RATINGS: 139   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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
PugUglyBrewer (560) - - MAY 13, 2017
Like the perfect woman this one is inviting, warming, soft, yet strong back-boned, sweet, biting, and intoxicating. Thouroughly impressed here, obviously. Dark, reddish-brown color with a loitering head of cream colored foam. A smooth customer with mellow bourbon and caramel and toffee notes underneath. A real winner for FS that compares heavily with the likes of Parabola.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WeeHeavySD (3386) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2009
My god this an amazing beer. And all I have to say is that I disagree with highlandlad in many ways. Had 2, 8 ounces glasses of this amazing brew and I cant believe its not bottle yet. Pours black with no head. Nose is super bourbon with a lot of nice sweetness. Taste is exceptional, a true bourbon beer, Epic, EPIC, EPIC. The bourbon really works with the beer and its not boozy, its very balanced between alcohol and flavor. So damn good!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Its evident from the ratings that this years is a lot better than years past. This monstrosity pours brown with a thick halo of light tan, somewhat lacy. Nose is literally insane..thick as fuck for a brown ale of any kind, with big notes of bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, and chocolate but super thick and creamy beyond belief. Flavors are like the nose...thick, creamy vanilla custard, chocolate mousse, soft but evident bourbon. This is by far the best brown ale that I have come across. holy shit.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mrnoluv (348) - long beach, California, USA - MAR 6, 2017
Murky brown/swamp water color, the smell is fructose, caramel, brown sugar, sweat/malt, hint of butterscotch/apricot, very complex! The taste is just the same complex as hell!!!!!! The range of tastes is so many you name it, its there. Bold ABV, sweetness, hint of bitterness, raisins, dark fruit, sodium...This a very good strong ale, one of the best I have ever had.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bulk_Carrier (5924) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - MAR 10, 2017
Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a semi-transparent ruddy dark brown looking color with no head nor lace. The aroma had a wonderful blend of sweet toasty malts - subtle bourbon/woodiness, a touch of vanilla, smooth caramel to toffee blissful malts and a touch of tobacco. Sly earthiness at the end. The flavor melds the sweet to the earthiness in a super smooth manner encasing the woodiness to the backdrop and evenly lets it all blend on into the aftertaste to roll right into a nice semi-sticky sort of finish. On the palate, this one sat about medium bodied with a fine sipping quality about it. Somewhat low carbonation but that just seems to allow the woodiness to dryly tame the gathering of the smoothness on my tongue. Overall, a superb English strong ale, I say. Doesnt seem hoppy enough to be American styled, still, Im not arguing on this fine gem of a beer. A true late Winters sipper sure to please the maltheads.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 26, 2017
This is a truly remarkable beer...designated an imperial barrel-aged brown, it is clear why the Anniversary Series is what it is. Such depth. Assertive yet smooth, caramel, honey-baked biscuit, coco, toasted nuts, butterscotch, vanilla, and wood are all present. Raisin and dates also show their way to the palate. Thick, hint of molasses both in flavor and viscosity. Another incredible addition by a top 5 brewery!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DiarmaidBHK (4654) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2017
Draft at Thirsty Moose Portsmouth. Pours dark brown with an inch of khaki head. Leaves trace lacing in the glass. Huge bourbon notes on the nose. The bourbon rounds out the nutty notes and gives it a bit of smoothness. Hides its booze well. Very easy sipper. Nice!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (9175) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2017
Cloudy amber-brown with a thin sticky light beige head. Big delightful Barleywine-esque nose with nice sweet fruity dark tones of date and raisin with some bourbon Barrel woody undertones and a little earthy roasty depth. Big full and mellow flavor thats brown malty with nice bourbon and oak nuances with light caramel and light toffee, a little kiss of dates, and a semisweet warm cocoa finish. Really pleasant.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TimE (5714) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 16, 2007
Its hard to believe this is a brown ale. The only thing similar I have had is Hakusekikan Brown Ale, which is equally as nice IMO. Dark brown color, molassess, brown sugar, truffles, caramel, brandy and milk chocolate come off the nose. The mouth reminded me of a top notch espresso with ample caramel syrup and frangelico, dusted with cinammon. Slight oaky character that doesnt add or distract. Cinammon chocolately finish. Amazing. Age has helped this beer. Alcohol is not noticable at all.

4.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wagman (14) - - MAR 17, 2013
On tap at the brewery. Tons of coconut, vanilla taste. Huge bourbon flavor. Sweet like brown sugar. Warming alcohol down the throat. Awesome rare beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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