ricke49 (120) - La Pine, Oregon, USA - DEC 6, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2018 Red ale that’s a very slightly ‘hot’ with a very satisfying, but not out of control, alcohol warmth. Excellent balance of malt / Hop...though with a nod to the malt side, as appropriate. Great warmer on winter afternoon. One of my favorites from a brewer that I’m typically ‘meh’ about....and price is right for the 22 oz ‘bomber’. Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2013
In short: A very heavy malty fruity burgundy ale swimming in hop resin. Good.5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2013
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed approximately 2 months after purchase. Bottle sent to me by mcberko, thanks a lot Matt. Bottle says 9.8% and not 8.6% as currently listed here.
The look: Cloudy burgundy body topped by a persistent small beige head leaving lots of lacing on the glass.
In long: Nose is sweet and resinous, condensed red fruit juice. Thick an heavy body, plenty of candied fruits, sweet cranberries swimming in caramel, toffee over sweet cherries, quite yeasty, a light red meat sensation, a whole lot of sticky hop resin, dry tree branches, an herbal spiciness. This is a very heavy beer, almost a meal, a bit too heavy but still pretty good, just don’t expect anything refreshing from this hoppy beer. And if you ask me, naming a kid Rudolph should be considered child abuse by the law.
Bottle:   Deep amber, a little coppery, fairly clear, thin to moderate off-white head, fairly decent lacing.   Somewhat assertive pithy nose, slight grainy but in a mild sweet way.   A bit of astringent like alcohol right up front.   Its bitter and biting, but not in a hoppy way.   Seems a little rough around the edges.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Finishes with pith, alcohol, and semi-sweet grainy/whole wheat like breadiness.   Needs to have a bit more sweetness, and smoothness.   Not bad, but a little rough. BK7 (773) - Turner, Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Bomber. Dark fruit and Caramel. Resiny. Light bitterness throughout. Sweet background. Finish is a bit boozy in a good way. Tasty. brianprentiss (703) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 8, 2011
delicious american strong ale, nice balance and mouthfeel, holds the head okay, complex and yummy
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2010
22 oz bottle. Deep, clear crimson with a rocky beige head. Settles leaving lacy rings. Nose is brown sugar and cherry with faint wood. Medium body but feeling heavier with muted carb. Initially sweet; orange peel, toffee and cherry. Earthy pine bittering to finish; a bit raw. raphael (1332) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2010
caramel malt, cherry, wood smoke, resiny hops. deep red brown color. hops, a bit harsh, more dominant in the taste, with the fruity malt just kinda floating on top, neither clashing nor integrated, alcohol mostly concealed. riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Soapy, peppery, floral hops on the nose. Some dark toast/dark fruit, a little sweetness as well. A little alcohol. Dark reddish brown pour, nice creamy beige head. Sweetness up front, caramel, toffee, lingering dark fruit - sweet cherry, toast, earthy hop bitterness comes through. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with notes of alcohol heat and lingering floral hop bitter bvc (1244) - Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2010
22oz capped, thanks alex. Clear reddish amber with lively white head and sticky lacing. Oily dank and sticky resinous hops, artificial cherry malt, light oak. Body is somewhat thin and the carb is prickly but with large bubble feel. Again with the light fake sweet cherry maltiness, peppery hops that aren’t super complex and a bit of oak. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2010
22. thanks alex! pours crystal clear ruby dark with a dense creamy tan head. lots of sheeting tan lace. oak, caramel, toffee, and dark fruit on the nose, along with some yeasty spice. creamy medium body with active carb. oak, caramel, roast, toast, and prunes on the mid palate. lingering hot toasty oak finish.