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RATINGS: 747   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCLawyer (2521) - 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 (3058) - 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 (1698) - Florida, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
b3shine (8045) - Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2012
Bottle to snifter (thanks Bunker). Looks solid; a semi-transparent brandish-brown with off-white lacing. Smells hot and malty. Tastes like it smells with some hops. Average on the palate. Alright.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjgmd (1979) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2012
On tap in a sniffer , dark mahogany brown. Nose is sweet hops with vanilla bean. Taste is all sweet citrus, and tropical fruit. Finish is sweet and delicious. Quaff Score 9 / 10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxwelldeux (4342) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Draught. Pours a very dark amber with a moderate head. Though this isn’t the aged version, it smells like its been aged in bourbon barrels. Almost chocolatey taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radio_nowhere (1384) - Maryland, USA - OCT 18, 2012
12oz bottle poured into snifter glass. Hazy dark-reddish brown color with very minimal tan head. Aroma of heavy caramel malt, dark fruit and pine/citrus hops. Taste is more caramel malt, some chocolate and ends with the heavy pine hops. Medium and smooth palate. Much sweeter and hop-subtle then expected but it works!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9722) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2012
2012-07-03. Dark red-brown body, nice foamy tan head and lace. Modest aroma, muted leafy green hops over sweet caramel accented malt. 7+ Flavour is similar, fairly sweet with mild leafy hops in the background, very light citrus and bitterness in the finish, but overall impression is on the sweet side. Subtle fruit accents. The hops seems to be cumulative, growing slowly but steadily as you drink your way through the glass. Very smooth average plus palate. 3+ I found the hops more subtle than I expected, which I initially attributed to it being an older bottle but I see that other ratings have had similar assessments. Enjoyable either way, just not quite what I was expecting. Bottle via trade with josefiak

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