BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m a big fan of this "Brewer’s Gone Wild" series. I find Tyranena’s normal beers to be a bit pedestrian, but this series of beers is awesome. This addition is very liquor-like (much like North Coast’s Old Stock Ale) and almost outside of beer occasions (I’d drink this when I want liquor). Still, I have a hard time finding fault with this beer.
Appearance is a ruby-brown with almost no head. The beer is clear, but not exactly sparkling. Aroma is like some kind of liqueur-flavored desert...like a cake drenched in brandy. Flavor is very brandy like. This beer has brandy notes the way Old Stock Ale has bourbon notes. The beer doesn’t mask its alcohol well...I don’t know what the ABV is, but I’m guessing its high based on the way it’s warming my belly after only a few sips. Mouthfeel is full and thick, and this beer drinks more like a liquor than a beer. Mouthfeel is thin; the beer almost seems flat which reinforces in my mind its similarity to liquor. Low marks for drinkability, but otherwise, I think this beer is a pretty good addition to this series.
JPDIPSO (5597) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chestnut color with a hue of ruby when held to the light. Small covering of taupe bubbles. LIght grape and apple brandy aromas. Hints of caramel and cookies as well. Light wood and alcohol come out as it warms. After the first taste, I can tell that this is one that you should be in front of the fire with. Light fruit coats the mouth without being cloying. Somewhat stinging, with a mild burn on the tongue (not really a bad thing). Unlike the other barrel aged imperial brown, this has transcends from a imperial brown ale to a strong/old ale or even a barley wine. While perhaps not a thick, certainly a run at Lees Ales.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fairly dark brown, clear body. Frothy good off-white head. Brown ale-ish nose with some light alcoholic vanilla. "Imperial" in the imperial brown comes in the taste; lots of brown ale malt shows up. Dry brandy notes in there too. Mix of sweet malts + sweet brandy yields a mix of berries. There is a solid sweet flavor throughout, just a good mix of the aforementioned flavors, without being too sweet as the dry barrel thing keeps it real. Almost some chardonnay character too. Nice flavor overall, good drink, but lacks some depth that I’d prefer.
drpimento (3123) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured with a light tan head with lots of lace. Hazy brown color. Nose of cookies, malt, caramel, toffee, a tiny bit roasty, nutty, and of course brandy. Flavor is about the same but more intense. The brandy is a great Wisconsin touch. A bit boozy, but it works. Head does eventually disappear. One of the very best browns I’ve ever had! Had this at the Bodega Brew Pub downtown La Crosse.l
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clear but very dark brown body under a tight tan head. Looks good! Noticeable alcohol alongside dark berry malts and wood in the aroma give it a nice old ale feel. The same alcohol shows up throughout the flavor, complimenting sweet brandy and vanilla/chocolate tones. Lighter berry elements help uplift the finish. Alcohol is the theme on this beer but it works in its favor, making it comparable to its liquor or port wine cousins.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured a deeper, translucent brown with a nice initial cap of beige head... settled down to a delicate dusting with a thick ring. The aroma carried sweet brandy the whole way.. with notes of oak, cherries, and darker chocolate... smelled good, but hard to pin down the unadulterated elixir
The flavor had semi-sweet chocolate, some figs, and earth at the core with sweet brandy, oak, and vanilla reverberating across the palate, providing a most intriguing drink... cherries and heavy barrel influence at the long, grainy, and warm finish. Smooth, well-carbonated middle with sharper alcohol and earthy bitterness around the tongue and at the top of the finish. This was a very tasty and unique brew!
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared a bottle with Brewblackhole(Thanks!)Pours a nice dark brown color with a tan head.Wonderful malt aroma,then POW,big waft of smoooth brandy aromas hit ya.Little subtle hints of cherries float in the background.This broad has a wonderful flavors of malt and smooth,smooth brandy with a slight alcohol bite in the end.Great Stuff!
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
All the elements of a brandy barrel are the first things that hit you in the aroma,little whiffs of malt wort, but the brandy, and the wood barrel itself is what gets your attention,head is typicaly low. Taste is again that very wonderful brandy taste,so different then all those bourbon barrels we have been saturated with,with touches of chocolate,hints of cherry,and just a touch of hop bitterness, body is just a hair above medium,wish it would be just a touch meatier,but it still is a sipper ,that lovely brandy barrel taste just lingers like the kiss of a high class broad in your mouth
bboeckl (142) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2008 Bottle at Whitefish Bay tasting. Beer not yet available to general public. She poured a deep dark brown/mohagony. Brandy engulfs my senses, overwhelms me- like the smell of a boozed-up old homeless hoboess who spilled dark brown brandy all over her patched-up secondhand-blouse. Her grizzled-old 3-toothed face smiles at me. She is an age-old classic. But somewhere underneath this drenched-old drunkard is a decent woman, an honest woman. a good woman with integrity. But perhaps it was only a matter of time before this once young beauty fell victim to the sweet brown Bourbons like so many fools before her. Maybe it was foolish love or tough luck but whatever her story, I love her as the drunken old fool that she is, and I wouldn’t change her for the world.