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Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States | website

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Brown Ale Aged In Oak Whiskey Barrels.

Added by impending on 05-19-2013

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and whiskey aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and whiskey flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of a woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a slightly better barrel aged presence in the smell.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.07/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

"Imperial Brown Ale Aged in Oak Whiskey Barrels." Reviewed as an imperial brown. 13% ABV confirmed. Distributed by the Shelton Bastards. 750ml brown glass bottle with well done label art and hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a cork served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high given the brewery; I'm in an oak/whiskey barrel mood so I hope this delivers.

Served cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor; no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Yields a satisfying pop upon removal of the cork. No beer surges upwards. Carbonation seems good.

A: Pours a one finger head of khaki colour. Nice cream and thickness. Rather good (~4 minute) retention for the high ABV. Light even consistent lacing as the head recedes. I wouldn't say the head "has legs." But it's attractive. No bubble show.

Body colour is a dull solid dark black; not quite a jet black. No yeast particles are visible; it's opaque. Maybe it's actually an extremely dark brown; it's hard to tell in my glass.

Overall, it's a bit darker than you'd expect for a brown ale, but it's looking pretty good. Not unique or special, but impressive for the high ABV. No overt flaws.

Sm: Definitely getting some whiskey notes with accompanying spice and alcohol. Nice cream. Surprisingly forward vanilla notes - but they come off as somewhat artificial and a bit too sweet, not fresh and redolent of actual vanilla beans. Not only is the vanilla prominent; it's artificial. Not getting as much oak as I'd hoped for; no toasty or woody notes anyway. Very minimal floral hop character is detectable. No yeast character is detectable. I wouldn't call it hot or boozy, but alcohol is certainly too obvious here. Dark malts. Caramel. Chocolate malt. Some burnt sugars. Maybe a hint of dark fruit - light plum perhaps. Some toffee, sure. What it's sorely missing is roasted barley; the closest note is the burnt malts but it's no substitute. More reminiscent of a stout than a brown ale; I'm not getting any nutty notes. Though the chocolate and coffee you might expect from a barrel aged stout is absent. Balance doesn't seem ideal, but I'm intrigued. A pretty strong aroma. Nice complexity. The barrel aging seems to work with whatever the base flavour was.

T: Heavy vanilla sweetness up front - way too much so. Almost cloyingly sweet. Artificial to boot. Doesn't feel like it's emerged naturally from the whiskey barrel; it feels like a fake additive. Ugh. And it stays throughout the entirety of the structure, even leaving you with the unappealing sweetness on the aftertaste.

Body seems to be comprised of dark malts and chocolate malt, plus some caramel, toffee, and brown malts. A kiss of dark fruit; it'd be a nice touch if it wasn't buried by that horrendous vanilla.

It should go without saying that the balance is horrible given the troublesome vanilla described above. It's way too sweet, and I say this as something of a fan of Southern Tier's creme brulee. It comes off heavy handed, lacking any subtlety due to the overbearing vanilla.

No yeast character or hop character comes through.

As far as the whiskey & oak/barrel notes? Not getting any whiskey spice or intricacy. I do pick up a hint of nice subtle oak on the climax - definitely a highlight of this beer. Little woody notes. I suppose it comes off far more bourbon-y than it does whiskey-redolent.

There's complexity here; it's just poorly executed. I really thought I'd like this more, but the lack of balance is making it really difficult.

Mf: Creamy, smooth and wet. Nicely soft. Good presence on the palate. Good thickness. Good body, if a bit burdensome. Suits the flavour profile nicely.

Dr: Boy do I hope the vanilla will recede with age for the sake of other purchasers. I'd recommend 3-5 years. I won't be getting it again to find out, especially with its hefty pricetag. But I'd like to try a 5 year old bottle for free. I'm content to chalk this up to an honest failed experiment on the part of Kreb's/Prairie Artisan Ales. It's not poor enough to warrant not bringing it to market, but it seems it didn't quite work out like they planned. Noticeable alcohol and the above-mentioned problematic flavour profile really hold back the drinkability. I'll finish the bottle alone out of respect for it (and because I'm a cheap bastard), but it'll be something of a chore. Probably best shared with 3-4 friends.

I imagine this will find its audience. In fact, given its current 91 rating, I'm in the dissenting minority. I was ready to love this having tried and really liked some of Kreb's' previous beers, but it just didn't do it for me. Glad to have tried it, but it's not for me. Still, there are good elements at play here; they're just hard to appreciate with the distraction of the vanilla.

Low C+

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Pours light fizzy head that disappears almost instantly, outwards fizzy bubble popping, murky peach orange color.

Nose nice tart fruit, lots of fruit and little citrus rind, light pithy flesh, Brett funk, slight souring fruity Brett funk but not horse blanket, nice sour and funk blend. Faint sweet make note.

Taste brings more of the same, grapefruit like citrus, juicy pith and citrus fruit, tart green fruit etc. Nice funk, light barnyard funk with faint tart citrus notes, tart fruity funk, etc. Nice Brett funk characters. Light blond malt base, touch sweety and sticky, flemmy acidic note as well. Finish is dry but a little flemmy sticky, lingering tart Brett funk and sour fruit.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb, little flemmy sticky feel.

Overall quite good.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/28/2015. Pours hazy deep reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, pear, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, oak, light chocolate/nuttiness, and oak/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, pear, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, oak, light chocolate/nuttiness, and oak/toasted earthiness. Minimal bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, dark fruit, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/barrel balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a light-moderate warmth lingering after the finish; but never boozy. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged imperial brown ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours brown/chestnut with a finger of tan head. Decent lacing & average head retention

S: Rich cakeyness, pralines& bourbon notes

T: Much cakeyness, a touch of brown sugar & bourbon up front. Dryness, more brown sugar, & toffee, along with boozey warmth. Finishes dry, cakey & with nice bourbon notes

MF: Chewy, subtle carbonation, nice warming sensation

Very tasty, the heft does get to you rather quickly. I preferred this on draft vice the bottle I tried months ago. If I ever see any more bottles I will scoop em up. They will age nicely I'm sure

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Photo of mothman
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beige tan head. Color is a dark brown.

Huge whiskey and vanilla notes up front. Chocolate, caramel, and molasses. Dark dried fruits. Oaky. Coconut. Brown sugar.

Medium bodied with a bit of heat.

Solid offering. Very fun to try.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 10/25/15 notes. 12 oz. bottle from Dane, poured into my HF stemware.

Pours a murky medium brown color with one inch of light tan head and low carbonation evident. Tons of bourbon, chocolate, toasted malts, nuts, vanilla, and sweet caramel. Thin, lighter than expected body and low carbonation.

Overall good but a ton of whiskey. Thinner mouthfeel than I would have expected but not too hot considering the ABV. A good beer.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brow with reddish flecks. Nice khaki head. I expected lifelessness. Retains well and even some clings inside the glass.

Smell - Very fruity. Dark fruits and whiskey. Oak. Caramel. Booze.

Taste - Strong apples and whiskey. Nice combination. Oaky. Caramel behind it all. Boozy finish.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated, especially for its size. Boozy as hell and kinda harsh. Dry.

Overall - Good flavors, but it's really boozy. Not what I expected at all.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Murky reddish brown body, with some head clarity and a bit of an oily top in the glass. Head barely makes half a tan finger with no retention, and manages a thick bubbled tan collar along the edges.

Aroma is a nice mix of mild spicy whisky, tannic barrel, and toasty malted notes. Chewy with a hint of thick oak quality, hints of spiced caramel and fruity raisin like quality in the mix come out as well. Not overly boozy smelling either.

Palate manages some very nice qualities. Light bodied mouthfeel but also with a nice thick oaked and sweet woody character. Much of the mid palate fills with some of those dark fruits, raisin, plum and prunes with a great caramel flavor to go with it. Warm finish and not overly hot feeling on the swallow. Sweetness is quite noticeable, and the velvety oak character is missing just a bit. Slightly fizzy on the front tongue just a bit as well.

Overall with some minor faults, drinks real easily too and is quite delicious for a brown.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky brown color with beige head. Atoms is full-on bourbon with caramel and fudge notes. Taste starts sweet with caramel, dark sugar and bourbon. Finishes smooth and fudgy. Body is medium to heavy with medium carbonation. You get some alcohol burn on the aftertaste but it doesn't bother. Really nice overall, like a barrel aged imperial stout but easier to drink and without the roastiness.

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Photo of biegaman
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Okie looks just okay. A fairly deep and well concealed beer, only the brightest and most direct light exposes its clarity and muted mahogany brown highlights. Its head isn't ample but, for a 12% offering that's spent time in whiskey barrels, I'm somewhat impressed there's any at all.

Brown Ales are natural candidates for barrel aging; the style's inherent flavours of toasted nuts, caramel and malt are great pairings for the vanilla, brown sugar, and oak characteristics of the wood. But just because it works on paper doesn't mean the end product always pans out...

Aging beer in barrels is a tricky ordeal. First off, one has to design a beer that not only pairs well with the personality of the cask but one that can stand-up to it as well. Then there's questions like how long to age, whether or not to blend batches, and concerns of sanitation, infection, evaporation, and oxidation.

So I'm unsure what's responsible, but Okie doesn't smell particularly intricate. It has fruit esters (whether from yeast or alcohol) that suppress the underlying sticky toffee and molasses notes. And the palate is likewise restrained when it comes to features of vanilla, creme caramel, and toasted coconut, even if its primary flavours of hazelnut coffee and chocolate-dusted malt play into the oak.

Moreover, the mouthfeel is a string-bean. There's no meat on these bones! This otherwise minor shortcoming is significant since we're dealing with double-digit alcohol. The barrel characteristics are fairly mellow and well-integrated but, nonetheless, the thinness certainly detracts from drinkability.

I'm curious to know: is this aged in bourbon barrels or other (i.e., scotch, rye, or Irish)? Prairie is ambiguous, listing it as matured in 'whiskey barrels' but then citing bourbon as a flavour. I feel like if it really is bourbon casks I shouldn't have to ask; the vanilla, butterscotch and tar notes are relatively faint.

A wonderful concept that didn't quite come to fruition, Okie fails to highlight either the imperial nut brown or the whiskey barrels in which it's aged. Anyone cellaring it aught to reconsider; the booze eventually subsiding will help but this pool is shallow end only and not likely to improve in my estimate.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a dense opaque deep brown body with a thick cream of light tan that last a good bit.

S- The rich wet oak and paper straws aroma has some nice bourbon notes in the finish. There is a hint of permanent marker that leads to some toffee notes as it opens.

T- The well-blended bourbon and oak flavor leads to a dark sweet malt finish and an alcohol spice to it. Some chocolate earthy malt flavor grows as it opens.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a nice alcohol warmth in the finish.

O- This is a big beer but well blended and cut with some nice alcohol makes this a great sipper. It would be nice to have a bit more malt forward but it is still very tasty.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a very dark brown, but not quite black with a foamy head, and a good amount of lacing.

This smells like caramel, toffee, whiskey, and some slight roasted malt.

This tastes quite good. The flavors are mellow and soft, and fairly restrained for a beer of this heft. There's tons of silky caramel, and sweet toffee, with some sweet bourbon whiskey. There's a lot of vanilla notes from the barrels here, adding some sweetness to the proceedings, but not a whole lot of actual oak, unfortunately.

This has a medium body, with a fairly low level of carbonation. Pretty drinkable- no discernible boozy notes.

This was really tasty, and one of the better brown ales I've had.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, I assume the 14815 printed on the bottle is a julian date, so I think this was bottled on May 28, 2015. This bottle says it's 12% ABV. Served in a Prairie Artisan Ales Teku, the beer pours a hazy brown color with almost an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, whiskey, and some chocolate. I think the taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but there's also some molasses noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and syrupy with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think it's a pretty good barrel aged brown ale, I know I'd buy this one again. $9.99 a bottle.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks for sharing Matt!

(A)- Pours an almost pitch black color. Subtle tan froth.

(S)- Slightly chalky roasted chocolate meets a subtlely sweet toffee and vanilla charater.

(T)- Similar to the smell with sweet roasted chocolate and toffee with subtle oaky vanilla. On the finish, it has some subtle nuttiness.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level meets a rather sweet yet nutty base. Strong barrel showing though, not the heat.

(O)- A big beer, but well balanced and well integrated with the barrel notes.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce glass into a snifter. From notes. Reviewed 27 June 2015.
3.5/4.25/4.25/4/3.75

Slightly translucent brown ale.
Fantastically boozy and woody-deep.
Initially kind of harsh, but it opens up. The brown ale is evident, but the alcohol changes everything.
A good, interesting beer, but eh...that'll probably be the last.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.85/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle $10.99. I have to learn to stop buying Prairie beers, they just don;t do it for me. This one was heavy whiskey smell and flavor with a body that didn't support it. Not much more than booze and I love whiskey barrel beers.

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Photo of Rutager
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks willandperry!!

Appearance. Pours a deep brown with red coming through when held up to the sun. Topped with almost two fingers of thick khaki head.

Smell. Whiskey barrel, caramel, and dark fruits.

Taste. Dark fruits and caramel, woody (smooth) whiskey, and vanilla.

Mouthfeel. Pretty full body, medium low creamy smooth carbonation.

Overall. Good stuff. Thanks again for all the tasty brews Will!

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Photo of jzlyo
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma and flavor is roasted/dark malts, coffee, a good amount of vinous, medium sweetness and a complex mix of acidity, slight sourness and dark bread in the finish.

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Photo of zonker17
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brown opaque pour with beige head, no retention. You can smell a bit of booze and wood. Taste of booze and smoky goodness abounds. Medium-full body with slight carbonation. A brown bordering on something close to stout. Cheers!

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Photo of tbryan5
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not my favorite barrel aged beer from Prairie but a good beer nonetheless. But for a barrel aged brown ale, it is all I could want. Not too much barrel and oak to smack you in the face but enough to make this an enjoyable sipper.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled on June 1, 2015. A new one to me from Prairie, this one an Imperial Brown Ale aged in oak Whiskey barrels.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a beautiful creamy caramel / toffee brown body with less than a finger of tan-beige bubbles for a head that doesn't stick too long. Some sticky boozy lacing that slowly cascades back into the glass.

S - Big aroma of oak wood, whiskey, & mustiness. Sweetened boozy caramel, toffee, & brown bread.

T - Taste follows the nose: woodsy, earthy, musty, boozy, with tons of sweetened caramel / toffee, & brown bread.

M - The feel is silky smooth & creamy. Medium-full bodied with good low lying carbonation. Lightly syrupy & sticky.

Overall, a nice bourbon barrel aged brown from Prairie, but definitely not worth $10+ per bottle.

Prairie Okie -----4/5.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

More Belgian Dubbel than American Brown Ale but yummy just the same.

A - Pours thin with very little head but looks can be deceiving!

S - caramel, molasses, sweetness, a bit of drowsiness, maple syrup.

T - Oak whiskey barrels does not mean this beer has a high alcohol taste. Frankly no whiskey but plenty of sweet oakiness like southern comfort in a beer.
MF - Medium bodied, slightly sweet finish, warmin, pours thin but not reflected in th mouthfeel

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Photo of beergoot
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, dirty amber colored body; lasting, one-finger thick head. Dense caramel notes; dates; brown sugar; cocoa; raw white oak. The flavors reflect the same characteristics as the aroma; a bit boozy;. mild phenolic background. Thick, chewy mouthfeel; heavy with residual sugars.

Big, woody, boozy. That's what this beer is all about. The whiskey barrel aging really comes through with oak tones and alcoholic burn, prominent but not dominating. Heavy and sweet malt sugars also make a firm presence known although the brown ale aspect doesn't seem to really come through. This definitely feels and tastes more like a barleywine. Regardless, if you go for barleywines or big, dark, northern European styled ales, this one is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a murky brown color with a small fizzy off-white head that reduces quickly, leaving just a think ring around the glass, no lacing

S- the aroma reminds me of a barrel aged wee heavy or English barleywine. Tons of oak, which brings out notes of vanilla, caramel/toffee & bourbon. Layers of brown sugar, sweet molasses, brown bread, raisin & spiced cider follow. Smells great overall

T- warming sweet caramel malt up front gives an explosion of toffee, molasses, brown sugar, raisins & fig. The oak barrel kicks in mid-palate, providing woodsy flavors that mix with a hint of vanilla & coconut. The bourbon barrel is quite noticeable and compliments the caramel sweetness. As it nears the finish, notes of brown bread crust, toasted walnut & some spicing hops poke through. More bourbon on the linger

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a bit of a chewy, warming finish

O- I wouldn't really consider this a brown ale, as it drinks like an English Barleywine. But I would put it up there with some of the finest BBA English Barleywines that I've had, simply outstanding

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91 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.