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RATINGS: 740   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (11812) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
Reddish-brown colour with a rich head. Aroma is big mandarin hops with cedar and floral soaps and woody malt notes. Well-balanced. I like when that’s the first thing I notice. The hops are largely aromatic as the beer comes across fairly sweet. Orangey, floral hops drench the beer but never does it get resiny. One of the more refreshing beers in the upper mid-strength category. An interesting take on a concept that has thankfully proven to be fairly open-ended. Thanks to aracauna for the bottle!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2005
(Bottle, courtesy of Walt) Pours a dark amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of pine and florals. Flavor of toasted malt, pine hops, and caramel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - APR 30, 2006
(12oz bottle, 2005 vintage, thanks jasonp) Clear amber body topped by small beige head, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, pine, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, floral, chocolate, some caramel. Medium-full body, light stickiness. Well-balanced beer -- delicious!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2007
12oz bottle-pours a tan head and deep red color. Aroma is medium malt-molasses, citrus/spicy hops. Taste is dark/medium malt-molasses/chocolate, citrus/spicy hops. Ok carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2012
Date: October 15, 2004
Mode: Draft
Source: Summits - Cumming
Vintage: 2004
Appearance: dark amber, fine tan head
Aroma: big sweet hoppy citrus aroma
Flavor: big rich malt flavor with a ton of tasty hop flavor, touch of sweet toasted character, well balanced for such a hoppy beer, nice mellow bitter finish

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *** /4

Date: November 06, 2005
Mode: Bottle
Source: Sherlocks, GA
Vintage: 2005
Appearance: clear dark red, thin tan head, nice drippy lace
Aroma: huge sweet carmel malt aroma with strong earthy hops
Flavor: strong hop flavor and bitterness, almost balanced by the big malt backbone, great hops and great malt, but just not my perferred hop varieties

Date: August 02, 2012
Mode: bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Vintage: 2005
all sweet caramel, backend balancing bitterness, aging pretty well,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *** /4

Date: October 01, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Sherlocks, GA
Vintage: 2006
Aroma: the 2005 has the rich carmel malt aroma with strong earthy hops, the 2006 aroma is much lighter in both malt and hops
Flavor: 2006 has nice balanced carmel malt flavor with the hops, even though oxidized the 2005 still has a stronger earthy hop flavor and a bit more sweetness where the 2006 is quite dry, body on the 2006 might be a bit thinner as well, overall I prefer the 2006 because of the toned down hop flavor

Date: August 02, 2012
Mode: bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Vintage: 2006
malty with a sour edge, light bitterness, sourness actually works, earthy,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *** /4

Date: September 17, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Sherlocks, GA
Vintage: 2007
Appearance: clear dark red, short lived fine beige head, sudsy lace
Aroma: strong earthy hop aroma with a touch of citrus hops on a sweet crystal and dark caramel malt base
Flavor: rich dark caramel malt flavor with a sticky sweetness, lots of earthy hops to balance the sweetness, touch of fuityness in turns balanced the earthy hops

Date: August 21, 2012
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Vintage: 2007
Aroma: earthy caramel aroma, fruity
Flavor: rich dry caramel flavor, earthy, hint of balancing sweetness along with a touch of fruityness
Overall: just slowly fading away

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Date: October 14, 2008
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Vintage: 2008
Appearance: hazy dark amber, fine beige head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet dark caramel aroma, nice fruity character, light earthyness
Flavor: huge sweet dark caramel flavor with lots of earthy hops to balance, lots of ripe fruit, long bitter finish
Overall: this year it has become the big malty monster, monster keeps getting better every year

Date: November 18, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: sherlocks
Vintage: 2008
bottle follows the draft very closely,

Date: August 21, 2012
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Vintage: 2008
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, fine beige head, sudsy lace
Aroma: rich sweet fruity aroma, caramel sweetness, earthy
Flavor: rich caramel flavor, touch of fruityness, balancing earthyness is what’s left of the hops
Overall: the malty monster ages much better the the hoppy one, not as fruity as originally

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10354) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Bottle from joshuahfl. Pours dark amber red with a decent beige head. Rich malty aroma overtopped by floral hop. Medium body with frothy carbonation. Flavor is heavy roast caramel and a pretty good amount of floral hop. It is more sweet than not in the finish. Tends more towards amber than IPA, but maybe that’s just me. One heck of a flavor no matter how you categorize it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10090) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Bottle from World Of Beer. Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy sour citrus hoppy and light malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy bittersweet flavor with a moderate to heavy bittersweet finish of medium to long duration. Very good balanced brew.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Draft at Paradiso Alexandria. Amber color. Aroma of butterscotch, flavor starts sweet and syrupy, then turns malty, then finishes nicely bitter. Not overly hopped, so the name is a bit deceiving. Decent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (9940) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 3, 2010
A: The pour is a hazy, dark amber color with a thin layer of off-white foam. S: The nose has some nice notes of grapefruit with a slight pine to it. There’s quite a bit of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar, however. T: The same grapefruit character is present with a bit more in terms of bitter pine than the nose had to offer. The sweetness of a red ale is there as well, with plenty of caramel and brown sugar. M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation. D: This beer seemed to be conflicted as to whether it wanted to be hoppy or malty. I prefer my reds with more bitterness, so this missed the mark a bit.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (9651) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2009
Bottle thx to lbrew2or3. Dark murky amber coloured. Huge light brown head. Spruce, fruits, caramel, spice, herbs, light fruits and flowers in the aroma. Flavour of pine, spice, grape, light caramel, herbs and flowers. Medium to full bodied. Dry herbal bitterness in the end.


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