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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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• Beer Type: Double Red Ale

Aorta Ale is a double red ale that indicates an intensity of flavor simply by its dark reddish-brown appearance. Subtle aromas of candy, brown sugar, and toasted malt are released from the depths of this full bodied beast. Raisins, figs, and burnt caramel are among the sweeter and more forward flavors. It finishes with a roasted cocoa like bitterness, which is magnified by the high alpha hops.

milewide's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
milewide (1628) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2012
Perfect blend of red/amber malt sweetness and fruity hops. Smooth, solid mouth feel. Very slightly cloudy, beautiful red color. Should be full time!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (3320) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2014
Hazy brown colour, white head. Aroma of malts, honey, müsli bar with honey. Sweet flavour, malts, honey, rye. High carbonation. Finish chocolate, honey and müsli.
(from 76cL bottle @ ZZT 9. Thanks for sharing, Abijen!)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansjelaah (1564) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2014
Bottle @ ZZT 9 shared by Abijen. Hazy brown color with a small off-white head. Smells and tastes sweet, caramel, like a barley wine, fruity. Mwah.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (2711) - Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2014
Bottle: Ruby-red color with hints of copper... Indigo, too? Off-white cap with decent retention & generous lacing. Aroma is sweet & malty with juicy citrus fruits; tangerine, melon, raisins, light plum... Strange combo but it’s nice. Light pine & resinous hop oil, too. Caramel, toasted malt lingers front to back. Sip is a little boozy but balanced decently enough with the big malt bill. You get the "light" fruit flavors from the hops (citrus, tangerine, grapefruit) & the "darker" fruits from the deep malt (mild candied raisins, plums, red grape). Hops rule the finish, though; pungent, oily, resinous, & even a little ashy. Caramel malt strength grows with warmth, giving a nice sugary graham cracker aftertaste. Not a huge red ale fan but I actually enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (4421) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2014
Bottle @ ZZT 9 shared by Abijen. Murky brown colour with a small sized off-white head. Smells barleywine, sweet and apricot. Tastes like a barleywine, sweet, hoppy, slightly sticky. Full body, soft carbo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
caesar (5468) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 6, 2014
Bottled @ ZZT 9, small sample. Hazy copper color, short head. Very biscuity malty. Bit sweet, malty. Caramel, raisin. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (9351) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2014
Bottle @ ZZT 9 thanks to Abijen. Murky dark orange color, small beige head. Aroma of malts, a touch of honey, some sweetness. Taste malts, lightly bitter, lightly hops. Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Abijen (1553) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2014
Pours a dark orange brown beer with a good white head. Smells sweet fruits, rye. Tastes about the same. Some caramel and honey. Average carbo, medium body and a sticky texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Clear mahogany with a frothy brown creamy head. Aroma of roasted malts, toffee, caramel, citrus, floral hops and some bready malt. Stellar taste of toffee, caramel, citrus, orange, subtle alcohol and a nice hop finish. Excellent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (7678) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2013
4oz on tap at HopCat East Lansing during the Shorts tap takeover. Clear darker red brown color. Thin off-white head. Couple loose dots of lace. Nice tropical fruity aroma, light spicy hop, spicy malt. Bigger body, lighter carbonation. Dry finish. Nice big red ale. Satisfyingly hoppy, bigger red ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (807) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Draft at HopCat in East Lansing. The pour is a nice dark ruby with a thin white head that leaves a touch of lace. The aroma and taste are both overwhelmed with strong hops, drowning any other smells or tastes out. The finish is a little dry, but good

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