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Bravo Brown - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Bravo Brown
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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.98%
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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rayjay

Hawaii

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!

Serving type: cask

05-31-2007 23:10:55 | More by rayjay
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EB1

California

3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

07-30-2014 01:54:35 | More by EB1
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PG2G

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

06-07-2014 15:08:21 | More by PG2G
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Kaveman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

08-25-2013 20:54:16 | More by Kaveman
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2014 05:32:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
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leschkie

California

3.75/5  rDev -13%

02-18-2012 22:25:41 | More by leschkie
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budsandsuds8

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -13%

07-21-2014 00:50:28 | More by budsandsuds8
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Adamostella

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -13%

10-25-2013 22:35:21 | More by Adamostella
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ArrogantB

Colorado

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2014 01:32:44 | More by ArrogantB
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01001111

California

4/5  rDev -7.2%

06-11-2014 00:57:58 | More by 01001111
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wolf_switzer

California

4/5  rDev -7.2%

01-26-2014 07:47:43 | More by wolf_switzer
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McNazz

Colorado

4/5  rDev -7.2%

07-23-2014 15:21:32 | More by McNazz
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roodie

Texas

4/5  rDev -7.2%

09-24-2013 02:00:56 | More by roodie
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belgbeerdrinker

Colorado

4/5  rDev -7.2%

10-12-2013 03:01:37 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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eawolff99

Colorado

4/5  rDev -7.2%

10-12-2013 03:40:28 | More by eawolff99
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bifrost17

Washington

4/5  rDev -7.2%

07-31-2013 08:25:07 | More by bifrost17
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4/5  rDev -7.2%

02-15-2012 18:36:52 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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Chingringo

Florida

4/5  rDev -7.2%

06-18-2014 18:22:23 | More by Chingringo
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petermethot

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.2%

06-26-2013 00:16:06 | More by petermethot
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nkersten

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2010 17:09:22 | More by nkersten
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Zaphog

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

04-28-2014 15:59:32 | More by Zaphog
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Kurmaraja

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

02-08-2014 06:50:55 | More by Kurmaraja
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drewone

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

05-30-2014 21:55:33 | More by drewone
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dominic4beer

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

10-14-2013 21:31:49 | More by dominic4beer
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

03-08-2014 02:43:37 | More by zestar
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Bravo Brown from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.