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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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Embargo is an elegant, barrel-aged Imperial Brown Ale, based on a high gravity version of our popular Shakedown Brown. Embargo is aged in used whiskey barrels with cocoa nibs and vanilla beans to create and amazingly well layered taste sensation.
Hops: Cascade, Columbus
Malt: Pale, Munich, Brown, Chocolate


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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (1622) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2014
bottle pours dark brown, multiple pours to get a full glass from the big khaki head. sweet malt, vanilla, cocoa, bourbon near finish. right amount of barrel. full body.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Foiled 22oz bomber opened and then slowly foamed and foamed with kind of that endless foam thing going on so having a sink nearby was handy. It poured up with a murky dark mahogany colored body that supports a tall semi loose tan head. The aroma offers up sweet thick malts, molasses and then lesser amounts of sweet vanilla, bourbon and booze. The taste starts with sweet malts and a thin molasses kick and then it picks up notes of vanilla, mild oak spiciness, some bourbon and booze. Into the finish the spicy oak grows and briefly takes over the flavor. This had a bad start with all the foaming but in the end I enjoyed this sipper’s flavor balance.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (1715) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 2, 2014
On tap at the Barrel Republic. Allowed to warm in a snifter for about 15 minutes. This is an imperial, barrel-aged version of Shakedown Brown. Appearance: Dark red-brown with a very durable tan head that leaves a temporary coat of lacing. Aroma: Booxy (bourbon) and fruity with suggestions of dark fruits and faint spicing. Flavor: sweet up front but this is largely countered by some bitter and tart aspects by the finish. good complexity. Wood and bourbon add to, but do not mask, the rich medium and dark malt base. Feel: Medium+ body with good soft carbonation. O: A tasty beer worth seeking out.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dhunter151 (523) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 23, 2014
22oz bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Vanilla, bourbon, oak, very sweet, alcohol not well hidden. Did not taste as good as it looked. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerFunGuy (614) - California, USA - JUN 22, 2014
This very beautiful black colored beer has a thick creamy oatmeal colored head. It has a bourbony aroma. That bourbon hits upfront then mellows to a more typical brown flavor where the cocoa and vanilla come through strongly. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8283) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 16, 2014
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>> Pours clear dark amber, sepia. Weak foam. Taste is odd, malty, ashy, harsh coffee. Nose is nice bourbon, yellow cake, rum cake, mild savory, soy, maple. Lots of bitter coffee. Harsh soapy palate, strange.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Not as elegant as labeled. Dark mahogany pour with a khaki foam. Quite sweet with sugary raisins, chalky cocoa powder, and artificial vanilla extract. Whisky flavors are subtle but the alcohol burn is noticeable. Meh.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbastard (675) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2014
22oz bomber, very dark pour with a large tan head that calmed down after a minute. After pouring, while the bottle was sitting it foamed over. However after I tasted it I didn’t detect any major off flavors. Chocolate milkshake nose that changed to unripe dark fruits, with some whiskey. Semi sweet malty chocolate flavors with fruits, booze, brownies. Needs time to blend together. Little dry and astringent in the finish. Wouldn’t get again.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thisis12ptfont (828) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Huge aroma of wood, sawdust, nuts, vanilla, charcoal, faint chocolate and toffee. Black appearance with a huge 2 finger head but dissipates fast. Taste is extremely carbonated like a shaken up soda pop. I get some really nice but really faint notes of wood, bourbon, chocolate, coffee bean oil and vanilla but it is almost completely covered by carbonation. Overall, I would really like to see a less carbonated version of this because I’m sure it would be great but this is too fizzy. C rating.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
brokensail (10645) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 13, 2014
On tap @ Plan 9 Ale House. Mahogany pour with a small khaki head. Smells mostly of alcohol. Bourbon, green apple, banana, and some chocolate. Lots of raisin and brown sugar, too. Bitter, alcoholic, astringent taste. Charred wood, bourbon, green apple, and roasted malt. Lots of cacao nibs, raisin, and brown sugar. Sweet/tart raisin finish. No thanks.


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