BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2004bwy (83) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2017
Very reminiscent of Dogfish 90 minute. Hoppy with a good rich mouthfeel. Flavor quite complex with fruit and malt undertones.
Strong malt backbone but at the same time a bitter taste. Leaves an interesting aftertaste that was not always simple.
Reviewed - A Brew With You, Ep. 57 PanMarek (423) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2017
Deep amber, reddish pour with thick foam. Rich, hoppy aroma with a strong caramel malt backbone. The taste is more balanced, but the finish is definately bitter. The 8.0% ABV probably contributes to this. Certainly rich and a well-blended variation of a pale ale. One of Great Lakes’ stronger offerings.
edgallow (4154) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 8, 2017
12 oz bottle pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of toffee, earthy, pine and caramel. Taste is coffee, toffee, grains and some alcohol uckelman (790) - Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2017
Strange aroma. Basement? Spicy. Maybe pie spices? This is hard to pin down. Lots of fizz. Has rye? Quite good. ANZUShophunter (426) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2016
On tap at Guthrie’s Tavern, Chicago. A nice copper hue with a hoppy nose but not as strong as some ASA’s. There is nice hop/malt balance that makes this quite smooth for an 8%er. Hoppy Halloween!
voyageurmike (426) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2016
Bottle from Liquor Barn. Orange amber clear full bodied beer with modest carbonation. Pine and citrus taste, long bitter finish. PorterPounder (7894) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2016
Boardman, OH - on tap at Primanti Brothers. Dark copper pour, sticky bone-colored head, nice lace. Aroma of toffee and topsoil. Solid flavor, toffee, coffee beans, vanilla, some topsoil notes in the back end. Nicely textured mouthfeel. fuzzcro (295) - Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2016 This brew has a luscious aroma and it pours thick. Rich amber red in color. Carbonation level is enough to present a nice head and low enough to not take away from the drink enjoyment with interference. Overall this brew didn’t offer me what I had expected. All the way up to the moment I got it into my mouth I was ready for incredible. I’m afraid my taste was off so I hope to be re-rating this one and improving at the least, my overall score. 10/21/16 had another bottle and it did taste better to me. Still not the best especially for an Imperial Red Ale but better than I initially found it to be. jflopsu (1592) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2016
Pours a dark amber with tan head. A caramel and malt aroma. A strong taste of caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, and light fruits. A lingering malt aftertaste. nearbeer (5369) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 13, 2016
12 oz. bb 11/10/2016. Clear copper-amber with a sticky thin covering of foam. Nose of earthy molasses, tea leaf, potato and a hint of dry cocoa. Tastes of the same mix, but with some added earthiness and some wooden-grassy hop. Medium body has mostly smooth medium-plus carbonation and an earthy-dry slant.