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RATINGS: 165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Series   ABV: -
Imperial Brown Ale aged in brandy barrels. Dark brown and full-bodied. Sweet Brandy and oak accented aroma and flavor. A Wisconsin Original.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Bottle - I’m honestly forgetting who this is from, but I think I have a couple of bottles from a pair of fine traders - thanks! Dark brown color with a small head. Aroma has some sweet brown sugar, candy, brandy and oak. Flavor is a pleasantly sweet and woody mix of caramel, brown sugar, candy, oak/woody brandy, and chocolate. Nice, smooth mouthfeel that isn’t overdone. Very unique and tasty beer from a brewer that really makes some unique, high-quality stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5870) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Bottle - courtesy of hopdog. Thanks Steve! Murky mahogany pour. Small fading tan head. Nose is sweet and candyish. Some chocolate, dark malts and alcohol as well. Taste is delicious! Brandy notes, some candy, sweet malts, woody notes, chocolate, and some nutty flavors as well. Body is thinner than I expected. Sort of a fizzy carbonation to this as well. Otherwise this goes down easy with a mild alcohol warmth. Finishes with more candy notes, brandy sweet malts, chocolate, wood, and nuttiness. This is great! I could drink this all night!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Thanks to yjb for sharing this gem! A slightly hazed brown with a thin tan film of a head. Biggish alcohol with that alcoholic sweetness. Rather sweet. Full dark malt, chocolate particularly. Some strawberry maybe? Low carbonation. Not much viscosity, but not watery, perhaps a session style? Big sweet beer! Balanced with alcohol and fruity oak. Strawberry again? Big dark malt, nothing roasty, it’s a all chocolate and caramel. Lingering tannins. I hate brandy, but apparently I love brandy barrel aged beers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (7072) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2008
Bottle (12oz) shared with HogTownHarry & GregClow -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a hazy amber-brown with little floaties and an average size diminishing tan head. Aroma of wood, vanilla, sweet fruit, chocolate, alcohol and hops. Nice flavour of brown sugar, wood, roasted caramel, hops, alcohol and more -- mmm, so drinkable. Medium bodied. Can feel the alcohol but I can’t really taste it, it’s quite well hidden. Very good stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yjb (113) - Davis, California, USA - JAN 2, 2008
YUmmmMY! f(brandy barrel, porter, brandy barrel X porter) = great > f(bourbon barrel, imperial stout, bourbon barrel X imperial stout). filmy carbonation, oak. YESSS

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (10879) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Thanks to MIBRomeo for the trade. This beer pours a mostly opaque dark mahogany color with a medium thick and foamy light beige head that diminishes pretty quickly. Thin top ring of lacing with spots underneath. Wood, malt and touches of alcohol in the nose. Full-bodied with a strong chocolate malt character. Hints of plum, alcohol and roasted malt flavors as well. The finish is chewy with a resonating brandy flavor and a light hops aftertaste. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2007
bottle. Hazy coppery-red pour...small beige head. Nose is bourbony...a little oaky..with a slight vanilla malt hint. Medium bodied....flavor is some alcohol, caramel malts, light fruits. The bourbo-whiskey edge increases as it warms...lightly bitter toward the end. Tasty!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2007
Smells like dirty, mustylaundry and soggy cardboard. Flavor has some maple, molAsses and caramel. It tastes like a very malty barleysine. There’s a decent nuttiness with some chocolate, like a bad candy bar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (3076) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2007
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & blankboy - HogTownHarry’s bottle. Hazy brown-amber with a few little floaties. Aroma of chocolate malt, oak, nuts and brandy - very nice. Medium mouthfeel. Flavour starts with brandy sweetness, with hints of chocolate and caramel, and a warm, woody finish. Very nice - one of the better barrel aged beers I’ve tried in a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2007
The body is a brooding, cloudy, dark brown hue with cascading sheets of micro-bubble carbonation. A small, fizzy, off-white head settles to a thin film with a prominent rim. The aroma is rich, complex, and inviting. Caramel, nougat, brown sugar and root beer comprise the malty base, while oak, vanilla, brandy, and cherries emerge to complete the nose. The flavor is very similar, with various rich, complex malts revealing themselves as they roll over the tongue. Heat from the brandy lingers, as do moderately spicy hops. Similar to a smooth, medium-full bodied barleywine. Refreshing and easy to drink despite what is obviously a high ABV. Really nice, despite the alcohol heat.

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