overall
98
95
style
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1605   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This dangerously drinkable garnet beauty is a hop lover’s delight. The intense dry-hop nose and the alcohol content are perfectly balanced for a caramel candy-like malt finish. This is a serious beer for serious beer afficionados and it only gets better with age. Cellarable for 3 years.

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2012
Split bomber. Pours copper with a small tan head. Aroma is all pine with a trace of malt. Taste is bitter with very little balance. Much more double IPA than barleywine. Awesome!


3.2
Bill Becker (1370) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 16, 2017
Poured from the bottle a nice medium gold with a decent head that faded quickly into a fine layer with some lacing. The smell is of sweet carmel but some hoppiness was also present. The taste is a good mix of malt and hops with the malt being big and bold(lots of caramel) up front and the hops takes over in the middle and dominates the finish to give it a bitterness that I liked.The alcohol is pretty well hidden but at +9%, I don't get that warming feeling that I'm used to in this style. Overall, it's not the smoothest barleywine style ale I've tried but it's a good one that I'd buy again.

3.7
MrTipple (6000) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2017
Intense tropical fruits, overripe mango, papaya. Hazy, dark brown, small, creamy, beige head. Light bitter. More dank hops, overripe tropical fruits, mango, passion fruit, papaya, mango peel, soft carbonation, full bodied. Very nice. Keg at the brewery, Boulder.

4.5
Benzai (16569) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2017
Bottle @ home. Slightly unclear dark orange to reddish color, full sized thick dense creamy white to off-white head that lasts for a long time and leaves fair lacing. Aroma is malts, hops, resin and pine. Taste malts, hops, lightly resin, firm pine, piney hops, lightly sticky hops. Malt base, firm pine bitter, bitter, medium body, decent to medium carbonation. Lovely beer, but I'm curious as to why this is a barley wine. I'd call this an Imperial IPA with a firm malt base. Nonetheless, whatever it is, it's a really nice beer! 9-5-9-4-18.

4.3
Bootlegger007 (245) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2017
Wow! Pours a deep murky copper colour, with a creamy off white head, it has an earthy floral aroma, along with dark fruits, roasted malts and caramel, flavours match starts with sweet caramel, also herbs and spice, rounding out with a smooth bitterness, slick mouthfeel, medium body, soft carbonation, extreamly warming, again, Wow!

4.4
DraftCaptain49 (42) - - JUL 28, 2017
Classic bears, effortlessly quenching. I could buy three or four sets of these and be set. I don’t quite know what it is about an Imperial Red--this might’ve been the first one I’ve had--but it was exceptional. You get this dark amber hue and you don’t know quite what to expect--and then you drink it, and you’re utterly shocked! What is this? Perhaps I really like red beers, but this has to be the best one I’ve tasted. The cover is also great. Perfect ABV, I hope they keep this beer around.

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matty (444) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2017
12 oz. can. Pours an amber color with a slightly off-white cap of foam. Aroma is mostly malt with a little bit of hops and some alcohol. Medium body. Flavor is mostly sweet with some hops in the background. Finish is a little dry with more hops present. Average.

3.9
jrodooo5 (1708) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - JUL 20, 2017
Beautiful, flavorful, & smooth! Pours orange w/ a fluffy white head & excellent lacing. The aroma is a lovely balance between malt & hop. This is true for the taste as well. The dry earthy hops are presence throughout but the malt compliments them perfectly making this beer quite drinkable. It has a caramel bite with only a medium body making it go down easy. Terrific!

3.9
balloonbuffoon (535) - - JUN 19, 2017
12floz can, COD: 03.28.2017, paid about $12 for a four-pack, poured and consumed from a pint glass. A good looking beer; amber in color, body has clarity, and there is nice tan head leaving specks behind. The aroma is what goes into it, malts and hops combine to produce a carnival of caramel-apple and cotton candy aromas sprinkled with pine needle dust. Robustly flavored and tense full-bodied texture, which tastes like burnt caramel and pine.

3.9
Emeister84 (2574) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2017
12oz can from Reid Market. (This beer is marketed as an imperial red ipa.) Toasted nutty aromas, red grape, red berries, caramel. Clear ruby with a mostly lasting off-white head. Mostly dry, some booze, bitter, earthy, nutty. Full bodied.

3.6
italianjohn (3228) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2017
Pale copper pour with a light reddish hue, soapy white head and lots of sticky lacing .... aroma of juicy fruits, chewy caramel malts and light roasted malts .... taste is of chewy caramel malts, toffee and light roasted malts .... has some citrusy hop oranges mostly with very light pine and resinous hop oils .... finish is citrusy with lingering chewy caramel malts and toffee ... nice bitter hop bite on the back end ... mouthfeel is slick and oily .... body is medium ... abv hidden well


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