Bill Becker (1804) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 18, 2017
From Jan 2007
Poured from 33.8 oz caged and waxed bottle a deep amber with a smallish head of foam that quickly shrank to some swirls on the surface and has almost no lacing.
The smell is quite fruity(citrus) with notes of sweet malt..hmmm...it really has an unusual nose that I haven't experienced before.
The taste has a good malt bite, that is semi sweet, along with some roastiness and as I swish the ale in my mouth, I get some real tartness that reminds me of sour cherries. I'm trying to get the "feel" of this Strong Ale but it's kind of stumping me because I don't think I've ever tasted anything like this before. And the highish abv started warming me from the very first sip so I wouldn't recommend gulping this one down. ;^)
A few more sips in and the tart fruitiness dies down some giving me more of that semi sweet malt, which I find quite tasty, and some alcohol that I don't find so appealing. I think I'll buy a few bottles and let them sit for a while.
Bottom line: This one isn't on their website yet and the attached info card says it's a 2006 Bottle Conditioned Ale so I'm guessing some aging would really work for this brew. As is,
it's strange and interesting enough for me to say...try it if you see it. Errl (2577) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2015
Bottle...Pour is dark brown with a off white head..Nose is caramels, dry, some sweetness, spice..Taste is brown sugar, spice, caramels, musty..mehh slowrunner77 (12895) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 5, 2014
"this imperial amber was just that. a slightly darker and stronger malty amber ale. light citrus and bittering hops, but mostly carmel, bready and nutty malts. Warming indeed, not quite worth the steep price."
Beerdrinker79 (2218) - Idaho, USA - AUG 29, 2014
750 ml bottle- Pours hazy dark autumn amber with a thin light tan head. Aroma is nutty, caramel malt, subtle campfire. The taste is caramel malts, almond nutty, honestly i’d say this was an imperial brown ale, it has a smooth creamy nut character which i really like. Subtle hops make this not too sweet, good, and honestly better than i was expecting. joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 28, 2014
On draft at Tap 25. It pours a dark amber color with an off white head. The aroma has some nice malty cherry touches with some molasses or syrup, I can’t tell which. The flavor is very rich with strong dark fruity maltiness, toast and light caramel. There’s some spicy bitterness in the finish, but this is a very malt forward ASA. Pretty satisfying.
mbgrayson (806) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Pours a dark amber, with a nice tan head. Light aroma of malts. Taste of toasted caramel, with ’bone warming’ alcohol. Smooth, tasty, and very drinkable, but with a kick. Thumbs up on this one. poisoneddwarf (2646) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - MAY 23, 2014
750 ml bottle; 2013 vintage. Aroma is caramelly, toasty; offnote of wet dog. Pours slightly hazy mahogany with a quickly diminishing off-white head. Taste is nice, roasty and toasty; it’s sweet with notes of licorice and dark fruit that make it lightly sour. Finishes dry, has a metallic offnote. A bit boozy. Body seems thinner than it should be, oily mouthfeel. Nice enough for what it is. The offnotes aren’t all that distracting and overall it’s decent. Niko100 (2994) - Chicago, New York, USA - APR 7, 2014
Dark amber/cider color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of toasted caramel malt, hops, & fruit; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel/toffee, hops, and dark fruit; Nothing too complex - but decent overall. Thebullshornbar (74) - Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Poured out of the bottle, a deep reddish amber hue with a fleeting head. On the nose, the beer gave of notes of, caramel, toffee, and light pine, with slight undertones of cooked dark fruit, particularly plum or raisin. Caramel sweetness initiates the palate, followed by maltier notes with again hints of fruit. Finishes dry with honey lingering on the palate. This ale has a velvety mouthfeel with light carbonation. Alcohol is present, but not overpowering. The combination of caramel/ fruitier flavors in the beginning paired with drier honey-like tones at the finish of the palate, keep begging the drinker to take another sip. A beautifully made Imperial Amber ale. icehawk (876) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Draft. Aroma of caramel, and earthy, dusty, and sweet notes as well. Big chewy body that comes across sweet. Sweet and sticky malts don’t do much for my palate.