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RATINGS: 859   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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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3.8
Tmoney99 (15116) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a hazy golden color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting and had good lacing. Good malt and citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body with a slick & smooth texture. Moderate to heavy well balanced smooth flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. Standout brew.

3.8
emacgee (4711) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2008
Pours a still bright ruby with almost no head. The aroma is fruity, sweet, has some berry, light alcohol, malty, lightly phenolic. The flavor is sweet, hoppy bite, malty, citrusy, fruity, alcohol. The palate is waxy hoppy bite, alcohol.

3.3
tyler_mn (2464) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2008
22oz bottle. Aroma smacks the nose with assloads of crystal malt and piney hops. Caramel drizzled fruit. Some herbal teal like qualities. Scented candle wax, air freshner and perfume as well. But definitely most heavy on the crystal malt and pine needles. Pours an attractive dark amber/copper with the requisite sticky white head leaving some sticky lace along the sides of my glass. Flavor mirrors the aroma... it really doesn’t do a whole lot for me. Plenty of spruce and plenty of malt. There’s a slight fusel alcohol note that really distracts as well. Perfumy. Soapy. Really quite boring and unimpressive. The body lacks here too. slightly thin and metallic for this style of a beer. I need more heft. Finishes with a blast of pine and perfume. Meh... Thanks, though, Rusty!

4
anders37 (27577) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2008
Bottle. Pours a reddish amber color with a small off-white head. Malty hoppy bitter aroma with pine needles hints. Sweetish warming malty hoppy pine needles flavor. Sweetish warming malty very hoppy finish with a long bitter aftertaste.

3.6
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 19, 2008
The pour was ruby and brown with a super short off-white head. Minimal lacing. The aroma was malty, hoppy pine and softer floral. The flavor was pine hops, caramel malt and some softer floral hops and spice. Some alcohol snuck through. The mouthfeel was nice, the finish was clean. Good.

4.1
brewblackhole (1587) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2008
The ubiqutous 99% hop ,in any Port brew, sweet sugary malts,taste is hop emphasized with San Diego bitterness,bitter crystal sugary finish. Another great well done Port Brew

3.7
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 17, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2011 .
In short: Luscious caramelized body and good hop-bite. Very good beer.
How: Bottle 22oz dropped in my cooler by my buddy dmac. Drank fresh a few days later
The look: Cloudy redish-amber body topped by beige ring of foam
In long: Big rich and round body full of fruity caramel over toasted bread. Hints of red berries here and there. Really luscious caramelized body here. I liked it. A whole lot of resinous hops for an herbal/tea-like character balance it nicely. There’re probably tuning this recipe because I clearly remember not caring about it when I first had it a few months ago (boring sugary malt profile and brutal hops bite) but this bottle I’m rating was really good. Effective Shark Attack, no bite or amputation to report, but some ass was kicked.

4.1
chrisafari (100) - Orange, California, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Aroma is malt and cranberries, slight alcohol. Pours dark opaque reddish brown, no head. Flavor begins malty/Carmelly sweet and spicy. finishes with a dry hop throat. Malt is rich and alcoholy on the roof of the mouth, hops are intense pine and spice. There is also a nice sweet cranberry/brown sugar flavor in the middle of the palate. Nice balance between the intense malt and and hops. Medium body, medium-low to medium drinkability. This beer kicks you in the face, not for the faint of heart. Still, really enjoyable.

3.9
xmarcnolanx (945) - 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.

4
KimJohansen (10498) - Frederiksberg C, 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.


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