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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 9
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
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:
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(Beer added by: kickapoodude on 12-18-2008)
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

ChugginOil, Apr 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

wmobley, Mar 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

weonfire, Feb 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

SourAddict, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of facundoCNB
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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!

facundoCNB, Feb 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

oldvines, Feb 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

BrownAleMale, Feb 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Rand_ale_Thor, Jan 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

hailster, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of BudzandSudz
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Served in an imperial snifter at the O'So brewery taproom. a nice dark red (appeared to be brown in the dark taproom until I held it to the light) with 2 fingers of creamy tan head.

S - Smells like an imperial red ale, which is good. light notes of vanilla from the oak, and a surprising sweetness of dark fruits and brandy. A conversation with the brewmaster revealed that this is aged in brandy barrels and not bourbon barrels as another reviewer here said.

T - Perfect. It would be cloyingly sweet if it wasn't for the >9.0% ABV, and it would be uncomfortably dry if it wasn't from the sweetness of brandy and roasted malts in the grain bill. Balanced nicely together with a great deal of complexity from the underlying subtle hops and oak characters. I wasn't prepared for how good this would be and it really took me aback.

M - Good. By the end of my glass the sweetness had caught up a bit so I had to give this a 4 instead of a 5, but the carbonation level was very nice and I could definitely drink this again without any hesitation. Just don't try to session this badboy.

O - Exceptional beer. It was good enough that I bought a 4-pack for $12 (which I normally would never even consider) and packed it in my suitcase to fly back to Colorado.

BudzandSudz, Nov 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

elcrawl, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of martyl1000
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Changed radically with context. Had four of these, one at a time, over a period of a week. The pleasure it gave ranged from "pretty fabulous" to "I really want to like this beer, but..."

It's most appealing feature isn't mentioned on the label anywhere: barrel-aging. It definitely has been barrel aged, and the oak and bourbon are great in the aroma. This is undergirded by a malt sweetness in the nose that combines to be the most pleasing part of this beer. It pours a hazy copper, with a finger of head and leaves an Aleutian Island-like lacing.

In the mouth, the viscosity barges in with authority, a heavy syrup lightened only by the very present 9% abv, as there's very little carbonation. The flavor is a surprising letdown, pleasing to be sure, but lacking complexity beyond the malt (both sweet and pretzel-ly) and a booziness that could be mistaken for mildly bitter hops. Despite the letdown, it's a big, big flavor.

Definitely a sipper. I would get this again if I were drinking by myself and planning on having just one. To share with friends . . . they'd have to be the bold and daring type.

Update, 8/31/13
Had "Brett Dank" on tap. Very good. (rating 4.25)

martyl1000, Oct 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

TastyIsBeer, Sep 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

PeterOrlando92, Sep 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

krazybartender, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of dhannes
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured chilled into a standard U.S. pint glass and consumed within an hour, gradually letting it warm up.

A=Deep, reddish brown with a fair amount of cloudiness...okay, but reminded me of motor oil. Small ecru foamy head...one finger, about a minute.

S=Sweetness...clover honey with plums or similar.

T=Definite brandy/bourbon/whiskey presence throughout (if you like brandy and bourbon, this is the beer for you)...sweetness with some fruitiness.

M=Excellent...lighter body with very little carbonation and only a hint of bitterness.

O=I didn't really enjoy the first half of the glass, as the bourbon taste was overpowering and the alcohol was evident. As it warmed up, it became more enjoyable...I still have three more bottles, and will age 1-2, so I will update these notes in a few months.

dhannes, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at O'so on 07/06/12. I feel the need to preface this review my stating that I normally do not like Red Ales, but I certainly enjoyed this one.

The ale radiated a faint malty aroma with a half inch head. The color was a darker red than I might expect, but this is an imperial red. The first impression was a silky smooth mild hoppiness with a malt backbone. The creamy nature of this mouthfeel makes this ale a little more remarkable. Citrus notes appear, though I would limit it to a mild grapefruit. The creamy nature of the mouthfeel gives the hint of lactose sugar. In the aftertaste, milky citrus notes continue, creating a pleasant finish.

JohnnyHopps, Jul 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Localdrinklax, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of mltobin
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

mltobin, May 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

CWhite, Apr 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

SheboyganJake, Apr 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

twbeecher, Apr 02, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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

derkfromwi, Mar 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Fitzmke, Mar 12, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

johnhenryconway, Mar 09, 2012
Dank Imperial Red from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
87 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.