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Alameda Barn Owl Imperial Brown Ale



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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
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The Barn Owl Imperial Brown is brewed in the style of southern English brown ale, only much stronger (7.9% ABV). A myriad of specialty malts impart a smooth, layered flavor with notes of chocolate, caramel, and biscuit shining through. The perfect beer to celebrate the beginning of spring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Caytinator (939) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Bomber from fred meyers’. Nice irregular off-white head with dark brown opaque characteristics. Alcoholic warmth and maltiness in the aroma, taste matches. Very pleasant taste profile, strong hop bitterness at the end with good balance. Imperial brown is one of my new favorite styles. Actually a very medium body, not too heavy, but taste is strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (6659) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 17, 2014
Bottle, shared with Robbie and Grippitis. Medium brown, soft light gold head. Bready caramel, light mocha, light hazelnuts, medium-to-full bodied. Quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 7, 2014
Draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver
Dark brown color, almost black. Light aroma of roasted malt and coffee. Good body strength; dark caramel flavor, medium sweet, with some candi sugar, a touch of roasted malt; very light malt acidity too, and possibly traces of diacetyl; correct bitterness.
Nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (2589) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
650ml brown bottle, 7.2% abv on the label. Reddish brown pour, slight haze. Rocky tan coloured head, lots of lace rings. Nose is malty with notes of chocolate, nut and a bit of roast, also some light hops in there. Taste has roast and chocolate malts, toasty. Some chocolate malt, roast, alcohol and nuttiness in the aftertaste and a fairly lengthy bitterness. Overall a nice change from boring caramelly brown ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (2198) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 7, 2014
Dark body, off white head. Nice roast brown ale. Coca, coffee and a bit of sweetness. Quality beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lagerboy (1212) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 25, 2014
Bomber. Clear deep dark copper brown, tan foam mostly fades. Aroma of treacle and roasty malt. Dark roast, earthy bitter bean taste, a tad thin, some cacao and caramel. Average carbonation, medium bodied, moderately hopped. Sweetens a bit as it warms, still finishes bitter. DNFL (Definitely Not For Lagerboys)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10929) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Bomber from Made in Oregon. Pours ruddy dark brown with a beige/tan head. Aroma of bread and chocolate. Med body, more or less. Flavor is chocolate, a little greasy nuttiness, malt, earth. Sort of mocha somehow. There’s some fruity hop. It’s not wholly dry, but it’s dryer than not. Very nice to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Menofthesea (4) - - FEB 3, 2014 does not count
Really nice imperial brown from alameda brewing. Great roasted malt character, but there it bitterness and a slight hoppiness present that is really pleasant. Smooth and rich. We did a tasting of four brown ales at B's Craft Beer Lounge in Langley, BC and the general consensus of most of our clients was that this was the most pleasant. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thb (676) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 25, 2014
Dark brown with ruby hints at the edges. Finger of foam. Aroma is malt centric - caramel, cereal, chicory, chocolate. Well balanced for such a big beer. Balanced by bitterness, not by hop aroma. Alcohol hidden. Surprisingly drinkable. Dare I say even a bit thin?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WheatKing (1290) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 16, 2014
On tap at Garricks Head Pub, Victoria, Canada. Pours brown, off-white head. Nose is molasses, earthy hops, Flavour is really thick chewy caramel, citrus, California-style strong ale sweetness. A good big beer, the boldness doesn’t hide behind the brownness.

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