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RATINGS: 742   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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This mammoth imperial red ale leads with a tantalizing hop aroma that is quickly complemented by an enormous malt backbone. Finishing with a multitude of hoppy goodness, this “Monster Beer” is truly not for the faint at heart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tiger_08 (137) - Sarnia, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
Jan 12, 2013. 12oz bottle gifted from digital_aura. Pours hazy caramel red hue with thin off white cap. Aroma of pine and hops. First sip is sweet caramel biscuit malts with accents of dark fruit up front. The hops follows to balance sweetness with a nice, strong bitter hop finish. Full bodied complex flavour with fruit appearing here and there amongst a well balanced malt and hop brew. Palate is simple and thin for the boldness in flavour and low carbonation allows full-bodied flavours to shine. Perfect as transitional beer from IPA to malts or stouts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garbageman (443) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2012
From Bottle. Pours a deep red color with a small head. Aroma is dark sweet fruit, hops and a wood or earthy aroma. Taste follows with a sweet malt and balanced hop bitter that masked the higher ABV. A warmer but good anytime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (5762) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2012
[4583-20120704] Bottle. Smoked fruit skins and candied malt aroma. Hazy, dark amber brown body with a quick creamy off-white head. Smoked fruity cheese malt flavour is thick with booze. Full body. Tasty and fulfilling. (7/3/7/4/14) 3.5
(w/ jercraigs)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Digital_Aura (227) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2012 12 oz. bottle. Found in World Of Beer store in St. Petersburg, Florida. Pours a sunset red hue with small soapy head and lace. Aroma is pine and orange scents. Tastes initially balanced - malty sweet and bitter hops but finishes with a smooth fruity punch bitterness. Theres some awful medicinal tastes in the finish ad well though. Could use more action in the carbonation as this seems rather fault and watery. Still, an ok beer by the campfire.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Foxbush (1268) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2013 12 oz bottles This was purchased for a business meeting on the Outer Banks. The ale poured deep amber with a small head. The amber was not clear. Nice bitterness with some old spruce flavors. This is strong ale with medium body and average carbonation. The alcohol was well balanced with the caramel malts. The slightly bitter finish was an excellent. Purchased another from Total Wine. Lowered score a bit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCLawyer (1429) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle->SA glass. Dafk hazy amber with lite off-white head. Aroma is hops and malt. Taste is heavy malt, with dark fruits and a base of hops. Smooth and good, if a touch sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dphoxie (120) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2012
I was surprised to pick up a bit of smokiness in with the caramel sweet malt. Almost tastes like an overhopped scotch ale. Really enjoying this one a lot. I guess with a name like "hoppy monster" I wasn’t expecting as much balance with the malts but it is a pleasant surprise. Fabulous beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
keepersj12 (2688) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2012
The aroma is quite nice, caramel, malt and oak. It pours very clear with a red tint, small head. The flavor has the wood and a very nice amber ale feel to it. Well balanced and very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Bold, robust red that hides the ABV well and presents a nice, round flavor profile. Fairly well balanced. Great nose. Don’t go in to this expecting a typical amber/red ale, though. This is much bigger and heavier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
rbrazell (1646) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Draft at Fermentation. Deep amber pour with a small white head. Aroma is strong malt, resinous hops, booze and green vegetables. Flavor is a huge mess of hot alcohol, astringent hops, and overly sugar sweet caramel malt. Hated this.

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