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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The Barn Owl Imperial Brown is brewed in the style of southern English brown ale, only much stronger (7.9% ABV). A myriad of specialty malts impart a smooth, layered flavor with notes of chocolate, caramel, and biscuit shining through. The perfect beer to celebrate the beginning of spring.

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (4999) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - FEB 11, 2017
Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a semi-dark brown color with a fingers worth of off-white foamy head that dissipated at a decent pace. Spider-web lacing slides into the beer nicely. The aroma takes on smooth crisp sweet nuttiness rolling over a sweet bready/biscuity soothing quality. Sly milk chocolate. Some caramel malt. Quick earthy hops underneath. The flavor blends the sweet malty notes over the earthy hops, remains sweet all throughout. Smooth silky nutty sweet to chocolatey aftertaste rolling into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Oddly enough, the ABV doesnt seem to hit hard. Soft carbonation. Overall, imperialized brown ale, yes, thats exactly what this is. And makes for a nice one to have in the winter despite if this says it comes out in the Summer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (5097) - BELGIUM - DEC 29, 2016
Bomber bought at Amsterdams BeerTemple and shared with Craftmember at his place. Strong English-inspired but heavily Americanized brown ale, opening with a lot of pressure and even slight but completely manageable gushing. Towering high (inches thick even with careful pouring), regular, creamy, dense, papery lacing, pale beige head over a hazy mahogany brown beer with warmer burgundy hue. Aroma of chestnuts and chestnut sauce, marmelade, strawberry wine, caramel, biscuit, toffee, something vaguely sweaty, fresh fig, Sultana raisins, honey cookies, soggy toast, hay, iron. Old raisins and dried fig sweetness in the onset but restrained, paired with an elegant, dim blackcurrant sourishness; rounded, smooth mouthfeel. Very light metallic touch in the middle, accompanying a nutty, eventually toasted bitter malt profile, a bit creamy thanks to a caramelly sweetish edge, but otherwise bone dry in its general flavour. This dryness is further accentuated in the finish by a herbal and mildly peppery hop bitterness with spicy and even dried grapefruit peel-like properties; alcohol remains well hidden. Elegant, tasty beer, very typical for the modern American interpretation of the old English brown ale. Enjoyed this.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stchloe (1007) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2016
Great brown ale, nice full body sweet malts chocolate and well balanced by bitter good coffee flavors

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (3133) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2016
Chocolate, roasted malts, light molasses. Deep brown pour. Bittersweet finish. Enjoyable but a full pint is difficult.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabuzzer (735) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - FEB 5, 2016
650ml bottle. Nutty brown colour, very frothy tan coloured head that lasted to the end of the glass. Bready, malty aroma, caramel in there too. Taste is caramel, slightly treacly with a sweet fruity finish. Alcohol on the finish too

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
__Rb81 (787) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2016
Bottle at home (bottled 08/14/14). Pours brown with a beige head. Massive chocolate aroma, light roasted malts, hops, coffee, caramel, nuts. Taste is bitter sweet, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, hops. Dry finish, aftertaste of chocolate with roasted and hoppy bitterness. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OllieBBommel (1531) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2015
[email protected] Appearance: clear ruby brown with light beige head. Aroma: hops, malt, vague chocolate, caramel. Taste: bittersweet. Palate: smooth, dry, medium bitter body, low carbonation. Overall: nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (47622) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2015

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ [ Danish Ratebeer Summer Gathering 2015 (TEODRBSG15) ] - fonefan & Brugmansia House, Denmark.

[ As Alameda Barn Owl Imperial Brown Ale ].
ABV: 7.2%. Clear medium to dark brown color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, dark malt, moderate roasted and chocolate, moderate hoppy. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, hoppy and malt bitter, dark malt, light chocolate. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20150829]

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Erasmus_ro (2820) - Alabama, USA - OCT 17, 2015
650ml bottle. Pours a reddish dark brown with a small, beige head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, light roast, breadiness, light red fruits. Taste is coffee, chocolate, light roast. Light fruitiness and nuttiness. Surprisingly light. Alright.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (11374) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 29, 2015
22 oz bottle. Bοttleδ 14/08/14. 7.2%. Thanks Timo A! Clear dark red color with a small light tan head. Nuts, dry malt, dry hops and dryness in the aroma. Sweetness, caramel malt, sugar and mild bitter hoppiness in the flavor. If you like brown ales this is your stuff - big time! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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