XS Imperial Red - Rogue Ales
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3.68/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Pours a very rich dark amber with almost no head. This is a fairly intense red ale so I wasn't expecting a gusher.
Smell at first wasn't impressive and almost off. This bottle was aged a little so I was afraid the hop notes dropped off and left unpleasant malts. There's a large amount of burnt toffee and a touch of alcohol.
Taste is what blew me away with tons of caramel toffe and some slight dark fruits. Totally thought this might be undrinkable. The crisp biscuit notes keep the malts feeling lighter than any sort of dark ale. Definitely can tell this is a red ale by nature although has some great brown/dark ale notes. Again this bottle was a little older so the hops probably dropped off quite a bit. Getting a hint of some pleasant floral bitterness. Only drawback is a faint medicinal note. The 7oz was more than enough though, flavor kind of turned on me towards the end.
Mouthfeel is creamy and full bodied. maintains a crisp bite that lends itself excellently. This is a thick one.
Overall, at first I was wary of the bottle being aged but the malty goodness that came through was worth it. Definitely want to retry this fresh.
Serving type: bottle
08-02-2013 23:29:26 | More by lsummers
XS Imperial Red from Rogue Ales
86 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.