beersighted (103) - - JUN 18, 2014
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
After aging a few months, this oak aged imperial red has a bold cognac nose atop boozy wood undertones, moderate hop bitterness, and a distinct sweet crystal malt base. Cloudy, dark amber in color, it's medium body makes this big beer an easy drinker.
Daytonbeer (644) - Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brownish red with tan head and great lacing. Aroma of caramel, malts, vanilla, and crisp hops that combine for a strange aroma similar to charcoal lighter fluid. Taste is the same with a burnt sugar and alcohol taste. Bold beer, but it didnít quit work.
radagast83 (4641) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
4oz poured at Churchkey. Thanks to GenDV138! Poured a ruby color with an off-white head. Aroma was caramel notes, slight nutty character. Flavor was dark fruits, some caramel, roasted coffee notes. Oak and vanilla. Smooth and enjoyable.
solidfunk (4005) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of malt in this. Oak is there and I guess the aging kills the hops. Pours cloudy reddish with good head and lacing. Works to highlight malt. Thanks to GenDV138 for a taste of this at Churchkey.
gendv138 (1329) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
4 ounce draft pour at ChurchKey. Ruby/amber color with off-white head. Aromas of caramel, dark fruit, nutty notes. Tastes of dark fruit, oak, caramel, coffee, roast, toast, light coconut. Medium-light body with a dry finish. Pretty enjoyable.
Ferris (4166) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Oak, vanilla and caramel. Cloudy brown with a thin white head. Vanilla, oak and tons of caramel with even hints of chocolate.
tmm313 (55) - Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma- Wow. Tropical fruit, caramel, chocolate, BIG Oak, vanilla, and a touch of pine. Subtle Scotch. Very inviting.
Taste- Super sweet intro that morphs into flavors mentioned above. Complex and very well balanced. Booze isnít hidden, but adds a rich caramel meets licorice flavor.
Overall- I am impressed. And a bit buzzed. 10.3% sneaks up on you. This is a wonderful beer. Super complex and incredibly balanced. Flavors all over the map. A hoppy, malty, Imperial Red Ale spiked with the luscious tastes, smells, and feel of a good Scotch. I really canít say enough. I will definitely have again.
jrodooo5 (1016) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bold red pour w/ a frothy tan head that leaves a lot of lacing. The aroma is boozy w/ the oak shining through. The taste is surprisingly clean, quite malty, & leaves u w/ a sense of its potency. Itís fairly light on the palate & easily drinkable for being 10.6%. Definitely more of an imperial red than a double ipa.
kathouse (1015) - Nevada, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very floral when first poured. Brown with little floaties and just a wisp of foam. Oak and tobacco flavors are mellowed by caramel and resinous hops. Finish is slightly sweet. Hops just compliment rather than dominate.
tnkw01 (1113) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Reddish brown color. Large quickly disappearing head. Aroma is hoppy and oaky. Taste also hoppy, oaky with just a touch of dried fruit.