RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
special limited release #1. imperial red ale aged in bourbon barrels.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2013
A vigorous pour into my teku glass produces a light amber tinged, initially two finger thick head. The beer is a concentrated amber color that shows a brilliantly clear burnt red hue when held up to the light. The aroma is dense with vanilla and coconut like aromatics up front; quite smooth, and further draughts of the nose yield caramelized, pleasing, rich, toasted malt notes. There is a huge sweet, caramel malt character here that manages to keep away from the bad sweet-tea like character that can often plague beers like this.

Sweet tasting, rich, thick, chewy, and most definitely a sipping brew. The malt character is the most noticeable up front, but it is accentuated by lightly toasted coconut notes, and amplifying vanilla barrel notes. The finish has a bit of astringency and spice to it with its woody character and there is a rounded woody oak flavor throughout. Sweet caramelized grain notes are well balanced by the other flavors, and there is a toasted character here that is accentuated by the oak, but provides flavors of toasted, caramelized brown bread, roasted / caramelized nuts, and a brown cracker like note that gets a bit hay like at times. The alcohol is fairly well constrained here, but does provide a touch of palate warmth, and a definite belly warmth. There is a light bitterness here, but really much of the malt balance is provided by the barrel character. The bourbon provides a characteristic fruitiness and there is a soft berry like character here as well.

Enjoyable, especially since I wasn’t expecting much from a barrel aged Imperial Red.

DesertDevil (699) - Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2014
2013 bottle. Incredibly sweet (damn near cloying) aroma of young bourbon mixed with a heavy maltiness, semi-spoiled caramel, and a mild vegetal note. Pours deep red with a yellowish swirl for a head. The taste is way too sharp and hot with fresh whiskey booziness, oak resin, roasted barley, a light caramel tone, and mild hop bitterness. Chewy texture; very prickly mouthfeel with a super-boozy finish. I want to like this brew because too few AZ breweries bottle their special releases, but it desperately needs some age and more balance.

Crispy34 (496) - Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Bomber bottle. Aroma is a sourish type dark with some sweetness. Appearance is a murky brown. Taste is a sweet, odd taste that is not good. Palate is just bad. Overall, a swing and a miss. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2013
This is good. Usually I find red ales too sharp in flavor, but the aging here takes the edge off nicely. Bourbon not overwhelming either. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

BelgianBeerGal (4155) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Missed this at the brewery but found it at the Grand Canyon General Store. Yep, the tourist location inside the park. Who would have guessed? Shared with Wyatt. I thought it was a nice attempt at "imperializing" a red ale. The hops were still there and not overpowered. Pretty tasty.

Ratman197 (15350) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel, bourbon, oak, fruittiness and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, bourbon, oak, fruittiness and light vanilla with a smooth dry lingering bourbon finish.

SHIG (4964) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Bottle thanks to fata2683: Poured a reddish brown with a finger thick tan head. Aroma is very sweet malt, boozy, and vanilla. Taste is rich caramel malt with nice boozy notes and vanilla along with cocoa. The alcohol is there, but don’t overpower the taste.

markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Thanks to IBrew2or3 for this. Cheers, Dave! Pours a hazy amber with a tan head. Nose is sweet malt, caramel, some vanilla, wood, and mild spirits, with some assertive pine and citrus. Flavor is similar with a nice vanilla and barrel presence along with caramel and assertive hops. A nice compilation of flavors. Interesting beer.

BOLTZ7555 (3127) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2012
Wax topped bottle pours a burnt crimson/burgundy with a creamy eggshell pour. Spatters of bubbles inside the glass but not a ring in sight. Nose of caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, smoke, and bourbon. Flavor shows all of the same qualities with a little less interest. A little hot still and a weird lingering malt backbone. Better than expected from the style. Probably shouldn’t barrel age a red ale...on second thought, never should.

hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2012
bomber from the brewery 11/25/11. clear copper with an ow head. aroma and flavor are big in the caramel and vanilla departments.... lesser notes of sweet bourbon, malt sugar, green barrel, booze, spice and pine hops. interesting balance...

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