larsga (6625) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium beige head. Clear deep red body. Deep earthy caramelly roasty aroma with dusty resiny chocolatey notes. Dry-sweet caramelly earthy dusty taste with chocolatey resiny notes. Fullish body. Sharpish mouthfeel. Dry-sweetish roasty chocolatey earthy aftertaste with resiny dusty notes. Nice. Balanced, harmonic, drinkable. (0.65l bottle from City Beer, San Francisco.)
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle: Pours a slightly murky dark copper with a stringy-lacing off-white head. Has a sweet lightly toasted caramel malty nose with some piny resiny hop notes. Starts with pretty good fullness and chewy sweet malts with good fresh juicy hop flavors with a touch of oxidation and light fruits before a drier, slightly warming bittersweet finish. Pretty true to style and hides the alcohol fairly well.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
big bottle, big big. Another winner from speakeasy. Pours a deep red with a deep flavor. Strong but stil very drinkable. Good show.
Ratman197 (10922) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness, floral notes and citrus. Palate was medim bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, floral notes, earthiness, citrus and light tropical fruit with a crisp dry bitter lingering floral finish.
Braudog (5978) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a muddy, earthy, river-bottom brown. The head is initially quite assertive, but scatters quickly. The aroma is big -- full of the essence of a wet pine forrest floor. This drinks with a chewy consistency, piled high with spruce and sour fruit. (#4428, 1/1/2012)
bnoel09 (461) - Elk Grove, California, USA - NOV 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a bomber into an English pint glass. Color is sort of a rusty reddish brown with a dense tan head that dies down but doesn’t disappear. Aroma is sweet and earthy (maybe a little brown sugar or toffee) with pine and citrusy hop notes. Flavor matches the aroma well starting off with a sweet, earthy maltiness and turning into a nice resinous hop bitterness towards the finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. No lightweight, but not as heavy as you might expect for the ABV. Overall a very nice imperial red / American strong ale.
obguthr (4451) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yeasty woody overripe orange nose. Cloudy ochre, thin yellow head, good lacing. Woody overripe orange flavor. Peanut hulls appear at midpalate and beyond. Not as hoppy as other so-called imperial reds, but tasty and unique. I really prefer more juiciness and less rustic maltiness in an imperial red, but those who disagree should like this.
after4ever (6574) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Thanks, Melissa! Pours a murky dark amber with ruby-brown edges and a big, surging, sudsy tan head. Nice big nutty, toasty nose with some deep fresh-cut wood notes. Grainy medium body with plenty of carb. Toast, nuts, caramel, and fresh-cut wood on the mid-palate, with a mild, sweet, brown bread finish. Nice ASA.
marcus (7323) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at River Rock, Sacramento. Pours reddish brown with a nice beige head and burnt toffee aroma. There is a rich amber malt flavor with a raspy dry finish. Great flavor.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark orangish brown with a fizz white head. Big barleywine like molasses spice and alcohol aroma and taste.