Firestone Walker Bravo
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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
Imperial Brown Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2598) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2010
Tasted on draft at FoBAB 2010. Pours clear brown-amber with a thick tan head. The nose is vanilla and cinnamon oak with some caramel malt. The flavor is vanilla and coconut oak with cinnamon and caramel. The body is medium plus with average carbonation and a long finish dominated by oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9255) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Draft sample at FOBAB 2010. Pours a cloudy amber color with a small beige head. Notes of leaves, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, caramel, and even some earthy hops. Warming alcohol. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, malty mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Just the right amount of booze, malt, and roast. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 12, 2010
tap at FOBAB 2010. solid beer. sweet bourbony chocolate, creamy milk chocolate, graham crackers, and throat warming booze. big, tasty, monster beer. not overly sweet. decent balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (9915) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Sampled from the tap at 2010 FOBAB. Poured a clear deep amber with a yellowish brown head that dissipated quickly to the edges. Aroma had caramel with sweet grain and a nice bourbon backing. Flavor was quite sweet with caramel and toffee and a bourbon note coming out in the finish. A bit sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (4085) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Draft at the brewery at the Firestone 14 Release Party. Nose is bourbon, raisins, oaky vanilla, toffee, and light alcohol. Hazy dark brown with a small tan head. Flavor is bourbon, wood, vanilla, and dark fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (5354) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2009
On tap at Firestone night at Stone Bistro. I loved this beer. Poured a Dark brown with light tan head. Hugely bourbon, with rich biscuity malt, vanilla, oak, molases, and notes of dark fruit. Itís like bourbon soaked sweet bread. The alcohol is warming, but I didnít think it was overpowering.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 14, 2009
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WeeHeavySD (3377) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2009
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
highlandlad (1464) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2008
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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2008
Deep crimson/copper with a frothy ecru head. Aroma of buttered biscuits, coffee, caramel, Bourbon, dates. Flavor was sightly sweet with an alcohol burn.

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