Bravo Imperial Brown Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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:
#821
Reviews:
133
Ratings:
468
pDev:
7.24%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
126
Trade:
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Photo of ajm5108
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep ember, thin bubbly head, surprising amount of carbonation. Aroma is super-rich and decadent - toffee, butterscotch, bourbon caramel, whispers of a hop. Taste is also very decadent - caramel, warm nut, butter toffee - very english barleywine-esque. The bourbon isn't too hot or boozey, but adds a nice kiss of alcohol burn to the back end. Another great FW barrel-aged beer.

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Photo of nodder
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gaddabble
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received from @Dragginballs76 in NBS BIF #6 – Thanks Michael!
Release 01, 2017 Vintage. Stored in a 42 degree reefer and served at 55 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Medium brown with a reddish cast, hazy.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.3 cm, aggressive pour), light tan, medium density, somewhat fizzy, average retention, diminishing to a three to four mm ring fed by effervescence and a complete thin layer with rocks.
Lacing – None. Seems typical for high alcohol barrel-aged brews.
Pour – Medium brown, clear.
Aroma – 4 -Upon opening, a burst of bourbon followed by a lasting sweet caramel and date. This lasts until the beer is gone.
Flavor – 4.25 - Definitely barrel-aged. The vanillin and tannin lead the flavor parade, followed by a little caramel and a glimpse of alcohol. It’s a short parade. Tannin manages to circle back and end the parade as well. No hops, no diacetyl.
Palate – 4.25 - Medium, creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and summation – 4.25 - A brown ale, huh. If more brown ales tasted like this, I’d start seeking the style. In spite of that, this is somewhat a one trick pony, with the barrel being the predominant contributor to the flavor. The lack of lacing is always a disappoint to me, even though I know it’s quite typical for barrel-aged high alcohol brews. The aroma is good and the palate is very creamy for a brown ale.

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Photo of MattSn
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chill-i-am
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmilyko
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sirnickatnite
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shelby415
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Look is reddish brown, little paler than. Normal brown ales.
Smell is so nice, hints of caramel, vanilla, and a great burn of bourbon.
Taste is smooth with the nice hint of bourbon, with a good burn.
Feel is smooth and warm.
Overall very good. I’d definitely have again.

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Photo of WormGod
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fx20736
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrookW
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Goofster
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RyanK252
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours rusty brown with a frothy tan head that settles to a thin layer and leaves some spotty lacing.

S: Brown sugar, caramel, toffee, nice hit of bourbon, toasty bready malt, faint fruity notes, and a touch of toasted coconut.

T: Toasty, brown sugar, toffee, nice bourbon barrel presence, earthy piney bitterness, a little spice, oak, hints of toasted coconut, with roasted malt coming out on the back end with dark chocolate and coffee.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation, just a little warmth.

O: Not sure if imperial brown is an accurate description, it's a little light than that, but still tasty. Hopefully with a little age the bitterness will mellow.

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

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Booner818
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bajdog
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of srw
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured into a snifter. Light brown color with very little whitish head
S: Tons of oak and bourbon, toffee, rasins, with some caramel
T: Oak and bourbon with some alcohol heat that fades as it warms.
F: Medium body with light carbonation. Very easy to drink.
O: A very good beer that let the bourbon and oak flavors shine compared to barrel aged stouts. I think it really improved as it warmed up.

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Photo of sunsjammer
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2017 release was gifted by arizcards...thx Bro!

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

Photo of Shaneb818
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Bravo Imperial Brown Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 468 ratings
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