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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   ABV: -
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A deep mahogany red colored ale. Unfiltered and naturally carbonated, this ale uses a combination of caramel and roasted malts and specially selected hops to create a beer with a flavor that leads with a rich malty sweetness balanced with a bold hop signature, followed by a luscious chocolate/cocoa roasty finish.

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3.2
AirForceHops (7240) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 30, 2017
Bottle solo domed most of it. Pours a dirty amber color, thin off white head. Little or mild nose. Light caramel and light fruit. Flavor is caramel malt, toffee, weak bitterness in the finish. I was hoping for just a bit more flavor than the Caramel/ toffee. I don’t get chocolate (wish I did)

Higher carbonation in a near medium body. Not bad, seems like it was brewed for the masses. Kind of ordinary, nothing here to give it any jazz.

2.9
omhper (25138) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2017
Keg at Switchback, Burlington. Hazy amber, small head. Cloudy amber, small head. Citrusy hop aroma. Mid sweet with medium body and clean mouthfeel. Floral and citrusy, some toast. Mid bitter finish.

3.9
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - JAN 13, 2017
On tap at Vermont Tap House. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a glossy semi-transparent amber/copper color. Bar pour’s kind of slim white head slides quickly into the beer. The aroma breathes in a very nice balance of roasted nuts to sweet caramel/toffee malts, very clean and smooth. The flavor is pretty much the same with that nice balance of roast to sweet nuts and malts smoothly running into each other and sliding into the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionable quality about it. Nice carbonation. Overall, well done amber ale that I would love to have again.

3.5
VastActiv (7133) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 14, 2016
2-3 pints at Switchback Brewery, Burlington. Colour is clear copper with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Some dry fruits, caramel, some hops and malts. Pretty good.

3.2
Jow (3925) - New York, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Bottle at home grabbed from Latham Beverage. Murky red with floaters and fine one finger head. Nose is malt, pine, and berry. Tastes of malts, berry, grape juice, apples, pear, caramel, pine tar, cardboard. Medium bodied and not too sweet.

3.4
jamesewelch (259) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 30, 2015
From 22oz bottle, about $4-5, poured into tulip glass

Aroma: sweet, malty, caramel, slight flora hops

Appearance: reddish brown, clear (at least first pour)

Taste: medium sweet, light bitter

Palate: medium body, creamy and sticky texture, average carbonation, lingering bitter finish

Overall: Not a bad red ale. I’m not getting any of the chocolate/cocoa finish, but I do detect the bitterness. That might be what they are referring to. Lots of malts, well balanced. Not a style that I drink a lot of, but this is a pretty good malt forward beer.

3.2
malrubius (2900) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle from Meditrina. Reddish brown with lasting head and lace. Harsh herbal aroma that takes a sec to settle in. Roasted chocolate caramel sweetness with aggressive herbal lingering bitterness and long roasted chocolate finish. Somewhat harsh for a red ale I think.

3.9
Braudog (6716) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Draft at the brewery. Ruddy and full bodied, this is a great drink. Sturdy and classic, with a full-on toasted character and slight but well balanced hop kick in the finish. Delish. (#5807, 10/9/2014)

3.4
AdamChandler (5052) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Slow roasted red dark red, 1 finger sticky creamy head. Nose is slightly bitter with some caramel and apple elements. Taste is nice. mild, not too bitter with a little bit of sweetness. minor cranberry, pear and maybe some fig qualities. astringency at the finish.

3.2
annunz123 (957) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Nutty malt and mild pine hops in the aroma. Flavor starts mildly sweet and nutty. Grassy bitterness and an unpleasant metallic aftertaste in the finish. Decent but nothing special


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