argo0 (11351) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Lightly hazed garnet body, small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some orange. Taste is moderately sweet, orange/grapefruit, some cherry, light herb. Medium body, some resin.
GT2 (8283) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap thanks to argo0 and craftycarl21. 360, thick, white lace atop clear red. Oh no, imperial red ale again.... Juicy hop nose. Taste is tea, cherries, nuts, mild astringency and tannins. Some cherry fruit juice. Finish is a palate wrecker- like sucking on tree bark. Not good within a tasting flight. Had to be abandoned quickly.
arminjewell (6100) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour on tap at Parry’s Pizza, dark red pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of garlic, onion notes with hints of pine and grass, touch of biscuit, caramel notes, hints of orange in there as well. Taste is a bit odd with a herbal note, touch of grass and pine, hints of orange, caramel and toffee, slight earth, finishing fairly bitter.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Churchkey. Served in a mini snifter. Pours a moderate red-amber color with an off-white head and some lacing. The nose carries some citrus hops and a touch of pine atop some bready malt. Flavor has bready malt with a slight bit of toast and amber. Citrus hops and a bit of pine and earth. Medium body with good carbonation. Somewhat bitter. Pretty good.
nuplastikk (4299) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz pour at Dexters. Filtered brown-orange. Big, creamy off-white/beige head. Quite nice, very familiar territory for SN, somewhat like the Torpedo and Rye merged. Big chewy malt tones, but an even more massive resiny pine-citrus hop bill. Bold, reminiscent of big hoppy American Scotch Ales, a touch amber forward. a touch soapy and brutal at times, but still another winner for SN.
onceblind (3966) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
At Avery’s 2012 Strong Ale Fest. Clear amber with that signature foamy thick light khaki head from SN. Aroma is sticky floral hops, dank sweet malts, and a touch of citrus. Taste is kinda weird, with flavors of bitter pine hops, light caramel, a touch of cardboard, more herbal hop bitterness, and some weird malty sweetness, not sure how to place it.
OldGrowth (2622) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tulip at Ruckus Pizza. Good aroma. Sweet. Nutty caramel.citrus. clean reddish brown color good initial head. Faded quick. Spotty lace. Bittersweet flavor. Medium body creamy mouthfeel, bittersweet finish. Nice. Surprised it’s so low. Good beer
cbfobes (2275) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Dexters in Madison, pours a dark amberish orange with a nice white head and heavy lacing in the glass, the aroma is much sweeter than I was expecting, sweet malt and dark fruit in the flavor with a slight hop touch in the finish, kind of a weird one here, doesn’t really seem to come together all the way.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Churchkey for the tap takeover. Clear copper pour with a medium white head. Caramel malt, biscuity breadiness, and resinously hoppy dark fruit lead to big caramel dark fruit and sticky sap. Full body with filling carbonation and a sticky finish. Super mild oxidation.
merc7186 (1997) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Deep Amber Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Decent Lacing
S: Caramel, Grainy Malts, Mild Resin
T: Bready Malts, Grapefruit Rind, Mild Caramel, Mild Resin
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Bitter, Mildly Drying, Mildly Sweet
Overall, a pretty solid Imperial Red with a really grapefruit rind finish, great malt balance.