Bravo Imperial Brown Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Bravo Imperial Brown AleBravo Imperial Brown Ale
BA SCORE
4.28/5
Outstanding
513 Ratings
Bravo Imperial Brown AleBravo Imperial Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A single-hopped strong brown ale brewed using the hop variety Bravo. This beer is then aged for up to a year in circa 1990's used Heaven Hill bourbon barrels.

Added by rayjay on 05-31-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,232
Reviews:
158
Ratings:
513
pDev:
7.24%
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
121
Trade:
10
HISTOGRAM
 
View: Beers
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 513 |  Reviews: 158
Photo of mattreitz49
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of larryi86
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

 338 characters

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

 161 characters

Photo of csmrx7
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of psumjl269
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dentist666
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

 308 characters

Photo of brenn79
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

 407 characters

Photo of puck1225
4.11/5  rDev -4%
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.

 216 characters

Photo of Viaduck
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

 364 characters

Photo of dafla67
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

 186 characters

Photo of edthehead
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MikeBogert53
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

 376 characters

Photo of rand
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

 642 characters

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmccraney
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Avitra
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

 383 characters

Photo of tykechandler
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Grinky
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of szmnnl99
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/7/16; drank 10/25/17 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque purple/orange/red appearance.

A violent pour yielded a small khaki head; decent lace.

Oak, brown sugar, caramel & faint bourbon notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Brown sugar, caramel & oak flavors up front; faint bourbon heat on the finish.

Sweet dessert vibes here; not straight up my alley but enjoyable.

 383 characters

Photo of CraftFan5
4.94/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of NathanBeets
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 12/6/16. Consumed on 4/19/18.

Pours a light brown, caramel like. Minimal off white head. Look in the glass is a murky brown.

Scents that I am getting are bourbon, caramel and dark fruit.

Some nuttiness, lots of booziness and caramel on the flavor profile.

Creamy mouthfeel with some heat on the back end.

Awesome brew!

 339 characters

Photo of Strohm
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Bravo Imperial Brown Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 513 ratings