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RATINGS: 743   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steve_0 (3019) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2012
Bottle. Poured a muddy brown, with a khaki head, and a ton of floaters. Smell is very malt-forward. I am picking up whiskey, caramel, marshmallows, brown sugar, raisins, alcohol, and some pine. Taste is much the same, with tocuhes of caramel, raisins, alcohol, and a big bitter finish. I was kind of put-off by the sweetness at first, but as it begins to warm it is becoming a lot more smooth. Mouthfeel is creamy with lively carbonation. Overall, very sweet, but with heavy bitterness. Not bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
BeerKurve (509) - - MAY 10, 2012
Very Malt Heavy ale combined with a very complex flavor. We’ve got Rum Raisin, Brown Sugar, Maple, Caramel, Floral Hops, Figs and Spices. Very creamy and smooth to drink. Not the big hoppy monster it so proudly claims to be, but it’s easy to overlook because this is easily one of the tastiest beers I have ever had!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Originally reviewed: 11/25/08. I’ve been looking forward to giving this seasonal a try! Pours a deep crimson with a tiny head. What little is there dissipates to an even thinner sheet. Some spotty lacing. Smells of cherries, watermelon, alcohol, and some citrus. Very smooth creamy mouthfeel masks the alcohol content quite well making this very drinkable. Nice and balanced taste. Some sweet malt, but a nice crisp smack of bitterness at the end. This is a great red ale, and a sure thing for the season. Pick some up if you can.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
readbaron (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2012
UPDATED: APR 26, 2012 Whoa. Nose on this one is really interesting - smells a lot like a wee heavy with a hint of hops. Lots of malt, caramel sweetness, and dark pitted fruits with a grassy hop finish. Not was I was expecting from an Imperial Red Ale named "hoppy monster" It pours out a murky dark amber/red with an initial blast of off white foam that settles down quickly. Taste follows the nose - sweet, malty and full of dark fruit. Finish is a touch boozy with some crisp bitter hops to help clear the palate. It’s a full bodied beer that is thick and sticky with light carbonation. Overall, not what I expected but a nice meer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
califbeer69 (96) - California, USA - APR 19, 2012
Pours a dark amber copper color with a small white head. Aromas of sweet caramel malt, and floral hops. Taste is initially caramel sweet followed by a great hop bite. Mouthfeel is moderate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2012
Aroma- malts, caramel, floral hops, bread Appearance- dark, hazy, blood red, with some lacing and an off-white head Taste- hops, malts, caramel, more malts, slight hop finish Palate- decent body, mouthfeel is best part of the beer Overall- Two-toned beer with opposites as main parts. The dichotomy of these two characters make the beer jive too much for my liking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4082) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2012
Brown in color and hazy with a good sized beige head. Aroma is of caramel, nuts, bread, hops and light grass. Taste is of spicey hops and caramel. A very well balanced Imp IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (2031) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2012
355 mL bottle. Pretty much a by-the-numbers American Strong Ale. Not sure why it’s called an IIPA here; way too malty. Not that malty is a bad thing. Lots of caramel (debittered black patent malt?) and lots of hops - mostly citrus. Bitter finish and good body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fr5ed (57) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Hazy, dark red/amber. Sweet malty, yet hoppy aroma. Caramel, molasses, bitter fruit flavor. Very nice!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2012
dark amber color, aroma of toffee, caramel, chocolate, pine/citrus hops, taste is pretty much the same, good lingering bitterness, full boded and highly drinkable, wish it was available yeah round

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