koleminer20 (3704) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2016 satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
aroma is floral hops hidden beneath cleaner malts, very low caramel with almost no sweetness despite wonderfully caramelized color and active carb. flavor is odd herbal sweetness, brown sugar up front with a bitterness that lingers later. an odd bird of a brown ale.
From notes. Had this one at Dan’s in Saline. Jacob pulled this one out of Dan’s basement stash for us. 12 oz bottle. The one pours a very thin and watery brown with a light tan collar of head. There is no lace with this one at all. The aroma on this is incredibly sweet. There is a little caramel, some dark fruits, maybe some chocolate and a hint of nuttiness. It’s hard to pick them apart because it’s just too damn sweet. There is a decently oxidized cardboard happening as well, so this one might be long gone. The flavor is all malts. Amazingly sweet, not in a good way. This one almost borders on the verge of cloying. I find it hard to believe that they make this stuff every year. The mouth feel is thin and watery with a lack of much carbonation and a lingeringly sweet, malty finish. I’m not a fan of this at all. I think Dark Horse needs to re-visit their agreement with Arbor on this. blackflag321 (689) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Interesting concept: two brewers using the same recipe. Unfortunately, it resulted in a confused outcome: syrupy, heavy on the palate and pretty boring. ICEatALAMO (1350) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Bottle. Pour is a light brown. The aroma has mostly roasted nuts, and some sweetness. The taste is interestingly sweet. Better than I was thinking, but far from a normal "strong ale". mikem409 (2027) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2013
bottle. pours brown thin head. aroma of old maple and stale nuts. taste is thin like a brown ale with syrup, think its past its prime madmitch76 (25009) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2013
18th July 2011
hopdog (12673) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Hazy red - amber beer, small pale tan head. Semi soft dry palate. A little toffee malt. Fruity coca cola. The fruit is complex and sweet. Minerally dry finish. Comes over quite Belgian - lacks a bit of body but a nice beer.
12oz bottle. Poured a brown color with a small sized off white head. Caramel, roast, and dark fruits. Chocolate in the tastes too. Sweeter than the Arbor version (side x side comparison). Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Pours bubbly amber in color with a beige head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is light sweet malts again like the arbor. The flavor brings some sweet and almost a bit of tang on the malts with a light bitter hoppy dry ending, not so pleasant on my palate though. libertine (433) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2012
pours a murky brown with a tan head.aroma is sweet and malty.actually smells a lot higher in abv than it is.taste is malt,dried dark fruits and burnt sugars.has a fully body and a thin syrup mouthfeel and a very long bitter finish.this is one of those beers where you just dont know what to say about it.its not horrible,but in the same token its not good.
seymour (2057) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Shared at the Royale gathering last night, thanks Blake! Imperial Brown Ale? Old Ale? I dunno, I guess it doesn’t matter because whatever it was supposed to be, it was only so-so. Mushy, residual, oxidized malt sweetness with little or no hops presence. Somewhat sour and harsh. Full-bodied, low carbonation, sticky aftertaste. Eh. phaleslu (10328) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2012
12 oz. bottle shared by bsuedekum- thanks, Blake! Dark Horse version, 2011 release, black cap. Pours a somewhat murky brownish-amber with a small beige head. The aroma is pretty faint, with caramel malts, nuts, raisins, and brown sugar. The flavor is pretty much the same- dark dried fruits, nuts, caramel malts, and brown sugar. Not a whole lot going on here. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel with some grit late. We couldn’t figure out what this was supposed to be; a little research reveals ’imperial brown ale’.