Reviewed from notes on 8/12/2010 (it was quite the evening). And B+ seems to be my typical grade, huh.
This one has a really nice soft head, finger thick, maintains well. A dark red/amber appearance that lets enough light through to make you really want it. The smell does the same thing, with a toasty sweetness coming through along with the hops.
Taste wise, it’s got all the elements of a typical red, but nothing stood out for me – other than that it was done well. Same as the aroma, it has a little bitter, a little caramel-like sweetness.
Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, with good carbonation. Drinkability suffers a little due to my bias towards the style, but would be stronger for fans of it. The 6.8abv contributed to the night being a lot more fun than the morning.