Big Red (Imperial Red)

22oz bomber. Thanks go out to todprokp7 for the chance to try this one.
Very surprised by this. I was expecting much more of a hoppy (and importantly for the stlye) drier affair here, perhaps even something that resembled a DIPA. However what I got was much more reminiscemnt of an American Barleywine.
Alcohol is quite well hidden which is not necessarily a good thing. It means the alcohol creeps up on you a bit and leaves a warmth!
Decent lace above a cloudy copper body. Sweetness cuts across the brew in a slightly unbalanced manner with a wierd hoppy character that I’m not keen on. The beer is a bit of a malty mess with VERY ill-defined character.
Not my idea of an Amber and the product overal was very disappointing. Ill defined boundaries make this feel soupy and old. Less than impressive. I’d like an amber with better clarity and significantly better definition. A lower ABV would work well too.

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10/31/2008
Format:
bottle
ABV: 9.5 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 3
Mouthfeel: 3
Smell: 3
Overall: 3
Total: 3.03
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