RATINGS: 194   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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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
trujahwarrior (515) - 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
ajnepple (7059) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2017
12 oz single bottle from Mr. B's Wine & Spirits, vintage 2017. Reddish brown colored appearance with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, toasted oak, bourbon, toffee, mild vanilla, light cocoa and a light earthiness. Similar flavor, rich, malty and moderately sweet with big barrels notes and a light bitter balance. Full body with a slight boozy finish. Pretty tasty overall.

3.8
IndianaRed (5031) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 4, 2017
On tap. Hazy deep medium brown. Thin dense creamy tan head. Sweet carmelized boozy aroma. Toasy d malt, some brown sugar and more caramel. Significant ABV burn. Smooth sipper.

4.2
SvanteL (644) - SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2017
Vackert rödbrun med beiget skum.Tydliga bourbontoner i doften plus torkad frukt och nötter. Stor fyllig munkänsla. Söt och fyllig smak med bourbon, russin, inlagda plommon och lite nötter, alkoholhetta kommer på slutet tillsammans med en liten avrundande beska. En riktigt häftiga brown ale.

3.9
Meilby (11692) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 16, 2017
Draught @ Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2017 - Red Session
Pours hazy reddish brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, chocolate and cocoa. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long chocolate, cocoa and caramel finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

4.1
AirForceHops (7806) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 13, 2017
Bottle on premise consumption at Farmhouse Tap &Grill, Burlington, VT. Dark brown color, very light lacing. So much to say but going to keep this brief: Oak/ bourbon is a lasting presence without ever becoming overwhelming. Mild vanilla, coconut, nuts. The barrel enhances the base beer without question. Slight warming after the sip. However, the alcohol is very restrained for the over 13%. Pretty exceptional for a brown ale.

3.5
Cool_Bond (2795) - KUNG_AV_OL @ Instagram, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2017
Scent of oak barrels and dark berries. The same goes for the taste. Okay bitterness that fills the upper part of the mouth to a weak moment. Good beer. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

3.8
Brentv (683) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 8, 2017
From bottle. Pours brown with a tan head. Big dark fruit and bourbon aromas and flavors. Quite sweet. More like a barleywine than a brown. This bottle ought to be shared.

3.8
beer-yum (1890) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 6, 2017
Restrained aroma in a brown pour. Huge sweet marzipan malt balance with a rich dried fruit body and finish. Just a hint of alcohol gives one warning before having another.

4
OminouSC2 (898) - Mora, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2017
Mahogany color, small brown head. Sweet aromas with raisins, dried figs, candy sugar, alcohol, wood, bourbon and caramel. Sweet taste with alcohol, wood, bourbon, dried fruits, sugar, syrup, spices and slight toffee. Warming alcoholic finish. Really good, but a bit too much alcohol.

3.8
thornecb (6060) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2017
2017 bottle. Pours deep mahogany into a tulip. Mocha head with medium retention recedes to hug rim. Sweet caramel, maple, and kirsch aromas. Sweet hot cherries and maple upfront turning to dry, hot maple syrup in the warm, lasting finish.


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