Lady Luck Imperial Red Ale
Karben4 Brewing

Lady Luck Imperial Red AleLady Luck Imperial Red Ale
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Karben4 Brewing
Wisconsin, United States
Irish Red Ale
3.85 | pDev: 11.17%
Nov 28, 2020
Jun 25, 2013
Very Good
Lady Luck Imperial Red AleLady Luck Imperial Red Ale
Notes: More than just a beer to satisfy and soothe – it’s an emotional experience. Deepest ruby red and filled with a symphony of malt flavors including caramel, toffee, raisins, and currants that finish with a simple hint of roast and chocolate tones lingering like a half-remembered dream. This gentle giant, balanced with English hops, dominates all senses without destroying the palate. Sexy. As. Hell.
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Reviewed by TheOccasionalBeer from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Going from memory on this.... Deep red-brown with little foam, and scents of toasted malt and something more. Nice dark earthy cocoa with maybe some sweetness to override some of the (mild and not unexpected) bitterness. Mouth feel was one of depth and complexity. Clearly, I should have gotten another of these since the first went down so well.
Nov 28, 2020
Rated: 4.75 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota

Aug 11, 2020
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Reviewed by HopHippie from Wisconsin

3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
L: Black cherry red with a tan head that doesn't have retention.
S: Fruity cherry with caramel, cocoa, black currants.
T: An aggressive flavor for sure. heavy bitter-ish fruit with caramel and dry dark chocolate.
F: Pretty dry but smooth.
O: A great beer however the flavors all try to dominate over eachother instead of blend, its a very in your face beer in terms of flavor. However it is still a great beer just not something I would have all the time and I don't think I could have a few of these at a time.
Jul 31, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by Zenboy99 from Wisconsin

Apr 03, 2019
Rated: 3.55 by jbu0126 from Wisconsin

Sep 03, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by scaliasux from Wisconsin

Aug 24, 2018
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Reviewed by ordybill from Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear dark amber color with a tiny white head. The aroma is cherries and caramel malt. The taste follows the nose.
Aug 18, 2018
Rated: 4 by grahuba from Connecticut

Jul 04, 2018
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Reviewed by pweis909 from Wisconsin

3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I got a presumptive bad bottle of what I think might have been a very good beer. I'm enjoying it, but it could be better.

What I like. Cocoa notes without trying to get in your face, some sweetness without cloying, beautiful garnet highlights (but otherwise, opaque), silky mouth feel. If really in the 7% ABV range, well hidden. Perhaps that sweetness is deceiving.

What was missing: head retention. The beer settled down into lifeless liquid, lickety-split. It released carbonation, but oh, so fast. I don't think it is my glassware, as this is not a problem I have often encountered. I think if I had head retention I would be scoring 4 or higher in every rating category.

Hops in this seem strictly for balance. That's OK. Perhaps if there were some carbonation, it would have been more aromatic, but I suspect the aroma would be dominated by the chocolate note.

This is the 3rd Karben4 beer I have had this week. It is the first one that I sat down to review. The others, a pale ale and an IPA, were very good. Each of these beers had a sweetness (crystal malt, I presume?), but always in balance. Hope to try this one again under more favorable circumstances. Will keep my eye out for more offerings

My numerical ratings are a compromise, b
Jun 12, 2018
Rated: 4.41 by dhannes from Wisconsin

Mar 31, 2018
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I bought this off a single shelf in a grocery store outside of Milwaukee whilst there for a hockey tournaments. It poured a clear nearly opaque dark amber with no head and no lace. The scent had caramel malt. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with caramel malt base. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation Overall it's a solid beer.
Feb 23, 2018
Rated: 4.03 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Feb 11, 2018
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Reviewed by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
This beer pours a dark amber color. Minimal head, and lacing on the glass. Lots of carbonation bubbles in the glass in spite of the lack of head.
The nose is quite boozy smelling. That is really the main aroma to this beer.
Taste is a bit sweet up front. Malty. Boozy on the backside.
Fairly full bodied beer. Some carbonation bubbles going down. Boozy burn going down.
I don't know about this beer. It might be a bit better at a lower ABV.
Oct 25, 2017
Rated: 3.77 by MTKATL from Georgia

Oct 17, 2017
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Reviewed by beerguy04 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours an amber color with little head or lacing. Smell and taste is of mild sweet carmel. Has a smooth mouthfeel. Overall it's a unique Irish red ale.
Jul 07, 2017
Rated: 4.35 by kyledover from Oregon

May 14, 2017
Rated: 3.73 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

May 11, 2017
Rated: 1.86 by akkrocka from Wisconsin

Apr 08, 2017
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Reviewed by handmuffin from Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Served from bottle into glass at home. Pours amber brown in color, ruby tinted, low clarity, with small tan colored head. Deep fruity aroma, like dried cherries, with caramel malt character. No hop aroma detected. Flavor is primarily clean caramel maltiness with some light fruitiness. Low bitterness and mild sweetness. No alcohol flavor detected. Medium full body with medium low carbonation. Overall this beer is interesting. The lack of hops in both aroma and flavor is surprising and results in a sweet malty beer. Intensity of flavor is also lacking for an imperial and the alcohol strength is not apparent. Even with the deviations from style expectations, this beer is enjoyable and easily drinkable.
Mar 26, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by DissentFatsquirrel from Minnesota

Jan 06, 2017
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Reviewed by jzlyo from Iowa

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Aroma is a mix of English malts and complex toffee, caramel and nutty. The flavor is nutty malts, toffee/caramel, fruit/dark fruit and a mix of tart and slight earthiness in the finish.
Oct 17, 2016
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Rated by dr_brown from Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Wow, what a great beer! Perfect for a cool fall day.
Oct 09, 2016
Rated: 3.83 by Benish from Utah

Sep 06, 2016
Rated: 4.09 by Rilesmiles from Wisconsin

Jul 18, 2016
Rated: 3.99 by Billolick from New York

Jul 12, 2016
Rated: 3.88 by Hendrick24 from Wisconsin

Jul 10, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by sgttibbs from Minnesota

Jul 05, 2016
Rated: 3.79 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Jun 23, 2016
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Reviewed by megapyro6 from Wisconsin

4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
First off, I dig this. This is more of an imperial irish red ale, as opposed to a red ipa.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby/mahogany color. Deep brown to almost black at first, but held up to the light it displays beautiful red colors. Had an off-white head, which fades to lacing in a few minutes.

Aroma: It has a wonderful aroma of rich malt, caramel, a lingering dark fruit, and some hints of burnt sugar. There are also some notes of molasses or brown sugar, vinous qualities, along with an earthy or vegetal aromas, but in a good way. Some may call it tobacco type aroma.

Flavor: This is full of wonderful malt. It's sweet, bready, toasted malts, caramel, with lingering light molasses and dark fruits like raisins or figs. There is a mild tart, fruity or red wine character. Everything blends really well.

Mouthfeel: This is a full beer. It coats your mouth, and the flavor lingers. The beer is slick but dry.

Overall: This is a quality beer. This would pair really well with a flavorful cut of red or dark meat with root vegetables. It drinks pretty easily for 7.5% ABV, but I'd probably still only be able to have one or two.
Jun 20, 2016
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Reviewed by CannedHeat from Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Like a lot about this. Agree that it's edgy for an Irish Red. Wish it had a bit more head, but really like the nose, mouth feel and taste of this. Carmel/toffee and tobacco notes. Rich burnt orange/brick red color. I live an hour and 30 from this brewery. Doing good things there.
May 14, 2016
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Reviewed by woemad from Washington

3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle courtesy of the largesse of @Ri0. Although the Lady Luck pictured on the label looks nothing to sneeze at, the artwork isn’t as epically absurd as that of Fantasty Factory, my only previous brew from Karben4. No obvious freshness date.

Poured into a Chuckanut Brewing pint glass, this was a dark, coppery, mahoganyish color, not unlike a cola. Held up to light, it took on a lighter shade that was somewhere between ruby and burnt orange. Good sized, beige colored head to start with. It dropped fairly quickly, but was easily agitated back to life, leaving spotty lace on the sides of the glass.

Malty, bready sweet nose, as I expected with anything claiming to be a red ale, imperial or not. What I didn’t expect was an additional component: a dry, roasted malt scent that was almost coffeeish. As it warmed, toffee notes emerged as well. Hops were generally mute.

Whoa! Very different tasting than I expected, even with the unusual notes detected by my schnozz. It does drink like a robust red/amber ale, with some dry, nutty, roasted malt notes, but what seemed almost like coffee and toffee in the nose is more like Dr. Pepper in the taste. Sweet but dry finish.

Medium bodied, with a mouthfeel that was coating and slightly creamy.

Truly not sure what to make of this beer. Easily the most unique thing I’ve had all week, even after the Selkirk Abbey IV I recently drank, which was essentially a beer without a style. This is a little too sweet for me to session (at 7.5% abv, it’s not a session beer in any sense), but in one-glass per sitting increments, I would have it again.
Apr 17, 2016
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Reviewed by TX-Badger from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a dark coppery reddish color with ivory colored head. Pine, toffee, dark fruits, and some floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with pine and some caramel malt.
Apr 06, 2016
Rated: 3.66 by RichardARoss from Wisconsin

Mar 27, 2016
Rated: 4.27 by blairb366 from Wisconsin

Mar 20, 2016
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Reviewed by wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
On tap at Second Salem brewpub in Whitewater. I really enjoyed this beer although it didn't adhere to my definition of an Irish red ale. Great earthy malt and deep taste sets this beer apart from most Irish ales.
Mar 13, 2016
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Reviewed by Millersbrewers from Wisconsin

3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours very dark red, little to no head and light-medium lacing.

Primary aroma is caramel, roasty malt, and a bit of fermented fruit, like a cheap red wine

Taste is figs, caramel, heavy toasted malts, a little bit of fruit. Very well-balanced for what it is

Medium body, very easy drinker at the abv. A little over-carbonated for my taste

I agree with reviewers below that I'm surprised to see this labeled as an Imperial Irish Red. The fruit, fig and roastiness threw me off compared to what I expected, but it is a good and easy drinking beer no matter the classification
Mar 10, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Mar 10, 2016
Rated: 4.13 by Joshuafzylatra from Illinois

Feb 19, 2016
Rated: 3.34 by Bunuelian from Minnesota

Feb 10, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by fredmugs from Indiana

Feb 04, 2016
Lady Luck Imperial Red Ale from Karben4 Brewing
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