Sammy (12204) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2012
Malty English style red , comes across like a vintage ale, yet we know its still within a few months on the shelf. Toasty aroma and taste. Dark reddish colour with an off-white head, lacey. Steve noticed first it was a little oxidized. Hops kick in at the finish. My bottle, from Maria’s and shared with FlandersNed. deyholla (11602) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2012
Sampled from the bottle at the Mundelin beer fest. Pours a clear red with a light yellowish brown head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has a nice grassy hoppiness with backing caramel, sweet grains and light fruit. Flavor starts with grassy hops and a bit of resin with sweetness coming out in the middle and hints of earthiness in the finish. hopscotch (11101) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Bottle… Pours clear and dark amber with a small, mushroom-colored head. Decent retention. The nose furnishes dark fruits, caramel and toffee. Full-bodied and creamy with medium carbonation. The flavor presents mildly singed caramel flanked by resin and grapefruit rind. The lengthy, bittersweet finish leaves a coating of bitterness clinging tightly to the roof of my mouth and sides of my tongue… much like burning napalm clings snugly to blistering flesh. Bottle courtesy of landhoney! alexsdad06 (10415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Bottle sample in line @ FFF 15th. Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma had caramel, toasted bread, grapefruit, resin and spicy notes. The flavor had a caramel and toasted malt base with a decent level of grapefruit and resiny hops. Some earthy bitterness to the finish. Spice notes increased with some warming. Medium body. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Draft on tap at Maria’s (Chicago, IL). Been awhile since I’ve been in. Pours a dark reddish copper brown hue, touches of haziness, healthy glow with a darker center. Small tannish head sits atop and rings ok, small lacing. Aromas are caramel and toffee, toast and biscuits pairing into decent earthy and gentle citrusy hops, some lemon and grapefruit, touches of gentle dark fruit, carmelized malts. More grapefruit and spicy hops grow as it warms a bit. Initial is medium bodied, offering dryness and florals up front, touches of spice, citrusy grapefruit. Some decent toast, toffee, and caramel. Dry PNW hops jab in and out, touching with just a bit of bigger heat, the sweet sticky malts taking a touch more focus into the middle. More toast, toffee, and some dancing touches of dark fruit, caramel. Finish is dry, a touch of heat dances in, mellow sweet finish with some gentle dancing florals and spice. Overall, it’s a bit big and spicy for me. The hops give a bite but peel off as I go on. Not a style I usually like (Oakshire’s Belly of the Beast being the exception), so I wasn’t expecting much. Meh. A bit strange for me..
Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2011
This poured a ruby red color with a beige head. Aroma was caramel, some dark fruits, citrusy hops and some cracker characteristics. Flavor was much the same as the aroma, a great balance between fruity bittering hops and the mlats. Good ASA. Frank (4194) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Cloudy dark red. Little head but what’s there is long lasting. Halfway between a bareleywine and an IPA, I’d say. Big hops w/ a tasty earthy hop presence and deep sweet malts. Good slow sipper for the wintertime. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2011
64 oz growler from the Half Acre Tap Room. Deep, dark reddish pour that shines like a jewel in the light. An off white head sits on top that fades into a thin, sticky film that clings to the glass. Aroma of red fruits, cherries, citrus hops. A few notes of pine, red cake, cherries and mango. Flavor is mildly hoppy, red fruits, plums, cake malts. Some caramel. The hops are bright, grassy and piney, yet understated. Mild sweetness. No detectable alcohol. Pretty solid. I would have assume they would have hopped the hell out of this since it’s an "imperial red" but I respect their artistic decision not to. chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2011
bottle... this beer has some serious problems, especially when a Sam Adams beer is univerisally preferred by a group of super beer palates, this is hot, way too much alcohol, disturbing grass, off caramel... big time pass cfrancis (3446) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2012
Thanks to wimperoo for this. Pours a dark red with a medium frothy off white top. Aroma is rich earthy malts and a subtle aroma of pine hop. Taste is malt forward with earthy, caramel and toffee with a backing of hop bitterness. Great beer.