beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 1, 2007
This American Strong Ale pours a medium orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is malty and sweet, touch of spice. A medium to full bodied American Strong Ale. Malts are caramel and sweet, cookie and bready. Hops are slightly piney and a touch spicy. Nice balance. Touch of smoke and peat, maybe some cinnamon. Interesting beer, Very smooth and warming throughout. This is one of those beers that just have to fall into that American Strong Ale category. There is nothing else to describe it. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2007
The aroma was malty and nutty with a strong caramel impression and some toasty notes. A light spice was present and some dark fruits. The amber beer was lightly hazy and had a yellowish compact head which did last enough to lace the glass. The flavor was malty with a strong citrusy hop flavor and a substantial bittering to backup the malt presence. The citrus hop flavor was a bit of grapefruit and a smidge of orange and as the hop flavor faded on the palate a strong caramel presented itself coupled with a biscuity and toasty flavor. The malt and hop balance was well done and made for an enjoyable pint. The body was medium full and with a moderate level of carbonation the beer was creamy in mouthfeel. The beer went dry into the aftertaste with lasting biscuit and toast and the only hints of alcohol came in the flavor and in some light warming that occurred after consumption. A very nice beer to celebrate the last brew from Downtown Asheville. 1 liter flip top bottle purchased at the release party. SDbruboy (1863) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2007
22 oz. bottle, shared by a fellow Ratebeerian at O’Briens (sorry, I don’t remember exactly who it was...). Pours a clear garnet color with a small beige head. Nice hoppy aroma, floral and light citrus notes, rich malts, toasty and somewhat fruity. Wow, interesting. Spicy, toasty malts, citrus hoppy, but somewhat overpowered by alcohol, grapefruit, astringent finish. Medium body, gentle carbonation, smooth and yummy. boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - SEP 16, 2007
An imperial version of a quite mild but well balanced beer should, under most circumstances, remain uninteresting or turn out poorly, in my experiences with a useless doubling of ingredients of an already enjoyable beer. The base version of this beer, however, is fantastic, certainly one of the better recipes produced by one of North Carolina’s best breweries, the resulting "Imperial" version commands recognition. The pour is a lightly hazy dark amber/red with orange glints at the edges. A light tan head produces heavy lacing that falls down into the liquid below all too quick. Earthy and pine-resin hops are foremost in escaping the glass, but the lovely malt profile is what’s most noticeable and admirable. Notes of caramel, toasted grains, residual sugars, mild, spice, vanilla and basement must. The flavor is of very rich and not overly sweet caramel, followed by pleasant mild hoppy bitterness and a clean foray into the original taste structure of the regular Gaelic ale. Earthiness is hearty and welcoming. Sweetness is medium, bitterness low to mild, no real astrincency or acidity. The finish is very well balanced, lightly bitter but mostly semi-sweet, caramel malt lingering. The mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and medium-full bodied, warming with weighty alcohol. emacgee (4705) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Thanks to oldgrowth for bringing this to the Carolina gathering. Pours a deep red with some haze. Thin light tan head. The nose had mellowed nicely, sweet, earthy, caramel, citrusy, had some barley wine qualities. Citrusy flavor, grapefruit peel, a lot more hop character than I was expecting, caramel, again more barley wine characteristics Nice smooth warming mouthfeel with a citrusy grapefruit peel finish. Very glad I got to try this.
goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2006
Poured a hazy brownish-orange color with a small off-white head. Caramel malty aroma with notes of alcohol and some hops. This was followed up by toasted bread and then earthy and sweaty notes. Malty flavros start this off and some hops come out on the finish. aracauna (3682) - Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Yay kp. He brough some to the pre- Cask Ale fest gathering just for me (or so he said). Really not much in the way of a scottish ale, but makes an excellent American Strong. Great big sticky hops. Good malt. SpringsLicker (3677) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Pours clear deep amber with a large off-white head.
The aroma is big in it’s malt profile.
Some bitterness that builds to a dry finish rounds out and compliments the flavors that the malts provide.
Thanks to kp for sharing this at the pre cask tasting. shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Pours a hazy amber brown color with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, some roasted malts, and aged bitter hops. Flavor is roasted malts, biscuity, smoky, and some aged citrus hops kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Source: Brewfest, Asheville
opaque orange, thin creamy beige head, nice lace, big earthy hop aroma, creamy body, big hop flavor well balanced with some nice sweet carmel malt,
hazy dark red, the beige head is easily roused to produce lots of drippy lace, a touch of malt sweetness to go with the earthy hop aroma, a bit of alcohol initially coming through on the flavor along with the carmel sweetness, the rich carmel malt flavor only has a touch of the sweetness that normally occurs such rich carmel malt, lots of the earthy hop flavor but well balanced, a good strong ale with lots of hops balancing the rich carmel malt
lots more of the caramel sweetness foming through and taking over, still enough earthy bitterness to provide some balance but it it becoming a sweet caramel story now
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20