DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 14, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Itís evident from the ratings that this years is a lot better than years past. This monstrosity pours brown with a thick halo of light tan, somewhat lacy. Nose is literally insane..thick as fuck for a brown ale of any kind, with big notes of bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, and chocolate but super thick and creamy beyond belief. Flavors are like the nose...thick, creamy vanilla custard, chocolate mousse, soft but evident bourbon. This is by far the best brown ale that I have come across. holy shit.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My god this an amazing beer. And all I have to say is that I disagree with highlandlad in many ways. Had 2, 8 ounces glasses of this amazing brew and I canít believe its not bottle yet. Pours black with no head. Nose is super bourbon with a lot of nice sweetness. Taste is exceptional, a true bourbon beer, Epic, EPIC, EPIC. The bourbon really works with the beer and its not boozy, its very balanced between alcohol and flavor. So damn good!
highlandlad (1416) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is one of those massively-alcoholic one-dimensional monsters that we love on RateBeer. Or hate. I forgot to check which this week. I donít much care for bourbon - sticky-sweet sickly stuff for sugarbabes who canít handle Scotch - so Iím all in favour of anything that involves replacing the contents of a bourbon barrel with something else. This will do just fine. Firestone Walker Bravo Barrel Aged Brown Ale (snappy title) is as brown and clear as the previous contents of the barrel with a skimpy corona of suds. It smells piercingly alcoholic - turpentine wood, demorara sugar and tokay. Oily, spiritous mouthfeel. Big licks of vanilla and oak on the tongue, burnt sugars and a huge alcohol burn in the swallow. Itís a sipper that would sit well with a cold night, a fireplace, a bull session and no rush to get up next morning. Quality stuff. (Bottle courtesy of Linc at Sullyís SYdney RB Xmas 07 gathering)
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep crimson/copper with a frothy ecru head. Aroma of buttered biscuits, coffee, caramel, Bourbon, dates. Flavor was sightly sweet with an alcohol burn.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Toffee coated figs with a nougat center. Mild spice and toasted bred on the palate with soft oak and hops. Mild white pepper mixed with oaky vanilla and spice finish.
TimE (3134) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 16, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Its hard to believe this is a brown ale. The only thing similar I have had is Hakusekikan Brown Ale, which is equally as nice IMO. Dark brown color, molassess, brown sugar, truffles, caramel, brandy and milk chocolate come off the nose. The mouth reminded me of a top notch espresso with ample caramel syrup and frangelico, dusted with cinammon. Slight oaky character that doesnít add or distract. Cinammon chocolately finish. Amazing. Age has helped this beer. Alcohol is not noticable at all.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Name: Barrel Aged Brown Ale
Source: Brewfest, Strong Ale Fest
muddy brown, scant beige head, sweet bourbonand chocolate aroma, flavor is all hot alcoholic bourbon with barely a hint of choclolate, nice sweetness,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JUN 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Suprizingly light for an 11% (I donít believe it). Brown color. Nice head that lasts.
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2011 Unwittingly poured a sample of this knowing only that it was oak aged and a brown ale. I guess the oak aging should have alerted me to the fact that this was probably going to be a high alcohol beer! But geez did I get a shock! This is one heavy malty beer. Deep bronze colour, very viscous. Thick mouthfeel, butter, vanilla, caramel, malt, brown sugar, oak, oak and more oak. A very overpowering palate, definately needs to be served at warmer temperature, possibly has too much carbonation for something so heavy. A very interesting beer but I feel the oak is over done. I imagine it would age well.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the 10th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Festival: Pours a transparent dark copper with a nice, frothy, wispy-lacing tan head. Aroma of caramel bourbon and a touch of buttered popcorn and vanilla. Body starts sweet and with a good amount of dark caramel and toasty bourbon oak toward a slightly warming, nicely-balanced finish.