RATINGS: 191   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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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4.3
Voodoo (695) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2017
Pours hazy and the color of the inside of a fig newton......aroma of fig, booze, raisin....taste is sweet dried fig, booze follows, a bit of heat, lingering bitterness of date, fig. Quite a nice brew.

4.5
zoucrew102 (2050) - - AUG 28, 2017
Bottle, 2017 vintage. Rich caramel malt aroma with notes of dark fruit, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Pours rich caramel colored with a thin light brown head that has little retention and some lacing. Starts with rich caramel malt and dark fruit sweetness as well as nice full body and silky smooth mouthfeel. Finishes smooth with excellent vanilla, oak and bourbon flavors with a bit of warming booze at the end. Delicious brown ale that great flavors.

4.2
thorongil2 (3367) - , Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2017
(Bottle) hazy, orange amber colour with a small white head; rich aroma of wet wood, dried fruit, caramel; thick palate; balanced flavour with a long, light bitter finish

3.9
mrjez (660) - Osaka, JAPAN - AUG 20, 2017
2017 bottle. Pours a murky brown with suspended particles, small dark beige head. Sweet bourbon and oak aroma, caramel and dark fruit. A flavour of earthy caramel with what seems like brandy, before becoming more bourbon in the finish. Plenty of oak, a touch of vanilla and nut. Sweet and warming, pretty full feel but slides over the palate with drying bitterness. Not as rich and complex as expected, but a lovely warming sipper.

3.8
hawthorne00 (4071) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2017
Dark brown, beige head is soon a bare coat. A: Dark sugars, bread and lots of Bourbon and oak (pepper, vanilla, char) 7-8 It’s nice but is as much marinade as beer. 7 But there’s a lot more beer on the palate. It is very sweet but has some malty depth and relegates the Bourbon to prominent part of the conversation. Bread, caught toffee, some fudge. Bitterness is firm (& a tad earthy and spicy) and there’s that and a bit of booze (not much, considering) at the end.

3.7
Jrwhitney6 (503) - - AUG 14, 2017
From bottle in Rehobeth at beach house. Pours a hazy chestnut color. Nose is yeasty and alcohol. Taste is loaded with caramel sweetness, some nuttiness, and it lingers on the tongue for a while with some alcohol. Good stuff - though not sure how many I could drink given sweetness (and alcohol content). ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
TheBeerGod (6253) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2017
Bottle. 2017 vintage. Hazy, particle speckled ruby-brown with a short tan head. Aroma is very chocolaty, malty and caramel-laden. Taste is slightly hoppy with big caramel, chewy malt, light chocolate, candy bars, soft booze and chocolate covered nuts. Body is medium with a dense, creamy carbonation. Ends with more caramel, sweet malt, toasted grains, soft hops, booze and chocolate covered nuts.

3.4
maley1 (1301) - Calgary, CANADA - AUG 7, 2017
Dark brown pour with tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, bourbon, caramel and hops. Taste of roasted malts, vanilla, caramel, hazelnut, bourbon and hops. Full bodied, medium carbonation, bourbon masks the true flavors of this beer. I love big beers but the alcohol heat on this was too much.

4.4
MarcoDL (5306) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 6, 2017
Bottle. #5000! Dark brown pour. Aroma of delicious bourbon vanilla, oak, ripe fruit, caramel, fudge, raisin, butter and malt. Flavor has thick lucious bourbon vanilla, oak, caramel fudge, raisin, caramelised malt and a really long delicious bourbon finish. Absolutely fantastic, the bourbon really shines. Onward to the next 5k!

4.3
vyvvy (6639) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 31, 2017
It pours chestnut brown with a white head. The aroma has rich toasted malt, brown sugar, toffee and alcohol. It has a full body with soft carbonation. The taste has rich caramel, walnuts, vanilla, earthy hops and wood with lingering spice. Excellent.


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