swigswthwolves (74) - Michigan City, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark copper with almost no head. Smells of a complex blend of alcohol and malt. Definite notes of chocolate and brown sugar with an intense bite. A big beer that I could easily drink as a sessional.
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 (418) - 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 (6923) - 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 (2601) - Chesapeake, 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 (2676) - Final Resting Place, 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 (2606) - 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 (1008) - 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.
CopterScott (198) - Kansas, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
thick brown color with a very thin off white head. aroma is a light malt and booze. Flavor is dark fruit, heavy malt, and booze. Soft carbonation.
Darkmagus82 (1976) - - JUN 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 5-25-12-
Poured from 7 oz bottle into chalice glass
Appearance – Pours a deep red basically brown color with a thin dense off white head that has good persistence. The head fades very slowly giving a medium amount of lacing.
Smell – The smell is biggest of biscuit, roasted malt breadiness, and a heavy dose of booziness. These are mixed with sweeter aromas of dark fruit, molasses and a very light apple aroma which overall create a complex and enjoyable smell.
Taste – The taste is big of alcohol and malt. The malt is dark bread in nature with the booziness being of a slight rum flavor. It starts out more on the malty side and as the taste develops more it gets more and more boozy. Throughout the taste there is a lighter sweetness. It starts out as more of a dark fruit sweetness but then turns more molasses in nature. While sweetness is present it is quite light and helps to round out some of the more malty and boozy flavors. While rounded out to some degree, there is still a rather strange (more burnt charred bread flavor) that is left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew has above average creaminess with an average level of carbonation. The creaminess is suiting, but there is a bit too much carbonation for the malty and boozy nature of the flavors and it would likely do better with a bit less carbonation.
Overall –It had a wonderful aroma, but other than that was a bit weaker then I would have anticipated. More sweetness in the taste would have done well to take care of the malty and char flavor of the brew and a lower carbonation would have suited the flavors better. Alright but not really the best of brews out there.
gururyan (647) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 1, 2014
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from bottle into—whoa that baby is pungent. Forced salivation, and not from anticipation. Deep red, no head to speak of. Very boozy, dark fruit, concentrated. Feels more like a barley wine, but then I guess I should have expected that from an imperial red.
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