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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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ghawener (1454) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - DEC 2, 2006
Thanks to Ramenen. Bottle: I must have tried the new and improved one becuse it is very good. Complex and well balanced with a distinct red ale taste.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheCEO (100) - USA - APR 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2007 What an experience...This is a Beer’s Beer. I can’t see myself drinking anything better than this in the immediate future. It is officially my favorite as of right now. UPDATE - I’ve bought all the remaining bottles of this in my hometown of Chattanooga, TN. Chat Town is MY town, bitches.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jj21 (84) - Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2008
12 ounce bottle thanks to timtheenchanta 2005 edition 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 I’d like to get to know better.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adam42381 (374) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2011 2010 Edition Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a New Belgium globe. Best before date reads Vintage 10AA. Appearance: Pours a murky dark caramel color with light barely creeping through around the top and featuring a 1-2 finger creamy tan head. Excellent lacing. Smell: Floral, grapefruit and pineapple hops with candied fruit and sweet caramel malt. Just a hint of alcohol in the background. Smells delicious. Taste: Floral and citrus flavors up front followed by caramel malt in the middle then a punch of grapefruit hops at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter but not harsh. There’s an excellent balance between the malt and hops. The alcohol is very well masked in the flavor. Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very creamy. Drinkability: Very high drinkability. This is is kind of a sipper because of the elevated ABV combined with the creamy mouthfeel. You wouldn’t want to drink too many, but you’ll really enjoy the ones you do drink. Overall: Excellent beer overall. I would highly recommend this. This, along with Lagunitas Lucky 13, is one of the best high alcohol amber ales I’ve ever had.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
aracauna (3050) - Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2004
This is definitely a bigger beer than the old 5 Seasons recipe. Amber brown body with a nice thick head. The aroma is a nice thick caramel malt with a nice spine of citrus peel hops. Malt dominates the flavor as well, but the hops provide a good bitterness to balance out the sweetness of the malt. Nice silky mouthfeel. Very good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2585) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - NOV 8, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2004 On tap Taco Mac Alpharetta. This one was brownish red with a rather large head. The aroma was citrusy with a little bit of caramel also. The flavor was very hoppy with a bit of a syrupy character to it. I tasted mainly orange peels, lemons, pine, and a little bit of the caramel. Overall this one was quite good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2005
bottle thanks to captain couger. pours a dark red with a thinner tan head. aroma is citrus hops very floral with a heavy malt backbone taste is hops malt caramel and quite citrusy. has a smooth bitter aftertaste. damn fine brew.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2005
2005 edition. I caught a wiff of hop the moment I opened the bottle. Pours a deep amber with citrus hops all over the nose. The bitterness is stong but balanced with enough malt. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2005
12oz bottle via trade with hopdog - Thanks Steve! Pours a lovely shade of copper with a short tan creamy head that laces nicely down the sides of the tulip. Aroma is some great c-hops. Grapefruit, pineapple, some floral notes and a touch of the caramel malts underneath. Flavor is amazingly balanced. The big hoppy monster has a big malty monster hidden within. Those bitter citrus grapefruit and pine notes are balanced perfectly with some caramel and bready malts. Nice sharp bitter finish. Palate is very balanced, smooth and easy to drink.. The alcohol is covered fully by the great flavor.. This is very enjoyable. A top 10 IIPA for sure.. Great brew!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
twindadplus2 (587) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Bottle in trade with Goldtwins. Nice deep ruby color with a good beige head. Big, hoppy aroma of sweet apples, grapes, caramel and chocolate malt. Flavor is lots more sweet fruit and malt with a bit of resinous, piney bitterness at the finish. I didn’t think I actually cared for heavily hopped beers but I’m finding more that are really appealing to me. This is definitely one of them.


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