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Preservation Series: Imperial Loakal Red - The Bruery

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Preservation Series: Imperial Loakal RedPreservation Series: Imperial Loakal Red

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very good

179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 8
Gots: 32 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Imperial Loakal Red is just what you expect, a bigger, maltier, more intense version of our hoppy, oaky red ale. Coming in at nearly double the abv of regular Loakal Red, this beer retains the essence of the base beer with notes of citrus, vanilla and oak, but brings it all to that next level. Definitely a great one to share with friends.

(Beer added by: jvillefan on 02-23-2013)
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3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Hair of the Dog tulip. Came out in early March 2013, so about 5 months old at this point.

A - Pours a murky, orangish brown. Light tan head leaves ample lacing.

S - Pine, citrus, brown sugar.

T - Pine and citrus hops up front. Then brown sugar, rye bread, some vanilla and coconut. Booze really comes thru, especially cold. It starts to ease up as it warms. Finishes with a bitter bite, but there is lingering sweetness.

M - Medium full. Carbonation is high for this style.

O - A tasty beer that that would be perfect w/ the alcohol toned down. I had it fresh and it was much hoppier (and better). I wouldn't age it, it just seems like it is getting sweeter.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a nonic pint glass

A: The beer shows a dark leather color with a red hue, completely opaque and cloudy. On a gentle pour it forms a huge, pillow-y head that never fully recedes and leaves sticky lacing all over the glass.

S: Huge, malt-forward bouquet with lots of booze. Caramelly sweetness is offset a bit by earthy, floral hop notes, all surrounded by a backdrop of toast and oak. Yeah, lots of booze.

T: Big, sweet malts at the front of the palate, broken up by a hop snap that refuses to be left out. Distinctly caramelly, which almost covers notes of dark toast and barrel oak. Hops do a nice job of drying the palate toward the finish, and it's actually less boozy than the nose impressed. Finishes long and sweet with notes of barrel oak and toast lingering.

M: Super-slick and viscous; a big, chewy, full body delivers the big flavors and aromas.

I liked this more as a drank it. At first it tasted like a barley wine, and it is blurring the boundaries of a amber or red ale. And it demands to be sipped...but halfway through it starts to resonate on the palate, making such a big beer dangerously tasty.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Blood red pour, tanned finger of head. Spidery lacing. It was quite nice to look at. Big caramel aroma, sweet malts, floral and pine, tinge of vanilla, hits of oak. Sweet taste, caramel, and sweet nuts. Bitter too, medium, with some piny hops. There's a little alcohol present. Full bodied, creamy, clean finish, nice bitterness.

Plenty flavor and nice drinkability despite the ABV...much better than the regular Loakal.

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4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into Gulden Draak tulip.

A: Pours a very dark mahogany brown with an extremely dense, extremely huge dark tan head that frothed up in the glass and took forever to collapse into a thick rocky head. Sheets of sticky lace coat the entire glass as the head faded. Looks better than the original.
S: Huge notes of juicy citrus dominate including fresh tangerine, grapefruit, slight booze, slight oak barrel, and a kiss of toast and bready malt.
T: Very bitter, very rich and very powerful flavors of bitter yet juicy sweet citrus hops, herbal hop resin, caramel, slight honey, spicy oak barrel finish, and viscous alcohol. The aftertaste is resinous and bitter.
M: full body, thick, viscous, oily, greasy and slick mouthfeel, warming booze but not hot or distracting. Drinkable but definitely a powerful sipper.
O: the original is a bit more approachable but this beer keeps its promise and takes loakal red to the next level. Drinkable and delicious.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Giving this second bottle from the Preservation Society membership a go, even though I had been bitterly disappointed by Sans Pagaie. Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle. Shared with my brewing buddy for obvious reasons. Review is from my notes.

Pours a reddish, thickened hazy amber color that greatly resembles a Belgian dubbel. Carbonation is very present, and indeed, a a frothy, creamy off-reddish head rises to the top of the glass 4 fingers high. Bubbles masquerade around the edges of the glass, and yeasty cloudiness coats the liquid progressively upon the first pour. Head retention is pretty good, and never fully lets go. Lacing is excellent, and you can tell from every swirl that this is a resinous product. Definitely up there with some of the better Belgian-style beers I've seen in recent years (even though, from what I can gather from this, it's NOT meant to be one of those).

The aroma consists of a surprisingly hoppy, citrus laden character overall alongside slight toasted maltiness and aspects imparted from the oak. The Bruery is not known for having any hoppy beers to speak of overall, but this one definitely is doing the trick for me - especially as I love hoppy amber ales. Pine, citrus peel, grapefruit, as well as an undeniable herbal, tobacco focused aroma that is slightly rustic and toasted. The oak is extremely subtle, but it's definitely imparting those latter characteristics. Not getting too much sweetness, but rather getting the faded hoppy aromas that occur with aging these kinds of beers. Indeed, with the inordinately high ABV, this could be on its road to becoming an unusual barleywine hybrid. To me, it's very balanced, and barely boozy, and is a real treat already before tasting.

The flavor continues the aspects imparted by the aroma, but it's far more present here. Even though the bottle states this is a blend aged 25% in oak, it's substantial enough that is provides a creamy, woody tannic texture to the pine-y, citrus filled, tobacco flavor. Some subtle caramel/toffee sweetness lingers underneath, but it does well to serve the citrus and earthy spices. The oak does a good job complementing the flavor, and makes everything more robust. Carbonation is supremely excellent as well here, and integrates the flavors upwards in a satisfying manner. Nevertheless, the inordinately high ABV made this an undeniable sipper, and I took my time with this (even pairing it with food halfway through), but we did want to smoke a cigar with this throughout the drinking process. The second pour was definitely yeastier and more intense, but the amount of balance that this delivered was a real treat to drink.

Great stuff from The Bruery - and about time, too! So far I had been disappointed. This is one I could rally in support, and those green hops and tobacco-y oak-filled flavors are the main focus here. We really enjoyed this - can't wait to try more of their barrel experiments to come.

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Preservation Series: Imperial Loakal Red from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.