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RATINGS: 1033   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! We’re not quite in the Red, or in the Black... Does that mean we’re in the Brown?

A big Ol’ 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


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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
chickenflea (332) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2010
22-oz bottle. I am really starting to like this style. A beautiful beer. Rich dark and red-tinted with a tall tan head and wonderful lacing and retention. Aroma is all over the place with biscuit, red licorice, prune juice, and vanilla extract. Curiously, I wonder if there isn’t a pinch of Belgian yeast in there as well. The flavor is not so complicated. But it is very pleasant. Heavier fruity malts (there’s that Belgian slant again.) A strong and balancing hoppiness. (I am so used to drinking hoppy beers that this beer seems normal to me.) Taste is consistent. Mouthfeel is medium heavy. Couple with the malt is seems to border on syrupy. The only thing that saves this beer from being a little cloying is a medium carbonation that keeps the beer alive on the tongue. Overall I think this is a really good beer. The label is funny as hell in a political way. Nice job, Lagunitas.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Duhast500 (413) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip glass. The color is a dark black with maroon and dark brown highlights. There is about two fingers of brownish/tan head and small amount of lacing. The smell has a citrus hop aroma that is surprising since the color was pretty dark. There is touches of grapes and figs here that do come out among teases of dark malt. The taste is citrus at first with a big tangerine or grapefruit flavor. There is a flavor of caramel malt that tries to sneak past the hoppy fruit flavor but is pushed back by the return of the hop bitterness toward the end. The feel of this beer is medium bodied and is pretty drinkable but does not seem to be as balanced as intended. It goes down pretty well little effort. With a little age this beer would even out and could be really fantastic. The hops would mellow a little and the malts would be showcased better.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
gschrade (602) - Collinsville, USA - JUL 28, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours brown with a tan head. Taste malt, chocolate, citrus. I thought this was good. I could drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fhoublon (316) - Lachine, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2014
Dégustée (bouteille) le 8 juin 2012 au Mondial de la Bière 2012 à Montréal (D6C3KPPO). Bière brune. Col mince beige crémeux assez durable. Odeur de caramel bien présente, de toffee. Très douce, très sucrée, peu amère. Goût de toffee marqué.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5363) - Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle shared by Tmoney99 in mid 2010. Pours brown in color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have toffee and chocolate notes from the malts combined with some resiny, pine and earthy hops. A solid beer that comes at a reasonable price.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HeistAlmighty (1126) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 2, 2014
650ml bottle. Sticky, off-white head, murky, deep brown body. Cooked apple, dark malt, slight citrus and spice aromas. Taste is a little earthier than I’d prefer, but the dark, cooked fruit and spice up front off set that a bit. Sticky body. Nice for a strong brown, almost like a dubbel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (2863) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2014
bottle. Brown with one finger head. Malty base with the big hops you’d expect from Lagunitas. Good stuff that goes down easy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hockeybeerguy (1952) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 31, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance had a dark brown colored body, yet slightly transparent, two finger white foamy head that lasts a good full three minutes and gently slides in the middle, decent amount of foamy clingy lacing. The smell had a strong caramel malty yet combined very nicely with the hops. The taste had a bittersweetness through the malts and hops leads to a smooth bitter caramel aftertaste, still a quick dry finish. On the palate, it sat about at a medium, somewhat sessionable, carbonation seems pretty good for the style - not too harsh, but still packs it to ya - still its mainly smooth. Overall, good American Strong Ale that I’ll be sure to look for again.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lothore (549) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
A- Pours a ruddy brown hue with a 1.5 finger tan head which sticks around for a while. S- Hops, hops and more hops. Grapefruit with hints of caramel. T- Deep malty goodness runs through followed by a wall of grapefruity hops. M- Medium bodied with medium carbonation. D- An extremely drinkable brew, especially for the price. Lagunitas rarely disappoints and this is no exception.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4069) - Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Rated on 10-23-2010. This bottled beer pours a medium sized beige fizzy head with a short retention, transparent amber body, fizzy carbonation, and a good amount of lacing. The aromas are citrus, pine, bitter, earthy hops, malt, and chocolate. The taste is bitter, malty, chocolate, citrus, and pine hops. The mouth feel is lively and this beer is medium bodied. Wow! This is another tasty beer as the hops are upfront in the aroma and flavor but not overdone. The flavors meet together very nicely. This is a well rounded beer that is worth trying and a beer that I would certainly drink again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 5, 2014
Backlog. Bottle tried @ Green Lion Inn 2011. One of the better ’imperial’ brown ales i’ve had. Haven’t seen it since though.


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