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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.75/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 13   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Gianduja Imperial Rye Brown Ale- Pronunciation: zhahn-DOO-yuh. Gianduja is the name given to a European style of chocolate made from milk chocolate and hazelnut paste. This unique rye beer was created with this fantastic European chocolate in mind that starts with a delicately dark malty background that includes four different types of malted rye for an in depth layered rye backbone to start things off. Look for flavors of milk chocolate from the additions of lactose (milk sugar), coco nibs and hazelnut paste added to the brew. 1.076 OG, 8% ABV, 13 IBU’s


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (5875) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2012
750 ml bottle shared by dbsdelight- thanks, Dan, for bringing this back from the swimming trials! Brewed April 2011, bottled September 2011. Bottle 188/500. Pours a deep, semi-cloudy brownish amber with no head. The aroma is a blast of vanilla and butterscotch and smells a lot like creme brulee, with fudge, caramel, hazelnut, chocolate, molasses, and just a faint hint of rye and wood. The flavor is the same- creme brulee, chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla, and the rest of the same notes in the aroma with a little dark fruit. Light-medium bodied, with low carbonation and a sweet, smooth, thin mouthfeel. A little sweet for my tastes but certainly interesting.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2012
bottle. This is the whiskey aged version. Pours brown foamy off white head aroma strong vanilla, coconut, raisin, strong sweet barrel charac, fl strong brown sugar, raisins, vanilla, earthy whiskey notes. long dark fruity finish, thin body. Warming finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours deep brown with tan, fizzy head. Aroma of alcohol, some toast and chocolate. Flavor is much the same with a hint of bitter and a hint of tart and whiskey. Mouthfeel is medium body, fizzy. overall, not bad at all, nice whiskey notes come through.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5660) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2012
a special brew shared by the Victory rep .. . handbottled and hand written label .. . pours a deep brown .. medium foam and lacing .. . light chocolate, touch of whiskey, and tasty wood .. . slick pure mouthfeel .. . wonderfully balanced and enjoyable .. . . I hate it when I laugh and my ass falls off.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (2915) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with yeast flakes with tan head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is butterscotch and honey. Thin mouthfeel with a sweet malt and butterscotch flavor. Easy to drink a very good Grain.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Upstream barrel aged impy brown. 750ml bottle. Bottle 61 of 500. Thanks to drew for sharing this... Pours a deeper muddled cola dark brown hue and topped with a thin to medium fluffy light beige head... Sweet nutty brown formula with vanilla and bourbon notes, a touch of butterscotch which is somewhat expected for the style. A somewhat fluffy texture is purveyed, not a whole lot of heaviness... Subtle buttery and whiskey barrel notes in the flavor which gets more apparent as it warms. Nuttiness and a light chocolate quality is apparent as well. 7/4/7/3/14

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2012

Date: April 01, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, First Sunday
Appearance: clear dark brown with ruby edges, fine beige head
Aroma: sweet candy aroma, chocolate and caramel, vanilla and toffy
Flavor: sweet chocolate candy flavor, caramel and vanilla, touch of butterscotch just adds to the candy character
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***+ /4

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (3646) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 19, 2012
750 thanks to Wes. Bottled Sept 2011. 406 of 500. Nice cocoa tasting body. Soured nosed. Bit of raisin. Vanilla. That slight sweetness must be the lactose. Little bit of whiskey from the barrel. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2012
750 ml bottle shared by Drew. Thanks, bud! The Rye Barrel version.. See ratings for it here, assume it’s all as such. Pours well hazed brownish ruby hue with a healthy foamy thick light brown head that laces pretty well overall. Aromas are brown malts and oak, touches of spirit, Templeton, and caramel. Toffee, toast, and vanilla. Touche of toast, molasses, and cocoa linger on, faint anise. Initial is medium bodied, offering toast and brown malts up front, toffee and cocoa, gentle anise and more earthy brown malts. Touches of molasses, spirit and oak, vanilla and Rye spirit. Gentle coffee, growing into toast, cocoa dusting, more spirit and gentle heat into the backend. Really inviting, warm and crisp, good toast and dry roast, cocoa, faint coffee. Crisp, vanilla really grows as the barrel element takes over into middle and finishes well. Quite nice. Templeton gives it’s own unique play and spice.. Gives some reminders of Pullman Reserve, but I still prefer that to this. A bit sweet.. Some gentle dark fruit.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (5974) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Sampled from the tap at 2011 FOBAB. Poured a deep brown with an earthy brown head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma was full of dark grains with some sweet chocolate and a hint of rye. Flavor was similar with dark grains and sweet chocolate backed by a hint of bitter chocolate and rye.


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