bhensonb (15601) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours a reddish copper with a 3 finger foamy beige head. Aromas of malt and oak with a hint of smoke. Medium body with foamy carbonation. Fairly smokey, malt is covered by bitter, not sure I get honey, but kandi could be. There is a woody astringency. Seems to be a hint of chocolate. There’s a lot going on here, and it seems to change over time. Really tasty ale. Heat is definitely not an issue. Well done. thornecb (6018) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Pours light mahogany into a trappist glass. Off-white head recedes leaving spot lacing. Honey and oak aromas. Full with upfront oak turning to brown sugar in the middle and a lasting bitter smoked resin finish. Panzuriel (2333) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Beer pours a rich red brown with a thick head of tan fine bubbles. Nose is mild floral hops and maybe some caramel malt. A hint of alcohol sweetness is also evident. First sip is creamy and only slightly sweet malt. Dryer than anticipated. creamy body. Faint bitters on finish. nice warming kick from the alcohol. dchmela (3078) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Dark brown brown pour with a thick off white head. Malty, toffee aroma with great earthy hops. Smooth malt, caramel, dusty earthy hops in the taste. Very clean finish with caramel hints. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 21, 2010
THOUGHTS: The beer had a lot of great components, I’m just not sure how well they all worked together. Hid the alcohol until the finish. It became less appealing as time went by. I would love to try the individual beers that mad up this beer, because there were hints at greatness, but they only poked through the muck. It was ever changing. It wound up being almost a Black IPA.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dark red that looked orangey in the light and brown in the glass with beautiful carbonation and a large, foamy head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma had light caramel; lighter roasted malt; heavy pine, citrus and orange hops; and brown sugar. The initial flavor was sweet, slightly acidic and slightly bitter; while the finish was heavily sweet and heavily bitter with a long duration. There was milk chocolate, pine hops, dark chocolate, spruce hops, roasted malt, orange, yeasty, caramel, dried apricot, citrus hops and resinous hops. Very nice balance. The medium to full body was a bit syrupy, but actually rather creamy with lightly fizzy and tingly carbonation and a metallic and moderately alcoholic finish.
jake65 (3982) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Bottle: Dark bronze pour with a finger of creamy beige head. Sweet nose of citrus and malts, light bready/rye note. Sweet and hoppy taste up front with citrus and florals. Dries out with more florals and more the the bready rye. Finished with a lingering sweet citrus and caramel taste. Very nice. lucklys (62) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2011
It poured a murky brownish-red, reminiscent of an old penny, and sported deep ruby red highlights in the sun. If it was murky initially, it seemed to clear as it warmed, which makes me wonder if it was a little too cold. A heavy - but fluffy - off-white/beige head built to just over a finger thick and dissipated gradually, leaving sticky spots of lace along the glass and a thin collar surrounding light patches in the middle. ---
The nose was a little difficult to pick up on, and as it warmed all of the complex aromas seemed to melt together, but I’m pretty happy with what I pulled out of it with the time (and amateur nose) I had. There were lots of sweetly toasted malts, some honey, a light woody oak scent, burnt caramel, and hints of vanilla as it warmed. There were very few hops that I could pick up on, though there was an odd citrus tint that didn’t seem to belong with the rest of the earthy compilations. After some research, I deduced that the citrus was thanks to the Cascade hops, which are used as an aroma-type cultivar and produce obvious floral and citrus tones. ---
My first swig of this heavily wooded brew was pleasurably smooth, made up of a medium mouthfeel with small but adequate carbonation that created a surprising kick of spiciness that mellowed out quickly. Another reason for the spiciness was thanks to the Willamette hops, which are a triploid aroma-type cultivar that are actually Fuggle hop seedlings, and they are known for their spicy/woody characteristics. Many of the flavors that were present were very obvious thanks to the resemblance to the nose, with a sweet malt, quaint honey and vanilla flavors, and a strong wood/oak base; all I needed was to be sitting on a mossy rock in a thick forest watching little insects floating lazily through the sunbeams. ---
All of the different tastes were quietly and subtly wrapped in a smokey cloak as it rolled off my tongue, leaving just enough room for a mild bitterness to leak into my taste buds. The flavor was definitely a stronger version of the nose and carried lots of oak and wood notes, making it the most nature-istic brew I’ve tasted yet. I would love to take this with on a camping trip up in the mountains, surrounded by the tranquility of the trees and just being out in the wilderness. Being able to drink in the awe-inspiring freedom of nature while enjoying a delightfully crafted brew that pulls all of it perfectly into a liquid is a good way to cover each of the five senses. This is one for those who take time to appreciate their life and all the wonder present in the little things, even if that little thing happens to be the Grand Canyon. madmitch76 (25230) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2013
16th July 2011Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2010
Clear red - amber beer. Good pale tan head. Soft and semi dry palate. Smooth malt with a nice vanilla oak that doesn’t dominate. Well balanced by mellow hops - mildly bitter orange. Finishes with creamy malt and mild minerals. Dry. Nicely joined up. If not a tad dry this would have been in the 4s.
Thanks for sharing, bro! Pours a dark amber color with a medium off-white frothy head. Aroma is earthy hops, brown sugar, some nutmeg and sugary spices. Taste is earthy hops, brown sugar, caramel malts, and sugary spices. Pretty good but very different. Nice to see brewers doing a different Imperial style. raphael (1286) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Seems weird to call this an imperial brown, assuming browns can have this kind of hope edge, A soft but enveloping aroma, hops a strong minority among hte caramel, yeasty dough and (non-perfumed) soap. Sharp red-brown color with off-white sufficient head. active and fragrant in the moth. I taste caramel and a sense of a slightly darker malt, the hops, alcohol. almost mint.