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Embargo Imperial Brown - Black Market Brewing Co.

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Embargo Imperial BrownEmbargo Imperial Brown

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26 Ratings
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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: notchucknorris on 04-10-2014)
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Reviews by notchucknorris:
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3.59/5  rDev -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.

04-10-2014 01:29:23 | More by notchucknorris
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South Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

07-03-2014 03:15:11 | More by chinchill
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

07-20-2014 19:18:05 | More by Velunas
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

07-19-2014 22:31:27 | More by BuschLeagueOC
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

07-04-2014 17:08:32 | More by GRG1313
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.5%

05-16-2014 01:50:15 | More by dvmin98
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

04-18-2014 04:00:32 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

05-06-2014 03:00:43 | More by LiquidAmber
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4.28/5  rDev +15.1%

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

05-05-2014 07:54:05 | More by DrewShalvoy
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3.74/5  rDev +0.5%

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


04-17-2014 05:01:16 | More by t420o
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

05-04-2014 04:36:41 | More by elektronen
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

07-04-2014 04:46:33 | More by ThePaleRider
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

05-29-2014 04:59:09 | More by SocalKicks
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

08-05-2014 18:12:37 | More by GClarkage
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

07-20-2014 15:06:33 | More by Howlader
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

05-17-2014 20:30:54 | More by casapy
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2.91/5  rDev -21.8%

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.

04-28-2014 19:57:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

05-07-2014 05:52:43 | More by stealth
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3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

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

07-03-2014 04:14:21 | More by DaveRinn
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

05-02-2014 07:07:57 | More by zestar
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

06-27-2014 18:54:19 | More by sammyg832
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3.6/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

05-22-2014 01:50:47 | More by Lancer211
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

05-24-2014 02:14:57 | More by rawfish
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

04-21-2014 00:05:03 | More by yoitsarch
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

05-04-2014 15:25:51 | More by Smarty_Pints
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Embargo Imperial Brown from Black Market Brewing Co.
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