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RATINGS: 941   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Often referred to as Burning River Pale Ales 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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4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
shadey (2085) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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, its 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
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. Theres 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
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 shouldnt be this easy to drink!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6380) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Shared with Sammy and DrJay, DrJays 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.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11498) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2006
honeyish colour, lots of light lace. Medium to full mouthfeel, hoppy and scotchy and honey aroma. Rich bitterness, citrussy,lace cushioning tongue. Carmel for some balance. Very drinkable. Very good old ale. Variety of hops UK and American in here. Thanks Doc Jay.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2006
Trasparent red pour with carbonation bubbles constantly rising from the bottom in a chapaigne like manner to feed the medium-sized tan head. Aroma is sour hops and some bread. In the mouth it is a bit thin up front with a smooth malt middle and a long lingering bitter grapefruit finish. If you enjoy the "Bastard" series of ales offered by Stone but find them too strong to be session ales then this should be your thing.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Bottle. Pours a deep reddish amber. Not nearly the red, blood like color as indicated in the commercial description. That was actually a disappointment as I was looking forward to seeing a color like that. Malt on the nose. Flavors of vanilla, malt and fruit with some hoppiness. It had a thick mouthfeel and flavors inproved as the beer warmed. A gift from Beervana.


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