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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Broken is a promise...

Deceiving, double-crossing, and treacherous, Betrayal strikes a chord in the deepest shade of red. At first glance, she’s sweet and seductive, yet at the last sharp enough to curl your tongue. The allure of her dazzling caramel sweetness and scintillating aromatic hops is enchanting.
2011 Vintage: 8.2% abv

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3.4
FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2014
A steady pour into my New Belgium tulip produces a two finger thick, plus an additional one finger above the rim of my glass, light amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated, deep red stained, dark amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, deep red, copper stained around the edge, hue when held up to the light. The aroma has lots of sweetened, caramelized hops, with lots of ripe tangelo zest, grapefruit marmalade, guava jam, and softer, subtle notes of pine, and woody herbal notes, plus a supporting malt character that provides a rich caramelized sweetness, lightly toasted, whole grain bread, and a slight nutty grain note.

Big, bitter, woody, slightly astringent hop character is well balanced by a sweet, caramelized, and bready malt character. The hops also contribute ample notes of caramelized / candied citrus zest (grapefruit, tangerine, and a bit of kumquat), as well as some lighter tropical fruit notes that lean more towards guava. This has a rich body, nicely chewy, though not cloying, though certainly not a beer I feel like quaffing a bunch of, as this is more of a sipping brew. As the beer warms up a rich, caramelized, toasted nutty malt character becomes more noticeable.

Not bad, actually a good example of an Imperial Red (whatever that is); rich and malty, with an expressive hop character that nearly jumps out of the glass. It is like an über-hoppy, old school American Barleywine. Nice, but the malt character is often a bit too much for me in these types of beers.

3.2
Sledutah (7838) - Utah, USA - MAR 26, 2014
22oz bottle picked up at North Boulder Liquor
Pours clear dark mahogany with a medium sized beige head and lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel, toasted malts and dusty. Taste is dusty, caramel, grapefruit and pine resin
OK, not my cup of tea though

3.7
DedicatedToFun (4003) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Overall pretty good american strong ale, bomber from whole foods, rich and nice

3.4
FROTHINGSLOSH (8142) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Sampled on draft at Hou Thou this beer poured a very dark brown color with orange highlights and a small foamy beige head that faded quickly but left good lacing. The aroma was crystal malt, toffee, dark fruits and sugar. The flavor was bitter and tangy with notes of grapefruit, resin, cherry, toffee and a bit of smoke. Medium length finish. Medium body. The alcohol was well contained. Solid.

3.7
high_on_hops (809) - Burlingame, California, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Pours a deep ruby with a tan head and lacing. The flavor is lots of amber malt and substantial earthy hops. The flavor is amber malt and hops up front with a semi bitter finish and interesting, slightly spicy aftertaste over a medium-heavy body.

3.6
RedSox2004 (1970) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Dark red/amber with a two finger off-white head and very nice lace. Grassy and citrus hop aromas highlight a caramel malt base. Taste is similar, with hop bitterness up front with a caramel sweetness accompanying a piney finish. Medium body, lively carbonation, creamy mouthfees and a crisp bitterness in the finish.

2.6
Barreras (1689) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Pours a deep copper color with a red tinge. Aroma is heavy on the malt, typical of an Imperial Red style.. Taste is heavy on the malt, I was expecting something different for a strong ale. This beer had a small amount of sweetness to it, but seemed thin in flavor.

3.8
drtbrewster (44) - Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2014
22 oz bomber, dark red pour...not bold or strong enough to be labelled an imperial. Kind of weak.

2.4
Zymurgeist2 (2364) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 31, 2013
On tap at San Benito in Half Moon Bay. Aroma is musty, oxidized and finishes with lots of melonoidin. Pours a clear amber with a taupe head that lingers. Taste is chewy cardboard, stale must with a hint of floral hop at the back. Lingers long to reveal a rich caramel that tastes of evaporated, sticky wort. Overly cloying as well. Knowing Speakeasy well - this is not what they intended and may have picked a bug up along the way.

2.5
Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2013
This poured a light red color with a beige head. Aroma was of caramel, cardboard, and old hops. Flavor was similar, fairly bitter, but no hop taste, sweet and cardboard.


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