Bravo 2017
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Style:
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #5
ABV:
13.2%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,076
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 6.99%
Reviews:
173
Ratings:
550
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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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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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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
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stevoj from Idaho

4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
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
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Beersnake1 from California

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Guaro from Italy

4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
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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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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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VashonGuy from Washington

4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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
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Beers-es from Virginia

4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
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
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5toutman75 from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +4%
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
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
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
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
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
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gatornation from Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
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
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StrongBelwas from New Jersey

4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely delicious. The alcohol is well hidden. Bourbon barrel aging is evident in a smooth and delicious beer. It doesn't get much better than this.

Jan 04, 2019
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josanguapo from Spain

4.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

De craftbeer-shop. En copa Teku. Viendo Los 100 5x04-05. Bourbon y madera perfectamente integrados en perfil de brown ale. Elevado abv da cierta calidez pero muy oculto en general

Jan 04, 2019
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cjgator3 from Florida

4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle kept in the signature Firestone Walker box for its barrel aged beers, poured into a snifter. 2017 vintage.

Lots of barrel on the nose, sweet malts, caramel, oak, and bourbon. The taste is sweet and boozy, both the sweetness and warming qualities lingering well into the finish.

This bottle is about two years old and still pretty hot and boozy. Very good but I would recommend letting age a few more years to smooth out the edges.

Jan 01, 2019
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, 2017, poured into a tulip

A- Brown with hints of ruby red and a small off white head.

S- Caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla, some bourbon, a little earthy.

T- Caramel, toffee, vanilla, some dark fruits, oak, some bourbon, a little earthy.

M- Smooth, medium to full body.

O- A very nice barrel aged brown ale, well balanced.

Nov 25, 2018
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color, some red in there. Small tan head.
Caramel aroma, vanilla, booze, a little bit of fruit.
Ditto taste. Caramel, vanilla, bourbon.
Medium-bodied.

Nov 20, 2018
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2017 vintage.
Pours dark copper beer (tad lighter than brown ale should be) with floaties, 2-finger beige head, moderate retention.
Excellent smell - caramel, vanilla, wood, burnt sugar, raisins.
Taste - boozy, oak, vanilla, caramel.
Full body, soft carbonation. Very spirituous and warming beer for sipping.

Oct 03, 2018
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brenn79 from Idaho

3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 2017 vintage- Pours hazy burnt orange with a lot of floaties, shouldn't have poured that last ounce.... damn. Aroma is toasted coconut, oak, booze, all the BA goodness that goes with a FW BA beer. The taste is toasted coconut, toffee, caramel, bready toast, boozy. Overall this is a fairly weak entry in their phenomenal BA program, but it is still a world class beer. That's saying something.

Aug 28, 2018
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puck1225 from Texas

4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of the 2017 vintage. Poured into a tulip glass. Clear dark brown color with thin beige head and little lacing. Strong boozey smell and taste. Dark bread and chocolate. Very nice with cheese and crackers.

Aug 10, 2018
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Viaduck from California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 vintage. Brown in color with a light tan head. Very boozy aroma with a sweet scent of caramel. Fairly sweet, slightly salty with a hint of bitter. Rich complex flavors: chocolate, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, barrel flavors, all blended together perfectly. Medium body & silky smooth. Fair amount of alcohol heat. One of my favorites, just as great as parabola.

Aug 04, 2018
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dafla67 from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours dark brown; aroma is caramel, malts and hops and some bourbon; the taste is a tad bit boozy but is balanced with the malts, brown sugar and hops. Feel is medium. Awesome brown ale.

Jul 16, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown varnished edges verge towards a solid black center with a thin but creamy tan blanket.

This one has a real dry woody aroma with toasted caramel and a touch of astringency, as though from hops.

Flavor is semi-sweet caramel and toffee with a charred bourbon oak and a hint of piney-orange hops.

The medium-thick body has a mild carbonation and a cotton dry finish.

Jun 25, 2018
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rand from California

4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass

Brew has a murky, rusty, red-brown appearance with a ton a suspended year. Any attempt at a head formation is nullified by its own weight.

Oaky, sweet bouquet with hints of molasses, burnt sugar. Plenty of booze.

More layered on the palate - molasses and caramelly notes are there, but phenolic nuances, nutmeg and cinnamon, and towards the back of the sip, and nice hop twang. Long, lingering, sweet finish.

Another solid offering from the barrel-aging masters at Firestone. Takes all of the tasty aspects of a nutty brown-ale and ramps them up, rendering a brew that's far more interesting.

Jun 19, 2018
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Avitra from Switzerland

4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A tad too sweet, and not as balanced as I usually like my hard beers to be. Having said that, pretty good altogether. Lots of both winter and summer fruit. A little tanginess right at the lingering end (but not enough), and definitely hides the booze well, what with all the sweetness and all. Not unlike the Kasteel triple or similar, tad too sweet, not balanced enough hard beers.

Jun 09, 2018
Bravo 2017 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 550 ratings