Scotch Barrel Aged Imperial Brown Ale | pFriem Family Brewers

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Scotch Barrel Aged Imperial Brown AleScotch Barrel Aged Imperial Brown Ale

Brewed by:
pFriem Family Brewers
Oregon, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by jason_nwx on 11-16-2016

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by Slammy:
Photo of Slammy
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've tried a number of pFriem's barrel aged beers, and this, for me, was their most well rounded offering. A beautiful nose with notes of malt, green grape, and chocolate milk with alcohol on the back end. The beer pours a deep dark brown, fully opaque, with minimal head and lacing, which was expected. At 10.5%, I was expecting the alcohol to be a bit more prominent, but it was only noticeable toward the end of each sip, and less so as the beer warmed up. This one is a winner. Would gladly drink again.

Purchased a 375 ml bottle for $8.99 from my local grocer.

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Photo of markjknowles
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Why splurge on a barrel aged beer? This is one good reason. It pours Starless and Bible Black ( I am listening to that BTW). With an almond quarter inch head in my Pfriem tulip. That smell ifs friggin' single malt scotch smell! And when you taste it? Scotch on top of roasty malts. Damn. And nothing over-the-top (unlike my listening selection). It is so immaculately blended. Viscous mouth feel that makes me want to hold it in my mouth and savor it a bit. If you can tell me how this can be improved, please educate me 'cause this is pretty perfect in my mind.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As advertised, this pours brown. The darkest of browns, like ebony stained walnut, and very clean. A thin and creamy looking ring of tan bubbles form around the edge of the glass, and a variety of sizes converge as a small, hilly island.

There is no question about there being a single malt influence, however this starts with a much more brown ale presence. Sweet but well toasted bread rolls are drizzled with vanilla icing sparingly. Then an aura of slightly smokey scotch whiskey surrounds it, with only suggestions of wood.

And now it's time for the complexities. I find myself waiting for some time after each sip for the flavors to come one by one. The sweetness is dominant, first with milk chocolate, then more of a cinnamon roll than just the vanilla icing mentioned above. Perhaps filled with a fig jam.... And then the wood, light char, toast, and a pinch of savory spices finish it off.

As indicated, this is very sweet, but does have a decent balance due to it's tingly spices and slightly toasted character. The carbonation and body are equally in the medium range, and there is a pretty hefty dose of alcohol warmth.

I'm glad I aged this one. No where near as boozy as other barrel aged beers I've had, but this seems right in the sweet spot, even after only a few months. I wish I'd bought more, because this is damn good, and unique. A barrel aged brown ale that actually tastes and feels like a brown ale, and not another stout. Very good, and another winnner from pFriem. Cheers!

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Photo of chossboss
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DCgolfpro
3.51/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jason_nwx
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drone
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BirdsandHops
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown in the glass, appearing nearly opaque, with a thin, patchy head that dissipates to a ring around the glass with little lacing. Aroma of dark toasted and biscuit malt, molasses, a hint of peat, somewhat muted, but nicely malty. Flavor is dark toasted malt, char, licorice, peat. Finishes with lingering light peat and more licorice. Medium bodied, a bit light on carbonation. This is quite a unique ale, I can detect the base brown ale, but the malt flavors are somewhat muted. It is at first a little underwhelming in flavor, but soon reveals the malt, surprising level of licorice and finally a pleasant light peated malt flavor. My taste buds seem to have been expecting a heavy stout flavor from this from the look and smell, and this is much lighter. The Scotch flavor, licorice and malt are nicely balanced. This is interesting and different. I'm really glad to see more Scotch barrelled ales and this is one I will definitely pick up again in the future. A fine ale, as expected from Pfriem.

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Photo of NWHopinator
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DefenCorps
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Loyal Legion

Smoky, peaty, mildly fatty on the nose, there's also a mildly smoky honey note. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar are present. The barrel expression is great here, with a moderately smoky and peaty character, but unfortunately, there's a slight unctuous/fatty feel on the palate. Solid.

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Photo of mactrail
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is really a tasty variation on the barrel-aged theme. The whiskey flavor is distinct and different from the usual boozy Bourbon barrels. Interesting hint of licorice along with the vanilla.

Bready with just a hint of bitterness lurking behind the alcohol. Brown sugar and roasted malt to the max. Not overly sweet. They seem to be unable do do anything wrong at pFriem. From the 375 ml bottle.

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Photo of johnnyboy76
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wontonst
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of terabin
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

At the Hood River taphouse. 8 oz poured with quite a head. Waited several minutes for the brew to settle down and warm abit.

Candied dried dark fruit and char barrel nose.

Brown sugar toffee sweet front. Mid-palate alcohol carries this thinnish beer longer than expected. Bitter finish lingers. Not the loveliest of aftertastes.

Mouthfeel bubbly with carbonation, masks mid-palate a bit.

A good endeavor. And I certainly appreciate barrel-aged beer made in the Gorge!

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Photo of CUBeerBuff
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of South2NW
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Sir_Goatman
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scotch Barrel Aged Imperial Brown Ale from pFriem Family Brewers
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 19 ratings