jonno (2756) - JAPAN - JUL 18, 2012
Between job drink. Lovely deep amber with creamy off white head. This is Arnie from Twins. Full, muscular, but with a softer, sincere side. Massive pine and citrus rind...almost burning the tongue residually. Full body, but not sticky. As balanced as a beer called ’Tongue Buckler’ can be. Biscuit malt but the Tsunami of hops stays long after. RedSox2004 (1873) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Pours a deep reddish brown/mahogany with a two-finger thick tan head that dissipated to a solid film and left great lacing. Pine hops were the strongest aroma with big roasted malts clearly present. A delicious beer, strong resinous hoppy flavor balanced with strong maltiness that lingered in the background. Medium body with light carbonation that left a real good mouth feel. A big, big awe-inspiring beer jcos (1851) - Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2012 Location/Date:Bottle on July 12th, split with Dave and Bryan.FriarHop (122) - Long Beach, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Appearance: Pours a dark copper.
Aroma: Aroma of caramel malt.
Taste: Medium bitterness, nice amount of caramel malt, muddy at times..
Palate:Medium body, short aftertaste.
Summary: I enjoyed this and like the style but is not my favorite of the style.
Bomber. Pours deep, dark red. Extremely full palate! Everything about this is DEEP.
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Orange brown color with thin white head. Maple syrup and pine aroma. Strong flavor of spruce with honey undertones . Spicy concentrated hoppy finish with a subtle kick.
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Bottle in Breck with friends and family. Poured a murky copper with an off-white head. Smell is marshmallows, graham crackers, brown sugar, roasty malt, grapefruit, and light alcohol. Taste is sweet caramel, marshmallow, a touch of cocoa, and hops with a huge, lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel is creamy with medium carbonation. Pretty tasty strong ale. rmussman (1701) - California, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Sampled out of a bomber. A big time red ale that has intense malts. Limited carbonation and really a nice warmer on a breezy night. sneaks2210 (46) - New York, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Pours a beautiful, somewhat cloudy garnet with a creamy 2 finger head.
Has a powerful sweet tropical fruit aroma. Loads of mango/pineapple, piney and spicey, very resinous. There is also an intense amount of malt sweetness.
The taste is of a pine cone dipped in caramel. Again there is an abundance of juicy tropical fruits with an extreme bitterness taking over at the end. Full bodied and a bit boozy. This is a monster of a beer! thicksuds (449) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Solid Imperial Red, it is classified as a strong ale but def. is an imperial red, and its a good one at that, smells great, fruity and bitter, taste is very bitter, and full, hops are intense, nice yeast component as well adds to the flavor of the brew, one of the better reds I have ever had. Top notch! jglanton (18) - Yorba Linda, CA, California, USA - JUN 30, 2012
I’m assuming that this is the same as "Tongue Buckler Imperial Red".
Pours a rich dark red amber with a medium frothy white head. Aroma of spruce, leather, soy sauce, caramel. Taste has a light sweetness, heavy bitter, and a touch of sour. Full body, a little thick, medium carbonation. Finish is long bitter that fades to a clean sweetness.
Overall the bitter hops and alcohol initially overpower the palate, making it somewhat overheated for the medium richness of this red. I would ask for more body and flavor, or a little less hops, to balance this. Perhaps some aging will bring this to nirvana. Some time left resting in the glass improves the balance. As it stands, the excellent finish keeps me sipping this to the end.
Tasting Note: When sampling the aroma, avoid drawing a full clod of the head into the nasal cavity. The carbonation mines the sinuses with astringent submunitions, followed by an explosion of piney darts between the eyes.