jercraigs (10731) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2012
2012-07-03. Dark red-brown body, nice foamy tan head and lace. Modest aroma, muted leafy green hops over sweet caramel accented malt. 7+ Flavour is similar, fairly sweet with mild leafy hops in the background, very light citrus and bitterness in the finish, but overall impression is on the sweet side. Subtle fruit accents. The hops seems to be cumulative, growing slowly but steadily as you drink your way through the glass. Very smooth average plus palate. 3+ I found the hops more subtle than I expected, which I initially attributed to it being an older bottle but I see that other ratings have had similar assessments. Enjoyable either way, just not quite what I was expecting. Bottle via trade with josefiak madmitch76 (25286) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2012
16th May 2010Mat42m (160) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUN 1, 2012
Cloudy dark brown beer. Nice creamy tan head. Nose of old chocolate malt. Palate is soft and a little dry. Soft chocolatey malt, tasting a lot less aged than it smells. The malty goodness turns quite creamy. Some hop comes through and provides a semblance of balance. Finishes soft and semi dry with minerals and hop bitterness and sting. Another easy drinking beer from Terrapin.
Very malty aroma. Sweet flavor with a little hoppy finish. Excellent beer highly drinkable. Greatly impressed. PhillyCraft (7707) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Bottle. Poured a very murky amber with small tan head. Aromas are heavily burnt caramel for an overall intense sweetness. Almost too much, but the delicious funky hops made it tameable. Other scents of peach, mint, and apple. Taste is malty caramel sugar with bitter hops on the tongue. Unique but good double from Terrapin. Very drinkable for 8.3% alcohol. radarsock (1207) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Pours darker than most "supposed" Imperial IPAs. Tastes mostly of caramel, roots, yeast and hops but the hops are sincerely subdued for the style. Huh. I wrote "bitter graham cracker" in my notes.
Steve_0 (3744) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2012
Bottle. Poured a muddy brown, with a khaki head, and a ton of floaters. Smell is very malt-forward. I am picking up whiskey, caramel, marshmallows, brown sugar, raisins, alcohol, and some pine. Taste is much the same, with tocuhes of caramel, raisins, alcohol, and a big bitter finish. I was kind of put-off by the sweetness at first, but as it begins to warm it is becoming a lot more smooth. Mouthfeel is creamy with lively carbonation. Overall, very sweet, but with heavy bitterness. Not bad. BeerKurve (520) - - MAY 10, 2012
Very Malt Heavy ale combined with a very complex flavor. We’ve got Rum Raisin, Brown Sugar, Maple, Caramel, Floral Hops, Figs and Spices. Very creamy and smooth to drink. Not the big hoppy monster it so proudly claims to be, but it’s easy to overlook because this is easily one of the tastiest beers I have ever had! Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Originally reviewed: 11/25/08. I’ve been looking forward to giving this seasonal a try! Pours a deep crimson with a tiny head. What little is there dissipates to an even thinner sheet. Some spotty lacing. Smells of cherries, watermelon, alcohol, and some citrus. Very smooth creamy mouthfeel masks the alcohol content quite well making this very drinkable. Nice and balanced taste. Some sweet malt, but a nice crisp smack of bitterness at the end. This is a great red ale, and a sure thing for the season. Pick some up if you can. readbaron (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2012
UPDATED: APR 26, 2012 Whoa. Nose on this one is really interesting - smells a lot like a wee heavy with a hint of hops. Lots of malt, caramel sweetness, and dark pitted fruits with a grassy hop finish. Not was I was expecting from an Imperial Red Ale named "hoppy monster"
It pours out a murky dark amber/red with an initial blast of off white foam that settles down quickly. Taste follows the nose - sweet, malty and full of dark fruit. Finish is a touch boozy with some crisp bitter hops to help clear the palate.
It’s a full bodied beer that is thick and sticky with light carbonation. Overall, not what I expected but a nice meer. califbeer69 (96) - California, USA - APR 19, 2012
Pours a dark amber copper color with a small white head. Aromas of sweet caramel malt, and floral hops. Taste is initially caramel sweet followed by a great hop bite. Mouthfeel is moderate.