kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: clear dark amber, dense beige head, lots of scattered lace,
Aroma: sweet crystal and caramel aroma with lots of citrus and a nice grapefruit character, touch of bread,
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of crystal and caramel malts are kept dry by lots of citrus and earthy hops, well balanced bitterness, touch of bitter grapefruit rind, just a touch of sticky sweetness to balance the bitterness, hint of hot caramel, lasting bitter finish,
Overall: just what an imperial red should be
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
BVery (5443) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Clear copper pour, offwhite head. Aroma was fruit, spice, maybe a little nut. Sweet taste with some hop kick. Pretty good stuff.
badgerben (4354) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper color with a medium head. Very nutty aroma, perhaps hazelnut and walnut. Some malty goodness too. The taste is very much as one would expect out of a Red: very rich malt, almost cold syrup thick, with an alcoholic whomp. Thereís a good splash of dark fruit, too (cherry? chokecherry?). Slightly bitter finish. Good ní tasty.
JK (4230) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2005 This is a big, complex beer. It has qualities of an ipa, with considerable bitterness. There is also a fruit sweetness. The light aroma is malt and some fruit as well. Very heavy; definitely a sipper. One of THís better creations in some time.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a treat. Huge malt aroma that provided a nice spicy aroma. Almost like a christmas beer with a nutty characteristic. Gorgeous red body and surprisingly smooth. A real treat.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark Copper with Off White Ring and Skin. A Bit Dry, Malty with Heavy Alcohol...Almost Like Vodka..Very Sweet As Well. Cherry Flavor Residing Alongside itís Syrapy Sweetness. Very Potent. This Strong Ale with Have Your Attention.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The name reminds me of a Sly & the Family Stone song, of the same name..."you donít have to die, before you live." How wise, Mr. Stewart...
Only served in 10 ounce pours at the pub, somehow I have a whole 64 ounces at my disposal...goodness gracious!
Dark crimson color, and clear, with a decent, long-lasting cap of off-whitish foam.
Aroma is lush malt, tidy hops, fuzzy, warm, and strength peeks through and invigorates the overall feel. Ahhh!!!
Taste: yes, letís! Huge fruit, fat malt, minimal hops, fierce alcohol...very warm...but it gets bigger and more complex as we sip it. We like it more...is it casting a spell on us, making us want it more? What is this beer doing?
Cherries and berries are at large, grapes and melons...and booze, too.
This is a lush and tasty thing...rather wise that they limit it to such a small serving at the establishment...who knows what chaos would ensue were we to toss back a pint of this in one sitting?
This is a tasty, tasty ale, with enough of a potent sting to slay the demons of the day and let one relax in forgetting those torments. Itís good like that. And so is Life, when we have a beer like this at our disposal!
ElGaucho (2141) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vikingbeau picked up a growler of this and brought it for us during our week camping at Jellystone. Only problem is that he didnít refrigerate it properly and it was essentially warm. I still enjoye it, but not nearly as much as the pint I had last night at the brewpub, which was colder. Rich, high alcohol profile. Dark reddish, amber with an off-white head. Excellent lace. High alcohol is also evident on the palate. Could pass as a dessert beer. Caramel/toffee notes. Rich, wonderful flavors. This has to rank up there with one of Town Hallís best ever.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - AUG 12, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep clear copper. Nice head, sticky and lasts. Nose sugary and strong, some apricot in the fruitiness. Flavor strong and ovelry sweet, a bit peppery. Too sweet.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On-tap at the brewpub - Bright red glow at the bottom with a more maroon darkened top half. Soft white, semi-creamy head of thin to medium thickness adorns the top. Light lacing qualities.
Aroma is moslty floral berries and rounded tame downed malt tangyness and semi sweet with a dull fruity nuance.
Taste is big on malts, tangyish with a berryfied surge of fruityness mixed with dark caramel sweetness. Strawberry without the sour tartness mixed with a melons and other red berries. Good malt load here. So smooth and soothingly balanced on the flavors. Nice little underlay of light frothy chocolate milk. Finish is semi sweet with a return of brandy-like cherryness and deep dark fruity humid warmth.
Fantastic soothing feel with well rounded maltyness and deep dullish fruits. Seemingly full yet quick and rich with a quick malty slickness thats never overbearing or cloying. Slightly oily and floral hints slip in as it lingers. The 8.4% isnít evident anywhere til after a couple 10oz servings.
A fantastic malt laden brew. A Scotch Ale without the peat or smokey stuff. Quite a malty treat.