StoutCat (89) - North Laurel, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a reddish brown, thin head. Malty aroma. Flavor is great with a nice blend of malt and hops, with a nice finish that is a good balance, slightly bitter.
kenjohn (88) - Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish-brown color with a thick, light-brown head. Aroma is almost like a Sweet Tart, as it is fruity yet has a nice bitter presence to it. Nice full mouthfeel. Flavor is very malty, with a rich caramel presence and hoppy finish.
jj21 (84) - Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce bottle thanks to timtheenchanta
deep copper color with a great tan head. Like the Rye Squared, I was very impressed by the density and retention of the head. Aroma is a very sweet caramel from the Huge malty presence balanced by the citrusy pine undertone. Not quite as thick and viscus as the Rye Squared but similar. Easier to drink. Another impressive offering from a brewery Iíd like to get to know better.
tzakiel (81) - Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of my favorites... hoppy, but not as overpowering as some other "super hoppy" beers. Balanced with generous malts and ale-like finish.
marksahara (79) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2008 12 oz. bottle, 2006. Pours a slightly hazy deep red-orange with ample fluffy crown. Decent to fair retention with mild lacing. Aroma is more complex than floral and herbal hops, there is a heavy scent of sweet malt and a slight hint of citrus. Thereís also something else, though, that I canít put my finger on... The flavour is pretty heavy on the hops, with a good bit of bitterness to go along with, but it is not nearly as hoppy as some of the other Imperial IPAs Iíve had before. There is a very strong malt backbone, just as the label claims. The taste also contains hints of citrus, especially grapefruit and lemon, and some caramel sweetness. Overall this is a very well-balanced beer, IMHO. It is totally worth more than a single try, especially since there is virtually no EtOH burn detected - itís hidden very well. One of Terpís best brews, hands-down. Too bad itís a seasonal.
12 oz. bottle - 2007 vintage. Aroma dominated by intense citrus and floral hop notes, along with roasted malt and a hint of caramel and toffee. Pours a deep red-orange with a thick fluffy off-white crown, 2-3 fingers worth, with excellent retention and ample lacing. Flavour is initially very acidic with hops, easily giving way to a huge malt backbone with lots of roasty and sweet undertones. Finishes semi-dry with malt giving way to herbal and citrus hop notes. Excellent mouthfeel, above a medium body, yet creamy and moderately carbonated. 2007 is more malty and roasty than 2006 - it also has a more aggressive hop finish. An improvement upon 2006, but I look forward to cellaring a couple and re-tasting it next year.
readbaron (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Itís a full bodied beer that is thick and sticky with light carbonation. Overall, not what I expected but a nice meer.
NateBarnett (69) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown amber with a light brown head. Aroma is largely caramel and roasted coffee, with some grapefruit notes and hints of soy sauce as well. Very creamy, rich mouthfeel for this style. Great balance between the bitter and sweet flavors. I wasnít anticipating the creamy/coffee influence, but it plays very well with the citrus. Far exceeded my expectations.
mitchgt (65) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 2009 4-pack, for which I think the Liquor Loft here in Tallahassee charged me about $900. Sweeter by a bit than usually I like as the hops nearly but don’t quite balance the malts. Caramel and raspberry. First few sips hoppier and less sweet somehow than the last. Tasty nonetheless.
wpp83 (64) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On-tap at the Mellow Mushroom. Poured a beautiful deep red with a nice creamy white head that lasted all through the beer with lacing that reminded me of a Guiness. The aroma was very grassy, lots of hoppy scents. And the flavor, imagine mixing a grapefruit drink with a truly well balanced IPA. The mouthfeel was characterized by a bite of mild carbonation mxed with a smoopth creaminess. Excellent beer if you want something to sit back and sip down without being assaulted by any unwanted flavors.
LennyH (60) - Delaware, USA - NOV 18, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Whoa! 12oz bottle. Pours a dark, reddish color with a big fluffy head. The aroma is flowery and hoppy but it didnít really give me a good idea of the punch this packs. This is a well balanced but very dry, bitter brew. Very well done! I wish I could get this regularly.