RATINGS: 169   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 396   ABV: 13.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Imperial Brown Ale.
The first beer brewed for the barrel aging program and has been brewed every year since. Originally named after an experimental variety of hops but now brewed with US grown Fuggles which are earthy and resinous. A lean, simple barley wine brewed to showcase barrel flavors with massive bourbon barrel notes that morph as the beer warms in the glass.
2017: 13.2% abv

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3.8
kambei70 (1085) - - JUL 16, 2017
Hazy mahagony body with a small beige head. Aroma of dried fruits, caramel, molasses, vanilla, alcohol, bourbon, wood, coconut notes. Sweet flavor that ends up being slightly more dry and with a trace of bitterness. Medium to full bodied, oily texture and flat to soft carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
ffaoe (806) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2017
malty aroma with notes of vanilla. brown/red in color with nice head. taste has notes of chocolate, raisin, faint vanilla and molasses.

3.9
Stuu666 (13649) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2017
Bottle at the hanging bat. Pours clear ruby, nose is toffee, vanilla, caramel, taste is chewy, sweet, caramel, dry wood, roasty, bitter.

4
RichTheVillan (7936) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2017
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; dark brown pour with a creamy tan head, aroma has vanilla, dark chocolate, taste has vanilla, dark roast hints of coconut, sweet toffee, some bourbon.

3.9
chrisv10 (17795) - DENMARK - JUN 20, 2017
MBCC. Clear dark amber with small tan head. Aroma is malt, caramel, toasted, dark fruit, hop, barrel and grapefruit. Flavour is malt, caramel, toasted, oak, wood, dark fruit, hop, pine, barrel, sweet and medium bitter.

3.7
drpimento (3672) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2017
This is a weird one as the label says 13.2% in the year 2017. So it should be the newer one but it’s the older one. Whatever. Has a funky Dusty kind of foul aroma. Flavors nice fruity caramel although hints of medicine.

3.7
Capa (3325) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2017
Medium Caramel brown with a medium 10 head. Sweet biscuit malt, dark fruits, sweet molasses Caramel, Hot booze. Medium to full slick body. Finish has a sharp and hot alcohol burn. Rather nice but could probably use a little age.

3.9
jcartamdg (3470) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2017
Pours a deep brown with a thin white head. Aroma of caramel, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Taste follows, smooth, sweet with a mild alcohol burn.

3.8
KansaiBeerLvrs (5192) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 12, 2017
I got some good news so I figured I’d celebrate with a Bravo from Firestone Walker. Firestone Walker Bravo Imperial Brown Ale 13.2% Served in a tulip this is a beautiful ruby brown but the tan head vanished too fast for me to get a picture of it. The aroma is sweet molasses and whiskey with some oak plus hints of vanilla. A full mouthfeel and raspy carbonation. The beer is sweet treacle, lots of tannic oak barrel and whiskey. One of the least complex FW Barrel Aged beers I’ve had but smooth and well put together.

4
Nsanders (1150) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2017
Tap at Tap House - Des Plaines. Red brown with minimal head. Vanilla, caramel, bourbon, wood and golden raisin aromas. Woody bourbon flavor. Heavy feel with a sticky feel.


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