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Alameda Nightbeer before Christmas

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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Imperial Brown aged on Whiskey, Bourbon, and Rum barrels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brentv (533) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 11, 2015
From 650 ml bomber. Pours black with a huge bubbly tan head that settles into a dense foam covering that lasts and leaves lots of thick lacing. Big aroma of whiskey and chocolate. Taste is chocolate and whiskey and oak, and a bit of tartness that may be from the tequila barrels. Full mouthfeel. Complex and interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7604) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2015
650 ml bottle. Pours a very dark mahogany color with a large light brown head, very thick. A big malty nose with clear whiskey and oak. The flavor is rich rum, whiskey, sour mash, oaky tannins, banana, caramel. There is a deep astringent character from the whiskey I think, something like Jack Daniels. No infection at all. A big beer, mostly barrel. I think the overall package is pretty nice. Good palate. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (5236) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 31, 2014
22 ounce bomber from summer secret santa 14. Big carbonation in pour. Chocolate and a a mix of hops and barrel age in nose. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
raphael (1066) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Aromas of coffee, lemon, alcohol. Flavors of sulfur, roast malt, brown sugar, oak. A little drying on the tongue. Generous dark khaki head on impenetrable dark brown.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gription79 (2716) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber. This beer opened with a loud pop and poured with large amounts of head. This beer is off, firm sourness, plastic, rubber notes. Some notes of cherries and wood, the tannins where out of balance. The only thing that I felt was brown ale about this was a nice chocolaty character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Bottle:   Does seem like a big brown.   Soft barrel aging, cant say its Whiskey, Bourbon, and Rum.   A bit woody, a touch tart, a little woodsy.   Starts out tart, becomes a bit sour.   Really needs to be sweet.   Malty, bready, but that sourness on the backside isnít all that welcome for a big barrel aged beer.   Perhaps something in the barrels that wasnít meant to be.   Meh... woody sourness with a bit of some bit bready maltiness.   Some funk happened that I donít think was intended, which is too bad.

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