RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
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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.

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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WeeHeavySD (3383) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BOLTZ7555 (3021) - 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!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TimE (5451) - 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

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2007
on tap at the SD strong ale fest 06. lots of carmel, brown sugar, molasses, alongside some vanilla, carmel ,and some wood and nuts. decently mellow. probably my fave of the fest

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (4156) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Draft at the brewery at the Firestone 14 Release Party. Nose is bourbon, raisins, oaky vanilla, toffee, and light alcohol. Hazy dark brown with a small tan head. Flavor is bourbon, wood, vanilla, and dark fruit.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2013
I was told this is a barleywine infused with Mexican sugar (panela?). It has a medium brown, almost orange-red color, with a beige/light brown head. The aroma is nice and clean, sweet, and slightly roasted (in more of a brown ale kind of way) with moderate alcohol, and a touch of tart, fruity apple/pear-like hop sweetness. Its very nicely balanced, and I love the idea of a Bravo barleywine with Mexican sugar. The flavor is all the same. Its very cool and wet in the mouth, the kind of barleywine youd drink on a hot summer day, with a little fruitiness to liven up the experience. I love its great, invigorating aroma. Its so nice. This reminds me a little of Sucaba, but more fruity. Maybe its the sugar, I dont know. Its like a wetter, slightly sweeter Abacus. Er, Sucaba. Its really lovely. Thanks to this beer, Firestone Walker is now officially my favorite brewery.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (11058) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2017 "Not really a brown ale anymore in anything other than color. Big, rich, sticky, and sweet, though some toasted characteristics still there. Not very hot for how strong it is! Lots of vanilla and oak, with less brandy, and even less brown ale. Quite good if you dig the barrels." May have had a different version before given that Brandy reference, but this lil 12 oz bottle was legit! Chestnut brown, the all too familiar FW barrel-awesomess...vanilla, oak, caramel, tubanado sugar(?), light booze. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 2, 2006
This was probably my favorite beer at the San Diego Strong Ale Fest. It pours clear dark reddish brown color. The flavor starts out roasty like a brown ale but the sweetness of barrel aging takes over and it finishes brown sugar sweet. Very nicely done


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