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RATINGS: 744   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 ďMonster BeerĒ is truly not for the faint at heart.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (5269) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2006
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dmschefke (571) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2006
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gsmitty80 (1960) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2009
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2010
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
rbrazell (1699) - Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Draft at Fermentation. Deep amber pour with a small white head. Aroma is strong malt, resinous hops, booze and green vegetables. Flavor is a huge mess of hot alcohol, astringent hops, and overly sugar sweet caramel malt. Hated this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Scubatrip (605) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2005
On tap at the Brewgrass Festival in Asheville, the hops were overly done. I like hoppy beers, but not a big fan of this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - MAR 8, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2010 Deep, rusty red in the glass, with a thin beige head. Looks quite decent in the snifter. Aroma suggests toasted malts, smooth caramel, and buttery richness to go along with the solid, resinous character. Really excited to try this, as I have liked spicy reds in the past. Flavor initially reflects the nose, but soon moves toward a very peculiar (and fairly unpleasant) vegetable/algae-like quality. This tempers a bit as it warms, and only appears in the slightly bitter finish, but still presents a major obstacle for me. Bad bottle? Did not seem íinfectedí by normal standards, but it is always a possibility. Perhaps it is simply my taste-buds (as this brew looks to be rated fairly highly by most others), but this just isnít doing it for me. I am quite curious to learn what hops or particular aspect of the brewing process has lead to this peculiarity for me in the end result. I am glad to have been able to try it; but overall, someone needs to clean this turtleís pond. 8-)

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