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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.77/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Imperial Red Ale aged in Willett bourbon whiskey barrels.

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3.8
djd07 (15544) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2017
Poured at GABF, cloudy brown with small beige head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is wood, bourbon, caramel. Medium body, vanilla, caramel, rye, bourbon, wood, nice booze finish, very good.

4.4
Hinez57 (253) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - JUL 25, 2016
Aroma has strong oak almost hickory wood and bourbon aromas along with hop presence, malty, maple, vanilla, mild caramel. Ruddy red unclear thin head with great lacing far better than most commercial examples. Taste is out of this world but very strong with wood to the point it’d be out of balance for a lot of people or is seemingly designed to be laid down for a year or so. Flavors resemble aroma with very firm sweetness that balances the added astringency wood often adds to beer before aging rounds it out. Truly a beautiful play of beer and barrel, floral notes, honey and honey suckle apparent with light citrus coming through. Body is perfect, well bittered, to style. Can’t believe I’m rating the brew this high but I can’t help myself. The only marks against it are overall it is a bit heavy for drinking more than one 10-16 oz serving or the whole 22 oz bottle. Otherwise it is wonderful if you enjoy wood forward barrel/wood aged brews which I rather obviously do!

3.7
suprchunk (2994) - EffOff, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2016
Reddish pour. Off white head. Lacing. Big bourbon nose and taste. Slight malt and hops.

3.7
nearbeer (5606) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 12, 2016
650 ml. Hazy chestnut body with an enduring film of icing. Nose of vanilla, toasted oak barrel, and a bit of earthy cocoa. Flavor is none too complex, but has a tasty mix of toasted barrel, caramel and earthy leaf. Medium-plus body has low-medium carbonation and leans to the sweet side. A slight improvement on the good base beer. The standard MFA needs more hop and this barreled one also needs a bit more malt and definitely way more hop oomph to get to the next level.

3.6
Travlr (26105) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2016
Bottle. Slightly hazy deep amber color, white head. Aroma has vanilla, burnt caramel. Taste has tannins, vanilla, caramel. Nice.

3.6
RobertDale (6856) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 27, 2016
22 ounce bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with an average tan head. Aroma of malt, bourbon, and caramel. Taste is malt, bourbon, caramel, chocolate, and dark fruit. Nice.

4.3
Ratman197 (15368) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of bourbon, caramel, vanilla, oak and light fruitiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of bourbon, caramel, fruitiness, light oak and light coffee with a smooth dry lingering carmely bourbon finish.

3.3
Art (3220) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2015
On tap at FoBAB 2015. Pours a reddish brown. Aromas of light dark fruits but big bourbon booze. Vanilla and caramel. Taste is mostly bourbon.

3.6
SudsMcDuff (8494) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2015
bottle from Steins, thanks to Dan for the graceful opportunity to purchase this bottle .. . pours a murky tan .. decent foam .. . appropriate costumes .. . nice dose of bourbon, red malts, honey, bricks, and saxophone metal .. . medium mouth, medium finish .. pretty good, on point with the original base .. . . i would have fuckin rocked bellbottoms!!

4.3
trichoeg85 (40) - Sumrall, Mississippi, USA - FEB 8, 2015
22oz bomber poured to SoPro souvenir sniffer glass. Thin off white head. Chocolatey bourbon smell (love it!). Color is much darker than the original Fire Ant, a deep brown amber. Nice warmth in the aftertaste, bitterness of the hops has been substantially subdued. Malty, dark chocolate flavor. Leaves a nice lingering warmth and mouthfeel. Really hope I can find this limited release again! Cheers! If you can find it, buy it you won’t be disappointed.


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