Ethereal (2471) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Bottle at ChrisO’s Back in the UK tasting, 22nd May 2010. Reddish amber with a strong pineapple nose. Light, fresh palate. Flavour is a fierce clash of sweet malt and some intense hops. To my mind, this is a dark, dry IPA rather than a brown ale. There’s a woody note in there too. Interesting beer. portableparty (2384) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2012
22 oz. bottle. Pours brown with a off white sudsy head that fades to a soapy collar. Aroma is roasted malt some coffee. Taste has subtle hops and spice/pepper notes and a strong coffee and roasted malt flavor all around. Palate is medium somewhat slick and finishes dry. Solid brown ale with strong notes of what counts, in my opinion! legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Poured a very murky, but nice deep brown colour. Lasting khaki head. Nice malt elements held together trough out. dfearnley (2316) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 11, 2016
Bottle to pint glass
Consummation: A spicy and very malty brew.
Adjunct: A touch of skunk, bitter ending, long lasting creamy head. Bule (2255) - California, USA - OCT 10, 2013
22oz bottle pours a brown color without much head. Lots of maltiness and a good dose of hops with a mild sweetness. The hop bitterness lingers.
BroSpud (2244) - , Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2012
22oz bottle. Pours medium brown with a slight white head. Nice tasting brown with big malt flavors that were not overly sweet and some very subtle hops underneath. POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2014
Very hoppy brown ale (Imperial Brown Ale), light notes of brown sugar. Nice head and Aroma. dcschiller (2211) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2011
(22oz bottle from Total Wine Desert Ridge). Pours a clear (when held to light) dark brown/mahogany color with chunky 2 finger tan head that leaves some lacing. Active carbonation. Aroma has some nice chocolate, caramel along with some pine and citrus. Taste is semi-sweet with some light, but up-front bitterness that is almost smoky. Thin bodied with an oily texture. Bitter finish. Not bad at all. I wish it were a tad sweeter, but it still works for my tastes. GoufCustom (2174) - HONG KONG - AUG 26, 2016
MaBeer1972 (2163) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 4, 2010
650 ml bomber bottle at abv 6.9% bought at YATA in MOKO, Mong Kok.
Looks: Clear deep amber colour with a thick crust of yeast sediments; Explosive three and a half finger head with crumpety light beige foam which lasts for 4 minutes; Very good sticky lacing with very fizzy carbonation.
Aroma: Very fragrant and spicy rich amber malt, with strong sweet caramel, strong sticky toffee, strong cinnamon, nutmeg, strong dark chocolate, cocoa, citrus, orange, floral, sugar, dark bread, strong yeast, light lemon and grass. Wow!
Taste: Close to medium sweet strong amber malt, with strong roastyness, strong caramel, red fruits, cinnamon, strong spices, resin, wood, floral, molasses, strong dark bread, yeast, strong lemon, quite strong bitter hops and grass.
Body: Mid to full body. Slick, smooth and oozy palate.
Mouth Feel: Strong amber maltyness in a solid and smooth background. Very roasty and Bock-ish. Good red fruit base with lots of caramel, then truck loads of hops take over with strong spices, cinnamon, resins, wood and fresh grass. Moderate sweetness, very dry bready with strong lemon to round. Right on excellent!
Hoppiness: Strong cinnamon, nutmeg, citrus, orange, floral, and grass in nose. Resin, wood, cinnamon, strong spices, floral, strong lemon and grass in taste; Bitterness is strong and dynamic for a lasting, high astringent oozy malty finish.
After Taste: Quite dry. Spicy, oozy and bitter to mouth.
Comments: This IBL sure packs a punch, start with very impressive head, very malty and roasty with reinforced spicy aroma and oozy lemony hops. Malt taste is not as fantastic as the chocolatey aroma but saved by fine cinnamon and woody hoppiness. It works well from start to finish. I love it and I want more!
Bottled version. Overcarbonated into the glass. Had to wait for large gassy head to settle. Color is more like a deep amber than brown. Hoppy aroma. Flavor is dominated by hop layers. They overpower the malts which are hardly noticable. I wish American brewers could learn to brew more balanced brews.