FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled June 2014
A steady pour into my teku glass produces a three finger thick, light amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated, dark amber color that shows a slightly paler version of the same when held up to the light. The aroma smells sticky with caramelized malt notes, lots of nutty malt character as well as a solid, woody / spicy oak character. There is some backing hop character that seems to accentuate the sweet caramelized notes, but does contribute bits of noticeable grapefruit, and other citrus zest notes as well as a light herbal and pine hop character.
The beer is actually a bit lighter bodied than I was expecting and is way to drinkable for a beer that is 12% abv. Somewhat sweet up front with a solid caramelized grain note, this is accentuated by a citrus leaning hop fruit character, but is offset in the finish by a spicy, slightly astringent, woody oak character and in the long finish some alcohol warming and spiciness. There is some light nutty notes here that seem more contributed from the caramel malts, but may be contributed by a soft oxidation character as well. The oak astringency adds some texture to this beer with a bit of tannic, mouth-coating character. The hops also contribute a bit of biting bitterness that is noticeable at times underneath the more dominant malt notes; at times, when coupled with the spicy oak / astringency the beer can have a bit more of a balancing bite to it. As the beer warms up the hop character becomes a bit more expressive; more pine and herbal notes start to come out, and, in combination with the oak, notes of tobacco
A bit more enjoyable than I was perhaps expecting. I like that the beer is not overly heavy or rich, despite being 12% abv; though donít get me wrong, this is a sipping beer that, for me, is best consumed in small quantities.
fluffy (2023) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
the Bruery knocks another one out of the park. not sure id call it a american strong though. more like an imperial flemish red or something.
Tmoney99 (12415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured dark ruby color with a moderate frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Medium to heavy toasted malt, vanilla and dark fruit with a small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy balanced bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid beer.
DrSilverworm (9107) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from a 750ml bottle at a share. Hazy dark red color. Good khaki head. Good lace. Dark fruit, toasty malt, vanilla. Wonderful aroma. Bigger body, kinda dry finish. Lighter kinda donít carbonation, good chewiness to the texture. Moderate sweet taste, light to moderate bitter. Mild heat but it hides the alcohol well, it works. Great Belgian red.
alexsdad06 (7462) - Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared with the group. Pours a hazy amber color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel, toasted bread, toffee, with citrus, resiny, earthyhop character, wood, some spicy notes, interesting beer, big and the malts and hops do seem to compete for attention.
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared by alexsdad06- thanks again, Brad! Pours a hazed amber color with between one and two fingers of beige head that takes a while to settle. Thereís a duality here between the sweet and malty (caramel, toast, toffee, and cardboard) and the bitter (earth, grass, citrus, booze). But there isnít balance. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet, bitter, uneven mouthfeel. Itís big and imbalanced, and never really melds together. Feels like two big beers that were poured into the same glass.
slowrunner77 (7878) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Murky brick red pours thick. Aroma of light citrus hops and a crapload of bready and caramel malts. Big body and flavor but not boozy for the abv. The oak aged ale blended in is quite nice."
baraciisch (2466) - California, USA - AUG 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky reddish brown in color with lots of sediment... Year old bottle... Aroma of citrus hops, sweet caramel malts... Resiny, fruity hop nose... Flavor is fairly sweet up front with nice balance of tropical fruity hops... Notes of oak throughout... Solid beer
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Sarlacc83 (1540) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 19, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. I have forgotten who sent this, but thank you anyway.
A: Dark brown with red hints. big fluffy cappuccino head. Threatens to kill my glass.
N: Blast of oak and hops. Spruce, caramel, toffee, red licorice, pineapple, and other tropical fruits.
T: Intense bitterness only slightly rounded off by sweetness. Alcohol starts here.
M: And blows up here. Thick body, creamy and carbonated, then more alcohol. More, more, more.
O: Blowing beer up to twice its original size works in some cases. It doesnít for pilsners, berliner weisses, and such. In this case, it also fails. Itís not a waste of money, but itís not worth your cash, either.
Dogbrick (10012) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Kurtkeller 012: Bruery-tastic 01 on 05/16/2014. Murky brownish-amber color with a thick foamy light beige head that dissipates slowly. Patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, floral hops and caramel. Full-bodied with flavors of caramel malt, citrus, hops and oak. The finish is rich and malty with a citrusy aftertaste. Pretty good overall.