slowrunner77 (9928) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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 itís 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..."
notalush (5716) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This stuff is clearly past itís prime already - there was a huge amount of sediment in this bottle, so much so that I had to dump the last quarter of the bottle out (and I usually like having floaties in my beer) - aroma of caramel, wood and oxidation - lots of oxidized flavor and stale, flat hops - background toffee/chocolate maltiness - this was probably good when it was fresh, but now itís kind of lifeless - thanks to TheBeerCellar2 for this sample.
Nickls (2356) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Darker coppery orange color with a light tan head. Loads of sweetness in the aroma, and get some toffee and caramel notes that overpower the grapefruity hoppiness in the aroma. This theme carries on to the taste as well. Thicker, sticky body. More like a barleywine. Just too much sweetness, and unsure if this was the freshest bottle, just didnít work for me.
chibuck (3509) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The beer pours a very dark amber almost brown, but red in the light. The head is about one finger of light tan head that has good retention and great lacing.
The aroma is on the lighter side and plain. It shows off some very light hops with a little grapefruit.
The taste is very similar to an ipa, starts off a little sweet and some nice hops. The finish kinda kills it for me, its got an almost rye hop finish which I donít really like. A little pine as well.
The feel is medium bodied, a slight dry finish.
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2007 vintage thanks to Stfun. Think this is definitely past itís prime. Pours a very dark amber, almost brown with medium off-white head. Aroma of floral with slightly citrus hops, pretty mild, wet cardboard, caramel, and strong malt. Flavor matches well, has a strong dried fruit taste in addition. Think this has the potential for more and need to try it fresh in the 09 release.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2006
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Muddy, reddish-brown body. Somewhat sweet, fruity aroma - much like a barlewine, but this is the same "off" body as notalush has rated below, so itís probably not as full or bright as it used to be. The flavor is sour and a little metallic tasting. Actually, I really donít know if this one should be finished. Very strong berry-like flavors in the finish.
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2007
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark copper with no lacing and a weak head. Texture was very syrupy with too much coffee tones for my taste. I was unimpressed with this beer considering my taste for imperial reds and ipaís.
Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2009
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured amber with a white head. Aroma of citrus and caramel. Too much malt in this guy. No wonder it was the last one on the shelf. Still slammed it.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from ucusty. Pours a dark red with a off white head. Smells like a malty beer with some hop presence. Has a good red ale malt taste with some hop to it. Decent beer.
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2010
2.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Pours a dark, cloudy red color with a large, frothy, dense brownish head. Lacing is very strong. Aromas of brown sugar, hints of spruce, and and roasted malts. Palate is creamy and smooth to start, but has a substantial aftertaste. Tastes of molasses and grapefruit, which as you may have guessed is not a good combination. This is a drain pour.