Dank Imperial Red - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
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4.13/5 rDev +5.1%
Deep brown, murky with some lighter golden edges. Spotty lacing, but the foam faded quickly. Slightly hazed with micro sediment.
Rich and complex aroma, malt driven with maple syrup, molasses, vanilla, toasted marshmallow, and an almost barrel-derived woodiness. Gingersnap cookies, some citrus and tropical notes from the hops present. Somewhat sweet.
Intensely malty, rich and complex like a barleywine, moderately hoppy with some trace alcohol. Full bodied, with low carbonation, a sweet nectar. Spicy pine from the hops, fruity melon notes, some trace maple sweetness, and a dry hoppy aftertaste. A nice after dinner sipper, with plenty of complexity to keep things interesting.
05-04-2011 03:35:04 | More by emerge077
3.68/5 rDev -6.4%
Thanks to exiled for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours light brown with a minimal head. The aroma is very sweet, with malt and caramel. The flavor is sweetness with some light hoppy bitterness at the end. Lots of toffee and caramel. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not sure of the date of this bottle, but there was not hardly any hop presence in this beer at all. Still good, just not what I expected.
02-17-2010 18:28:24 | More by Mora2000
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
(Served in a dimple mug)
A- This beer has is almost clear with a dense body of dark amber liquid and a thin tan head that fades to a spotty film for a bit. There is a good carbonation of tiny bubbles gliding up the sides to the surface.
S- The faint aroma of caramel malt and fusel alcohol have a light musty cold smoke quality to it that turns to a wet wood hint as the beer warms. When the beer is pretty warm oaky notes start to come through.
T- This beer has a smooth brown malt flavor with notes of cream and darker toasted malts. There is a light tart hint to the oak that comes through when the beer is really warm with a dark roasted quality aswell. The finish is a soft bitterness that lingers softly for a moment and is almost resiny and a bit pungent.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creamy texture and a very slight alcohol heat when it is pretty warm.
D- The malt and oak flavors are a bit soft especially for the hop pungentness that is all by itself without much hop aroma and flavor either.
04-08-2009 15:53:05 | More by rhoadsrage
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
Dusty looking deep auburn toned body. Thin and bubbly beige head leaves little lace. Thick caramel malts on the nose with a hint of alcohol and some tropical notes as well. Smells like a malt forward barleywine. Body is medium full, but the carbonation is quite low. Bordering on flat, but not quite. Could use a little more carbonation. Flavor is solid. Caramel malts meld with a hint of breadiness. Hops add a little spice and alcohol adds a little heat. All in all, a solid Impy Red that could us more CO2.
07-07-2010 04:50:53 | More by Bighuge
4.11/5 rDev +4.6%
Pours a clear, copper color. 5/4 inch head of a beige color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong alcohol, yeast, strong sweet malt, strong hops, and hint of citrus. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a noticeable bitterness from the hops, and slight sharpness from the alcohol concentration. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of smoke, yeast, strong hops, alcohol, hint of citrus, and a hint of biscuit. Overall, a good strong amber ale, almost to the point of a Barleywine. Good appearance, aroma, body, blend, and complexity. My only complaint would be that I wished the feel was not so sharp.
06-26-2014 14:21:07 | More by Tone
4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
12oz single, Riley's
appearance: poured into an imperial pint - dark amber body, murky mahogany, creamy beige head with decent retention
smell: nicely hopped, caramel, citrus and pine
taste: nice take on the style - creamy and rich, piney hops, light citrus, lots of caramel and toffee, mild waves of alcohol, vanilla, maple, a touch of oak
mouthfeel: creamy and medium bodied, light hop bitterness rings through
01-31-2010 00:47:32 | More by dirtylou
3.73/5 rDev -5.1%
Dark crimson wood color with a trim capping of beige that quickly relocates to the rim. Lacing is spotty, but decent.
Upfront, the nose it hit with pineapple juice and pine needles. As it warms, the malt steps forth with black cherry, buttered toast, hazelnuts, oak, and vanilla. There also a fairly evident booziness given by its steady vinousness.
Caramelly once it hits the tongue, building towards black cherry. Some toastiness is dragged along, and will be revisited later when the oak materializes. The middle sags under O'so doughy, brown paper bag-esque yeastiness. Now the oak emerges, with some subtle vanilla and hazelnut, and buttered bagels, a touch of cocoa is in tow. Hops are sturdy with their tropical and resiny tones, but not outright loud in and of themselves. Some late port-like booziness, but not flagrant given its potency.
Slick, medium bodied. The carbonation comes in trickling waves upfront, but peters out over time. It never drinks big, but it starts to drink flat.
If O'so ever get their yeast to toe the line, this could be very good, if not downright special. It suffers similarly to their other offerings, but this has the girth to partially obscure its flaws.
01-04-2010 09:02:19 | More by cokes
4/5 rDev +1.8%
part of dirtylou's package
a: snifter serving, deep reddish amber beer capped with a light head
s: huge candied red malt aroma with caramel apple and butterscotch, lots of rich caramelization here, sweet crusty baked goods, vanilla pulls out after warming, nice booze, mild tealike hops, really dig this
m: medium-full bodied with a light carbonation
t: baked apples and caramel brought on by a big dose of heavily caramelized red malt, dark pie crust, butterscotch middle, leaning heavily towards the sugary malts with a light bitterness in the finish
d: quite easy given the strength
03-09-2010 03:42:11 | More by blackie
3.68/5 rDev -6.4%
Received this one in a recent trade with FrankenBrew (thanks again). Poured a slightly hazy burgundy with a little bit of white head on top. Aromas of caramel, pine, and citrus (grapefruit, orange). On the palate, this one is medium bodied and tasty, with flavors of caramel, toffee and citrusy hops. This is the second beer I've had from O'so, and I'd like to try more.
03-24-2011 23:43:34 | More by emmasdad
3.83/5 rDev -2.5%
Great looking pour and beer. Deep reddish burgundy, unfiltered and opaque with a wonderful cascading head that quickly turns into a half inch of thick almost yellow gooey bubbly, viscous head with great lace and retention.
Sweet bready malts at the forefront are followed by citrus fruits and tropical notes. Candied apricots, some light roasty malts, red currant, orange, burnt sugars, and more nice nose.
Carbonation seems a little light and it fits the style well. However I received this bottle in trade and possibly it's older and is turning toward barley wine? Regardless it's tasty. Orange preserves, red currant, cranberry, burnt sugar, some brown sugar, molasses, sweet on the medium finish but not cloying. Some caramel malts and bready sweet malts in the middle and finish. Like this but could use a bit more carbonation.
06-12-2011 21:44:59 | More by mcallister
3.65/5 rDev -7.1%
Served on-tap at Nomad in Milwaukee.
Appearance is a deep amber with 1/2 finger of head to it. It`s nose contains oak, hops, flowers, very aromatic in a pleasant way. The taste is citrus, caramel, hops and flora. Mouthfeel is medium, bitter finish to it, leaves a sticky aftertaste. All in all, an interesting beer and a pretty tasty one at that.
05-25-2012 01:25:18 | More by mltobin
3.38/5 rDev -14%
12 oz bottle.
Pours a dense dark cherry red with an off white head that leaves some healthy lacing behind as it recedes.
The smell is pretty hoppy but with a nice malty background. The malts smell birchy, syrupy, and sweet. The hops smell danky and slightly medicinal.
The mouthfeel is noticeably thin. The flavor is rigid with some sweet malt and almost a barleywine feel but with some hop bitterness. I feel it is too sweet and too bitter, and the difference between the two is too rigid.
This is an ok beer, but nothing special, this brewery does, and can do better.
01-09-2010 04:24:42 | More by crossovert
3.98/5 rDev +1.3%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Magic Hat #9 tulip glass.
A- Pours a deep dark ruby amber with a fat off white slightly tan head that dissipated rather quickly to form a light lacing atop the surface of the beer. A medium sized ring also formed around the edges of the glass.
S- Sweet and hoppy, notes of candied citrus fruits. Slightly malty with notes of butterscotch and light caramel. Sweet mango notes.
T- Starts off sweet and slightly hoppy with a thick malty backbone. Sweet notes of caramel blend well with light yet sweet and surgery sweet and hoppy citrus notes.
M- Thick and sticky with low carbonation. Smooth and syrupy.
O- This is a very awsome beer. It is incredibly well rounded with both malts and hops and is very drinkable. If it weren't for the high ABV it would be very sessionable, but the high ABV is what makes it so amazing. It is balanced yet packs quite a punch. Would definitely buy this again. One of my new favorite ambers.
02-26-2012 09:49:12 | More by Zachtheporter
3.85/5 rDev -2%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bought a single bottle on a recent beer run to WI. No head whatsoever despite moderately vigorous pour.
A- Looks like a thick, muddy, over-honeyed tea. Im more displeased with the lack of head than the color though. Despite the negativity the look is not terrible, but certainly different. My least favorite part of the beer.
S- Caramelly, barleywine-ish, some hops in there. Maybe a bit of vanilla. Opens up a bit as it warms
T - A little boozy, but the malt and hops hide it quickly. Caramel, slight hoppiness. Like a barleywine/DIPA mix. Very pleasant. Warms the stomach after a few sips. Probably my favorite aspect of the beer.
M- Could certainly use more carbonation, but not too much. Feel is a bit thick and resiny, but not in a negative way.
D- This beer is growing on me. For the ABV, it goes down a bit too smoothly, despite the warm booziness. Im still trying to decide if this is a sipper or not. I would definitely drink a second but that would be it for the night.
Overall this beer grew on me, Im guessing mostly because it warmed up. I certainly wouldnt seek it out, but would buy it again if the situation was right.
02-16-2011 00:01:45 | More by mychalg9
3.93/5 rDev 0%
a brown/amber cloudy pour with a finger of head which quickly dissipated. smells of really sweet bready malt, nutty barley, almost barleywine like. the flavor is of an american barleywine.. bready malt, nutty, very sweet grain bill, bourbon hints, vanilla, oak. medium body, low carbonation, nice subtle warmth.
this is an interesting beer.. the label and everything i've read says imperial amber ale.. but this really is just a barleywine, is it not?? drinks and looks like one if you ask me. whatever it is, is really sweet and boozy - and tastes barrel aged. if that's your thing, then get on this!
02-13-2013 07:54:40 | More by facundoCNB
Dank Imperial Red from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
88 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.