Ale Asylum

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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #290
Ranked #24,696
3.83 | pDev: 10.18%
Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States
Very Good
Notes: This imperial brown ale an obscene amount of seven different types of malt give our imperial brown ale an earthy, caramel aroma and flavor with just a touch of sweetness and a medium-dry finish. The beer is big and bold, and not for the faint of heart!
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 52 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste: Rich, malty, roasted beans, brown sugar, caramel notes. Same with the nose.
Dark brown in color, clear, with a smaller head and lace. Medium body and smooth.

Nov 20, 2016
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bloatednemesis from Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lovely deep mahogany brown color. Prominent head. I didn't get a ton of aroma but there was some nuttiness and dark roast aroma. The taste is great in my opinion. Brown sugar, maple, hazelnut, a touch of coffee. It is pretty sweet, but I've had much sweeter. I had it with apple glazed chicken and that combo of nutty sweet maple and the Could maybe use a touch more bitterness balance but I loved the flavor. The feel was spot on. Pretty heavy, silky smooth. Moderate carbonation.

Ale asylum has been inconsistent the last few years, and have always been total hop heads. But this shows they can do a damn good malty beer along with some of their excellent Belgians. At this point, I actually think I prefer their malt forward beers.

Nov 12, 2016
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Kurmaraja from California

3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A bit too syrupy and heavy, without sufficient roast or bitterness to balance it out. Solid chestnut flavor, turbinado sugar (or maybe panela - something unrefined), almost a rum note with the boozy sweetness. Best for cool nights.

Aug 19, 2015
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Lesingnon from Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark, chocolate brown with a thin finger of foam that quickly recedes. Not much noticeable lacing.

Smell: Possesses a huge, malt-forward nose. Biscuit and chocolate practically leap out of the glass.

Taste: Seems to primarily boast a charred chocolate flavor, of sorts. The biscuity-malt flavor is readily apparent as well, but there's actually very little sweetness. A pleasant bitterness lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Very dry throughout, and possessed of just enough carbonation to be noticed. Not a beer you'll slam down, but certainly one that's enjoyable to drink.

Overall: Ale Asylum marketed this as a beer absolutely bursting with malts, and it doesn't disappoint. They dominate every aspect of this brew yet don't seem to ever go rampaging out of control A must-try for any fan of malty beers.

Aug 03, 2015
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft, served in pint glass. Appears dark brown in color. Rich aroma and taste, brown sugar, caramel, rum. Thick mouthfeel, fuller bodied. "Bigger" than your traditional brown ale.

Jun 29, 2015
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TX-Badger from Texas

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

Pours a dark brown color with light tan colored head. Caramel, sweetness, and vanilla on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with some boozy caramel notes.

Jun 26, 2015
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Dark brown cola colored with a 1.5 finger tan head. Fades into a thin ring and leaves behind spotty lacing.

S - Sweet and roasty malts. Caramel with some nuttiness. Not a huge aroma in the glass.

T - Much bigger flavor that the initial nose would indicate. Plenty of big sweet malts with some earthy notes. The roasted flavor yields to some caramel, toffee, and sugar coated almonds.

M - Medium body with ample carbonation. It is pretty smooth with an almost cola like finish.

O - One of the best brown ales I have had that wasn't placed into a barrel or had adjuncts added to it.

May 25, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brickhouse BBQ in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in a shaker pint glass 11/23/2014.

A- Dark cola-coloured brown body. Two finger thick, frothy white head with long retention time. It almost looks like a nitrogenous head. Doesn't leave much of a collar, but the head certainly sticks around for a while. Not much lacing ends up in the empty glass when all is said and done. [3.75]

S- Slightly grassy, earthy aromas come out and well, that's really about it at first smell. There is of course a slight brown sugary sweetness that is not quite molasses-like. My initial thought is that this was served too cold; but as it warms up, more of the brown malt sweetness comes out; not a lot more complexity is added, but a bit more intensity is. [3.25]

F- Rich, nutty brown malt with a nice dose of earthy, grassy aromatic hop flavours. As expected, this is a brown ale on steroids. Very strong nutty flavours along with sweet caramel, brown sugar and a slight bit of roast that is balanced out nicely by a mild espresso and earthy bitterness. Nice complexity for a brown ale, although it is of course an imperial version. [4]

M- Medium bodied, smooth and slightly lower in carbonation which suits the character of the beer. It's a smooth drinking brown ale that finishes moderately dry. It both warms me up and refreshes my palate. Very easy to drink. [4]

O- Very nice brown ale that brings the Empire into the brown ale category. It is sort of like a miniature English barleywine with more brown malt. While the nose is weak (may very well have to do with the shaker pint it was served in), I certainly enjoyed this one and suspect that this would do well if it were to be bottled. [4]

Final score: 3.84

Nov 24, 2014
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 52 ratings