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RATINGS: 169   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Imperial Brown Ale aged in brandy barrels. Dark brown and full-bodied. Sweet Brandy and oak accented aroma and flavor. A Wisconsin Original.

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4.1
HailSquishface (16) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2008
Pours a hazy dark brown into my Kuhnhenn tulip. Small head with a few constantly rising bubbles. Smells of oak, booze, and crystal malts. Tastes sweet and brandyish. A hint of alcohol but it’s not harsh. Oaky finish. Full bodied, creamy, and smooth. Great offering. I’m glad I got a chance to try this. I’m impressed with Tyranena far.

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mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAR 29, 2008
12oz. bottle, with thanks to boboski! Pours a clear cola brown with a sizable tan head and good lacing. Aroma is malty and a bit sweet, with lots of brandy, wood, brown sugar, and vanilla. Flavor is very smooth and mellow, with more brandy, wood, and vanilla; just a touch of alcohol warmth on the finish. Very drinkable and tasty; thanks again Jason!

3.8
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - FEB 27, 2008
12 oz bottle shared by fordest. Loved the smell of the smokey wood. Good flavors too.

3.8
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 27, 2008
12 oz bottle. Clear brown with decent head. Aromas of wood and a sweetness similar to chocolate. Flavors were decent too. More wood and hints of chocolate and some subtle fruity hops. Pretty good.

3.9
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Bottle - I’m honestly forgetting who this is from, but I think I have a couple of bottles from a pair of fine traders - thanks! Dark brown color with a small head. Aroma has some sweet brown sugar, candy, brandy and oak. Flavor is a pleasantly sweet and woody mix of caramel, brown sugar, candy, oak/woody brandy, and chocolate. Nice, smooth mouthfeel that isn’t overdone. Very unique and tasty beer from a brewer that really makes some unique, high-quality stuff.

3.8
TheBeerGod (6241) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Bottle - courtesy of hopdog. Thanks Steve! Murky mahogany pour. Small fading tan head. Nose is sweet and candyish. Some chocolate, dark malts and alcohol as well. Taste is delicious! Brandy notes, some candy, sweet malts, woody notes, chocolate, and some nutty flavors as well. Body is thinner than I expected. Sort of a fizzy carbonation to this as well. Otherwise this goes down easy with a mild alcohol warmth. Finishes with more candy notes, brandy sweet malts, chocolate, wood, and nuttiness. This is great! I could drink this all night!

4.1
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Thanks to yjb for sharing this gem! A slightly hazed brown with a thin tan film of a head. Biggish alcohol with that alcoholic sweetness. Rather sweet. Full dark malt, chocolate particularly. Some strawberry maybe? Low carbonation. Not much viscosity, but not watery, perhaps a session style? Big sweet beer! Balanced with alcohol and fruity oak. Strawberry again? Big dark malt, nothing roasty, it’s a all chocolate and caramel. Lingering tannins. I hate brandy, but apparently I love brandy barrel aged beers!

3.8
blankboy (7735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2008
Bottle (12oz) shared with HogTownHarry & GregClow -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a hazy amber-brown with little floaties and an average size diminishing tan head. Aroma of wood, vanilla, sweet fruit, chocolate, alcohol and hops. Nice flavour of brown sugar, wood, roasted caramel, hops, alcohol and more -- mmm, so drinkable. Medium bodied. Can feel the alcohol but I can’t really taste it, it’s quite well hidden. Very good stuff.

4.3
yjb (113) - Davis, California, USA - JAN 2, 2008
YUmmmMY! f(brandy barrel, porter, brandy barrel X porter) = great > f(bourbon barrel, imperial stout, bourbon barrel X imperial stout). filmy carbonation, oak. YESSS

4
Dogbrick (13389) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Thanks to MIBRomeo for the trade. This beer pours a mostly opaque dark mahogany color with a medium thick and foamy light beige head that diminishes pretty quickly. Thin top ring of lacing with spots underneath. Wood, malt and touches of alcohol in the nose. Full-bodied with a strong chocolate malt character. Hints of plum, alcohol and roasted malt flavors as well. The finish is chewy with a resonating brandy flavor and a light hops aftertaste. Well done.


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