harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2013 SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Goose Island Wrigleyville: Not sure if this is the right place for this or not - the beer I had was the barrel-aged imperial brown, but it was listed as 7.2% ABV and 55 IBUS. Anyways, phenomenal beer in many regards. Served in the proper glassware (snifter) but a bit cold. No problem, I had time. Great bronze body and a whipped thick white head. As the beer warms, both the nose and body come alive with a great balance of creamy caramel malt and woody barrel influence. Nicely bitter too, so everything just kind of jives together. Lots of vanilla, mashmellow, raisins, etc throughout. Very nice.
2006, opened with PhineasGage when he was in town.
Pours a nice dark tawny with a fleeting sheet of light tan foam. Smells sweet and rich. Lots of nougat, vanilla, toasted malts and a bit of turbinado. Taste was dark malt, nutty brown character, some oak, a bunch more vanilla, some cocoa (really faint), plenty of oxidized malts and a good leathery tone. Medium on full bodied with a watery feel from the seemingly lower carbonation. Happy to have had it, wouldn’t probably search for it again. jkwood04 (5452) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Sampled at the 2012 American Craft Beer Festival. Pours brown. Hoppy for the style, and a lot of caramel malts. Average texture. A good beer. phaleslu (10336) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2011
(Mislabeled rating from 9/25/09) Poured into a small glass as part of Goose Island beer and cheese tasting at Teller’s in Cincinnati. The Goose Island rep brought bottles and said the ABV was actually lower than 8%, so this isn’t the ’Bourbon’ Imperial Brown Goose. Anyway, this one pours a hazy dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is oak, vanilla, sweet toasted malts, earth, brown sugar, and caramel. However, none of this is too overpowering. The flavor follows the same profile, and once again strikes just the right balance. Medium bodied, smooth, sweet, with mild carbonation. The relatively low ABV is surprising. JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2010
Light brown pour with a thick tan head. The nose has a nice soft spiciness. A little bit of noble character and some interesting light cocoa notes. A mix of toffee and milk chocolate that works quite well with the sort of piny spiciness of the hops. There is a little bit of lightly spicy astringency that starts to come up, but it still works quite well. As it warms up there is a touch of lightly sweet plumminess and a touch of soft earthiness as well. Pretty solid beer. It drinks like a slightly amped up Honkers… it has the sort of spicy/malty balance that I enjoy in that beer so much. ben4321 (6550) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2010
Location: Tap at RnH, 4/17/10
Leighton (21551) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2010
Aroma: The nose is has some fruity notes, booze, and yeast
Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark brown color with a brown head
Flavor: Taste has a sort of Belgian yeast feel, some fruity sweetness, malts, and booze
Palate: The mouthfeel is a bit boozy, yeasty, somewhat Belgian, and with a medium body
I liked this stuff, it felt sort of like a Belgian beer more then a brown ale. The flavor is pretty good. It is on the complex side for sure. Pretty good stuff.
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Pretty decent, although I think this keg may have been a little old. Poured a dark, cloudy brown. Almost no head. Aroma of mild sourness and brown sugar. Some tartness up front, then sweetness, with big molasses flavors, nutmeg, vanilla, graham cracker and gingerbread. Medium bodied, alcohol isn’t too perceptible. Finish is somewhat sweet. Overall, I would want less - or no - sourness and more maltiness. But again, could have been the keg. jake65 (3948) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Draft @ Acadia Cafe: A glistening golden brown with a modest tan head. Wispy lacing. Nose is heavily bourbon and barrel notes, light roast and faint caramel. The taste is bourbon oriented with a light woody note, roast, caramel, butterscotch, and vanilla. What starts off a little one-dimensional, ala bourbon bomb, the flavors emerge as the glass warms. I don’t think it was served too cold, it just was best near room temp. madvike (3271) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2010
On tap at the Brickhouse BBQ in Madison, WI - Dark brown pour, cloudy with a small bubbly brown head. Smells of mild, sweet vanilla, light hazelnut, rich toffee, and lots of sweet notes integrated perfectly with smooth malt and just a touch of booze. Wow. Tastes sweet with lots of caramel, nice vanilla and bourbon notes, and a touch of cherry.The bourbon is sweet, subtle, and not distracting--this is what barrel aging should do to a beer. Absolutely fabulous. troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2010
[Tap] Pours a opaque dark brown color with a thin tan head. Heavy and sweet aroma of bourbon, vanilla and hazelnut. Molasses and butterscotch backbone in the taste. Some roasted coffee and cocoa round it out. An earthy and woody finish. A good amount of noticeable alcohol keeps this beer from getting cloying. This stuff was pretty darn good! thornecb (5952) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2010 Pours deep brown into a wine glass. Head quickly recedes to hug rim. Pit fruit aromas. Strong sweet bourbon upfront Crisp with lasting bourbon-soaked raisins and plums.