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RATINGS: 1038   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 64   EST. CALORIES: 235   ABV: 7.83%
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WTF Ale. A malty, robust, jobless Recovery Ale! Weíre not quite in the Red, or in the Black... Does that mean weíre in the Brown?

A big Olí Imperial Brown Ale to help you with your slipperly slide on into springtime. Rich, smooth, dangerous & chocolatey.

Alc. 7.83%
O.G. 1.072
64.20 I.B.U


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (5196) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 28, 2010
22oz bottle pours a transparent, deep mahogany brown with a creamy white head. Nice hoppy, citrus aroma, caramel, metal, flowers. Sweet flavor, more hops, citrus, caramel, nuts. Full bodied.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (3879) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2010
On tap flying saucer. Pours a dark ruby with a creamy light tan head with good sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is sweet malt with raisin. Medium mouthfeel with a bitter hop taste with caramel. Hides alcohol well making it easy to drink. A good american strong ale from real ale.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nephilium (1410) - Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Nice piney hop aroma to start off. Pours a clear reddish amber, with a dusting of off white head. Nice caramel malt, with a hop bite. Easy drinking. I will definitely pick up more of this.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (3830) - - MAR 27, 2010
22oz bottle. clear deep rusty red under a medium sized, frothy, off-white head. aroma of pine, caramel, lemon, orange. a nice burnt caramel flavor to this one. a hint of roast. toasted malts. plenty of hops in here lend to a piney, citrus flavor. medium bodied with hidden abv. while still not straying far from what i consider lagunitasí ASA/IPA "comfort zone" this one has some unique character with the toasty malts. i have to say i really enjoyed this. great job...but how bout a hefe or CA common next time!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5077) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2010
UPDATED: APR 11, 2011 Sampled on draft at Headkeepers in Greensburg PA this beer poured a brown color with orange highlights and a large khaki head that lingered and produced good lacing. The aroma was faint with brown sugar and fruity hops present. The flavor was bitter fruity hops with hints of toasted malts, bubblegum and citrus. The finish was long, malty and fruity. Medium body.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bluejacket74 (1385) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2010
22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch off-white head. Had retention is OK, lacing is good. Nice aroma, the beer smells like chocolate, caramel, toffee, and pine and citrusy hops. The brew tastes like caramel malt, citrus (grapefruit) and pine hops, bready malt, and some chocolate and brown sugar. Great balance between the hops and malt in the flavor of this brew, although I think the hops flavors are stronger. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit slick with light/moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, itís very smooth and easy to drink. I think this is a good overall brew. Iíll definitely buy this again, especially considering the low price (I think it was just $4.99 a bomber). Thatís another reason I like Lagunitas a lot, they have great beer at affordable prices.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2191) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAR 27, 2010
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a amber-brown color with a small khaki head that slowly recedes to a fine film. The aroma is soft with sweet roasted malts, rye and yeast. The flavor is hops forward with biter walnuts, sweet roasted grains, brown sugar and lightly salty crackers. The palate is full and smooth, with lively carbonation. The finish is long and biter-sweet. Overall: A very fine ale, thanks Lagunitas.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
popery (1455) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Bottle, home. Good strong ale. Lagunitas decided to go maltier than usual with this beer, and it works pretty well, though I prefer their hop-centric offerings. The beer pours a deep reddish brown, maybe ruby... is that a real color? Thereís not much head on my pour perhaps because Iím drinking it a bit warm. The aroma has a whole mess of well-developed malt notes with some nice piney, citrusy hops. Thereís a bit of chocolate, but Iím getting more caramel fruit flavors with touches of rye spice and nuts. The flavor is a rich and could have easily gone too sweet but hops and yeast keep the malt in check. Full, thick feel. This beer drinks bigger than its abv. Another nice one from Lagunitas.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Sampled at a local beer tasting event -- served in a champagne flute. The website classifies this as an Imperial Brown Ale. Dark mahogany brown color, thick head, good lacing. Citrusy grapefruit hops smell. Initial taste is of citrus, grapefruit hops similar to an IPA, but evolves to an caramel malt flavor as well. Medium bodied, well carbonated. The malt and hops interaction makes this a very interesting beer, something complex enough to sip slowly, yet bitter enough to drink in lieu of an IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5704) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Market - 22 oz bomber. Dark copper pour with a sticky, khaki colored head that leaves a nice coat of lacing. Fresh, floral aroma with hints of spruce and passion fruit. Flavor has that patented Lagunitas citrusy IPA flavor with a a little more sweetness than bitterness this time around. Pick up the same passion fruit I found in the aroma, finishes just a tad weak and artificial. Keep pumping íem out Lagunitas - Iíll keep buying íem!


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