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RATINGS: 937   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Often referred to as Burning River Pale Ale’s big brother, this stock ale is remarkably balanced for such a highly hopped beer. A rich deep blood red color makes this beer scary enough to be served every Halloween and a few other times of the year.

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3.5
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 3, 2006
Powerful hoppy, almost leathery flavor. Beautiful looking beer and pretty damn tasty too.

4.1
milewide (2304) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2006
UPDATED: APR 20, 2007 It is red. Especially nice combo of bitterness and citrus flavors. Medium body is just right.

3.7
BigBeer45 (1558) - Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2006
Bottle, a dark red ale with a small off-white head, this ale had the delayed foam, sweet fragrance, candy syrup (some whiffs reminded me of Red Pop!), medium hoppy nose, hop bite with malts on the palate, the hops took me by surprise, wasn’t expecting that at all, the hop bite was more then what was let on by the nose, medium malt taste, this strong ale was interesting and unlike any other strong ale, this is not as thick as some of the strongs I have had, naming this ale after a Vampire makes sense hint the hop bite surprise.

4.3
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2006
brownish white head on top of a brownish red beer, dark sour cherry aroma with an initial malty flavor followed by a rich complex hop character, a perfect autumnal beer, very very good

3.7
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2006
Pours a clear deep brownish red color with a not-large head. Aroma is rather hoppy, but balanced with the caramel and woody malt aromas. Nice. Taste is similar, with plenty of deep malt characteristics, and it finishes like an IPA. As it warms, the hop aroma is rather vegetable-y. Basically, you take an IPA and increase the deep malty flavors, make it slightly thicker, and you’ve got something like this. Very good, but it didn’t wow me.

3.5
JoeMcPhee (9517) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2006
12 oz bottle. Amber red colour. Malty sweet aroma, some heavily caramelized crystal and toasted malt with a sweet cherry fruitiness and a spicy hop bouquet throughout. Pine and earthy/mildly resinous hops. Sweet malts up front balance with the strong hoppiness later on. A bit of honeyed character. Some pine and black pepper on the finish. Tasty bottle.

3.5
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 28, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2006 12 oz bottle via cewldre (thanks!). Pours are clear dark reddish brown with an average sized beige head. Aroma is both fruity and herbal. Nuts, lemoms, bourbon and vanilla are predominant. Taste is the same and add in some citrusy/piney hops and chocolate malts for a nice balanced finish. Much hoppier than you would expect for a winter beer. I am plesantly surprised. i do not usually like the so-called ’Winter Beers’, but this is very tastey!

3.9
bu11zeye (13139) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a mahogany body with a moderate beige head. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, and herbs. Flavor of hops and caramel.

3.8
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 25, 2006
12oz bottle (bonus!) courtesy of RagallachMC. Thanks, Paul! Freshness date: Nov 30/06. Medium reddish-brown appearance, yellow edges; tannish head with large bubble formation; partly retained with minimal lacing. Huge citrus hop nose: grapefruit with some piney notes, very sweet. Medium mouthfeel, light carbonation, tea-like and mouth-drying; chewy citrus and piney hop bitterness, minimal malt presence (a bit of maple syrup), but the bitterness is reserved enough to keep things drinkable. Medium finish showing citrus hops, sugar, and tea.

4.1
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2006
On tap @ Coles. Buffalo, NY. Great brew but I worry that after too many I may end up lokking like the label. deep amber color with nice head. Alcohol just present enough so you enjoy it slowly & appreciate it. I will enjoy this one while it lasts


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