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Bravo Brown - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 30
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A single-hopped strong brown ale brewed using the hop variety Bravo. This beer is then aged for up to a year in circa 1990's used Heaven Hill bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: rayjay on 05-31-2007)
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed with the style of Imperial Brown in mind. Pours a medium murky brown with red hues, small mocha white head with good lacing and retention for a 12.5% beer. Smell is bourbon up front, vanilla oak, caramel malt and a bit of bitter pine hops and alcohol in the background. Taste is sweet bourbon, coconut and vanilla barrel characteristics, caramel malts, a bit of tannic bitterness and alcohol heat in the finish. Where is the bravo? Mouthfeel is medium/heavy body and a light carbonation, sticky and a bit coating. Drinkability is good for the style, but if a brewery is going to showcase a super high alpha acid hop in a beer, make it a little more noticeable. I did enjoy the beer and would rate it pretty high among the imperial brown ales I have tried.

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4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Stone Brewing Bistro & World Gardens on 11/13/09 during their Firestone Walker 13th on the 13th event. Served in a snifter.

Pours a deep, somewhat clear, dark brown (just a wee bit of light is peeping through) with a thin covering of off-white foam. There is more of lightish look to the retention and lacing but the flare-up has a nice moderate look to it. Bourbon really comes out boldly here in the aroma, with some deep notes of burnt molasses. Fortunately, I'm also getting a get bit of the brandy too, as it gives off more of a dry and fruity feel. The Brown Ale is under there somewhere (with roast and caramel coming out the most) but the barrel blend seems to add most of the deep sweetness to this. Earthy tannic wood and some vanilla add a slickness to the nose.

The taste is pretty similar to the aroma, with burnt maple syrup and char mixing in with a flush of fruity cherries. Notes of vanilla and oak weave mingle in, giving this smoothness. This is just so sweet and sticky, with the flavor moving effortlessly in and out of each other. The finish matches this, being warm, syrupy, and sugary on the lips. The mouthfeel is full bodied; with a bit of a heavier prickly carbonation up front, giving way to a slick and more viscous feel underneath. This definitely wears it's ABV on thee ole sleeve, having an assertive beef to it, but luckily that anticipated alcohol sting never comes. Really steady sipper here for the size.

I'd really like to see more of these bourbon and brandy blends done, as I love how each brought a different type of deep sweetness to the profile, yet they still played off each other brilliantly. Really tremendous stuff here that was definitely up there as one of my favorites from a pretty outrageous night of Firestone Walker beers.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at City Beer. Listed as 13% ABV.

Dark auburn body with little head formation. Nice color and clarity when held to the light.

Smells strongly of caramel and toasted coconut, stewed fruits, dates, brown sugar. Great aroma that's reminiscent of Firestone's 11th anniversary ale. Pretty well integrated bourbon barrel character, and little discernible alcohol.

Palate of caramel and toasted coconut, mellow bourbon booziness and brown sugar, this is quite good. Sweet and rich with a full body, carbonation is gentle as usual with Firestone's barrel aged beers. The barrel is present but integrated, and it finishes semi-sweet with slight char from the barrel, finishing with toffee and tobacco. Great stuff, one of the better barrel aged beers I've tried from Firestone.

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3.03/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(from notes) From cask at the Firkin Fest at the Triple Rock Brewery. Possibly one of the beers blended into the 10???

Deep brown, yet strangely transparent, much like the 10. No carbonation (cask, duh) and a fine looking, if not menacing looking, beer. Major bourbon screaming off the nose...like as in you can practically see fumes coming off. Butterscotch, black malts, and acidic coffee, and higher alcohol notes. So packed with whiskey that it's difficult to drink, almost like a boilermaker, where you drop a shot of whiskey in a beer. This was where the beer when a bit over the top for me. Too sticky to be a cask ale, this is simply too flat with too much residual sugars. Definately worth seeking out for the barrel aged lovers, but far from my favorite brew here today. The beer won this round, although I put up a fight. Cheers!

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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really happy to get a taste of this one on-tap at Brouwer's for my birthday dinner. 6 oz. served in a flute on November 27th, 2012.

A - Akin to many barleywines. Semi-soft cognac coloring. Minimal khaki foam. Hard to have much retention in this sorta-inappropriate glassware.

S - Peculiar. Plentiful burnt toffee, toasted cashew, and a jammy sort of fig note. Not at all revealing of booze, as anticipated from a FW offering.

T - Up front is bitter dark chocolate, transitioning into coconut, a wonderful caramel, dark fruit, honey, and a plethora of other elements. No alcohol solvency and minimal warming.

M - Medium body, appropriate medium carbonation, semi dry finish.

D - I like this better than Abacus (at least the batch 2 Sucaba iteration). Unquestionable revisit and a great base BA brew.

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Bravo Brown from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.