daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2013 TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a pretty big beer. Pours cloudy, reddish with a totally retained tan colored head. Aroma is rich caramel with big citrus notes as well. Flavor is both BIG malt and BIG hops. Tasty effort from the guys in Blanco!
Clear gold pour, light cream colored head. Sweet caramel malt up front, mandarin orange syrup, toasted malt. Just ok. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Dark caramel, a little muddy, thin frothy sandy head, little lacing.   Nice citrusy nose, heavy rind and citrus peel.   Similar tongue, faint warming.   Also fairly good caramel malt.   Body and dfinney23 (3424) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2013
mouthfeel are moderate.   Seems like a mini American Barley Wine.   Nice balance, not too strong with the bitterness, malts counteract what is there.   Fairly simple, but fairly enjoyable.   Lingering citrus peel, pith,
and rind, along with semi-sweet caramel malts.   Good!   Thanks for the bottle Bill!
Dark amber with a thin head that leaves nice lacing. Pine and caramel aroma. Taste is more of the same with some grapefruit bitterness. degbert (1776) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange-red with a buff, lacy head. Nose is extremely floral -- moss roses and daisies -- with a resinous undertone. Bitter and hoppy, with grapefruit at the forefront; there’s some dark roasted malt to balance it out, but almost no sweetness, leaving a dry and almost astringent beer. Round on the palate despite the dryness. Intense. Ratman197 (15452) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness, pine, grapefruit and light orange zest. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, grapefruit, orange zest, pine and light earthiness with a smooth moderatly bitter lingering citrus finish.
Errl (2577) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Tap- Nose is hops, pine, caramel, bitter, warm with dark fruit..Tase is piney hops, bitter, dark fruit, caramel, dry superspak (6090) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Got in a trade with Cyde. 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/11/2013. Pours hazy and cloudy dark ruby red color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, floral, grass, light pine, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with great balance and good complexity of dark malt and hop notes, with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, caramel, toast, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, floral, grass, light pine, and toasted earthiness. Slight pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, toast, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, floral, light pine, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of hop and dark malt flavors; with a near perfect malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial red ale! All around nice balance balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering. TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2013
Bottle, pours a hazy amber with some white head, nice lacing. Great caramel and biscuity malt aroma, with some good hops added in. Flavor matches aroma pretty well, solid beer. mmmbeer (1429) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2013
UPDATED: APR 12, 2013 12 oz. bottle served in shaker- poured transparent darkened brown with tints of orange and sunfaded maroon color, 2 finger white head quickly dissipated to some frog eyes and a thick white ring upon the vessel, which did actually lace. Aroma of bootleg hooch, a burnt malt, and overcooked caramel- el yummo as the homers say. Me- sucks balls. Hits the mouth with a medium body, any sort of enjoyment from the malt is drowned out by that same bootleg hooch and overpowering hops, which carries out through the finish. The real shame is spending $10 for a 4 pack while I could have spent just a few bucks more for a 6’er of Busch and a pint of Everclear, and had a much better time drinking. NOPE. DocJitsu (2042) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Pours a clear, deep brown amber color with a thin medium caramel colored head. Aromas of pull candy and lemon grass. There are Christmas pull candy and sorghum flavors with hints of overripe fruit emerging. The mouthfeel is unassuming, yet appealing. Not bad, but not great.