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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10973) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured dark brown color with a moderate frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, woody with a complex alcohol aroma. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Heavy bourbon woody and malt sweet flavor with a heavy dark sweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8849) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2014
Coconut from the barreling, rum more than bourbon. Smooth, above average mouthfeel. Coconut from the barreling. Decent drinkability.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8005) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Shared bomber at Craft. Pours hazy dark brownish black with minimal head. Nose was oaky spirits, molasses, cacao. Tastes malty, with heavy notes of oak, rum, cacao, and a complex finish. Excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6861) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (6838) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Bottle at Darkness Day 2013. Dark pour: Booze and vanilla nose. Rich chocolate, vanilla, and booze taste. Delicious:

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (5819) - Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2013
22 oz bottle shared with Tmoney99. Pours a dark brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, barrel notes are strong,but work well, chocolate, caramel, molasses, dark rum. Good body and mouth feel. Solid.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4505) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Pours deep mahogany into a snifter. Mocha head with medium retention recedes to coat surface. Sweet molasses, rum and oak aromas. Chocolate upfront turning to rum and oak in the dry lasting finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4396) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2013
22 ounce bottle - $12.98 at Sherlock’s in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottled on: 09/13/13.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a lightly creamyish, beige head that never grows tall but never quite disappears.

Smell: Sweet, spicy, boozy aroma of dark malts, spiced chocolate, molasses, dark caramel, dark fruit, and the oakiness and notes from the dual barrel aging.

Taste: Follows through with the aroma. Heavy, dense, dark malty flavors of molasses, chocolate ganache, brown sugar, caramel-dipped nuts. United whiskey, rum flavoring, with a full sweetness and even at this early stage some full-on gullet warming. Spiced raisins. Modest oakiness. Peppery alcoholic quality tickles the tongue, steadily building to a rather warm, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: This was good. Some Imperial Browns are like popping in a watching the movie "Gerry." Not the case with Biggie Smalls!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iphonephan (3536) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2778) - 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.


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