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RATINGS: 856   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This is a classic West Coast-style imperial red ale brewed with medium crystal malts, centennial and cascade hops. The color is a burnt amber with red highlights and the aroma has a spicy hop presence with moderate caramel malt accents. The taste is a smooth, malty one with a balanced hoppy finish that includes hints of sweet caramel

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10435) - Frederiksberg C, Dnemark, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2008
Hazy deep amber with tiny off white head. Sweet and hoppy aroma with caramel notes. Sweet and hoppy flavor with hints of pine, caramel, grapefruit and toasted malt. Well balanced. Ends solid bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
On draft at Lost Abbey. Appearance is clear dark amber hue, no noticeable head, minimal lacing. Smell is big caramel malts and toffee, big grassy hops, hint of alcohol heat. Taste is dominated by huge caramel malts and big piney hops, some subtle floral/grassy tones, toffee, citrus, finishes bitter with slight warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium-to-full-bodied, thick and creamy texture, moderate carbonation. Drinkability is high, this is a nicely balanced amber ale with big malt and hop presence (Malt/Hop Bomb!), alcohol is well masked, I’m a fan of Imperial Red Ales and could drink this one all night long!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HumbertHumbert (77) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Possibly one of the most beautiful beers in a glass. Ever. Deep mahogany red with a light head. Soapy hops. I really wanted more malt. A standard red ale is usually malty/caramely without alot of hops, so I was hoping for something a little richer or maltier. Not a bad beer as is, but other than the color, I’m not sure what differentiates it from other DIPAs or even some American barleywines.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9556) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 8, 2008
Pours cloudy brown/amber. Aroma / taste is hoppy with light bitterness, (cheese/earthly like yeast presence), lightly malt with some caramel. Was not really impressed by it. Would try again and get a better opinion.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oakbluff (444) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 23, 2008
Pours a hazy rich brown/red with nominal head, and only a few soapy bubbles for lacing. Nose-sweet candied fruit and pine. Taste- initially very sweet caramel and then a wallop of hops- grassy, woody and pine. Finish is quite hot and dry. Impressive dry finish considering the initial sweetness. Very little carbonation and lighter in body than expected. This is a balls out beer- no question.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2008
Amber, light reddish colour with a thin beige head. caramel and molasses sweet aroma with fruity and vanilla sweet notes and hints of hops and alcohol. Caramel sweet and hoppy, piney flavor with fruity notes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Bottle. Pours deep red with thick off white head. Aroma of malt and piney hops. Taste dominated by malt with slight grassy hops. Thick mouthfeel. Decent red ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xmarcnolanx (930) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - SEP 12, 2008
Aroma is citrus, caramel malting, piney, some bitterness and carbonation. This is definitely a b-wine. Taste is deeply caramel, lots of cloying sweetness, citrus, some bitterness. I also get a very slight touch of toastiness and soap. Very yummy. Alcohol, hops and cloying sweetness round out the palate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (46059) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2008
Bottle 66cl. @ Amerikaner blindsmagning @ Papsoe, Bottle #17.]
Light unclear medium orange amber color with a small to average, fizzy, fair lancing, fully diminishing, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy malty, caramel, vinous, moderate hoppy, orange, alcohol. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - oily, carbonation is soft - flat, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. Very nice balanced. (190608)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8884) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Bottle. Ruby beer with a light tan head. Grapefruit/pine aroma with richer malts. Caramel, grapefruit/pine resin flavor with some nuttiness and richer malts. Medium-plus bodied. Grapefruit, pine and caramel linger. Good bitterness. Good aggressive balance between malt and hops (it’s not a "balanced" beer, but it comes together nicely).


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