Embargo Imperial Brown - Black Market Brewing Co.

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Embargo Imperial BrownEmbargo Imperial Brown

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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.48%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Market Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: notchucknorris on 04-10-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 12
Reviews by notchucknorris:
Photo of notchucknorris
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark brown color with a big two finger khaki colored head. Some light lace after each sip.

S- There's definitely a big barrel note here, but I'm getting brandy way more than bourbon. Poached pear mixed with coffee and some nice vanilla. Custard, light cocoa and some tapioca pudding. Interesting.

T- Roasted malt and raisin with a bit of tart plum in the middle. Sort of a muddled blend of dark fruit, booze and a tart black cherry skin note. I like the components here, but the flavors are pretty disjointed and the booziness detracts from the better parts of this.

More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Barrel Republic. Allowed to warm in a snifter for about 15 minutes. This is an imperial, barrel-aged version of Shakedown Brown.

Appearance: Dark red-brown with a very durable tan head that leaves a temporary coat of lacing.

Aroma: Booxy (bourbon) and fruity with suggestions of dark fruits and faint spicing.

Flavor: sweet up front but this is largely countered by some bitter and tart aspects by the finish. good complexity. Wood and bourbon add to, but do not mask, the rich medium and dark malt base.

Feel: Medium+ body with good soft carbonation.

O: A tasty beer worth seeking out.

Photo of Mshea805
1/5  rDev -72.5%

Got an infected bottle. Blew the top off when opened and gushed on the floor, funky tart smell. It all went down the drain.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly black in the glass with a vigorous, half glass head of malted milk brown. Foamy. Aroma of dark malt, chocolate, whiskey barrel and light vanilla. Flavor is somewhat subdued chocolate, whiskey, mild nuts, vanilla and wood, with a more astringent wood, boiled coffee and nonherbal hops bitterness developing into a light bitter chocolate finish. Medium bodied. An odd barrel aged ale. The flavor has nice components of nutty, chocolate malt with barrel influence, but everything is almost too mellow and the body is fairly light for the ABV. I really liked the base beer, but it was not robust enough to support the barrel aging. An enjoyable brown ale that hinted at what it could have been. Surprising amount of foam.

Photo of DrewShalvoy
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apparently I got a bottle that was not infected, as some have. Poured a dark brown almost stout like consistency. Very sweet with a bit of dark fruit. The Bourbon is not as noticeable as I'd like, but this suits my palate very well. Will get these again as soon as make it down to BMB again

Photo of t420o
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Black Market Brewing Embargo Imperial Brown Ale

From bottle: "Ale aged in whiskey barrels with vanilla & cocoa nibs"

A- pour yields a nice fluffy 2 finger head with decent retention. Beer is a deep brown in color. Nice lacing. 4

S- big whiskey and wood notes, both the vanilla and cocoa nibs are present as well. Some caramel and ripe dark fruits as well. Alcohol is definitely there. Nice. 4

T- follows the nose, but the vanilla and cocoa are not as pronounced. Instead, it is mostly whiskey and caramel. The vanilla is there more than the cocoa nibs though - I would have preferred it the other way around. It is still a very pleasant and enjoyable beer. 3.75

M- a bit thin, unfortunately. The main detriment of the beer. 3

O- I enjoyed it. The body was lacking, but the whiskey barrel notes were very nice and the base beer was good as well. 3.75


Photo of mactrail
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep flavored and delicious brew with nicely balanced barrel flavors. Dark, clear red-brown with clouds of off-white foam. Quite lovely.

Roasty and mellow at first sip. Rich and malty. Just a little charred grain taste along with the hoppy aftertaste. Burnt sugar but not overly sweet. Not boozy, either, just enticingly flavored with some vanilla and bourbon notes.

From the 22 oz bottle purchased at the brewery tasting room in Temecula. This bottle is in perfect condition, and I've never had any problems with Black Market brews. They've been putting their well-used barrels after batches like this into service for storing their light sourish fruit beers, we were told at our Feb. visit.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.94/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle I brought to share at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with toasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour cocoa and nut flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a below average beer that seems to be infected but still has a fairly decent smell at least.

Photo of Totalpackage411
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a very strong beer. I like dark beers but this one almost had a bitter taste to it. Overall it was pretty good but I had to drink the 24 oz beer in 2 different sittings because the taste was very overwhelming.

Photo of DaveRinn
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle

Beer is VERY overcarbonated, poured with thick tall head that took 10 minutes to subside

Taste is good, the whiskey gives it an interesting flavor.
The excessive carbonation detracts from the flavor, which could be outstanding, i have another bottle and am hoping for better from this

Photo of doktorhops
4.57/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So I’m in Plonk the other day like a kid in a candy store, or more aptly - like a tall kid with 3 day stubble who is really an adult in a candy store that sells awesome beers from around the world instead of candy - and I’m a beer short on selecting my mixed case. I say to my red-bearded friend/shopkeep Jamie “So what’s a stand out beer for you that I am yet to try?”. He goes straight for the Black Market Brewing Embargo Imperial Brown and mentions “I found this one quite interesting”, and here we are - the beer I was saving for last I’m reviewing now, as the bible (aka my beer review guide) states “And ye beer-hold the last brew will be first, and the first brew will be last, and thou shall sup on the nectar of Gods Ale in Beervana as on Earth”*.

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: In a word: Tasty. In more words than that singular and pathetic attempt at description: Deep dark brown, almost black body with a billowy tan 1cm head that holds up well. 8/10.

S: The vanilla and cacao nibs blend seamlessly into a brown sugar, molasses and heady over-ripe dark fruits - the aroma is already a feast for the senses, cannot wait to ‘tuck in’. 9/10.

T: Hell. Yes. Like a super concentrated dark beer syrup with flavours of: Cacao, brown sugar, molasses and over-ripe dark fruits (plum, black cherry and dates). The vanilla fades somewhat amid the jostling of flavours but adds an otherwise piquant note. There are some added toasty characters from the Whiskey barrels as well. The finish is a slight dark chocolate bitterness. Damn, damn tasty and BIG. 9/10.

M: Mid to heavy bodied with a light but dense carbonation... it just keeps impressing me with some added oiliness as well. 9/10.

D: This brew is one dark and moody tour de force that requires sipping rather than the heavy-handed gulping that some brews warrant. Despite being 9.8% ABV it really doesn’t slug you with alcohol burn or any concept of getting tipsy - it’s like the beer equivalent of slowly slipping into a warm bath... mmmm, toasty. IF however you are new to the world of beer and the craft of drinking said beers you may find this Imperial Brown Ale to be a bit of an assault on your senses, for me however this is pure gold - an absolute winner! 10/10.

Food match: This, a Romeo y Julieta número uno and a glass of Talisker 10yro - yes.

*The Gospel of Weizen; Chapter 20 Verse 16.

Photo of Lancer211
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A - Typical brown ale, but darker than usual. More head than expected; lacing persists.

S - Delicious. Cocoa with a hint of fruit.

T - Bottle brags about vanilla and cocoa. Can't taste the vanilla but quite enjoyable otherwise. Hint of hops and very malty. Alcohol persists throughout.

M - A bit greasy, but nice and thick. Thicker than typical brown ale.

O - A good beer. Not great, but good. Would be better with a bit less alcohol presence.

Embargo Imperial Brown from Black Market Brewing Co.
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