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.
The first beer brewed for the barrel aging program and has been brewed every year since. Originally named after an experimental variety of hops but now brewed with US grown Fuggles which are earthy and resinous. A lean, simple barley wine brewed to showcase barrel flavors with massive bourbon barrel notes that morph as the beer warms in the glass.

aspidites' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 1, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (23044) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2015
Draft @ Maxís Taphouse, Baltimore. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel and strong bourbon aroma. Sweetish malty strong bourbon vanilla and caramel flavor. Has a sweetish malty spicy strong bourbon and caramel toffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2015
Pours a deep amber body with a rich, fruity and well-brandied aroma. Flavor has a strong whisky character... much of the expected malted flavor is lost to alcohol. Sweet yet peppery finish and a bit astringent on the palate. ~~~~~ Just found this in a notebook from when the LoSBD used to go to FoBAB. Good times.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (4123) - California, USA - MAY 29, 2015
29 May 2015, tap at FW Barrelworks. Light, meaty brown. Nose is huge! Brown sugar, nail polish, reminds me of sherry aged whisky. Med/thin body and moderately fizzy. Sweet, lots and lots of oak (again, reminds me of whisky barrels), meaty, brown sugar. Smells amazing! Tastes really good, just not as good as it smells. But amazing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PartyFowle (954) - - MAR 31, 2015
Draft. Dark but mostly clear mahogany with a thin, light tan head. Booze-heavy nose. Lots of bourbon and ethanol, tons of caramel and toffee. Some grassy hops. Slight nuttiness. Liquid toffee in the flavor. Very sweet, very smooth. Caramel, a bit of dark cherry, a touch of toast. Boozy but smooth. Medium-full body is heavy, syrupy and sugary. Lots of tongue-numbing alcohol and heat. Mild co2. So sweet and smooth. I love toffee, so I love this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (10128) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
"Not really a brown ale anymore in anything other than color. Big, rich, sticky, and sweet, though some toasted characteristics still there. Not very hot for how strong it is! Lots of vanilla and oak, with less brandy, and even less brown ale. Quite good if you dig the barrels."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2873) - California, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Enjoyed at FWIBF 2014... Caramel brown in color... Aroma of sticky caramel... Flavor is caramel, toffee, nuts... Malt forward, enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (13278) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2014
On tap at Hops and Pie poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. aromas of bourbon, oak, cocoa, light caramel and light fruitiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, oak, caramel, cocoa, light fruitiness and light vanilla with a smooth lingering bourbon finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2014
On tap at DLD 2014. Pour is deep copper/brown with a small tan head. Aroma and flavor of brown sugar, caramel, brandy, milk chocolate, and oak. Finish is oak, sweet chocolate, and spice. Alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gription79 (2829) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Had on draft at Barrelworks. I got bourbon, coconut, hot alcohol, big chewy malt sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2013
I was told this is a barleywine infused with Mexican sugar (panela?). It has a medium brown, almost orange-red color, with a beige/light brown head. The aroma is nice and clean, sweet, and slightly roasted (in more of a brown ale kind of way) with moderate alcohol, and a touch of tart, fruity apple/pear-like hop sweetness. Itís very nicely balanced, and I love the idea of a Bravo barleywine with Mexican sugar. The flavor is all the same. Itís very cool and wet in the mouth, the kind of barleywine youíd drink on a hot summer day, with a little fruitiness to liven up the experience. I love itís great, invigorating aroma. Itís so nice. This reminds me a little of Sucaba, but more fruity. Maybe itís the sugar, I donít know. Itís like a wetter, slightly sweeter Abacus. Er, Sucaba. Itís really lovely. Thanks to this beer, Firestone Walker is now officially my favorite brewery.

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