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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 396   ABV: 13.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The Roman Empire’s lust for global dominance and power was only matched by their love of wine, which led to their mastery of the oak barrel. With this in mind we brewed a hybrid Imperial Red Ale fermented with Cabernet Sauvignon grape juice and then aged in California Merlot oak wine barrels. This Roman Imperial Red Ale will excite your baser passions with a deep Imperial red color and purple highlights. Oak, malt and grapes blend together making it hard to tell where one flavor begins and another ends. We all have our vices and we hope you enjoy this one.

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3.9
chucklemation (1774) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2017
Pours a dark amber with an off-white foam head. Aroma is caramel and grape, with some sharp acetone. Flavor is boozy, sweet caramel and grape, though not too sweet. Wine-like, but without the dryness of a red wine. Has some carbonation. Good.

3.4
drsordr (2885) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2017
FoBAB 2017. Dark copper thin ecru head. Nose light fruit, mild mineral, some caramel, fennel. Taste prune, grape, light fruit, minimal barrel. Hides ABV well. Probably would like better when not in current company.

3.8
alexsdad06 (10947) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2017 Draft to taster at FoBAB 17. Pours a clear amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have prunes, grape juice, caramel, dark fruit, light wood, vinous character, tannins, interesting.

3.8
Mark_Eck (1998) - - JUL 9, 2017
Draft at Perrin. Pours a dark ruby red. Aroma and taste are sweet grape juice with hints of wine. Dangerously drinkable. Would never guess this was more than 7% ABV.

4.4
Learninbeer (654) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2017
The aroma is fruit, malts, cherries and bread. Pours a dark amber with big light beige head, mostly lasting and excellent lacing. The taste is malty, sour and a little bitter. The body is medium/full, the texture creamy, the carbonation average and the finish long. Damn Good Ale!!

3.8
blackflag321 (704) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2017
Shared bomber in tulip snifters. Brown color that shines red with sunlight behind it. Wine is mellow present on the nose, palate and finish--but not so dominant to be bad. Wine and beer nicely balanced. The "beer" character Is surprisingly smooth for the high ABV.

3.8
ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2017
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2015 BJCP Category: 29C Specialty Fruit Beer (base style: 22A American Strong Ale)


AROMA: Grape juice and red wine barrels. No acidic or tannic character. Slight confectionery sweetness. Minor dank hop aroma. No boozeiness. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Magenta/violet hue akin to grape juice. Moderate white foamy head retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: The grape juice and wine barrel character dominate the palette. Flavor is fruity for the most part, but not especially sweet or cloying. Mild dank bitterness at the apex with slight pine flavor. Backend has a sweet taste of caramel/chocolate and toast from the wood. Very interesting brew, but unbalanced as the wine-like flavors usurp the base style completely. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Full-bodied, medium-low carbonation. Texture is smooth with only minor alcohol warmth as it finishes. Aftertaste is quite clean, too. This is all surprising consider the beer is 13.2% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Definitely not the kind of beer that rates well to style, but an impressive brewing feat and quite fun to drink. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 38/50

3.6
tmoreau (4678) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2017
Shared bomber poured to snifters showing a fairly clear, mahogany color, with a modest layer of off white foam. and spots of lacing. The nose was some toastiness, dark, dried fruit, barber-like spices, with vinous & oak hints. Medium bodied, with okay carbonation, the taste was similar notes, including caramel sweetness, decent warmth, and a bit of earthy & tannic bitterness. A respectable Strong Ale.

3.7
SG111 (2062) - New York, USA - MAR 13, 2017
Tap at Clubhouse BFD. Pours deep ruby red. Off white head. Aroma is red wine, fruity pebbles, cinnamon, red wine, bit of Graham cracker, little citrus. Flavor is caramel, red wine, berry, some oak. A little more bitter. Good, but nose > flavor. Mildly bitter finish. Still good.

4.2
superspak (6098) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2017
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 1/2016. Pours crystal clear dark ruby red/light purple color with a 1-2 finger dense light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, blackberry, raspberry, currant, red grape, pepper, toasted oak, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, light vanilla/coconut, and oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, grapes, and wine barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, blackberry, raspberry, currant, red grape, pepper, toasted oak, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, light vanilla/coconut, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light tannic wine/oak spiciness and fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, blackberry, cherry, currant, red grape, pepper, toasted oak, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, grapes, and wine barrel flavors; with a great malt/oak/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from tartness and wine/tannic oak spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and lightly acidic/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden; a mild warmth with zero booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding fruited imperial red ale! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, grapes, and wine barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Very rich and complex with pretty much perfect balance of red wine and imperial red flavors. Never overly sweet despite the intense malt presence, thanks to the tannic wine barrel notes that are never overpowering. A highly enjoyable offering.


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