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RATINGS: 280   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Dark brown ale brewed with barley, 10% wheat, hops, plus coriander and candy sugar for complex rich flavor and a finish of tobacco and molasses. Formerly known as Imperial Bootleg Brown.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12545) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2011
Draught@Pike brewpub, Downtown Seattle
Dark red-brown color, good creamy beige head, good lacing. Caramel, toasted malts and sugar, dark fruits (plums) in the nose. Medium-bodied. Candy sugar, plums, figs, caramel, some smoke and Belgian yeast in the flavor. Typical American style dark abbey ale.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike67 (783) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2011
On tap at Pike brewery. Pours hazy brown hue with an off-white head and light lacing. Aroma is of dark fruit, caramel, some Belgium yeast and hints of hops. Taste is of brown sugar, dark fruit, caramel and Belgium yeast. Medium, balanced finish. Nicely made brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rougeau13 (1992) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Dark, clear, reddish=brown with a small tan head. Aroma sweet and strong of caramel, banana, vanilla, molasses and figs. The taste is thankfully a bit milder than the aroma, but it seems like itís just a watered down shadow. The flavor is ok though. The alcohol is pretty well blended and the beer tastes much more balanced than expected, finishing with a nice mild bitterness. Medium bodied, smooth.

1.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
michaelinwa (590) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Very simple, not complex, nothing at all stands out for this beer. Balanced but in a very boring way. I cannot recommend this beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CampesinoTino (757) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Bomber. Pours a dark chestnut color with a thin layer of tan head. The aroma is mostly caramelized sugars along with some banana bread and cloves notes. The flavor blends candi sugars, cloves and dried figs with a little bit of banana, prunes and caramel malt in the background. The body is moderately carbonated with a dry, malty finish and slightly chalky clove aftertaste. Not bad as a dessert beer although a little goes a long way.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 2, 2011
Sampled on 6/2/2011. This American Strong Ale pours a slightly cloudy amber brown color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet, caramel and slightly spicy. A medium bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are fruity, caramel and sweet. Some candi sugar, molasses and tobacco flavors as well. The hops are earthy and floral. Decent carbonation. Nice balance. A touch on the sweet side as the candi sugar and molasses flavor come out more as the beer warms. Nice sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2011
Brown, not much head. Light aroma of fig. All malt - all slightly toasted malt with the feel a bit chalky. Ok, but not really my style either.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6438) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 16, 2011
Bottle won in raffle at Fredfest. Pours dark brown with a decent beige head and a toffee aroma. There is a flavor of treacle, candi sugar and a bit of chocolate. This was probably meant to replicate the Belgian dubbel style, but misses the mark. Nevertheless, a very drinkable brew.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours a darker amber colored body with a finger-width, dense and frothy, khaki head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is a lighter, watered down sweetness with some caramel, bread, coriander, and Belgian yeast. A few banana esters, a touch of raisin, and a faint toast. Flavor is similar. Thin and somewhat watery with sweeter honey bread, caramel, and brown sugar. Coriander, a light earth, Belgian yeast, banana esters, and some dark fruit comes in to balance. Finishes fairly dry with a spicy, light earthy bitterness and a touch of malt sweetness. Medium length aftertaste following a fairly thin, but really smooth body and soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, an okay beer. It has a nice balance and a decent spicy, dark fruit, yeasty flavor, but itís a bit thin all-around. This wasnít bad at all, but Iíd easily skip it next time.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
manuchampions (1236) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 25, 2011
Pours an impenetrable reddish-brown with a small diminishing tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, a little toasty along with toffee, hops and alcohol. Flavour of caramel malt, dark fruit, maple syrup, alcohol and hops. Itís a little boozier then necessary. Medium bodied. It tastes a little like an attempt at a Belgian Dubbel but using a domestic strain of yeast. Curious.


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