RateBeer
overall
99
95
style
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

bottled
available

on tap
unknown

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 746   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (7423) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 23, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2007 Big thanks to Degarth for letting Quake1028 and I share this one.

It poured a murky red color with lasting tan head. Nice aroma of thick and syrupy malts creating a slight barleywine dark fruitiness with a pine to citrus hop backbone. The flavor is pretty malty for the style which works nicely. It starts with sweet malts and dark fruitiness. Then a drier roasted malts enter to give a nice added maltiness. After that a slight hop flavor joins the fun that is tough to pin down just which hop it may be. Nice mild beer that doesn’t represent the aggressive hoppiness indicated on the label.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (7382) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7353) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2006
2005 Bottle thanks to CaptainCougar! Poured a beautiful fiery reddish-orange with a creamy cap of beige head... would have been a 5 if it stuck around a tad longer. Excellent pine resin, grapefruit, juicy pear, and complimentary alcohol on the nose... not overly complex, but wonderful! Flavor begins with grapefruit meat, pine bitterness, and sharp alcohol at the tip of the tongue... heavier-bodied across the middle with a substantial and well-balanced juicy fruit and caramel base... heavier on the hops at the back end with lots of pine resin and pear. Syrupy on the palate with a high level of bitterness... complimentary alcohol in the flavor and for warmth going down... long sticky pear and pine finish... felt great! Thanks Tom for this most excellent brew!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (7180) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Bottle. Pours a rich rub hue with a thick orange head that quickly goes down. The aroma is awesome; very sweet candies and fruits, think those fruitcakes that appear around Christmas. The taste is also very nice; a rich and sweet body, caramel, plum, candied oranges and cherry, some chocolate, a citrus hop and a light bitter finish. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2006 Rerate 11/18/06, 2006 vintage: Sweet caramely malty aroma has some buttery toffee notes and fresh grapefruity piny hops, but not as much as I remember from the 2005 vintage. Body starts with a good sweet caramel maltiness showing a fresh hop balance toward a slightly warming finish. Not quite as good as the 2005 vintage, but still a nice beer.

Rerate 11/18/05, First bottled batch: Pours a transparent deep amber mahogany with a very nicely lacing, frothy tan head. Aroma has a ton of piney hops with a touch of grapefruit. Body starts with a very nice sweet, toasty caramel maltiness well balanced with a fresh, bitter hoppy presence. Finishes bittersweet and crisp with no signs of alcohol. Tastes like hop candy if there were such a thing. This is just the epitome of an assertive and well-balanced big beer. Between this and Oggi’s Hop Whompus, I’ll take an imperial red over and imperial IPA any day!

Original rating 11/15/04, on tap: Pours a clear mahogany copper with a thick and well-lacing, cream-colored head. Aroma overflowing with rich sweet caramel malt and fresh piney hops. Starts with a pleasant syrupy sweetness nicely balanced with its more bitter counterpart leading to a grapefruity hop resin finish with an almost gritty malty palate. Has an awesome mouthwatering finish that hides the alcohol very well and leaves one yearning for another sip. This bigger, hoppier version sure is tasty!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7059) - 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)

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (6925) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
08 vintage...8.3 abv on label...imperial red ale on label. as an imperial ipa it would have failed completely. too malty for an ipa, and almost too malty for a Ired too. no telling what month of 08 thi was bottled, and it tasted past it’s prime, with descriptors in our party of wet cardboard and dirt. had potential though. it looked and felt great. big full body. sweetish malts were bigger than the not so fresh hops (no floral, only bittering effect left). maybe this was better last year at some point. i hope so based on the rating, but it was an average beer and a subpar imperial tonight. too bad..."

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (6885) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (6876) - Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is citrus emphasizing orange with additional fruits and moderately sweet malt in the nose. The flavor has caramelized malt up front with some mild fruitiness toward the back. The finish has a medium bitterness that lasts. This has a nice combination of malty goodness and nice citrus hop bitterness. Medium plus bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. From notes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (6869) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Bottle at RBSG. Pours deep amber with a beige head. Hoppy aroma with herbal, earthy, and piney notes, as well as some sweet crystal malts. the flavor is well balanced, with sweet crystal malt and citric and earthy hops. Pretty good.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 2 3 4  5  6 7 8 » 75


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50