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Review by bakes on 03/08/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 11 19 5 9 2008
Described as an "Imperial American Extra Strong and Special Double Red Ale"

Poured into my Middle Ages pint glass. Brilliant dark copper/red with an immense offwhite head that lasts forever. Aroma is of toasty, slightly roasty malts, big time chewy sweetness, and citrusy, slightly piney hops.

Ohhh, man, it's o-bop-sh'bam, it's lay down, break down birdie on the hot side of town! Starts with a vast chewy nutty-caramelly-toasty maltiness with an herbal yet citrus-rind hoppiness. Vast sweet chewiness abounds, but stays just this side of cloying. Citrusy, piney hops dance across the roof of your mouth while the seemingly supersaturated caramel-toffee-nut malt solution flows over the tongue. Nice bitterness grabs the tongue in the finish along with a refrain of the initial maltiness. Very little in the way of alcohol burn here. Damn. Even the foam tastes amazingly good.

Just vast, and very young in the bottle - I'm going to pick up a few bottles because this has the possibility of aging spectacularly.

Thanks to the Chief for brewing this, and for taking Ithaca's brews up several notches in the past couple of years.

Price: $9.00 Served In: Pint Glass