superspak (5589) - Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2016 Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours clear very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/nuttiness/coffee, herbal, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/nuttiness/coffee, herbal, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy hop and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/nuttiness/coffee, and herbal/floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly drying from roast/hop bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice imperial red ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. This is borderline on being a brown ale; but is still really tasty and enjoyable. Radek Kliber (7359) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 2, 2014
Where and how: bottle 355 ml mike5326 (1754) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Aroma sweet malty front, somewhat dry alcohol burn. Straight sweetness.
Top: creamy mid-sized top.
Base: hazy amber.
Palate : easy going , mid bodied.
Taste: straight drinkable malty brew. Maybe tad one dimensional.
Other notes simple decent red.
Poured from a bottle. Dark amber color, medium white head. Musky malt aroma. Medium body with a mild Muskie malt flavor and a light finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2014
(12oz bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a small cream head. Aroma of caramel, dried fruits, nuts, and toasted grain. Flavor of caramel, dried cherries, nuts, roasted grain, and toffee with a bitter finish. rumproasts (5359) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2014
bottle. Reddish brown with small head. Malty base with medium hops. I’m not a fan of crystal malt, and this one has a very generous amount, so I’m not really enjoying this much.
atlrizzob (225) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Pours brown with red hue and beige head. Has the aroma of sweet malty caramel. Very nice taste of hops, caramel, molasses, and a lingering yeast taste. Medium bodied. Nice Lectvay (191) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Intriguing beer. Dark brown, very opaque. Smells quite sweet, like creme brulee or something. Taste is a little sweet and much roastier than I expected. A little creamy, and a hint of coffee, so it made me think of a latte. Not how I would expect an imperial red ale taste, but I like it. Erzengel (8725) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - FEB 1, 2014
12 fl.oz. bottle - 355 ml, BTTR-321BC icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Many thanks to my Secret Santa nimbleprop for this beer!!
Reddish-brown in the glass, nose is dark malty, plums, not too nice. The beer starts rough, malty. Dark red fruit. Plums. Viscous. Slightly sweet - too sweet. Dark dried cherries, The aftertaste is medium, fruity, a bit of dark and bitter chocolate, espresso, but this doesn’t fit. Slightly unround. The aftertaste is long, intense but a bit pushing. And not really easy to drink.
Nice experience, but it didn’t convinced me. --> 6/8/7/7
Bottle. Pours reddish brown. Aroma of dirt, some alcohol perhaps. Taste is not pleasant, and finishes bitter, and sticky.
(From notes) nimbleprop (8377) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 27, 2013
12oz bottle pours a hazy, brick red with some sudsy white head. Nose is decent enough, some malt, some red grape, some blood orange, bread crust. Flavor is malty, cracker, bread crust, orange peel, some pepper. Full bodied, bitter finish.