kzoobrew (13) - Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2012
Rusted brown colored body. The beer is fairly clear, this is a slight haze noted. Two finger frothy cinnamon colored head floats atop. The head recedes back slowly leaving a healthy dose of lacing.
The aroma balances the warm malt and sticky hops rather well. Toasted malt base followed by a substantial amount of caramel. The aroma gets a bit deeper with the addition of some cocoa scents. Resinous pine and sweet citrus hop aromas provide a counterpoint to the sizable malt bill.
The flavor begins rather malt forward. Heavy on the caramel malt, warm bread and a soft dark chocolate flavor develop moving back. Piny hop flavor melds with the dark malt to display a somewhat earthy flavor. Citrus flavor emerge from beneath lightening the flavor a bit. Very smooth bitterness
Medium bodied Imperial Red. The carbonation is moderate and appropriate. Very soft gentle feel on the tongue. The finish comes up just short of being long.
Very enjoyable beer. The flavors layer rather well creating a beer that is not only tasty but interesting. Very well balanced, drinkability is rather high. burg326 (5628) - Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2012
12 ouunce bottle poured a murky redish brown color with aromas of pine, hops, flowers and a touch of citrus. Flavors were all hops and booze with a dash of grapefruit bitterness. hoosiers1994 (685) - Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2012
2011 bottle pours murky brown with red tinge. Aromas are pine, grapefruit, and flowers. Tastes are malty and bitter with pine grapefruit all ther. Nice blend of hops and malts. A big beer for sure. keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2012
From a bottle stating vintage 2011. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.Gription79 (2892) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 27, 2011
A: Murky red with sediment in the body. Thin tan head which quickly disappears.
S: Warm and inviting, caramel and toffee notes slight dark fruits in this as well. Very sweet.
T: Caramel and toffee are huge through this, without much hop presence which surprised me considering the name. Sweet and malty, and very warming.
M: Medium to thick bodied with fizzy carbonation coating my tongue.
O: I was expecting something completely different given the name. This is still a good beer, though I feel it will mellow with time and age decently.
12 ounce bottle. Large hop bouquet, fruity/nutty/malts. The flavor is rich with munich malts, fruit, and big American hops. A good big Hoppy red ale.
Jesterdeal (1986) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Aroma of figs, caramel, pine and a hint of tobacco. Pours thick and red with an orange head. Tastes of bitter chocolate, caramel, orange zest and pine. Big sweet taste. Reminds me of a barleywine. burtonbaton930 (103) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2011
This thing really is a monster!!. Dark red, hops try and jump you the second you pop the cap. Smells serious with a huge resinous sent with dark caramel malts in the background. Tastes malty sweet with a slight roasty tinge and finishes with that huge hop bitterness. Very good brew that lives up to its name. daleharshman (1081) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 14, 2011
12 ounce bottle purchased at Bruisin’ Ales in Asheville, NC while on a trip out east to visit my then-fiancee in Knoxville ($3.00). Pours very dark for a DIPA, a deep brownish-red with lots of floaties and one finger of beige foam. Aroma of crisp sweet-ish caramel and piny herby hops. Flavor is hoppy with pine and citrus notes paired very nicely with a great big tangy malt presence of creamy dark caramel. Also has a brewed tea-like quality in the taste. Finishes with more sweetness than bitterness. This should probably not be categorized as a DIPA due to the huge malt profile but rather an American Strong Ale as most "imperial reds" are categorized. Regardless it’s very flavorful and good drinking. (684, 638) arminjewell (9727) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Bottle at home, big thanks Doodler for just handing me the bottle! Pour was very dark hazy reddish with a nice half finger of creamy slightly tan head from 12 oz. Aroma brings big notes of pine, resin, and grass, some nice citrusy grapefruit sneaks in there with a rich toffee and caramel backbone, hints of spice in there as well. Taste is is a nice blend of quick bitter grass and pine, goes into very nice citrus with tangerine, some tropical fruit notes with mango, pineapple, and even more mango in there as well, hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit notes, goes into hints of spice, finishes nice and bitter but has some slight dryness in there too. Wow, delicious, delicious stuff. jgb9348 (6581) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Hazy amber coloured body with a deep copper and ruby tint and a thin tan head. Aroma of pungent cascade and herbal hops, a lot of malt, some cherries, oak and a bit of alcohol noticeable. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong rich malt and toffee notes with a pungent hop kick and a dense earth and almost nutty finish. Aftertaste shows a lot of alcohol, serious body, a little fruit and a healthy dose of hops. Overall, a pungent and potent hoppy red (just as the label says), packed in a nice twelve ounce bottle perfectly. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in Alexandria, Virginia for US$2.99 on 09-October-2011 sampled at home in Washington on 03-November-2011.