RATINGS: 143   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sbreitman (1) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2017 does not count
Nice brown color. Initial taste of alcohol then hint of bourbon. Malt adds nice body Ann helps to balance the alcohol. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
solidfunk (8676) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 28, 2017
Caramel and roast. Pours brown woth decent head and lacing. Sweet finish. Syrupy and messy. Not my thing like boy band pop. Bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iphonephan (6881) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2017
From a bottle shared at the DC RB gathering Memorial Day weekend 2017. Pours a Clear deep mahogany with an ecru head. Aroma of toffee. Flavors of caramel, oak and vanilla. Smooth, sweet and tasty,

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
borre_m (1625) - NORWAY - MAY 28, 2017
Sample at MBCC. Pours clear dark brown. Aroma is malty, sweet, bread. Taste is sweet, malty, marcipan, balanced.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jookos (6683) - FINLAND - MAY 26, 2017
Mbcc red. Aged whiskey coloured brown clear. Light sweet woody toffeish light roasty nose. Med bodied, intense, longish finish. Dryish finish nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (7456) - Utah, USA - MAY 25, 2017
12oz bottle picked up at Total Wine in Reno
Pours cloudy brown with a small beige head, light lacing. Aroma is dark fruit, caramel, leather and brown sugar. Flavor of toasted malts, caramel, leather, vanilla and woody, whiskey
Tasty

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (4598) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2017
Tap. Hazy mahagony body with a small beige head. Aroma of dried fruits, caramel, molasses, vanilla, alcohol, bourbon, wood, coconut notes. Sweet flavor that ends up being slightly more dry and with a trace of bitterness. Medium to full bodied, oily texture and flat to soft carbonation. A excellent and complex Ale. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (5414) - Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2017
5400th review! 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass; 2017 vintage, bottled on 12/7/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red/light copper/brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, cream, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, brown bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, raisin, cherry, fig, date, and oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malts and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Very minimal booziness in the aromas as it warms. Taste of huge caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, cream, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, brown bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, raisin, cherry, fig, date, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/woody bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, cream, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, brown bread, nuttiness, light chocolate/dark fruit, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/tannic, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden; a small pleasant warmth with mild barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged imperial brown ale! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Perfectly balanced malt and barrel flavors. Great complexity and nicely rich, without being too heavy for the style. Very similar to an American barelywine, but more roasty like a brown ale. Great barrel presence without being overly boozy, tannic, or drying. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (19756) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2017
MBCC. Hazy brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit and alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish with lots of alcohol. Boozy. 130517

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (16046) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2017
Tap @ MBBC, Copenhagen, 2017. Pours brown with a small creamy head. Cinnamon, coffee and nuts. Slick and warming feel..


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