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Wilco Tango FoxtrotWilco Tango Foxtrot

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.85%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Brown Ale

Added by flexabull on 03-06-2010

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Ratings: 2,657 |  Reviews: 864
Photo of trixdout
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1 1/2" off-white head which lasted pretty long. Clear burnt umber brown body with a touch of red when backlit. Smells nice but it's mainly malt and a little hint of hops. Taste mirrors the smell with sweet malt and medium hops in the finish. Enjoyable but not a big standout, other than the fine economic well-wishes on the labelling.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, copper color with one finger of pale tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Mellow, sweet malt. Nice, but a little timid.

T: Light, sweet caramel with spicy hops floating over the top. Faint dark fruits and sweet tea. Tasty for sure, and quite mellow. Sugar and spice compete on the long finish, with the sweetness barely outlasting the spice.

M: On the light side of medium, well carbonated with some soda qualities as well as a little oil on the finish.

O: I like this. Overall, it reminds me of a super-mellow Bigfoot. Not available locally, but if it's still in stock the next time I'm in Illinois, I would probably buy another.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into a pint glass.

a - pours a deep copper color and gives me a thin cap of tan head. retention is pretty good for only being a thin cap. spotty lacing.

s - grassy hops, notes of honey, citrus, dark fruits, toffee.

t - toasty malt with a honey sweetness. notes of grapefruit, raisin, pine resin, and maybe some cherry. really big hop character. bitterness hangs on the tongue for a bit. faint alcohol taste. not as malt forward as the label leads me to believe.

m - heavier side of medium with medium carbonation. a little prickle on the tongue contributes a slightly spicy feel. has a slight alcohol warming even though it's only 7.8%.

o - an interesting brew and highly enjoyable. i guess this is their take on a black ipa? whatever style it is, it's worth seeking out, especially at $5.50 a bottle.

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Photo of spicelab
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to [email protected] Liquor. Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Reddish bronze. Very healthy two-finger beige head of closely packed bubbles. Scratchy lacing.

Strong candy malt sweetness and Simcoe hop notes straight off the bat. Lots of baked toffee, fruitcake and raisins. Mild resiny pine presence is about the only aspect that isn't sweet. Very appetising nonetheless.

Flavours are somewhat amorphous and hard to differentiate. Tonnes of caramel and brown sugar offset by a pleasing pine and tea-like bitterness.

Medium, chewy mouthfeel. Noticeable booze presence on the rear, which isn't cool given the ABV. Moderately dry finish.

Interesting and perfectly drinkable but doesn't particularly grab me. Flirts with a few different styles without landing anywhere definitive.

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Photo of Ricochet
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Powerful smell starts off from the pour. Rye bread, raisin, caramel. All malt, like a good brown. Poured with little lace and small head that went away and is brown like a cola. Mouth is full with mostly the raisin/prune aftertaste. Just a touch of bite at the end and in a bit of foaming. Taste is all of the above. Mostly fruity on top of huge malt with a caramel sweetness at the bottom. Strong ale indeed. This one hits everything. Very complex and tasty. I'd get this again.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Chestnut brown with some highlights and clarity revealed by backlight. Modest tan head hangs on briefly then falls. Spots of lacing only. Quite active.

Light malty sweetness, mild roast and maybe just a wee nip of caramel? A bit of boozy esters emerge later. Not very strong or complex, but nice.

Follows the nose with modest malty sweetness and roasty flavors. I get some dark fruit, and mild bitterness. I sense more than I taste the hops. Some fruity/flowery hop like influence struggles for attention, with the roast being the dominant flavor. Smooth and balanced. Interesting.

Assertive carbonation, med/full body, bit of viscosity, modest warming, and some drying in the finish.

Pretty good, well balanced brown ale. It took some skill and finesse to get these flavors to meld so well.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bomber of many months old with Phil during a marathon tasting week. Drunken review.

Caramel malts, with a nice hop presence in my schnoz.

Taste is a little more of the same. Caramel, sweet malt, with a nice hop profile both bitter and aroma/flavor.

Typical mouthfeel of a Lagunitas beer: clean and crisp. Probably fermented with WLP001, which lets the hops and malts shine.

Overall a good beer. I find Lagunitas' regular offerings to be a little tame and stale, but their limited releases are something to be sought after.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small half-finger head off a medium pour, but decent retention. Nearly opaquely ruby in color, with bright ruby edges. Pretty beer. Barley wine-like in the nose, with big notes of fruity esters and caramel malt. Stone fruits like cherries come to mind, as does apricot and a soft citrus. Hint of booze in the aroma. Very nice smelling beer.

The fruit comes to mind again in the taste, but not as in your face as it was with the aroma. The caramel malts actually take over, with a hint of milk chocolate and booze. Light in body despite the high ABV and somewhat creamy mouthfeel, making it dangerously refreshing. A nice bitterness subtly envelops the mouth in the back of the palate and all over in the linger. Also in the aftertaste is the light fruitiness of dried sour cherries and apricot. The bitterness rounds out the flavors in a tight fashion, giving a very nice balance that works exceedingly well here. There is a prickly side to the mouthfeel in addition to the light creaminess that gives it a pretty dry finish.

All around this is a really solid brew. Was expecting more of a barley wine style beer, but this is not quite as extreme as that, in its favor. Really good beer, I will be buying again.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brown and ruby red blend with an inch of foamy, off white head. It leaves a thick ring around the edges. Malty sweet aroma. Brown sugar and caramel. Some cherry and faint amount of raisin. Fruity malt flavor upfront. Bready caramel backbone with cherries and raisins. The middle is slightly sweet with more of a grape twist than raisin. Finishes dry. I was expecting a tangy sweet end but this dryness was surprising. In a good way. As the beer warms the 8% shines through. The cherry flavor turns medicinal. I am a fan of the flavor combinations just not when it warms up a bit.

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Photo of Celt44
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this one up on a recommendation from my local craft store owner. Do not regret it. The price was right for a 750ml or so bottle - $4.99.

Appearance - Pours an amberish-brown with a white creamy head. Lacing lasts throughout. Nice.

Aroma - Strong floral hops balanced with heavy malt. Reveals it's balance. I expected more bitterness from the aroma.

Taste - Beautifully balanced hop and malt. ABV is masked nicely. Cherry citrus mixed with warm bread.

Mouthfeel - Nice and only slight burn from relatively high ABV. Wakes you up.

Overall an excellent brew - one of the best Strong Ales I've had in quite a while. Definitely expected more bitterness, especially after running it under my nose. One of the best balanced beers I've ever had. Excellent work by Lagunitas!

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.51/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Fun times await beneath the crown. Pop the top of the 22 ounce bottle, and on to the beer:

Clean copper colored, the lighter side of dark. Sturdy and retaining is the head, which kicks up threads of lace to the glass. There's a fruitiness in the nose, but it appears to be from the hops. "Hop nugget juice", resin, a little metallic and faint brown sugar. Not a beer whose aromas are melded together well.

Malty and robust? Not here. In the beer world, the opposite of malty is hoppy, and hoppy is where it's at. However, the hoppy characteristics are unbalanced and not pleasant to handle. Bitter tea at the start with some metallic flavor. Resin creeps in, but otherwise the flavor repeats itself, and it is not pleasant. Maltiness is very light on the palate; we're gonna need a lot more to save this beer. Medium bodied, alcohol is hidden well (thank goodness), but that's squinting for a good quality in the context of it all.

"A Malty, Robust, Jobless Recovery Ale". If this is supposed to be the antidote to those whom are suffering in this current climate, then they're going to be in recovery mode for a long time.

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Photo of rel
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/red with a small but thick beige head. Very nice lacing and minimal retention.

Floral hops dominate the nose. Some citrus.

The taste is very well balanced. I didn't quite smell them, but the roasted malts all over this beer, and the floral hops are mingling very well.

Ends a little bitter, a little sweet.

I'm in a rush, so I didn't put much thought into this, but it's really good!

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Photo of Gehrig
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with off-white foam atop, with the two pillowy fingers settling nicely into a dollop bearing a striking resemblance to a thin but durable scoop of vanilla ice cream atop it. Rich smells of citrus hops, spices, and caramel and biscuit malt, with more citrus than I expected, for since the label terms this an "Imperial Brown," I figured it would be more malt-forward.

Thick allotment of hops, with lots of fruit such as apricot and orange, bittersweet and a bit resiny; very nice. Good caramel, biscuit malt, and hazelnut. Delicious, a bit strong but surprisingly smooth given the hopped-up taste.

Very good beer. We can debate elsewhere to what degree a "Jobless Recovery," to which this beer is dedicated on the label, has occurred. The former surely persists and, while the latter remains elusive, perhaps another way to consider this beer is as inducing benevolent haze for our current malaise. This fits the bill and is worth enjoying a few. Very good, yet again, from Lagunitas.

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Photo of hefehead12
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured from my bomber into a Miller Lite Pint glass.

The appearance was a beautiful brown color with a nice creamy head that stuck around for a little while. It had decent lacing.

The smell was of piney hop juice and sweet malt which became more prevalent as the beer warmed. This smelled delicious and one smell was not more apparent then the other.

The taste was nothing short of amazing. Wonderful malt sweetness upfront that gave way to a refreshing hop bitterness. This beer is one of the most well balanced beers I have ever had.

I have come to expect great things from Lagunitas and this beer did not let me down, plus it is hard to beat the $5 price tag. I will definitely buy this beer again and search out some of their other strong ales such as Hairy Eyeball and Brown Shugga. I would recommend this to anyone who likes well balanced beers or just beer in general.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appears dark mahogany in color with very little head that dissipates quickly.

The aroma gives off cherry, brown sugar, breadiness, and some heat. in fact as soon as I opened the bottle, the smell of alcohol hit me immediately.

The taste is definitely dominated by toasty, roasty malts. It reminds me of an amped-up malt profile from a red ale. Bread, dark fruits (cherry, primarily) are present, and notes of apple line the beer. It’s a little hot for the ABV.

Mouthfeel is a little slick, but with prickly edges from the alcohol.

Overall I enjoyed this. Reminds me of a simple barleywine with plenty of flavor. Though I do feel the alcohol doesn’t hide itself well.

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Photo of tjkinate
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must say, Lagunitas knows how to brew a good beer, or several!

A: 1 finger of frothy, khaki colored head atop a burnt orange colored beer that had a slightly deep red core. Lots of lacing, but very little retention.

S: Lots of caramel malts (probably amplified by the beers age), some floral hops with earthy pine undertones. Overall it smelled quite sweet.

T: Sweet dark fruits that are backed with an ample supply of malt is initially prominent. It slowly fades, allowing the hops to poke through.

M: Medium body with mild carbonation.

O: I love American Strong ales like this. I know its a catch all style, but brews like WTF and Arrogant Bastard are so good. I feel that more should be made like em'.

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Photo of Natural510
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, no dating (2011 release)

Pours a dark, ruby brown with small amount of head & lacing.

Very sweet nose, chock full of fruit and toffee notes.

Brown sugar and caramel notes to the forefront, with a bitter, tea-like finish. Deeply malty with enough hops to balance things out properly.

Slick, heavy body, as one would expect in a beer of this magnitude.

Another quality offering from Lagunitas; one's enjoyment of this particular offering will depend on tolerance for candy-like malt sweetness.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

Dark brown with ruby edges. Thick, persistent khaki colored head which leaves sheets and lines of lacing left down the glass. Gorgeous.

Incredibly sweet aroma. There's a lot of toffee and caramel, some simple sugar syrup, as well as a mild punch of citrus orange.

More sweetness in the flavor. This is a sweet, syrupy, toffee candy of a beer.

Medium mouthfeel. Appropriate.

A very, very sweet strong ale. In a lot of ways, its reminded me of Lagunitas Maximus DIPA, which isn't at all one of my favorite beers. I'll pass on this next year.

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Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.88/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my 1st review here on BA after about 3 months of trying new styles of REAL BEER and after doing my 1st home brew this morning (Dunkel Weisen). Right or wrong this is my take on this brew. Poured this bad boy into my Chicago Cubs mug for ole #10 Ron Santo, rest in peace; you were a Cubbie till the very end ! This brew pours a dark Pepsi Cola brown with red tint and 1 finger off white head which dwindles down to a frothy layer atop the brew. There are 40 umpteen tiny bubbles surfacing from the bottom, it looks more like a soda than a beer. Smell is fairly astingent, alcohol, dark fruit, dark roast coffee, piney hops. Wow, I figured the hops would blow me away, but that's not the case at all. Alcohol and hops are well hidden with the roasted malts taking front and center. Semi dry on the tongue and mouth. Can taste the hops half way through the mug, but still not overly bitter. Dark roasted coffee becoming more prominent. As it warms more the piney hops continue to come forward, still not offputting. Becoming semi clowey in the throat. (2nd pour) Head hangs around somewhat longer than the 1st pour, dark malts dominate the smell now, followed by dark roast coffee. The lacing is a stringy patchy impression that weeps downward. Back to the dark roast coffee and dark malts on the tongue with bittering hops coming forward half way through the mug. I like this, how it moves from dark coffee/malts forward to bittering hops forward as you move from the top towards the bottom of the mug. Spider web layers of off white lacing as you move 3/4's of the way through the mug. I've never experienced a brew like this that is so multi faceted as you move from the top to the bottom of the mug. Starting to pick up some sweet crystal malts near 80% through the mug. This is an amazing brew, multifaceted to the Nth degree. Reminds me of the days of Or, when chemicals were used to expand the mind. I'm gonna have to say AfrigginMazing. Thanks Lagunitas for a step back into my sorid past, some 30+ years ago.The only thing that would have made this better would have been to be listening to Jimmy Hendrix blarring Purple Haze. DUH, just figured out the WTF, similar to playing Beatle recordings backwards. Cool beans

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at The Hideaway Bar, Orlando FL.

A: Dark, dark red with a darkish tan head, real foamy, hung around for a nice long while. Impossible to see through this one, even when held up to the sun.

S: Huge hints of caramel, roasted malt, corn, pine, citrus, pretty much a big mix goin on there. I can't quite wrap my head around it, but I like it.

T: Hardly an alcohol burn for a beer of this ABV. Goes down smooooth. I like the maltiness, comes through more in the taste than it did in the smell. The hops took the backseat for me here. Although there is a big blast of piney hops in the finish.

M: Full bodied would be how I'd describe this one.

Overall the name WTF sums it up...and I like that.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my 13 oz tulip. A nice ruby clear red, with a two inch off white sticky head. Smell some pine, citrus, carmel, and some breadyness. Taste same, very easy drinking. Nice body, with plenty of life. Very nice beer and as always a great price. Wish N.H. carried limited releases from them.

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Photo of JizackFH
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a real dark ruby copper color. It has a big fluffy 2-finger off-white head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves behind some scattered lace on the glass.

S - It smells of caramel malt and it has a nice piney hop aroma. I am also getting some tropical and dark fruit smells.

T - The taste starts off with some nice toasted malt. There are some flavors of dark fruit and a nice hop presence. There is also a nice sweetness and some notes of chocolate, wood, and a touch of booze. There is a lot going on in this one.

M - This has a medium to full body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a smooth feel to it. There is some sweetness as well as some hop bitterness. There is also a bit of boozy warmth in the finish.

O - This has good drinkability. It has good flavor, and it is definitely an interesting beer. There is a lot going on here in all departments. There is caramel sweetness, hoppy bitterness, fruit, wood, booze, and some dryness. It really makes for quite and interesting beer. It's a new adventure with each sip. i recommend trying it out.

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Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep copper hue which leaves a two finger head and heaps of lacing,the smell is sweet caramel and toffee malts,piney hops,fruit cake and raisins,the mouthfeel is silky smooth and medium bodied with tastes of sticky caramel candy,soft toffee,xmas cake,brandy soaked raisins and finished with a nice sweet hit of butterscotch and overall its nice,malty and sweet and would the perfect compliment to a sweet dessert such as butterscotch pudding or creme brulee cheers.

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Photo of dbossman
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark reddish-brown color with a steady 1/2 inch tan head and great lacing

S: Lemon and tea leaves on top of a grainy caramel malt base; a subtle boozy quality underneath

T: This is a balanced beer with dark roasted malts blending well with a citrus and herbal hop presence; a touch of booze pleasantly finishes off the flavors

F: Fairly full bodied beer that sticks and sits on the tongue

O: A balanced yet still malt-forward beer; great beer from Lagunitas

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