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RATINGS: 942   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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3.8
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2006
Dated best before 10-07-05. dark copper with 1 finger off white head. Aroma has a huge bready malt character, mostly toffee and mollasses, hops have faded to only a background note, mostly pine resin with faint citrus. Flavor again is huge malt sweetness, starting to develop a little cardboard character, with more citrus hop bitters coming through in the finish. Nice creamy smooth body and mouthfeel. Wish I would have tried this fresh, before the hop charcater died down. Another future re-rate.

4.2
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Thanks to kmpitz2 for this. Freshness date of 9/23/05 but aged and enjoyed on 6/6/06... Appears a copper toned amber with a frothy off white head that slowly dies down into a mild cap and collar. Tons of chunky streaks of lacing are all over the glass. Mild streams of carbonation slowly rise to the top. Smell is of biscuits and caramel up front with a sugar cookie yeastiness followed by pine and sugar filled grapefruit hops. Taste is of the same aromas with a nice sugary malt & piney blend the comes together nicely. Mouthfeel is full bodied, very chewy, with palate bouncing, lip smacking sugary hops that lead to a bitter but sugary, semi-dry finish. Reminds me a little bit of Legacy’s Hedonism for some reason but more balanced and a bit more drinkable.

3.5
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2006
A more impressive offering from Great Lakes. Hazy amber body under a fleeting beige head. Hops assault the nose with touches of caramel, herbal tea, and a splash of vanilla. Medium body with a smooth full mouthfeel. The flavor started with sweet caramel honts but came on strong with the hops bitterness. Quite nice.

4.4
shadey (2135) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 18, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2009 Orange/amber color with a thick creamy white head. At cold temps the aroma is malty and smooth with a touch of hops. The flavor is delicious and smooth with only a cleansing bite of hops. A truly classic and beautiful ale.9/5/9/5/18

RERATE: 2008 version. 12oz bottle from BOTW. Pours a deep garnet with a thin film of white cream and lace. Strong aroma of pungent hops. Grapefruit and rich malts. Flavors are a mix the rich malts and of strong bitter hops. Well blended for a young beer and surprisingly balanced. Hard to describe, but fantastic. 7/4/9/5/19

3.8
sandwichpants (117) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2006
From a bottle into a pub style glass. Pours a medium red, clear, with a slightly tan head that retains quite well. Aroma started out with a sweet/citrus/hops that was almost candy like just as it was poured, to being a fairly mild, more piney hop as it settled. Pleasant, but weak. Flavour, on the other hand, it’s good and strong. Very well balanced, a bit more towards the malt which is rich carmel offset with strong toastyness and roastyness, a little coffee even. Hops are still quite prevalent, tasting, well, hoppy, rather than specifically piney or floral or citrusy. Body is a slightly heavy medium, with a bit of stickyness, and a good bit of bitterness (perhaps augmented by alcohol) causing a little tinglyness. A little more bitterness in feel at the end than I would prefer, but otherwise, this is a darn fine beer. Very refreshing for how big a beer it is.

3.8
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2006
bottle. pours a reddish-copper body with a large fluffy white head. the aroma is pretty solid and pleasing - yeast, sweet bread, earth, and thick chewy hops. interesting flavour though it seems vaguely similar to something I’ve had before! rich, chewy malt spine leading into flavourful citric hops that are by no means overwhelming. yeasty mouthfeel with a warm alcohol presence. This stuff is really easy to drink despite the seemingly high alcohol heft. Bought at Bello Vino in Ann Arbor in March of 2006.

3.5
DragonStout (1416) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2007 Pours an amber color with a small head.Hoppy nose with some sweetness.Drank well till the bitterness came in at the end.

3.9
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
This beer reminds me a lot like Gumballhead. It pours a nice amber/red color, with a sturdy head. he nos is filled with a hell of a lot of hops, which I like a whole hell of a lot. There’s also a slightly citrus smell, with parts of cane sugar. The smell delivers the taste, true hops, light lemon/green apple. the finish is smooth and bitter, with a touch of alcohol. All in all, this is a damn fine beer!

3.7
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2006
Pours a transparent copper color with a small off white head that turns to a thin off white film within seconds. The aroma is full of candied sugars, caramel malt, a bit of smoke, and small bit of grass. The flavor holds some of the same characteristics as the aroma, but the grass comes out more with a hoppy bite torwards the back and the sweet sugary malt seems more subdued than in the aroma. Malty thougha bit watery over the tounge with a bitter finish that holds some soapy qualitties to it. This beer feels pretty balanced...not hard to drink by any means, but I do kind of wish it was a bit harder to drink...a beer this strong shouldn’t be this easy to drink!

3.8
HogTownHarry (6823) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Shared with Sammy and DrJay, DrJay’s bottle. Poured reddish gold with a big foamy lasting crreamy off-white head. Nice floral/herbal hop aroma, funky mix of UK and US (Centennial?) varieties, solid sweet malt and yeast backbone too, almost perfumy and delicate to go with the hops. Flavour was a surprise, not very sweet at all, quite bitter with all those hops working, almost grassy, dry, crisp - nice! Dry, lightly carbonated, astringent mouthfeel - this one screams "session." Thanks again for sharing, Jay.


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