tectactoe (2944) - Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Deep, deep amber & brown with an ecru head that leaves respectable lacing behind. Aroma loaded with chocolate wheat, rich caramel, & burnt brown sugar with an overture of floral hops & delicate pine resins bursting in & out. Like a hopped up, rich brown ale. (That’s the point, right?) Strong nutty flavor, backed with cocoa beans, toffee, & roasted hazelnuts, intertwined with roses, pine leaves, & floral hops. Bitterness hits mid-palate, eventually blunted by a soft, malty sweetness leading to a finish of caramel, dry cocoa powder, & roasted nuts. Hint of citrus peel, too. Strange brew? Maybe. IPA? Brown ale? Why not both? I can see why this is a polarizing brew, but I really enjoyed it.
jake65 (2848) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, courtesy my good friend Steve – thanks! Instant gratification when popping the cap; a robust, nutty and chocolatey dry-hopped scent quickly fills the air. The chestnut brown pour is crisp, topped with a finger of creamy beige head and scant lacing. Solid appearance. The taste is just what I’d expect from a dry-hopped Imperial Brown Ale, you know, based imagination since I’ve probably never had one. Good hop flavor, mostly florals, goes well with the chocolate, nuts, and roast. Robust, earthy, and perhaps a little rye. Something I wouldn’t drink a lot of, but a solid entry in the cleanup slot and it’s really hitting the spot right now.
venom666 (499) - Elche, SPAIN - MAY 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2014 Dark brown color. Brown sugar, chocolate and liquorish aroma. Raosted coffee and a little bit of hoppiness on the taste.
mgajdaczewa (762) - Katowice, POLAND - MAY 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
W aromacie sporo chmielu, lekkie owoce tropikalne, drewno i kawa, wszystko razem ładnie skomponowane. W smaku wytrawne, struktura kremowa, posmak drewniany z lekkim orzechowym muśnięciem, goryczka porządna z owocowym posmakiem, na finiszu lekka kawa zbożowa i goryczka chmielowa. Doskonały balans, dobrze ukryty alkohol. Bardzo solidne, złożone piwo.
melush (1156) - SPAIN - MAY 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botella de 35,5 cl, adquirida en www.biirkonnen.com. Color marron. Sabor a malta, chocolate, ligeramente dulce.
ej (912) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - APR 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a coppery amber with a toffee colored head. Aroma is pine and malts. Hints of toast and bisquit. Taste is lightly sweet. Quite malty but also has a floral bitterness to it. Medium body and carbonation.
rumproasts (3575) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. Brown with one finger head. Rich brown ale with a big hoppy finish. Sweet with caramel, chocolate and toffee initially. Then the hops hit. Good stuff indeed.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy dark brown color. There’s about one fingers worth of off-white colored head. The head has a nice texture, decent retention, and leaves some nice rings of lacing behind.
S: The hops here are pretty spicy, but a bit faded. Therefore, that leaves the malt to do much of the heavy lifting - in this case, it’s a dry and nutty backbone instead of a sweet and fruity one. Just a kiss of dark fruit exists behind the malt/hop mixture. Its aroma doesn’t work amazingly, but it does work solidly.
T: Going by the flavor profile, the hops - in their current state - only act as a ballast for the maltiness. It starts with a combination of molasses and a kiss of Centennial hops, and finishes with a decent amount of licorice, and a minor raisiny undercurrent. While not all the flavors (read: the licorice) fully appeal to me, it is a mildly complex, balanced brown ale.
M: The feel is rather thin, with a little bit of lingering sweetness. There isn’t much carbonation here, either. Nonetheless, the slender, slightly flat feel gives it great drinkability for 8%.
O: Nothing too special here. Basically, it’s just a decent, easy drinking brown ale the does a good job of belying its alcohol content. I wouldn’t seek this out, but I’d gladly kill this six pack with minimal effort.
Bov (10123) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
from Erzbierschof - fully cloudy brown beer with a modest foam left; solid hoppy aroma of marzipan and quince marmalade, plum; a good malt body, slightly dry and fairly bitter; long malty caramelish and fruity flowery hoppy finish
CutSteel (10) - - FEB 16, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The beer has a caramel, toasted, bready aroma. Pours a dirty golden color, hazy with a small amount of off white head. Taste is slightly sweet with some bitterness. Odd combination. Medium body with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Overall, this is a well brewed beer but imperial brown ale, mixing sweetness and bitterness is an odd combination.
The beer is advertised as only 19 IBU, but the Carabrown malt used in the brewing process lends significant burnt, toast, toffee flavors that provide much more perceived bitterness.