bleeng (1691) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Bomber. Dark brown and filtered. Small white head. Nose of spices, hops, chocolate. Taste is sweet, a bit sticky, strong hop profile, viscous and sinewy. Chewy mouth with chocolates and caramel coming through. A really nice beer. Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2008
The pours yields a reddish copper body with wavy streaks of carbonation. A massive, foamy, cream colored head settles slowly to a thick island mound, leaving random splotches of sticky cobweb lacing behind. The aroma is what an Imperial Red should be, massively malty and hoppy. Notes of rich, toasted caramel malts and butterscotch meet an array of grassy, herbal, and citrus hops. A heavy dose of soothing cream completes the nose. Flavor start out sweet and malty up front, though the caramel and toffee quickly give way to bitter grapefruit and resinous pine. Cream once again bridges the gap between ultra-malty and ultra-hoppy, fulfilling a subservient, yet no less important role. The mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium bodied and moderately lively. A long, bitter, citrus and grass finish lingers on the roof of the mouth. This is certainly a very fine brew, but I’ve had more accessible Imperial Red’s that are just as good, if not better (Lagunitas comes to mind). CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2008
POPPED CHERRY, My first Alesmith beer!! Pours from bomber into a tulip glass, hazy brown forming a huge off white foamy head. Aroma of hops, malts, a bit of grass and dark fruits. Flavour is full bodied, hops with caramels, malts with a massive hoppish hammer that is both smooth and bites at the same time. A wonderful DIPA, wonderful malts and hop tones prevail, an awesome American beer! tangentrider (144) - Alabama, USA - JAN 2, 2008
dark amber, with a huge amber head. nice lacing. aroma is apples. flavor is sweet caramel with slight bitterness. obvious alcohol warmth. excellent winter warmer. Goodgrief (2059) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Dec. 2005 - Beer poured a beautiful dark copper color with nice sustained head and really nice lacing. The aroma was citrusy hops. The taste was citrusy hops with sweet alcohol presence detectable. I’m not a big IPA guy, but this was a nicely made beer.
drfabulous (8585) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Very rich and deep flavors. A nice Winter warmer along the lines of Hibernation Ale and Avery’s Jubilation. Nice dark colors and tastes. bonbright7 (182) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2007
My first sense of this big tasting ale was the sweet aroma of a milk shake followed by hops. The dark brown ale has an interesting first taste that draws one in more and more as the thick malts collide with the tingle of hops. I tried to taste it slowly, but it was a great mouthful to savor. Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Pours a very deep reddish amber with a thick, rocky tan head. Nose is very malt and floral hops. Flavor is deep malt with nice balance of hop. Toffee and caramel along with a hop kick makes this a really good beer. Full bodied and hearty. bdigital (659) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Bottle: Pours amber-brown with a med-small tan head. Sweet malt-based nose with notes of strawberry, floral hops and bread dough. Flavor parallels the aroma with an added hop finish. Pretty good. oakbluff (455) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 26, 2007
Winter version. Appearance- cloudy ruby colour with a chunky/fluffy head that sticks around. Smell- lots of C hops give it a strong tropical fruit nose. I could smell it all day long....
Taste- the hops were so stiff out of the gate that they tickled my nostrils like a strong serving of horseradish. Impressive! Sweet caramel malts give the backbone to this hop monster. Toffee and caramel with some leather. Almost sweet enought that its on the cloying side, but straddles the line brilliantly. Finish is dry as the hops pucker the mouth and the booze shows up. Fantastic beer all around.