RATINGS: 155   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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4.1
trujahwarrior (510) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2013 On tap, pours a medium brown color with a white head that leaves a really small amount of lacing. Smells of caramel, coconut, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Tastes of all the same things in the smell and slighty boozy. Mouthfeel is heavy and oily with light carbonation and a bone bry finish. Overall I thought this was a bit too sweet. Still really good for a barrel aged beer.


3.9
chrisv10 (17299) - 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 (3572) - 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 (3251) - 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 (3407) - 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 (5096) - 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.

4.1
DuffMan (10271) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 5, 2017
Bottle, shared at game night. Deep auburn hue, creamy beige head. Boozy sweet bourbon vanilla, toffee, brown bread, fruit cake, cream, hazelnut, very rich and complex. Fantastic!

4
Camons (12305) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2017
Draught @ MBCC 2017. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of malt, yeast, caramel, bread, wood, bourbon. Flavor is sweet, rich malty, caramel, dried fruit, wood, bready, oak, vanilla, bourbon. Full body, average carbonation, sweet finish with warming alcohol. 130517

4.2
ciocanelu (2463) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - JUN 2, 2017
Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2017, red session. Dark amber color with beige head. Aroma has light bourbon and sweet/syrupy malt. Taste is sweet, really toffee and butterscotch forward and a bit boozy.

3.5
GenDV138 (7225) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 1, 2017
12 oz bottle shared, thanks DCLawyer! Clear brown with beige head. Aromas of malt, whiskey, roast, caramel. Tastes of caramel, malt, whiskey. Not their best of the Proprietors series, bring back Sucaba!

4
pineypower (3295) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2017
Bottle. Pours out dark brown, almost cola color with a small off-white head. Aroma is of oak, bourbon, vanilla, some earth, chocolate, Caramel, deep barrel, cola, light brown sugar and a touch of alcohol. Taste is complex, rich sweet malts, some cocoa powder, light caramel, vanilla, cola, brown sugar, oak, earth, bourbon. Really well done. Another BA winner from Firestone.


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