nearbeer (5419) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 26, 2009
12 oz. Mostly clear copper-brown with a lasting quarter-inch of head. Nose is chocolate, dried wood, grapefruit, caramel, vanilla, and resin. Flavor is caramel, resin, grapefruit, oak, whiskey barrel, vanilla. Nice finish of oak and citrus. Near-medium body is a nice drinkable balance of watery vs. sticky, and finishes dry.
bpreo (2840) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 14, 2013
A very good beer. I am happy to be drinking it. Mad River Brewery is beginning to impress me thoroughly. philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Mad River Brewing Company--Double Dread Imperial Red Ale--Royally Sumptuous & Opulent--2009 12 oz. Bottle. 8.60% ABV--97 IBU’s. (4.5 / 5.0) Red Ale--Imperial. Light loose sediment. Mild lacy off white head. Cloudy dark amber red color. Malty toasted caramel fruit hop ester front. Mild sweet rich toasted caramel toffee fruit mild sweet creamy doughy rich body. Clean fresh fruit ester hop spice Mild EtOH zesty end. Wow! Sampled 8/10/2009. 6 @ $2.99 Each. Braudog (6716) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Bottle. Deep muddy reddish-brown with a decent head. The aroma is crammed full of promise -- a big caramel monster. Into the breach I dive and do indeed end up the recipient of a gigantic caramel-malt brew, laced with a toasty edge. American brewers have taken to applying the "Imperial" tag to just about anything -- for once, this deserves it. (#3741, 11/15/2009) Rockcrawler (197) - Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - APR 21, 2010
12 Oz Bottle. Pours a dark "ruby" amber color with big solid off white head. Intense resinous hop aroma with citrus notes. The taste kicks in with an almost grapefruit bitter sensation slowly descending into a mostly overpowered nice malty roasted nuttiness. Heavy bodied but goes down well with the bitterness sticking to your palate. A very tasty brew.
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2011 I loved this beer. Great balance with big flavor. High IBU’s....yes...but so perfectly malty, caramely and sweet. Long lasting finish, ending with a sweet Creamy resininess. The Red brown with a good amount of sediment resting on the bottom. The head disappeared farirly quickly, leaving a trace around the edges of the glass.
1/26/2010 - drank another today. I can’t get over how hoppy this bad boy is but perfect in balance. Tons of sediment in this one. Great red color. Love it. mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Solid imperial red. Very malt forward -- the rye notes are splendid. Limited bitterness, which is ok, but the tang I expect from this style -- and which usually is overabundant -- is missing in action to great degree. Nevertheless, good. B/B-
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone omhper (25125) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2009
Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Hazy copper colour, fair sized head. Roasty perfumy nose. Mid-sweet with clean, vital body. Roasty and salty, very hoppy, notes of tangerine. Strong but unassaulting bitterness. Somehow condensing what’s good about US microbrewing. fiulijn (20498) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2009
Bottle at Oliver Twist, StockholmTmoney99 (14484) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Hazy amber color. Caramel aroma, sweet, malty and a bit yeasty; lightly grassy too. Medium body; caramel aroma, leaning to the dry side, not very interesting; but the hopping is a bit fruity and improves the flavor; the final shows some toffee and light residual sweetness. Good, but not impressive.
Bottle from Kingdom Liquors.
Poured hazy reddish brown color with a large frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toaste3d malt, nuts, earthy aroma. Moderate to heavy slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy biitersweet flavor to medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.
My expectations where met with a good complex beer.