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Brewed by Benelux Brasserie Artisanale
Style: American Strong Ale
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.76/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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Imperial Brown Ale


4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (13413) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2010
First of all, I don’t fully understand why a brewery called Benelux would be located in our near north neighbor, rather than in Belgium, Netherlands or Luxembourg. But anyway, this one has a reddish brown color and a tan head. Aroma has smoke and malt, with a hint of Butterfinger. Taste is smooth chocolate malt. Good stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11645) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Draft. Small beige head, cola brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, spicy/alcohol, some caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, melon, some alcohol warming. Medium body, light acidity.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (10074) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Tap. Pours clear brown with an average, creamy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toasted, nutty), average hops (earthy, herbal), and average esters (berry) with notes of Brettanomyces and lactic sourness. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, nutty), average hops (earthy, herbal), and average esters (berry) with notes of lactic sourness. Medium body and carbonation, low warmth and creaminess with a dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2010
My Bottom Line:
This Imperial Brown Ale’s voluptuous body is mostly built by deep caramel malts and their nutty edges, while earthy connotations link the second half’s citrusy and piney hop bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam crowns the dark brown with some reddish flashes of clarity.
-Imperial Brown Ale? Brown Barley Wine? In any case, it is a beautifully idiosyncratic brew for the malt lover, aka me.
-The resinous bitterness and aftertaste is hard to predict from the aroma; these hops are quite poignant!
-The fruity angles are rather tropical; again, unexpected after having perceived mostly caramelized notes.
-Both balance and cohesion are achieved.
-Alcohol warmth is present but well camouflaged in piney, resinous hop bitterness.

On tap at the brewpub.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2012
2012-06-09. Very dark red-brown body, nice foamy beige head and lace. Flavour is pleasantly bite, fruity malt core, moderately alcoholic, lingering tangy fruit character. 7+ Odd aroma, sort of dusty malt, not quite woody touches, lightly fruity. 7+ Smooth average plus bodied palate. Decent, just a little strong in both flavour and alcohol for what I was looking for today. I found that the extra alcohol took away from it more than it added compared to the regular Armada. On tap at Benelux , Montreal

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (6723) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2012
[4506-20120609] Tap. Fruity toasted strawberry malt aroma. Slightly hazy, dark dark red body with a long-lasting foamy light tan head and some lacing. More toasted strawberry grains flavour. Medium body. Good. (7/4/7/3/14) 3.5
(@ brewpub, Montreal, QC)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6277) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2012
Draught at the brewpub, June 9. Pours a deep orange-copper with an average size foamy tan head. Aroma of light barrel-aging, with some wood and sugary sweetness, along with yeast and dark fruit. Flavour of dark fruit, wood, hops, light alcohol and red wine notes. Almost creamy mouthfeel. Average to medium bodied. Pretty good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2010
In short: A decadent, caramelized, fruity, nutty and hoppy big beer of some kind. Excellent
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Clear dark ruby topped by a medium beige head with good retention
In long: This beer smells “big” with a nose showing plenty of toasted caramel cereals earthy fruits, and leafy hops. Taste is downright decadent blending the thick dark fruits flavor of an Abt, the nuttiness of a brown ale, the rich caramel and resinous bitterness of a hoppy barley wine. And as if it wasn’t enough, it is relatively easy to drink. Crazy beer. This brewpub has been improving steadily since it opened a few years ago. Any beer geek should visit this brewpub while time is on your side and not a colostomy bag.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TaktikMTL (6031) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2010
En fût. Verre de 12 oz dégusté directement à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur de caramel légèrement fruité. Apparence: La couleur est brune foncée. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel légèrement fruité avec une pointe de chocolat et d’houblons. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de caramel en arrière goût. (Rating #3323)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (5071) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Tap. Poured a dark copper/clear brown color with a creamy, small head. Aroma was malty, nutty, earthy hops. Flavor was caramel, malts, nutty and just all around wonderful. Touch of alcohol in there, but certainly hidden compared to the actual ABV.


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