Oak Aged Imperial Red (Venture Series) | Madhouse Brewing Company

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Oak Aged Imperial Red (Venture Series)Oak Aged Imperial Red (Venture Series)

Brewed by:
Madhouse Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Oak Aged Imperial Red has intriguing aromas of oak and mocha. Creamy malt flavors of caramel and chocolate create a complex flavor balanced with hop bitterness.

Added by DesMoinesMike on 11-09-2012

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 28
Photo of CHADMC3
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a transparent copper body beneath the foamy, tan head, which slowly dissolves to leave a scattered lacing around the glass.

The aroma consists of more sweet malt than I would have expected as well as piney hops and other woodnotes. There may also be some bread qualities and perhaps something resembling maple, my guess is from the oak barrels.

The flavor is fairly sweet with generous malts, toffee, perhaps molasses, light vanilla oak and perhaps a hint of pine hops.

Lighter in body for an oak aged beer with generous carbonation and very little of the oak finish I am accustomed to in such beers.

This brew was ok. I would expect more robust hop flavors and aromas for an American Red that play more with the oak notes. Instead it is much more malt forward. Still a tasty brew.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit pulp and a hint of sweetness/sugar. The flavor is chocolate/coffee, grapefruit, citrus, caramel sweetness and a slight alcohol burn in the finish. Varies in flavor depending on the recipe at the time, a lot going on in this, almost too much so but interesting none the less.

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Photo of futiledevices
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a wide tulip. Dark copper color with an inch of foamy beige head that dissipates fairly quickly. Nice lacing.

Aroma is caramel, toffee, oak, dark berries, raisin, chocolate. Not much hop aroma at all. I get a lot more chocolate aroma as it warms up.

Slightly sticky body, rich flavor. Oak is slightly more pronounced. Raisiny malt sweetness is balanced by a slightly citrusy hop on the sides of the tongue and a well balanced bitter finish with hop and dark chocolate.

Really enjoyable imperial red, probably one of my favorites in the style.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a bomber at Whole Foods, $4.99.

Pours a dark amber with an off-white head. The aroma is indicative of a more malty beer with some spice, ok but nothing special. The taste is fantastic. The malt and hops blend nicely together, creating a flavor of oak and cocoa that actually blend together nicely for a smooth, almost vanilla taste. It's very smooth with a nice body, like a good woman. Definitely going to have another bottle or 5.

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Oak Aged Imperial Red (Venture Series) from Madhouse Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 28 ratings.
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