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RATINGS: 1141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 84   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This Special Ale is, in reality, a reconstructed exhumation of the very first ale that we ever brewed way, way back, in 1993. Brewed with a big head, a muscular malty thorax, a silky texture & all strung together with a hoppy sweet nerve sack... yum.

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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopheaven (91) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Deep amber to mahogany in color with a milky head. Smells richly of dark caramel malts with notes of burnt sugar and raisins. Has a barley wine character. Smooth and sweet on the tip of the tongue fading into a luscious, sugary caramel-rich flavor. Ample bitterness and hops round this one out. Its like a younger, lighter, more limber barley wine. Similar to a Scottish Ale but sharper. Not as complex as an Old Ale. Exactly what I look for in a Red Ale and exactly what I expected of an Imperial. Smooth on the palate not spritzy or syrupy but just right.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OminouSC2 (499) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2016
Burgundy color. Fruity aroma with grass hop. Taste caramel malt, sweet with a good portion of hops, more on the fruity side. Bitter hops during the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerdedDave (1407) - Beckley, USA - APR 11, 2016
slightly cloudy red color; piney hop aroma with bready malt notes; juicy, piney hops with herbal notes on a medium bodied, bready malt base

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
_angst_ (4560) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 29, 2016
Bottle bought @ Systembolaget. pours tiny hazy amber with a small offwhite head that slowly dissipates small sticky trace on the glass. Smell is malty, woody and tiny fruity with sweet dark bread, caramel, toffee, grapefruit juice, dried apricots, moist grass, pine needles, resinous wood, orange peal, lemon zest and hints of alcohol. Taste is slightly sweet, bitter, malty, slightly fruity, slightly grassy and slightly woody. Mouthfeel is soft, viscous, oily, astringent, tiny boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet, oily bitter and cardboardy. Past its prime Im afraid...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AnokaBrewer (171) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2016
22 ounce bottle. Copper color. Sweet taste at first from the malt, then the flavor of grain, followed by a hop bitterness that does not longer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (5236) - Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Pours clear auburn with a thick and frothy, if not long-lasting, pale buff head. Woody hops and fresh malt battle it for the top spot in the aroma, while hints of caramel and clove gladly sit on the sidelines. Flavor steps boldly onto the palate, presenting woody, hoppy, malt and caramel tones, while hints of clove and hay tag along. Body is on the firm side, as is the lasting fizz. So glad they resurrected this one!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrjez (508) - Osaka, JAPAN - OCT 21, 2015
From bomber. Pours a very nice deep red copper, big head of beige foam. Great nose with red and dark fruit, earthy malt, caramel, mixed with citrus. It tastes excellent, a certain sweetness balanced with lively bitter hop, more pine coming through. Smooth drinking, a little warmth, and a lingering bitterness that overtakes the sweet flavours. Spot on.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopmaestro (1384) - rebro, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2015
Aroma here is dried fruits touching the sweeter areas and I catch some bitterness from citrus and grass. The taste is the same, and Im pretty happy that it isnt that sweet that I thought. There are some orange peels in here also. The body is a bit thin, and that makes it more drinkable and Im actually quite pleased with it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
halfonit (1329) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Pours an amber color with a off white, almost caramel colored head. Aroma is on the sweeter side. Sweeter malts, prunes, fig, some booze, yeast and spices. Nice, heavier palate, definitely silky. Flavors are of malts, prune, dry hops, bread, nuts, and tea. Leaves a sweeter dry hopped finish. Good stuff, just a bit dry for my liking.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 13, 2015
Pours a mostly clear reddish copper with a medium sized long lasting off white head and some spotty lace. Aroma is malty, caramel, citrus, earthy. Flavour is malty, caramel, medium bitterness, citrus, earthy, moderate sweetness, faint alcohol, and a somewhat dry finish. Good balance, not astringent and good malty Flavour!


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