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RATINGS: 353   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 58   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Imperial Red was originally brewed in 2008. It is deep copper chestnut in color with toffee, brown sugar, nuts and spice aromas. A rich supple entry leads to an off-dry medium-full body of tangy raisins and citrus marmalade, bittersweet chocolate, and mild spice flavors. It finishes with a long nutty, fruity fade.

Malts: Great Western Harrington, Klages, Hugh Baird Crystal, Black, Munich, Chocolate and rolled oats. Hops: Willamette, Cascade and Chinook. Yeast & Water: Rogue’s Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

19.4º PLATO 58 IBU 76 AA 47º Lovibond

Draft, 7oz Nip

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swigswthwolves (74) - Michigan City, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Pours dark copper with almost no head. Smells of a complex blend of alcohol and malt. Definite notes of chocolate and brown sugar with an intense bite. A big beer that I could easily drink as a sessional.

john44 (3311) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2017
Keg Half Pint at White Horse, Parsons Green, London in Aug 2011 - Reddish Amber in colour. Very Malty; toasty malts, toffee, brown sugar, some chocolate, hint of nuts. Fruity; citrus oranges and raisins. Spicy; mild spice flavours. Yeasty. Hoppy; piney resinous hops. Sweet fruity throughout. Very drinkable. Nice beer! (2011-08-04)

fombe89 (3897) - Asturias, SPAIN - SEP 4, 2016
Bo del @Cabanon. 02/09/2016. BBD: 20/08/17 Color ámbar, sabor caramelo malta, cuerpo medio.

jmohno (1649) - Iowa, USA - JUN 21, 2016
Murky red. Thin head. Aroma is sweet doughy , toast/light roast. Herbal planty, dated bottle. Taste is some caramel chocolate light roasts, toasty. Bit boozy. Dark toffee. Don’t think I’ve ever had this fresh, tastes aged, kind of medicinal b vitamy. Poorly stored most likely.At one time I thought I liked this, its OK.

JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 16, 2016
brew is a dark hazy red/chestnut brown with a good red glow when held to a light. Aroma is light dried fruits that are pummeled by citrus hops.. a little caramel and chocolate as it hits room temp.. it really needs to warm to get interesting. Piney and biscuits. Flavor is thin .. probably to big bitterness and a nice toasty malt mid palate.. citrus/floral hops and a good dose of brown sugar without the sweetness.. a little yeasty fruitiness.. that seems to find its way into most Rogue brews.. finish is medicinal hops and a lingering toffee quality. Body is fairly light for a brew of this caliber/abv.. carbonation is pretty much perfect. if I had this beer in a blind tasting... I would guess.. a barleywine.. not an energized version of a red ale.

blipp (9590) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Bottle. Looking at the dates this was most recently reviewed, I’m seriously questioning how old this damn bottle is.... No date stamp found. Pours brownish amber with nearly no head. Some sweet malts, caramel, some earthy and herbal tea-like notes, brown sugar, and a weird candy-like finish. A bit of oxidation, but it’s not overpowering. This was a gift... I would never buy garbage like this for myself. Who the hell buys this stuff?

721Lance (82) - Oceanside Ca, California, USA - APR 6, 2015
Great pairing of citrus and pine hops, along with excellent caramel malts. Dark fruits of raisin and plum through the aroma and finish. I love imperial reds and this one is really good.

Learninbeer (625) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2014
The aroma is sweet like a Barleywine, malt - caramel, dates, figs. Pours a brown amber with no head and no lacing. The taste is sweet/bitter umami. The body is medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation average and the finish short. Overall OK, really is like a Barleywine taste and palate wise. Has potential comes up lacking.

slowrunner77 (12581) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
"not sure what this is based on, but it tastes nothing like a stronger St Rogue Red as i was hoping for. May more malt than hops in this one...toffee up front, and in the aroma with a slightly nutty, slightly bitter finish. another ok-pretty good beer from Rogue that’s not worth the ridiculous bottle price. I’d take a Red Rocket or Lagunitas Imperial Red any day over this one..."

Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2014
9/5/2014. XS bottle. Cloudy dark amber with a thin white head. Malty and spicy aromas. Sweet sugary flavors with malt, caramel, spices and an earthy, hoppy finish.

Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass and a snifter. There was barely any difference between the two glasses other than a longer lasting filmier looking head in the snifter. The rest of the appearance was a hazy dark ruby red color with about a finger’s worth of white foaminess in the head. The lacing was filmy and clingy all around. The smell had a decent caramel maltiness with a light raisin and raspberry. It kind of comes across somewhat tart but not in a bad way. The taste was basically the same - slightly sweet, dark fruitiness and then tart again. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was there but nothing overbearing. Light tart to sweet rolls over my tongue. Overall, this was an interesting American Strong Ale with the raisins and raspberries. I think I could do this again.

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