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

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Dank Imperial RedDank Imperial Red
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
Wisconsin, United States
osobrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kickapoodude on 12-18-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
125
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.54%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 125 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of BudzandSudz
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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Photo of elcrawl
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of martyl1000
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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)

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Photo of TastyIsBeer
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of PeterOrlando92
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of krazybartender
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of dhannes
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of Localdrinklax
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of mltobin
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of CWhite
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of SheboyganJake
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of twbeecher
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of derkfromwi
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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

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Photo of Fitzmke
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of johnhenryconway
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of amart80
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Zachtheporter
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of knepper
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Look: pours dark amber/brown-to red with an off white that really struggles to come to life to due very carbonation levels. Cloudy.

Smell: Big time caramel, musty basement, citrus, alcohol

Taste: The beer is a bit lacking in carbonation so I feel that a lot of the hop flavor and malt complexity are being muted. The hops are primarily citrus and relatively soft; I was expecting pungent and pine. The malt plays a complimentary roll to the hop flavor. For such a big beer, the malt is surprisingly toned down. A little of caramel, toffee, and biscuit come out; a bit vanilla peaks out once it warms up a bit - a nice touch.

Overall, I expected a bit more from the hops, flavor and bittering wise. A bit more IBUs would give it a nice backbone. A solid beer; it reminds me of an English Barleywine with more hop flavor.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
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.
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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)

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Photo of Grebdioz
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of tmarq9
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of wmjones9
4.97/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For a red, this is fantastic. Great head, color, smoothan refreshing. Got a four pack , as a present. Didn't know what to expect, but it was great. Love it. Would buy this , in a minute, if it was available in Michigan. I'll guess I'll have to wait for the next trip to Wisconsin.

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Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of allouez86
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Dank Imperial Red from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
3.9 out of 5 based on 125 ratings.
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