polarisbeerguy (22) - Lake Orion, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2013
UPDATED: APR 27, 2013 A deep rustic red pour with a nice floral scent. Gives a strong yet not overpowered bitter taste and a fresh finish for a imperial red Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2013
This is a new-to-me NC brew. I’ve seen around for a bit, but never grabbed any. My curiosity finally reached its peak, and snagged some last week. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Pours a really dark mahogany, very rusty looking. A small beige head rests on top. The aroma is really sweet with graham cracker, sherry notes, booze, cherries. An odd scent for an Amber Ale. Expected a bit more hops in the nose, but nothing.
The mouth is alright. A bit slick at times, mild warming alcohol noted. The alcohol comes out quite a bit in the flavor. The 7.5% is not hidden at all. Dark fruit flavors of raisin and cherry. Port-like finish. Molasses and crackers on the back end.
This one was odd. The flavors were sort of muddled and all over the place. No real hop presence noted. This is just a boozy fruity beer that I would pass on in the future. blutt59 (6564) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2013
bottled, dark amber color with good malty aroma, prickly hops offset by sweet malts and fruity caramel notes, nice thick finish geologyguy (1604) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Only had 2oz worth at world beer festival January 2013 Columbia,SC, had smokey flavor Slimcane (11) - Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Light aroma hides the full palette of this for imperial red. I’m glad the bar tender gave me this to try. One of my new favorites!
Cybercat (5838) - Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Strong, malty aroma has notes of caramel, cloves and horehound. Pours a dark translucent chestnut with a fairly thick light cinnamon-tan head. Rich flavor has a malty and woody hoppy core with notes of caramel and cloves and some hoppy bitterness. Smooth texture has a good amount of fizz and leaves a woody, somewhat bitter finish. Drink no evil indeed! fluffy (2472) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2012
this was a lot more solid that i was expecting. big bright mildly hoppy upfront with a bit of oily malts in the back end. very nice really. Drake (13739) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Sampled from a bottle. Pours a clear dark ruby color with a thin tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of toffee malts, earthy hops and pale malts. The taste is toffee, earthy notes, crackery malts and a bitter finish. Medium bodied. Decent. Onionkid (376) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Bottle. A nice red when poured with a nice head. Has an aroma of caramel and whiskey. The taste is smooth with a nice blend of fruit, caramel, toffee, hops and overall a nice boozy burn. Completely shocked this is as tasty as it is, really didn’t expect much from this one! 7.5% abv. Fatehunter (2567) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Into a pint glass. Rusty brown color. Almost a finger of head... quickly gone though.
Smells like wood smoke and a little pine tree.
A little soapy taste, solid brunt bitterness, big malt backbone with a little sweetness to it.
A thicker medium body with low carbonation.
It’s a good beer, but I’m just not excited about it.