who the hell buys this stuff?
721Lance (82) - Oceanside Ca, California, USA - APR 6, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great pairing of citrus and pine hops, along with excellent caramel malts. Dark fruits of raisin and plum through the aroma and finish. I love imperial reds and this one is really good.
LearninBeer (470) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is sweet like a Barleywine, malt - caramel, dates, figs. Pours a brown amber with no head and no lacing. The taste is sweet/bitter umami. The body is medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation average and the finish short. Overall OK, really is like a Barleywine taste and palate wise. Has potential comes up lacking.
slowrunner77 (9942) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
"not sure what this is based on, but it tastes nothing like a stronger St Rogue Red as i was hoping for. May more malt than hops in this one...toffee up front, and in the aroma with a slightly nutty, slightly bitter finish. another ok-pretty good beer from Rogue that’s not worth the ridiculous bottle price. I’d take a Red Rocket or Lagunitas Imperial Red any day over this one..."
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
9/5/2014. XS bottle. Cloudy dark amber with a thin white head. Malty and spicy aromas. Sweet sugary flavors with malt, caramel, spices and an earthy, hoppy finish.
Bulk_Carrier (3632) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - AUG 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a pint glass and a snifter.
There was barely any difference between the two glasses other than a longer lasting filmier looking head in the snifter.
The rest of the appearance was a hazy dark ruby red color with about a finger’s worth of white foaminess in the head. The lacing was filmy and clingy all around.
The smell had a decent caramel maltiness with a light raisin and raspberry. It kind of comes across somewhat tart but not in a bad way.
The taste was basically the same - slightly sweet, dark fruitiness and then tart again.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was there but nothing overbearing. Light tart to sweet rolls over my tongue.
Overall, this was an interesting American Strong Ale with the raisins and raspberries. I think I could do this again.
Lowenbrau (3182) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - AUG 24, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
20.7 cl (7 fl.oz.) botle @El Lúpulo Feroz, Oviedo. 12-01-2014.
In short: nice amber ale.
Pours hazy dark amber, with some vanishing off white head. Some to poor head retention, poor lacing. Malty, caramel, heral aromas. Medium body, oily texture, average carbonation. Taste is sweet, caramel, malty, some spicy, mild bitter. Balanced and enjoyable.
Luvystypotables (1612) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma of sour mash, and malt. Not much of a head, reddish brown color. Sour taste of malt, with a touch of caramel. Creamy feel with a bitter malt finish.