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:
#823
Reviews:
132
Ratings:
465
pDev:
7.24%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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52
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Ratings: 465 |  Reviews: 132
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

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Muddy brown color with a good amount of haze and some particulate in solution. Must be a well-aged batch. Cream-colored head holds at a quarter inch. Wispy lacing.

S: The barrel is forward on the nose, with big whiffs of seasoned oak and sweet bourbon. Thick brown caramel abounds. Bread crust and cocoa. Earthy hops are fading.

T: Follows the nose. Bread crust, cocoa, wave of dark caramel, treacle. The barrel eventually steals the show, bringing a wash of oaky vanillins and sweet bourbon. Oak tannins work hard to keep the overall sweetness in check. The finish is all barrel as well.

M: Thick, rich, chewy, coating. Slick and smooth. Warming. Gentle carbonation. Brush of oak tannins.

O: Fairly straightforward and hedonistic, if not a bit one-dimensional. But what's there is pretty damn solid. The barrel juice drives it, but it never once feels hot. It's another one of those Firestone beers that seems better suited for blending, but is somehow still pretty great on its own if you don't mind a heavy-handed approach.

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Photo of gopens44
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky brown with red tinges, very thin beige foamy head. Nose is sweet overall, with cherry, vanilla and caramel dominating. Taste is equally sweet with just hints of cherry but big vanilla and caramel along with a coffee element. Finishes with an alcohol bite that hangs around in the rather dry aftertaste. Body is just North of thin, probably just about ideal for the style plus BA treatment.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017, batch 001, bottled 12/7/16.

Brown and orange color, almost no head. Lots of small chunky floaties.

Smell is sugary sweet and Apple. Candy Apple and caramel apple with a little booze.

First sip is caramel sweetness and a decent dose of alcohol but not overbearing. As it warms, become less flavorful and more boozy. Maintains a faint sweetness and opens up some barrel wood flavor.

Medium to surprising lighter bodied, lower carbonation. A little boozy heat. A little sticky. Feels lighter as it warms.

Definitely can detect the whisky barrel but limited with offering many other flavors. A good beer for sure but was just thinking it would carry more.

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Bravo Imperial Brown Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 465 ratings
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