Barn Owl Imperial Brown Ale | Alameda Brewhouse

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Barn Owl Imperial Brown AleBarn Owl Imperial Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Alameda Brewhouse
Oregon, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Fall

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Added by lighthabit on 09-08-2013

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 22
Photo of biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, decidedly weird-looking disembodied owl visage on the label. I missed hitting this brewery when I was in PDX a few years back, but then, that's not exactly hard to do in that burg.

This beer pours a murky, very dark reddish amber hue, with two solid fingers of foamy, frothy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some pleasantly thorough layered snow rime lace around the glass as things drop away.

It smells of rather nutty and bready roasted caramel malt, with a touch of biscuity graininess, wet ash, and peppy earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more toasted caramel malt, crackery biscuits, salted toffee, dry mocha, smoldering ash in a rainstorm, a hint of orange-infused chocolate, grassy, leafy hops, and the slightest suggestion of metallic alcohol.

The bubbles are understated, but still capable of keeping things on the straight and narrow, the body a densely stoic medium weight, well smooth, and smugly creamy. It finishes on the sweet side, the nuttiness making a resurgence among the lingering bready caramel malt, waning cinder notes, and steadily wallflowerish hops. Not much sign of the amped-up booze, so there is that, as well.

A tasty enough roasted American brown ale, the new world affectation here being the extra ABV, rather then any huge hop upswing. The dry ash character might drag on me after a while, but for now, it lends a nice counterpoint to all that malt, unfettered by the aforementioned underwhelming hop bitterness. Worthy of try, if you think you like your brown ales.

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Photo of leaddog
4.35/5  rDev +16%

Appearance - Pours a dark nut brown with two fingers of creamy tan head.

Smell - roasted malts, nuts (almond/hazelnut), semi-sweet chocolate, caramel, and hint of earthy hops.

Taste - strong roasted flavour of malts, nuts, and a bit of dry cocoa. Semi-sweet chocolate and caramel lightens it up while the earthy hops add a delicate bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant lingering bitterness from the cocoa and earthy hops.

Overall - A pleasant American brown that brings all the flavours of roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate, nuts, and earthy hops into one harmonious brew. This is a definite stand out.

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Photo of lighthabit
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep, deep dark blood orange color, dark brown is almost opaque, very little light shines thru. thick, clumpy, sticky lacing and thick, tenacious head look delicious, maintains a bit of foam in the center all the way thru the glass. smell is grass, faint smoke, a bit sharp . taste is dry grass, cocoa, clean and crisp hops, bit of malt, would have liked a bit more malt to back everything up, but overall tasty. smooth, a bit bitter and dry for my tastes for this style, but still a nice effort from alameda. summary: tastes good, looks great.

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Photo of afordney
3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I grew up in the neighborhood of the Alameda brewhouse, on my last visit to Portland, I was excited to pick up a couple bottles before I headed home. This had an excellent pour, the head was very tight, caramel in color and about two fingers thick. The beer was mahogany in color and very clear. the smell was very sweet, with hints of roasted hops in the background. It had an excellent malty flavor, not overly sweet with strong flavors of caramel and toffee. The beer is very well balanced in the mouth as well. This beer wasn't my favorite of the brown ales, but it was very good. I felt like the flavor was a little on the strong side. It was nicely balanced, not overly bitter and was quite beautiful in the glass. It's not something that I would drink more than one of in a sitting, but It was very tasty and a good representation of the style.

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Barn Owl Imperial Brown Ale from Alameda Brewhouse
3.75 out of 5 based on 22 ratings.
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