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Brash Biggie Smalls Imperial Brown Ale

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Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.91/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Imperial Brown Ale aged in rum and whiskey barrels.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2579) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Pours thick unclear brownish black with a decent beige head. Aroma brings both barrels strong with nice brown sugar and some caramel as well. Flavors of black licorice, brown sugar, roasted malts, whiskey, and light spicey rum like booze really smooth on the palate.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubbleflubber (1826) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Pours a cola brown into the glass, with the deepest of mahogany fringes. An initial frothy tan head reduces to sparse lacing. The nose is of vanilla rum, whiskey and deep vanilla-caramel candies. Flavors are similar, lots of rum and whiskey notes, deep caramel and toffee, lots of oaken vanilla hues, finishing with an alcoholic heat. The full body and sticky palate combines with the alcohol and woody notes nicely to provide a great sipper, aperitif or nightcap. Oily and full of substance and complexity, this brew is one of the best brown ales I’ve ever had. It’s gorgeous in a category that has a minority of standouts.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iphonephan (3252) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2014
From a 22 oz bottle shared at Ryan’s. Pours a dark cola brown with a tan head. Aroma of cocoa. Flavors of rum, chocolate and vanilla. Warming finish.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dave11899 (23) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2014
22 oz bottle (9/13/13) cellared until 05/24/14. Poured into a snifter. Appearance is dark with a khaki colored head. Aroma is of vanilla and bourbon. Based on these two observations, at this point I’d say this a barrel-aged stout. Delicious! Taste is oak, vanilla and rum/bourbon that quickly dissipates over the palate as the burn begins. Burn is unmasked and is very similar to sipping a room temp rum, bourbon, or other straight liquor. This is not an exaggeration. It lacks sweetness and complexity. Palate is relatively blank. Not sure if this is due to the aging (before and after bottling). The burn makes this beer almost abrasive to consume. Nothing bad, just not a "typical" beer when it sips like liquor. Overall, I would definiately not classify this as an imperial brown ale. This is more of a lighter barrel aged stout. Through the nose, initial taste, and continued drinking as it warms. Yes this beer is 11% ABV but the characteristics of this beer either do not hide the percentage or make it worse. The lack of complexity is likely do to the cellaring. As this usually causes the beer’s flavors to diminish.... Diminishing flavors = tasting the booze in this beer... I guess. This isn’t a bad beer, I’d definitely purchase one and drink it fresh to try it then. In my experience, I try to buy two. Drink one now and then try the other in 9-12 months. Needless to say, I did not do that with this one. Give it a try, if it were that bad it would be a pour out.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2602) - Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2014
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/13/2013. Pours fairly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, cocoa, vanilla, clove, oak, raisin, plum, whiskey, rum, herbal, and toast/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, yeast ester, and rum/whiskey barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, brown bread, cocoa, vanilla, clove, oak, whiskey, rum, raisin, plum, herbal, and toast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of spicy/oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, brown bread, cocoa, vanilla, clove, oak, rum, whiskey, raisin, plum, herbal, and toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and rum/whiskey barrel flavors; with a very nice malt/barrel balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and fairly sticky/oaky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice barrel aged imperial brown ale. All around good complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and rum/whiskey barrel flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RespertFTW (520) - Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Bomber. Deep brown with a dark tan head. Really smooth bourbon vanilla and oak. really liked the way this one finishes.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mittenator (1304) - Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Bomber thanks to respertFTW. Deep brown with a dark tan head. Bourbon, plums, vanilla and wood. Just great.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ericular (612) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2014
On tap @ Brick’s Pub. Strong, sweet aroma with vanilla and smoke. Taste is strong alcohol up front, bourbon and vanilla in the middle. This packs some heat - strong, raw heat. Dry finish with coffee later on.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gachupines (901) - USA - JAN 13, 2014
Brown with a thick off white head. Aroma is huge alcohol, oak from the bourbon with a bit of sweetness and some chocolate. Flavor is big whiskey with a strong sweet aftertaste. A bit sticky in the finish. Strong, big flavor if a bit one note. Whiskey is more evident than the rum. Wife: 3.75

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6633) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Bottle thanks to Lewis. Pours near black with a creamy light brown head that dissipates to the edges and remains. Aroma has dark grains with a light chocolate and light roast backed by a hint of booze. Flavor has a bit more whiskey with strong dark grains that have a bit of roast to them.


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