Travlr (21447) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at DC local tasting. Bright, light copper color, highly carbonated, edge head. Aroma of butterscotch. Taste is bitter, smoky, dark cocoa and pepper. Very nice.
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is a dark copper color with a fluffy off-white head and plenty of visible carbonation bubbles in the glass.
S: A nice balance of sweet, caramel malts and citrus hop notes. Just a touch of pine is in there as well. Perhaps some vanilla and fruit.
T: The hop flavor is solid and nicely compliments the maltiness. A bit of brown sugar, caramel, and vanilla. Grapefruit comes through from the hops as does a mild bitterness.
M: The body is medium with a fairly substantial carbonation for a barleywine/imperial red.
D: There’s nothing bad to say about this one, really. Good balanced flavors, nicely bittered and enjoyable all around.
Tmoney99 (13475) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Keg Liquor.
Poured clear rddish copper color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate citrus hop and toasted malt aroma. Medium to full body with a slick smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration.
My expectations where more then met.
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 4, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle, thanks chriso. Small beige head atop clear dark amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some roast. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some cola, light orange. Medium body, low carbonation, some stickiness.
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours a clear amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of toasted biscuit, raisins, caramel, apple, and toffee. Flavor of mild hops (resin, herbal, earthy), caramel, and bready malt.
jcwattsrugger (12190) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 bottle-thanks hbmason for sharing-pours a tan head and hazy amber color. Aroma is medium malt-caramel, resin. Taste is medium malt-caramel, resin.
Dogbrick (11513) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Pint House during a tap takeover. Dark reddish-amber color with a medium thick foamy light beige head that diminishes slowly. Patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of bready malt, hops and fruit. Medium-bodied with flavors of grainy malt, earthy hops and fruit. The finish is moderately bitter with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. Decent overall.
crossovert (11350) - Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
It is one of those sweet imperial reds that is undeveloped in the hop department and is very one-dimensionally sugary.
Sammy (11180) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good malting, with a good bitterness in the finish. Light red bodied, a big bubbly head. Lacey. Interesting.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Name: Ard RI Imperial Red
Source: Rich O’s
muddy burnt orange, dense creamy head, thick lace, sweet caramel malt aroma with lots of floral hops and very light fruits, stick sweet dark caramel flavor, balanced with lots of citrus hops with an earthy edge, nice biscuit character brings it back to being a red ale, best Upland ever and quite possibly the best imperial red, and then the sweet butterscotch comes in the very last sip but too late to detract from the overall experience
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20