RATINGS: 124   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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• Beer Type: Double Red Ale

Aorta Ale is a double red ale that indicates an intensity of flavor simply by its dark reddish-brown appearance. Subtle aromas of candy, brown sugar, and toasted malt are released from the depths of this full bodied beast. Raisins, figs, and burnt caramel are among the sweeter and more forward flavors. It finishes with a roasted cocoa like bitterness, which is magnified by the high alpha hops.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3193) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Draft at Reno’s, East Lansing, sometime in the near past. Deep ruddy body, thick creamy, puffy beige head. Resinous nose with big citrus rind and pulp, sweet, bitter, and tannic, with notes of tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, and papaya), caramel, and brown sugar. Fleshy. Very sweet body with tropical fruits and tangerine rind, tobacco, raisin, berries, and grain; tannic and hot. Hints of Cheerios and cereal box. The overall impression is cloying, with the sweetness and sticky hops resins burying the palate after a few ounces. That said, it was a somewhat favorable cloying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rumproasts (5274) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2012
reddish brown with small head. hoppy read ale. alcohol well hidden. very nice red.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (5000) - Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2012
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating oddly (but is from the most recent bottling this year). Pours hazy brick red color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some beautiful soapy lacing clinging on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, herbal, pine, orange, grapefruit, biscuit, grass, earth, spiciness, and a bit of alcohol. Some pretty nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of big caramel, biscuit, pine, grapefruit, herbal, floral, toasted grain, orange, grass, and light earthy spiciness. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, citrus, biscuit, grass, herbal, pine, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great balance of flavors, with plenty of caramel sweetness that is not cloying at all. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a really nice imperial red ale. Very nice balance of flavors with moderate bitterness, and extremely smooth to sip on. Really enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3932) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Since it was Shorts for pre-DLD I will assume Jale provided it. I had no idea what style this was but my notes said it was surprisingly hoppy in the aroma and flavor. Guess that makes sense for an ASA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (23312) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2012
14th August 2009
Cloudy red brown beer. Decent creamy head. Softish palate. Nice soft malt shot through with powerful hops that have a sweet pineapple and grapefruit flavour but also impart good bitterness. Finishes light and dry with more malt and a little minerals and aniseed. Very well joined up tasty beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Enjoyit (3790) - Vadum, DENMARK - APR 27, 2012
Hazy brown of color with an orange head. An aroma of caramel, appels, bitter and sweets. A flavor of raspeberries, dry and bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
milewide (2125) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2012
Perfect blend of red/amber malt sweetness and fruity hops. Smooth, solid mouth feel. Very slightly cloudy, beautiful red color. Should be full time!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaartenRF10 (1930) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2012
Tasting @De Molen
Clear reddish appearance, off- white head. Aroma has rye and some wood. Taste is a lot of rye, it’s rather sweet and hoppy. Ok body and carbo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vaiz (4451) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2012
Bottle at monthly tasting @ de Molen, hosted by dEnk. Amber pour, thin white head. Aroma of sugar, fruity, brown sugar, aged hops. Flavor is sugary sweet, malty and fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
erickok (5629) - Leuven, BELGIUM - APR 10, 2012
Brown, creamy beige head. Dry fruit, sugared melon, rye bread. Taste is more rye. Fatty, sugary taste and a body to support it. Dead hops in the end. Bit dusty maybe. Good malty base, really nice brew. (At the De Molen tasting)

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