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Old 07-22-2009, 04:25 PM   #1
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I think the bottle said Imperial Red Amber Ale. It should have said Barleywine. It was sweet, malty and bitter just like an American Barleywine. Appartently, according to the Stone Rep, it has the most hops ever used by Stone at 4.5lbs per barrel. I think it all went into the bittering.

That all said, I had one 22oz beer and at 9.5% I got seriously messed up. Kinda threw me a curveball as I ate and stuff.

I don't see myself buying this again as it wasn't much my style. I am not comparing, but if you like DFH 60-120 series, then you might dig this beer.

PS...it said Triskaidekaphobia on the bottle. Say that five times fast. It means the phear of the number 13. The banter on the back of the bottle was a little too witty for me though and I gave up on it's tiny little print. It should have read Micrologophobia or the fear of small letters.

PPS...I don't know what he meant by the most hops ever used. I disagree, but hey, what do I know.
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Old 07-22-2009, 04:36 PM   #2
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It reminded me of Bear Republic's Red Rocket, just bigger. I enjoyed it, and it says 9.5% right on the bottle. It's going to have some heft and a kick.
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Old 07-22-2009, 04:55 PM   #3
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Yeah, on the alcohol what I meant was that after drinking it, I felt as though I had just woken up and decided to drink it with nothing in my stomach. It hit me like a freaking locomotive. Normally I have a few IIPA's in a night and then hit a trippel before heading off to bed. Not with this one...
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:14 PM   #4
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I think it will be a nicer beer in 6 months or so... It's a bit too piney and the resiny taste just overwhelmed the rest of the beer.

 
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:15 PM   #5
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I think it will be a nicer beer in 6 months or so... It's a bit too piney and the resiny taste just overwhelmed the rest of the beer.
I think letting it age is a bad idea. It will become cloyingly sweet.
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:21 PM   #6
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I don't think 6 months would sweeten it too much. It's got a long way to go before the hops calm down that much!

Have you tried it or are you just speaking in general terms?

 
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:25 PM   #7
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I don't think 6 months would sweeten it too much. It's got a long way to go before the hops calm down that much!

Have you tried it or are you just speaking in general terms?
yeah. I've had a bottle and on tap at Stone. I never usually need more than that for anything Stone makes, and this is no exception. I think that with any big, hoppy beer that you need to drink them as fresh as possible. This beer is already too sweet for me (I like anything big with a lot of hops to be really dry) so letting it age seems like a disservice to the beer.
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:31 PM   #8
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Yeah Stone claims the same, and honestly I just feel it's too resiny. I'd like to think the hops would mellow a bit, and the beer wouldn't sweeten too much, but I didn't like the beer (or most of the beer Stone makes) enough to experiment.

 
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Yeah Stone claims the same, and honestly I just feel it's too resiny. I'd like to think the hops would mellow a bit, and the beer wouldn't sweeten too much, but I didn't like the beer (or most of the beer Stone makes) enough to experiment.
I'm not a huge fan of their hoppy beers either. We have much better to choose from here, so I'm ok with skipping over them.
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Old 07-22-2009, 06:23 PM   #10
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Yeah I feel the same. Love hops, just don't think they do them all that well.

 
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