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RATINGS: 747   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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This mammoth imperial red ale leads with a tantalizing hop aroma that is quickly complemented by an enormous malt backbone. Finishing with a multitude of hoppy goodness, this “Monster Beer” is truly not for the faint at heart.

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4.1
shrubber85 (11397) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Bottle. Light orange-pineapple hops aroma. Dark red-brown color with small head. Sweet pineapple-orange hops and light malt - hop flavor not ovewhelming. A great I2PA where the hops don’t totally take over the beer.

4.1
hopscotch (11078) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Clear, deep mahogany ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Excellent retention. Floral, evergreen, earthy notes and caramel in the nose. Big beer! Hopped like crazy, but solid enough malt to put the lupalin to the test. A touch of caramel and a good bit of late-arriving bitterness and pungency. Medium to full-bodied with an astringent mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Finishes, medium bitter, herbal and very grassy. World class hop experience! Thanks to GoldTwins for the bottle!

3.1
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Bottle, from total wine. Pours an amber color. Aroma hits with caramel malt and some serious hop notes flood the nose. Flavor has some resin, citrus and floral hops while a big malt backbone keep this one from being a big hop bomb.

3.4
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2012
Date: October 15, 2004
Mode: Draft
Source: Summits - Cumming
Vintage: 2004
Appearance: dark amber, fine tan head
Aroma: big sweet hoppy citrus aroma
Flavor: big rich malt flavor with a ton of tasty hop flavor, touch of sweet toasted character, well balanced for such a hoppy beer, nice mellow bitter finish

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *** /4

Date: November 06, 2005
Mode: Bottle
Source: Sherlocks, GA
Vintage: 2005
Appearance: clear dark red, thin tan head, nice drippy lace
Aroma: huge sweet carmel malt aroma with strong earthy hops
Flavor: strong hop flavor and bitterness, almost balanced by the big malt backbone, great hops and great malt, but just not my perferred hop varieties

Date: August 02, 2012
Mode: bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Vintage: 2005
all sweet caramel, backend balancing bitterness, aging pretty well,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *** /4

Date: October 01, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Sherlocks, GA
Vintage: 2006
Aroma: the 2005 has the rich carmel malt aroma with strong earthy hops, the 2006 aroma is much lighter in both malt and hops
Flavor: 2006 has nice balanced carmel malt flavor with the hops, even though oxidized the 2005 still has a stronger earthy hop flavor and a bit more sweetness where the 2006 is quite dry, body on the 2006 might be a bit thinner as well, overall I prefer the 2006 because of the toned down hop flavor

Date: August 02, 2012
Mode: bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Vintage: 2006
malty with a sour edge, light bitterness, sourness actually works, earthy,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *** /4

Date: September 17, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Sherlocks, GA
Vintage: 2007
Appearance: clear dark red, short lived fine beige head, sudsy lace
Aroma: strong earthy hop aroma with a touch of citrus hops on a sweet crystal and dark caramel malt base
Flavor: rich dark caramel malt flavor with a sticky sweetness, lots of earthy hops to balance the sweetness, touch of fuityness in turns balanced the earthy hops

Date: August 21, 2012
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Vintage: 2007
Aroma: earthy caramel aroma, fruity
Flavor: rich dry caramel flavor, earthy, hint of balancing sweetness along with a touch of fruityness
Overall: just slowly fading away

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Date: October 14, 2008
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Vintage: 2008
Appearance: hazy dark amber, fine beige head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet dark caramel aroma, nice fruity character, light earthyness
Flavor: huge sweet dark caramel flavor with lots of earthy hops to balance, lots of ripe fruit, long bitter finish
Overall: this year it has become the big malty monster, monster keeps getting better every year

Date: November 18, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: sherlocks
Vintage: 2008
bottle follows the draft very closely,

Date: August 21, 2012
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Vintage: 2008
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, fine beige head, sudsy lace
Aroma: rich sweet fruity aroma, caramel sweetness, earthy
Flavor: rich caramel flavor, touch of fruityness, balancing earthyness is what’s left of the hops
Overall: the malty monster ages much better the the hoppy one, not as fruity as originally

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

4.3
DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Big thanks to Mr. Boobies himself, Matta, for this one. The pour was hazy ruby/deep copper, with a 1-finger khaki head. The aroma was heavily hopcitric, with a firm caramel malt base, some brown sugar, and cabernet notes, and some tropical fruits. The palate was medium to dense, lively, smooth, and complex, with flavors of fruity hops, caramel malt, citrus, and tropical fruit. Very well done.

3.8
alexsdad06 (10390) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is citrus emphasizing orange with additional fruits and moderately sweet malt in the nose. The flavor has caramelized malt up front with some mild fruitiness toward the back. The finish has a medium bitterness that lasts. This has a nice combination of malty goodness and nice citrus hop bitterness. Medium plus bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. From notes.

3.7
jercraigs (10374) - 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

3.3
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2010
355mL courtesy of tastybeer. Apparently this is contract brewed at Flying Dog in Maryland. Hmmm. The pour is a hazy, deep mahogany looking opaque brune in the glass. A huge, rocky, yellow head erupts and sticks around indefinitely and finally subsides leaving big lace. Aroma is cheesy old hops, caramel, toast, brown sugar. Taste is salty, bitter, chewy, toffee, sweaty, some prickly alcohol warming coming through. Palate is watery, dry, biting.

4
MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2011 Any first impressions?
-A creamy head slowly dissipates into the dark cherry red.
-An intricate perfume of spicy, wooden, earthy hops is set in stone by maple-like sweetness. Complex, outgoing, and very enticing.
-Maple syrup sweetness and fruity undertones are created by a muscular crystal malt presence, all balanced by the level-headed wooden hoppiness.
-The rich mouthfeel never gets cloying as it’s well-carbonated. Nourishment at its best.

What if you dig deeper?
-Cranberry fruitiness gets defined, working admirably with the sweet maltiness.
-The earthy, wooden bitterness segues effortlessly, and in surprisingly subdued doses, considering the beer’s name. This is a well-balanced Gargantua.
-Maybe not as crisp and defined in its flavor profile as Rye Squared, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t hugely satisfying.
-Nowhere near as crude as the beer’s name suggests, this beautiful Imperial Red Ale is a testament to these guys’ impressive talent.

Bottles; 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010 vintages.

4.4
arminjewell (9638) - 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.


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