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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PugUglyBrewer (765) - - 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
WeeHeavySD (3387) - 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 can’t 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
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 14, 2009
It’s 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
Mrnoluv (358) - 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, it’s 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
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - 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. Doesn’t seem hoppy enough to be American styled, still, I’m not arguing on this fine gem of a beer. A true late Winter’s sipper sure to please the maltheads.

4.5
zoucrew102 (2058) - - 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.

4.5
RRistow12 (931) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2017
Tasted from bottle. Pours a slight hazy ruby brown with off white head. Huge robust aroma. Lots of molasses, caramel, toffee, nutty, dates, raisins, bourbon, cocoa. Taste is moderate to heavily sweet. Flavors similar to aroma with some more bourbon and earthy notes. Hides ABV incredibly well. Just an excellent beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
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
DiarmaidBHK (5715) - 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 it’s booze well. Very easy sipper. Nice!

4.4
onceblind (10327) - 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 that’s 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.


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