eRock_2013 (552) - South Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2018
Great Lakes simply brews great beer! Fresh on tap, this poured a solid and impressive deep amber-red with plentiful lacing topped with creamy thick white foam. Rich aroma of burnt caramel, sweet licorice, fruity hops, almost has a blood orange-citrusy zing to it, very complex and appetizing. Decadent and chewy caramel maltiness is predominant in the flavor, although there’s a bracing earthy and herbal hop bitterness that cleans the palate from the caramel. Finishes with a noble hop herbal bitterness. Medium-full bodied, this is a filling imperial red ale that seems like it would overwhelm any food you could pair with it. Savor a full pint of this by itself and take in all the intense flavor. Best imperial red ale I can recall trying. pkbites (1041) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2018
Gorgeous blood red pour. Aroma is a bit scant. Pretty well balanced for a brew with a higher ABV. Not as hoppy as I'd imagined it would be. Thinner mouthfeel. Probably will have again. Draft @ Cafe Lulu, Milwaukee. patnichols (10) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 8, 2017
Nose is so good the thin flavor is s sad surprise. Aftertaste is thin licorice. Disappointing.
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Bottle. Copper amber color. Floral hops, caramal malt, toffee, bubblegum. Medium body. Good hop and malt balance. Creamy texture. Bitter finish. But smooth and enjoyable. Itzjerm (3288) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - OCT 30, 2017
Nose is nutty grain. Flavor is hoppy red fruitiness fermentation Esther's present. Thin fade head. Meh
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BillKismet (4218) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2017
Lovely, rich amber body with a lush, creamy caramel head. Easy hop nose wafts gently across a soft caramel malt body. On the palate this one follows through with easy hops and a caramel backbone. Tannins intermingle with the mineral character to contribute and interesting complexity. r464 (2424) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2017
Balanced and full, with a nice caramel malty nutty flavor that has enough hops and bitterness to complement it. Not heavy, but still strong. djd07 (16675) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2017
Bottle at GABF. Pours a dark copper with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is toasted malt and dark fruit. Medium body, rye, pine, raisin, nice bitter finish, good. ehaak26 (835) - - SEP 24, 2017
On tap at the Buffalo Brew Pub. Very hoppy strong ale, but still balanced well. brigg (745) - New York, USA - SEP 14, 2017
(Bottle) Hazy red body with a medium, foamy beige head, thick lace. Sweet, malty aroma; some alcohol; ripe fruit. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is sweet, slightly peppery-spicy; moderate alcohol; caramel, slight pine.