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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 12, 2008
Bottle. 2007. Rich toffee colored beer with a light tan head. Caramel, dark fruit, and citrus aroma. Citrus, pine flavor with lots of caramel. Not very IIPA like - the impreial red is more like it. Medium bodied. Lingering caramel, grapefruit/lemon, and some summer fruit.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (6633) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 15, 2010
Bottle thanks to Dan! Poured a hazy amber red with a gray head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma had a nice pine hop note with a slight backing citrus note and a hint of darker sweet grain. Flavor had strong pine throughout but was balanced by the presence of a grain note.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6457) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 29, 2009
bottle 355 ml
Appearance: poured as amber-brown red with large, mid dense foamy crown. Off tanned with sparse lace.
Nose: Ahh, rich sweet brown malts , chocolate sweets with light fresh hop top. Malt presented here very nicely. Good blend. 8-
Flavor/Palate : Full big bodied, bready hint of rye (wood oven baked) bread. Toasty , even earthy in character with rounded feel. Dry alcohol on edges. Very high on top you will find hop scent. It is named as Big Hoppy Monster but even bigger show is malt.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (6419) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 19, 2011
12 oz. bottle, pours a murky dark red / mahogany with a beige / tan head, one-finger in width. Very aromatic nose, with heaps of caramel malt providing a strong backbone, grapefruit, dark fruits and truckloads of resinous hops. Flavour is both sweet and hoppy, in superb balance, with truckloads of both resinous hops and grapefruity / caramel malt. Finishes sticky sweet and mildly bitter. Most excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Thanks to aracauna for this sample. Pours ruby red with a thin but stubborn pinkish fine head. Smells of oranges, roses, wildflowers, lemons, cereal. Taste is moderately sweet with some brilliant grape and orange notes. Some nice citrussy elements creep through as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is nice ad tingly. Finish is very orangey, but in a more balanced sweet way. Grapefruit notes are there, but very subdued. This is an amazing beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Bottle: Blood red caramel, big beige foamy head, fantastic lacing.   Big sweet malty nose with heaps of citrus shavings.   A touch of tea leaves and caramel.   Oddly enough, I am getting some Lakerol (Norwegian salted licorice, and I love it).   Malty start, semi-sweet, tea leaves and very soft citrus peel.   Certainly doesn’t feel like 8.3%.   Somewhat full bodied, but the mouthfeel seems fairly average.   Finishes clean, by now its more of a tobacco leaf with subtle candied citrus peel.   Great stuff!   Thanks to the real Larry of RateBeer.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (6173) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Bottle at home, big thanks Doodler for just handing me the bottle! Pour was very dark hazy reddish with a nice half finger of creamy slightly tan head from 12 oz. Aroma brings big notes of pine, resin, and grass, some nice citrusy grapefruit sneaks in there with a rich toffee and caramel backbone, hints of spice in there as well. Taste is is a nice blend of quick bitter grass and pine, goes into very nice citrus with tangerine, some tropical fruit notes with mango, pineapple, and even more mango in there as well, hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit notes, goes into hints of spice, finishes nice and bitter but has some slight dryness in there too. Wow, delicious, delicious stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (6137) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2010
(Bottle, Akkurat, Stockholm, 31 March 2010) Dark amber colour with frothy, beige head. Fruity, hoppy nose with notes of pine needles, citrus, caramel and a touch of chocolate. Fruity, hoppy taste with pine needles, black-currant and caramel. Above medium body, balanced sweetness. Generous piney bitterness. Well balanced with alcohol well hidden. Very nice one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6128) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 16, 2006
Deep brownish garnet coloured liquid, mounted by a frothy, lasting beige head with fine bubbles that mostly last. Attractive, potent nose manages to find an impressive balance on the rather thin edge separating this ingredients monster from being too malty or too hoppy. Here, the chewy, full on crystal malts meet their match in this vast array of aromatic hops ranging from the usualy american citrus and piney character to deeper intricacies like a woodsy earthiness and spicy tree bark. Full bodied, chewy and vigorous mouthfeel. Surprisingly not so bitter, just enough to balance the sweetness. Gracefully done for a punchy american brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
after4ever (6125) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2007
12-oz., 2006. Thanks, um, either Boboski or FranksnBeans! I think. One of the all-time great labels. Pours opaque dark mahogany brown with a big, thick, sudsy off-white head that falls quickly to not much. Big cobwebs of lace in the corners of the glass. Ultra sweet, brown sugary, caramelly, bready nose. Not so monstrously hoppy, olfactorily speaking. Body’s on the high side of medium, not much carb. Thick, oozing sweetness all over the mid-palate: caramel, brown sugar, and brown bread again. Thick, sticky sugar on the finish. Not really what they’re aiming for here, but if it’s too sweet for *me*, it’s too sweet for almost anybody.


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