Msdrbeat (780) - East Lansing, USA - MAY 3, 2017 RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft into snifter at dustys tap room. Mild aroma and a decent amount of alcohol in the finishing taste.
Bottled. Wow that is full of flavor. Hoppy but balanced with malt character. Booziness is not too much.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone superspak (5883) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2017
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/2/2016. Pours hazy deep reddish/orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, raisin, plum, fig, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, raisin, plum, fig, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, raisin, plum, fig, citrus rind, pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/sticky/resinous, and lightly slick balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden, a mild warmth lingering after the finish for 9.6%. Overall this is an awesome imperial red ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV; despite the moderately strong bitterness and increasing resin/rindy dryness. Nicely juicy feeling on hops and yeast fruitiness. A really delicious offering. smroush (297) - Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2017
Aromas are malty - bread, candy sugar, a bit of dried fruit, caramel; but also a good bitter backbone. A touch of fruitiness also, though I am having a hard time pinning down the fruit - mango, apricot?
Color is an attractive reddish brown, not quite a ruby red, with a medium light tan head.
Taste is a bit sweet, but with a fair amount of balancing bitterness.
Medium body; texture a bit oily; carbonation is average; finish is fairly long, opening with candy sugar and fruit and ending in the bitterness.
Overall a pretty good beer; reasonably balanced between a variety of malt flavors and the hop bitterness; some complexity with a fairly wide variety of flavors. Rasmus40 (21695) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Hazy reddish amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dark fruit, dark sugar and a little alcohol. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet finish. 270315 chrisv10 (18222) - DENMARK - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle. Clear dark amber/brown with small beige head. Aroma is malt, caramel, hop, toasted, old hop, little candy sugar and oxidized. Flavour is malt, caramel, toasted, hop, oxidized, medium sweet, dark fruits and bitter.
HenrikSoegaard (14450) - Randers, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle. Creamy White good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. moderate malty nand hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. oily palate. Slightly boring. Camons (13018) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle @ Johns. Pours amber with a offwhite head. Aroma of malt, little caramal, light stale hops, light citrus. Flavor is sweet, malty, light caramel, light grass, light lemon, light stale. Medium body, soft carbonation. 270315 saxo (19282) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are caramel, malt, fruits, little cocoa and hops. Martinus (4692) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2014
Hazy brown colour, white head. Aroma of malts, honey, müsli bar with honey. Sweet flavour, malts, honey, rye. High carbonation. Finish chocolate, honey and müsli. ansjelaah (1748) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2014
(from 76cL bottle @ ZZT 9. Thanks for sharing, Abijen!)
Bottle @ ZZT 9 shared by Abijen. Hazy brown color with a small off-white head. Smells and tastes sweet, caramel, like a barley wine, fruity. Mwah.