deyholla (11496) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2010
On tap. Poured a clear amber with a yellow gray head. Aroma had a nice grass and pine aroma. Flavor had a very nice grassy hop note that was complimented by a nice sweet bread undertone. jcwattsrugger (12418) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2010
[email protected]Brigadier (3665) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2010
bottle-pours a tan head and hazy amber color. Aroma is medium malt-peat/caramel, slight pine. Taste is medium malt-peat/caramel, secondary pine/citrus hops bite.
12 oz bottle
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Thanks to noncaloric for throwing this in a bonus. I almost overlooked it and would have missed a novel "imperial red" from a brewery I should pay more attention to. O’so might not be on par with New Glarus and Tyranena yet but in the competitive field that is Wisconsin beer they are no slouches either.
Aroma / Appearance - The deep cloudy body was the color of the early morning sun on an overcast day. An offwhite head gave some contrast like the caps on top of ocean waves. Caramel popcorn, cherry juice, and resiny hops were a strange but palateable combination. Chocolate nibs lurked in the background meekly to cap things off.
Flavor / Palate - Sweet malts were offset by cherry pie, a hoppiness that did not bite yet was not feeble either, and coffee creamer. The warm aftertaste should be no shock given this is over 9% ABV. If this was the only option in the fridge I might be able to drink two in a night but that would be it. Even after one the taste was beginning to be a little heavy.
Bottled. Poured medium, rusty brown with a swirly, easily-resuscitated beige head. The aroma picked up wet oak and aged caramel sweetness upfront with spicy earth and rising vanilla around.. definitely sweeter than it was hoppy, but I dug the malts.. a bit of overt alcohol washes over the nose after the main sniff. The flavor opened with tart oaky notes and warm molasses sweetness and caramel support.. moderate earth and citrus bitterness surrounded and was amplified by alcohol.. finished tangy and a bit sharp from the barrel and boozage respectively. Medium-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. I liked the molasses and vanilla components, but the rest of it didn’t flow that well. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Thanks to BeerBill for sharing. Poured a clear deep glowing amber color with a small off-white head. Sadly diacetyl hits the nose first and hard. Toffee with citrus hop notes poke through. Some alcohol fumes also make its way out. Dull caramel flavor mixed with citrus. Light to medium bodied.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Thanks to skyview for this bottle. The body and the aroma were both malty and sweet. I really didn’t get anything characteristic of an IPA good or bad. Mostly I got a lot of malt, particularly a sweet caramel and butterscotch character. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2010
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Date: February 06, 2010
Appearance: clear dark red, fine beige head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet caramel and butterscotch candy aroma
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, lots of butterscotch sweetness, light earthy bitterness
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 9/20
Score: ** /4
On tap at Sugar Maple. Slightly hazed reddish brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of citrus hops, sweet malt, mild alcohol and some notes of pine. Taste of moderate citrus hops, caramel, light toffee and light alcohol. Comes through balanced with some bitterness on the finish. I preferred last years version, but this one wasn’t bad. beerbill (3616) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2010
12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with Ughsmash. Pours a clear golden red with a thin off-white head. Aroma of sweet caramel and orange with some noticeable alcohol in the nose. Reminds me a bit of Drambuie actually. The flavor is slightly musty with sweet caramel and fruity orange. Some alcohol in the aftertaste that lingers briefly. Mild-moderate bitterness at the finish. Solid beer. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2010
Thanks to exiled for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours light brown with a minimal head. The aroma is very sweet, with malt and caramel. The flavor is sweetness with some light hoppy bitterness at the end. Lots of toffee and caramel. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not sure of the date of this bottle, but there was not hardly any hop presence in this beer at all. Still good, just not what I expected.