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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Brewing more than one beer from a single mash (parti gyle) is still a common practice in britain. A small beer is the lighter and weaker 2nd beer produced from a single mash. The rich first runnings of the wort were used to produce a high gravity "Imperial Brown Ale" that will be tapped later this year. This small beer has some of the roasted malt characteristics of a brown ale, though it is lighter-bodied. We have hopped it exclusively with domestic SAAZER hops to give it a slightly aromatic nose.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2005
cask conditioned: Unfiltered ruby orange. Sparkler-induced foam density slowly collapses to form a thick ring. Nutty, minerally, semi-fruity aroma with floral hops, yeast, and almonds. Slickly bodied, but coarse, as well. Soft and lush carbonation. Gentle floral-accented hop earthiness slowly gives way to unsweetened chocolate with a scratchy cocoa underlay. Lightly estery with passionfruit. Finishes deceptively malty-sweet with luscious notes of bread being counteracted by a perfect level of dryness and delicate brush of hop bitterness. Soft nuttiness lingers alongside buttery yeast and chalky malt flavors. Flavorful and complexly malty, while being eminently quaffable. An outstandingly-crafted session Mild.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Dark brownish-red with a small white head that leaves a lot of lacing. The aroma is light and slightly fruity with an underlying roasted malt presense. The body is moderately thick and quite creamy with awesome carbonation the seems to perpetually rise throughout the pint. The flavors are pretty nice and offer some nice buttery nut, light dough, caramel and chocolate. At the end you a bitter of raisin and orange. The hops are extremely subtle, leaving the malt to shine through. A tasty, creative offering from Goose Island.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2006
Cask at GI Clybourn, 4/30/2005. Murky brown pour with a good sized creamy tan head. Aroma is nutty and bready, and just a touch floral. Quite flavorful for a small beer, with sweet bready malts with just a touch of fruity tartness giving over to a nutty dryness in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 3, 2004
Made from seconds runnings of a strong brown ale scheduled for release later this year. Has a slightly spicy aroma. It is a medium full amber color with some brown notes. The taste is nice and malty and it finishes with a subtle spicy finish. This is a very nice example of a Mild Brown Ale. There is a fruity yeast component here as well that reminds me a bit of plums and raisins. For a second hand beer this is quite good.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
steview (1030) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 23, 2005
UPDATED: APR 24, 2005 shaker / wrigleyville / i liked this. a slightly spicy session ale. i didnít think it was a brown, rather, i thought it reminded me a bit of guinness--oddly enough. good, dry aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6154) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Named Willieís small beer, Cask at Clybourn and rating #1800! Ruby brown with a small but lasting frothy head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of toasted and bready malts, hints of apple and strawberry, heather, and some walnut. The taste is fruity and displays mild malts. Nice undertone of apple and grapefruit with a touch of pine. Very subdued bitters and mineral notes on the finish. Thin and watery but then itís a 2nd running small beer so that is expected. What is not expected is a fine taste and drinkablity you get from this beer. Truly a session beer if there ever was one. I could pound pints of this stuff if available. Refreshing!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Draft at Clybourn. This is one of the better small beers Iíve had, but itís definitely not a brown ale. More of a pale ale this time. Clear red pour with fizzy head. Taste is full of summit hops (which they used this time), so herbal/grassy and a touch minty as well. Nice clean beer, super sessionable. Definitely a good one.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 6, 2004
Draught; Clybourn Brew Pub: Dark, cloudy brown with hints of orange. Fairly persistent off white cream. Dark chocolatly malt aroma with a good nutty presence and light grainy pears. Metallic twang before a darkly malty bitterness. A solid beer that makes me believe that the ďIBAĒ is going to be awesome, but it is still a small beer and a bit weak compared to what it could be. . .

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5894) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - MAY 31, 2005
On tap at the brewery: Pretty cool style ... although it has a thin consistency, this had an impressive malted candy flavor that grew on me as I went. Sweet, yet solid.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2005
On tap at Clybourn: My first small beer. Pretty much a really light brown ale. Pretty thin, yet I appreciated this because Iím not a fan of browns. Although Iím curious about the Impy Brown. Thanks to Ma Beth.


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