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Bravo Brown - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Bravo Brown
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 29
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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Photo of rayjay
3.03/5  rDev -29.7%
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!

rayjay, May 31, 2007
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3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

EB1, Jul 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

PG2G, Jun 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Kaveman, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Firestone Walker Barrelworks in Buellton, CA.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, citrus zest, wood, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, brown sugar, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a slightly better set of aromas in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

leschkie, Feb 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

budsandsuds8, Jul 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

Adamostella, Oct 25, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Hops and Pie, first time I've seen this one and I'm excited based on FW XI. Amber color, not as dark as I'd expect. Aroma is booze, barrel, sugar. Flavor is sweet barrel, vanilla and way too much alcohol. This beer works much better in a blend than as a solo beer.

ArrogantB, Jul 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

01001111, Jun 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

wolf_switzer, Jan 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

McNazz, Jul 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

roodie, Sep 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

belgbeerdrinker, Oct 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

eawolff99, Oct 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

bifrost17, Jul 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

CheapBeerBuzz, Feb 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Chingringo, Jun 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of nkersten
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

nkersten, Nov 08, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Zaphog, Apr 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

straightlambic, Aug 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Kurmaraja, Feb 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

drewone, May 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

JayPeso, Aug 16, 2014
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Bravo Brown from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.