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Dank Imperial Red - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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BA SCORE
88
very good

102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
O'so Brewing Company & Tap House visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kickapoodude on 12-18-2008)
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Localdrinklax

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

06-11-2012 04:17:23 | More by Localdrinklax
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-02-2013 04:18:29 | More by thinwhiteduke
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SkinniePost

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-10-2014 18:34:04 | More by SkinniePost
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Assuming it is fairly on the fresh side. My second beer from O'so Brewing Company, and I was impressed by their O'so Lupulin Maximus Imperial IPA.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a beautiful dark ruby red color with about a finger of creamy khaki head. Thin ring of wispy lacing.

S - Light, fruity mango / papaya hop smell paired with some nice roasty malt qualities. Has almost a bit of barrel aged sweetness creeping out of it also. Smells surprisingly nice.

T - Smooth creamy vanilla / oak presence carries the beer into your throat, and leaves you with a nice bitter hoppy aftertaste amidst the roasted malt profile. This beer is perfectly balanced. Bit of warming alcohol presence.

M - Feel is slightly dry, with some hop resins. Highly palatable, for damn sure.

Overall, a beer well worth trying. Barrel aged beers are definitely my thing, and the fact that this 'imperial red' doesn't even advertise itself as such, just added to my surprise and enjoyment of this beer! Cozy, warming 9.20% abv, although highly drinkable. Definitely a beer I am interested in revisiting! So far, good things from O'so Brewing Company. Looking forward to more.

O'so Dank Imperial Red ---4.5/5

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 03:01:04 | More by mfnmbvp
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Soneast

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a murky, copper/brown color. Barely grows a head just a thin layer of white bubbles, that disappears rapidly. A tight ring of bubbles around the perimeter of the glass does leave a fair amount of lace.

First thing I pick up in the aroma is a fair bit of booze, then a bunch of caramel aromatics and caramel like sugars with a touch of pine-like hoppiness.

The flavor has a very interesting toffee flavor. Basically sweet, and sugary, but there is a fair bit of balancing hop character, lending an earthy slightly bitter finish to the beer. That all sounds pretty good, but the booziness in the finish is pretty intense, ruining a lot of the up front tastiness.

Considering the ABV it's no surprise this is so boozy. I was kind of hoping this beer would be more like a IPA disguised as a red ale, judging by the name, but really the hops are overshadowed by the malt and booze. I do like the majority of flavors in this beer, though, although the strong alcohol presence certainly ruins any drinkability this beer might have had.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 23:18:43 | More by Soneast
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AGED REVIEW
12month old 12oz bottle aged at basement temperatures.

A. Red Mahogany-brown with hardly any head at all. Not surprising on the head given the beer's been aged somewhat. This has also produced some floaters, but that is only to be expected. Perhaps a shade darker than usual?

STM. The hops are still there! And they've held up rather nicely, although I suspect in muted versions of their former glory. Whiskey and wood are still present.
The Malts are as thick and biscuity as ever, in fact amplified over fresh. There is a lot of different malt flavors, some of them bready and others funky. In fact the malt flavors are reminiscent of more of a Scotch Ale profile than an Imperial Red, although I understand that the dividing line is rather blurry sometimes.

Verdict: I like it a lot, enough in fact that now I am going to be seeking out an entire case to stow away in the old cellar for a while and do the periodical aging trial routine. I'll add more to this review in time as I conduct the cellaring study.

Addendum:
19 month old bottle aged at basement temp:

Pretty much the same as the 12 month old bottle reviewed above but with more subdued foam and about 10% milder on the woodey tannins, and a gain of some tobacco and leather sub-flavors that may even grow further with more aging. The finish still has a distinctive yet gentle rye-whiskey sort of coconut fade-out that I like a lot. Unfortunately, the texture is getting a bit syrupy with time as the carbonation fades out; but the flavors continue to diversify. The hops that remain seem to be a combination of grassy herbals, resin, and a wispy garnish level of Simcoe-ish garlic and onions.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 19:35:30 | More by WastingFreetime
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PopnLoads

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

05-24-2013 03:24:55 | More by PopnLoads
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thin khaki head that disappears fairly quickly, but leaves a thin ring around edges of glass for whole beer. Deep amber and light brown hazy color mix, carbonation is noticeable, not a lot of lacing, but it its there

S: A lot going on here, you can tell this was aged right away with the sweet brandyish notes up front, was expecting more hops, but this is very nicely balanced and pleasing, so close to giving this a 5

T: Not quite up with smell, still very nicely balanced, good aftertaste

M: Smooth and silky, needs a touch more carbonation, viscous

O: Good stuff, some small tweaks and this will be amazing, will definitely cellar one (something different to try in the cellar) and seek out again

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 03:58:25 | More by derkfromwi
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oldvines

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

02-09-2013 04:25:38 | More by oldvines
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

2.88/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased as a single after my initial disappointment with another single from Oso. With a name like this, I'm looking for an ass kicking of sticky hop like proportions.

Pours a tepid dip-spit brown with a hell bent attitude of providing no head. We all know how these relationships end.

Smells like a sticky sweet scotch ale/barleywine love child. The hops (centennial?) try and push through, but dank they are not. Misclassification here? What the hell do I know.

Much like my previous experience with that gimmicky beer with the hop cones, Oso seems to have its heart in the right place, but can't quite carry out the execution. Like a clumsy, well intentioned, balding father who chases the new redheaded coworker, only to pull open the elevator door and slide safely to freedom. See ya tomorrrowww. But much like Homer and Mindy, this isn't meant to be. Stick to itiveness, and a turkey on your vacation away from worky is what you need. Even if the Chinese are against you.

Some tweaks to the recipe, mainly a dialing in on the hops and a whoa nellie on the malts, might yet make this a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 23:34:40 | More by BarrytheBear
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Rand_ale_Thor

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

01-31-2013 17:26:36 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle cellared at 42.5 degrees F for 2 years.

A - A ripe red that's beautiful my friends. The head is minimal, which is in part due to my slow paced pour in an attempt to not disturb the sediment bed... I was unsuccessful.

S - The sweet smell of malt fills the air with my pour. It has a slightly pungent aroma to it consisting of alcohol, dates and bubble gum. The citrus and pine hops are long gone.

T - Slight roastiness to it with a very accentuated finish of almost too much roast causing an almost burnt flavor. The combination of dates, molasses and what seems to be a kind of whiskey flavor makes for a very complex flavor array. I have to say based on the complexity I think this beer has gotten slightly better in the two years. I rated it a 4 two years ago and today I rate it a 4.5.

M - The feel is moderately coarse throughout each pull making for a steady texture. The turbulance in the look of the beer is obvious once the feel comes through. For the beer being a medium to heavy body the high carbonation presence is really welcomed nicely. I too think this has gone up a notch, however my prior review was from a growler so it is likely the growler would have lost a bit of carbonation with time.

~ This is a fine brew and one I consistently look for on the shelves in Central Wisconsin. If you have not tried this beer you are missing out. Go out, find a four pack, drink three and cellar one for two years. Then write down your thoughts. And have I mentioned the 'head' on this thing. Very, very nice.
~~~
The below review was cast on 1/7/2010. The sampling took place from a growler.

A - Solid, thick, rich, foamy, medium to light tan colored head. Medium to dark brownish red colored body. (4)

S - It has a rich combination of citrusy and piney hops in the aroma. (4.5)

T - Sweet, mildly hoppy with rich and thick malt flavor. There's an alcohol presence but it doesn't overwhelm the brew. (4)

M - Sticky, thick and smooth. (3.5)

~ This is a good beer with some strong character. Its great to see this Stevens Point area brewery pushing limits. Good for you O'so... and great for Central Wisconsin. (4.5)

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 01:49:25 | More by cdkrenz
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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

04-02-2013 22:49:16 | More by ChugginOil
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Stevie_Janowski

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-29-2013 02:52:29 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

07-16-2014 23:48:58 | More by brother_kenneth
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Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

04-23-2012 19:06:04 | More by CWhite
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JimGlonke

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-24-2013 17:32:15 | More by JimGlonke
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Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

02-05-2013 07:27:55 | More by BrownAleMale
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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

02-19-2013 01:57:36 | More by weonfire
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Illinois

3/5  rDev -23.7%

09-23-2012 16:43:10 | More by TastyIsBeer
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Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

12-29-2011 11:19:30 | More by Grebdioz
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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

03-22-2014 20:06:19 | More by krl2112
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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

04-06-2013 22:52:58 | More by emottram
Dank Imperial Red from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
88 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.