Darkmagus82 (2302) - - OCT 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Transfer from BA review on 2-23-14-
Served on firkin in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a copper color with a bit of haze and a tiny head of cream color. The head fades super-fast leaving a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is biggest of a roasted malt smell mixed with a moderately strong caramel and toffee aroma. Along with these smells are lighter fruit aromas with a decent showing of some herbal, citrus, and lighter hints of a more floral hop nature.
Taste – The taste begins with a lightly toasted malt flavor mixed with a decent amount of a caramel sweetness. At the front there is a moderately strong citrus grapefruit hop flavor that grows slightly more intense as the flavor advances. Along with the citrus hop, some other herbal and earthy hop flavors come to the tongue as well, giving it a slightly more bitter flavor overall. While the hop brings a bitterness, there is always the sweet and malt to balance it out. While it starts out predominantly with a caramel sweetness other sweet flavors of lighter fruit nature of apple and a bit of plum comes to the tongue. With an oncoming of more earthy hops right at the end of the taste, one is left with a moderately hopped somewhat biting amber ale taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the averages side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that was rather low (as may be expected for a firkin). The lower carbonation was nice for the malty and moderately hopped flavors of the brew, while a slightly thicker body would have likely been a bit more accentuating of these flavors. Overall the feel was just OK.
Overall – A decent Imperial red, but nothing out of this world. Well worth trying if you get a chance but not something to go out of your way for.
Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at House of 1000. Fresh grassy-spicy hop aroma, wonderfully aromatic. Just a hint of caramel sweetness. Deep coppery amber clear with some haze, topped with large foamy off-white head. Medium body with medium-soft carbonation. Starts rich with lots of caramel, big fresh bitter spicy hop character and light grainy notes. Finish is bitter and smooth with lingering bitter chalky after.
Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love Imperial Reds, wish more breweries would attempt the style. So full of flavor with the hops and malts. It’s like a double IPA, but better.
FROTHINGSLOSH (7521) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled on draft at the House of 1000 beers this beer poured a reddish-dark brown color with a medium sized foamy beige head that lingers. The aroma was crisp and a bit harsh fruity and floral hops. The flavor was bitter and a bit rough with moderate vague fruity and floral hops and a bit of caramel. Long dryish finish of caramel and floral hops. Medium body. Ok.
Beerman6686 (6595) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one poured a semi hazy reddish color with an off white head. Aroma was of toasted malt, lots of herbal and citrusy hops,and light nuts too. Flavor was similar, but more fruity and well rounded than the aroma might suggested. Overall a refhesing selection of this type of beer.