Bravo 2017
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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From:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
American Brown Ale
Ranked #5
ABV:
13.2%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,576
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 7.01%
Reviews:
174
Ratings:
384
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 02, 2022
Added:
Jun 01, 2007
Wants:
  61
Gots:
  116
SCORE
95
World-Class
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Notes: Imperial Brown Ale - This beer is then aged for up to a year in used Heaven Hill bourbon barrels.
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Reviewed by atigerlife from Hawaii

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
August 2022: Poured an opaque brown with a small light brown collar [fridge temp]

Aroma of prunes, molasses, bread, wood, bourbon with some alcohol notes.

Taste of of dark bread, prunes, chocolate, figs, fudge, vanilla. Some winey taste in there too. Definitely evolved as it warmed. Got better and better [or that could be the alcohol talking]

Mouthfeel was somewhat heavy on the tongue

Overall, very nice especially given its age. Held up well over the years. The beer reminded me of a warm blanket sitting in front of a fire. Nice.
Sep 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Aug 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Dicers from California

Jul 28, 2022
 
Rated: 3.89 by emerge077 from Illinois

Jul 04, 2022
 
Rated: 3.79 by notchucknorris from California

Jun 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Jan 05, 2022
 
Rated: 3.82 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Nov 30, 2021
 
Rated: 4.18 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Nov 04, 2021
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Reviewed by StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Look: relatively clear amber. Reddish tan head.
Smell: bready, brown sugar, slight hint of bourbon and vanilla.
Taste: like the nose. Super smooth after 4 years.
Jul 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland

May 31, 2021
 
Rated: 4.27 by rjp217 from Massachusetts

Apr 18, 2021
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
2017 vintage bottle. How have I not rated this yet? Murky copper colored pour, a few bubbles. Boozy aroma, dark malts. Taste is sweet and nutty followed by a rising burn. Some raisiny elements also. Superb!
Mar 15, 2021
 
Rated: 4.34 by BKotch from Texas

Feb 28, 2021
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
January, 2021. Poured from fridge temp. A small amount of head. Pours murky brown/reddish. Nose is very nice. Apples, figs, plums, toffee, candy, rye bread, and a bit of bourbon. The taste is incredibly smooth and delicious. Huge toffee, figs, cherries, almonds, fudge brownie, bourbon, and a touch of charred wood. Maybe a bit of leather in the aftertaste, but not in a bad way. This has aged very well! The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice long aftertaste.
Jan 23, 2021
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Reviewed by Guaro from Italy

4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Bravo 2017
Dark amber body with beautiful ruby ​​reflections. Ocher head with coarse grain and little persistence. Aroma: chocolate, molasses, cherries, plums, vanilla, wood, whiskey. Taste: chocolate, caramel, dark fruit in alcohol, dehydrated fruit, vanilla, light roasts, bourbon. Aftertaste with a very long elegant and warm ethyl trail. Medium and velvety body. Low and fine carbonation. Classy drink.
Jan 14, 2021
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Imperial in nature and slumbered in bourbon barrels, a unique flavor of strength and regality simply oozes from this nearly 4-year aged Firestone Walker Brown Ale.

With a truly handsome garnet, crimson and bronzen pour, Bravo '17 releases a creamy densely woven froth and a sultry scent of toasted chocolate, coffee, caramel and nuttiness with a tingle of whisky spice upon the nose. Its complex and deeply woven maltiness rounds the early palate with those chocolate, toffee, brown sugar and sorghum sweetness to evoke thoughts of horehound candy.

With its sweetness relaxing gently on the middle palate, the more savory and earthy nuances of coffee bring about a toasty, pecan, chicory spice and sarsaparilla character with a light and woodsy bitterness to balance late in taste. Much like a fine and syrupy liquor, Bravo carries a bittersweet finish with the caramel, vanilla and oaken char of bourbon to close.

Full bodied but never lumbering to the palate, the finish comes strikingly drinkable and effortless for such strength. Its spicy whisky warmth simmers on the throat with hints of campfire and tobacco in aftertaste. A truly masterful beer.
Jan 13, 2021
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Reviewed by VashonGuy from Washington

4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
The look is unremarkable, just a brown ale with a light head. The smell is lots of bourbon. The taste is bourbon, some very light caramel. It's not sweet, which is slightly unexpected. The body is thin. Overall, this is a little like an English barleywine, but thinner and lighter. It's aged very well, and is super smooth. Well worth seeking out, but I doubt you can find it.
Aug 22, 2020
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Rated by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
2017 vintage tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 12 fl oz bottle on April 28, 2020.
Apr 30, 2020
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Reviewed by Tony210 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a medium brown / amber color, fairly clear, minimal head. Great malty aroma, lots of caramel, some toffee, brown sugar. Flavor follows nose: brown sugar, sweet caramel, toffee, molasses. Feel is medium bodied, carbonation adds to a creamy texture. Overall a really good BA brown ale, aged nicely.

1/30/20
12 oz bottle, 2017 vintage
4.25 rating
Jan 31, 2020
 
Rated: 4.16 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Jan 05, 2020
 
Rated: 4.43 by AWA from California

Dec 20, 2019
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Reviewed by Beers-es from Virginia

4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a deep mahogany with a thin head of foam. In spite of my best pour, I couldn't keep a bunch of floaters out. NBD. Smell has lots of toffee and dried, dark fruit, with a touch of bourbon. Taste follows. Very complex and delicious.
Dec 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by MJSFS from Florida

Dec 09, 2019
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Rated by pathman from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
11/28/19 bottle @ home; 2017 vintage
Dec 02, 2019
 
Rated: 4.43 by spark3148857 from Ohio

Nov 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4.19 by dazedman from Virginia

Sep 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4.45 by FxLB from Washington

Sep 01, 2019
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Reviewed by 5toutman75 from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
I LOVE the bourbon smell and character of this beer. I like it most in a thick stout, but in this brown ale it still holds great complexity. My favorite of the style if I’m in the mood for a high abv beer. The alcohol is well covered though, at least at this aging point. I am glad I have more and would love to taste a fresh one next to an aged one.
Aug 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by steverx8 from England

Jul 18, 2019
 
Rated: 4.53 by Noah_Aimar from Oregon

Jun 20, 2019
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Reviewed by BillRoth from Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Another an exceptional FW BA brew. Rich and smooth. A gentle but huge brown ale that benefits from awesome FW barreling! Rich, complex and rewarding. Caramel and chocolate with wood and vanilla. Don’t miss this one.
May 28, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

May 03, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Kolb from Montana

Apr 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4.37 by Jps715 from New Jersey

Apr 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4.31 by Old_Dead_Oak from Wisconsin

Apr 07, 2019
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Pours a cloudy, deep mahogany coloration with a medium, creamy head. Smells intoxicating of bready, caramel malt with a lovely sweet bourbon note and hints of toffee, vanilla, dark fruits and oak. Taste is a dominated by bready, caramel malt, a distinct but mellow bourbon presence and dark/red fruit: black/redcurrant, dates, fig, as well as hints of vanilla, toffee and an earthy oak note, with just a touch of licorice and peppery spice. Finishes bittersweet, with a light bitterness and some dark fruits, bourbon and toffee lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a rich body and medium carbonation.

A fantastic Brown Ale with a lovely, mellow bourbon note that never feels boozy and a perfect balance of dark/red fruits, toffee and mild spice.
Mar 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4.28 by cd34 from Illinois

Feb 12, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by user785335 from Florida

Feb 08, 2019
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Reviewed by gatornation from Florida

4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a rusty brown color with a thin khaki head. Smell has malts,dark fruit,bourbon and toffee. Taste follows nose with toffee,and dark fruit leading the way its integrated nicely with oak and bourbon . Mouth feel was very sweet with malt and caramel with detracted a bit from the barrel. Taste more like a blond barleywine than IMP. Brown. None the less a very good boxed FW brew.
Feb 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4.18 by dsshuck from Delaware

Jan 19, 2019
Bravo 2017 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 558 ratings