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RATINGS: 943   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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4.1
BenDover (230) - Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2006
This beer is hard to pin down -- I think its father was a Belgian Strong Ale and its mother was an IPA. It might have some Marzen ancestry as well. Wonderful stuff. Lovely mahogany color, very bold hoppy taste with some strong malt too.

4.2
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2006
On tap. I thought this was a re-rate as the 4-pack I had a few years back was not very good. The tap version was excellent. Dark amber color with a surprisingly robust head. Reminds me of Founder’s Old Curmudgeon. Very chewy beer. Deep malt taste with hops coming out at the end to lend a hammer of a bitter finish. A deep complex beer to be savored and sipped.

3.9
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 25, 2006
On tap at Smokin Joe’s. Dark brown with ruby red highlights. Aroma is very sweet and fruity with loads of molasses, toffee and dark fruits. Intensely hoppy flavor balanced with some toasted malt. Very nice.

4
shigadeyo (3730) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2006 Deep, clear ruby color. Mild carbonation with a big, foamy tan head. Sweet malt and rich hop (grapefruit/pineapple) aroma. Flavor is sweet and rich like caramelized dates and some toasted malt. Great hop flavor and bitterness from start to finish - loaded with hop flavor, but it is almost soft (no hop bite at all). For 8% alcohol, it is well hidden with just a little bit of alcohol peaking though the balanced hop finish. Medium to full body, very smooth. I really liked this offering from Great Lakes. Damn that bottle went down fast! So good... 12 oz bottle (best by Nov 23/06) from The Party Source.

3.7
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 24, 2006
via trade with 1FastSTi - Pours a clear deep amber color with a good size light tan head. Leaves some nice lacing as the head settlesNice foral hop and toasty malt aroma. Has a nice malt flavor with some esters. Medium body. Very good beer. Thanks Blake.

3.7
edfitz (118) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2006
I have been waiting for this beer to come out again for quite some time. A deep red color, and nicely hopped. I can;t wait to have it at the brewery in a couple of weeks.

3.5
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 23, 2006
deep ruby bronw color w/ a small tan head. Well fruity aroma hints of grahm notes of fruity pebbles some roasty malts. Flavor is well hopped very fruity still has cereal hints and some reoastiness lots of odd berries. A wierd flavor but pretty good.

3.7
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2006
dark amber/light brown with a white head. hoppy nose with quite a bit of fruity roasted malt. flavor nicely balanced bitter hops and roasted fruity malt. full bodied moderate carbonation. finish bitter hops and a strange mix of alcohol and fruit that almost reminds me of cherry cough syurp. solid enjoyable beer nonetheless.

3.7
MHED (114) - lisle, USA - SEP 17, 2006
12 oz. bottle. Poured richly and ruby red with tight froth head and nice lacing. Aroma of aggressive fruit sugars and floral hops. Caramelly sweet with slight burnt toffee and spicey yet floral hop bitterness. Pricey but don’t be scared....

3.8
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2006
Sampled at Great Lakes. An interesting brew. It’s an american strong with a lot of characteristics of the belgian strong, but mellowed out. Dark brown/tawny in colour with spicy malts and a decent amount of hop. Raisin and caramel are prominent. lemon and cherry hide as well. This was a nice seasonal to get a glimpse of. Will have to come back in June for their stout seasonal.


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