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. Niko100 (2943) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2012
Rich amber/ruby color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, caramel, pine hops, & citrus; Flavor of sweet malt, rich spicy hops, caramel/syrup, and citrus (notably grapefruit); Finish is bitter with some alcohol; Nicely balanced & complex; Quite hoppy imperial red - pretty good. JStax (6919) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Poured from a bomber into a brandy snifter. Aroma is loaded with resin, citrus, pine, grapefruit rind amber malts, and toffee. Taste is primarily the citrus and resin bitterness but also has a hefty malt backbone that brings everything together. Long sweet bitter juicy finish. madmitch76 (25009) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2012
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beerbastard (844) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Hazy brown - red beer. Nice creamy off white head. Soft smooth palate. Toffee caramel malt base for very nice hops. Piney, grassy. Sweet pineapple and a little spice. Whilst your enjoying the hops the malt turns soft and creamy. Finishes soft and fruity. Top notch red.
Big pine hop hit with malt in the nose. This assualts the taste bubs right away. Lots of hop flavors follow by the malts, notice chocolate in the middle, very bittersweet with a dry finish. Pretty good but proably won’t get it again beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2012
Tap. Pours a dark reddish color with a beige head. Aroma is of lots of bitter grapefruit, pine, caramel and sweet malt with some bready notes. The flavor is quite bitter with nice bitter grapefruit and pine, with a nice lingering bitterness, with the caramel and sweet malt with the bready notes. The body is medium with a dry mouth feel. Overall a pretty tasty Imperial Red, and it kind of reminds me of Arrogant Bastard. burg326 (5489) - Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2012
On draft poured a cloudy amber red color, aromas of pine, citrus, toast, and some caramel. Flavors follow suit, light bitterness to it and a slightly big alcohol bite. Tmoney99 (14623) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Draft. Poured dark copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy earthy hop & toasted malt aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations were exceeded with a solid brew. Baadnewsbear (17) - - MAY 28, 2012
Pours dark amber. Cloudy with little head. Good lacing. Carmel malt with light hops. Taste is very interesting. Lots of bite, with malt hints. Smooth but with a bite on the back end. My pallet is not that refined so it's hard to pull out the flavors. Definitely can taste the alcohol. Feels a bit dry and sticky. After sitting it the glass for a couple minutes the taste definitely gets better. Overall good beer, harder for me to drink though.
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