Imperial Coffee Brown
Bosque Brewing Co.

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Style:
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #120
ABV:
9%
Score:
88
Ranked #14,803
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 7.16%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
12
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Bosque Brewing Co.
 
New Mexico, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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88
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark ruby color with a thin finger of tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin film, but leaves decent lacing. Powerful milk chocolate aroma, coupled with a little plum, and a hint of roasted coffee deep in the background. The chocolate is somewhat less pronounced but still dominant both in the initial taste and mid-palate. It's coupled again with just the slightest hint of coffee, and a little astringency, and then a soft caramel-malt-and-lactose sweetness on the backend, with a fairly clean finish. Full bodied with a fairly creamy, slightly grainy mouthfeel.

The garnet color, instead of the expected brown, is quite remarkable; even away from the light there's a definite red, and held to the light, it's hard to detect any black or brown at all. The chocolate up front and sweet aftertaste are also very pleasant -- at least in the first pour of the night. The marzipan description in an earlier review is pretty apt. Decide for yourself how much of that you'll want at once. This is a four-month-old bottle, still, I would have expected a lot more coffee presence. It's all but absent in this bottle.

Apr 06, 2016
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LXIXME from New Mexico

4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 17, 2015
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teamwiggum from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 07, 2016
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denver10 from New Mexico

4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich mahogeny brown with a big, full khaki head. Aroma lands on the sweeter sides with the cocoa nibs giving off some sweet chocolate, vanilla tones are here, caramel, and a light roast coffee. Flavor pretty much follows suit; thick sweet and rich mixture of chocolate fudge, caramel, and vanilla all nicely cut by the coffee. A fuller, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, damn good stuff.

Dec 15, 2015
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SadMachine from New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jan 14, 2018
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into an oversized cognac glass.

Pours chestnut brown but settles closer to black in the glass. Frothy oatmeal head forms like a mountain over the liquid and steals the eye's attention from the body. It's stunning. Gorgeous. And the lacing that follows is sexy too. The glass here helps, but damn if this doesn't look beautiful. 5

I'm loving this aroma too. Roasted coffee, hints of cinnamon or nutmeg, nuttiness, light acidity... these are clearly the coffee elements. But the base beer lends some oomph too as this has notes of vanilla and sweet malts and caramel that mingle with the coffee and hold their own. Marvelous. I'm surprised by the cinnamon notes, since I'm pretty sure none was added, but I'm definitely getting some and I love it. 4.5

Even having sampled this, I'm still surprised by that first sip. It's sweeter and fuller than I expected. Not a brown in feel, but not quite a stout either, meaning it doesn't quite hit that stout viscosity but has that level of thickness but still has some light prickly carbonation that feels more brown-like. Generally, I comment on flavor after describing the aroma, but that first sip demanded I discuss the feel.

Describing the flavor is actually a challenge, only in that there's a flavor here that recalls some lovely dessert bread or something of that sort. Yeah, this has some sweetbread qualities like marzipan maybe. Again, I attribute this to the base beer. The coffee is there all along offering its roastiness, toffee, vanilla and nuttiness, but I can't emphasize enough that this beer isn't just a showcase of some coffee roaster's work. The beer shines too. It's immensely flavorful and dessert-like. And just when I'd forgotten about it, I get a little cinnamon or nutmeg dusting the tongue on the finish. It kind of reminds me of Xocoveza sans spice.

T- 4.5 M- 4.5

I'm extremely pleased with everything I'm tasting here and will say, once again, that Bosque has knocked it out of the park. This is superb. The second bottle I have already feels like one too few.

Dec 14, 2015
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hophound from New Mexico

4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice chocolaty nose. Not too sweet and very smooth considering it's a 9% beer.

Jan 02, 2016
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aaronyoung01 from New Mexico

4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 12, 2015
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SomethingClever from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into Spiegelau glass

A: dark brown deep amber in color with light escaping the edges pretty good clarity very little to no head

S: lots of coffee some light bourbon a little toffee and some roasted nut smells

T: nice coffee burnt roast some alcohol and a very nice nuttiness the beer is harsh up front but once you breath there is a very smooth nuttiness and beautiful caramel and coffee

M: lighter to thin on the start but a bit more robust and creamy on the back end

O: This is a good beer not one of my favorite styles but as usual made better by adding coffee. The creaminess on the finish makes the beer feel fuller and bigger. Has beautiful nut flavors and a decent dose of coffee. I would pick this up again. The only thing I am not crazy about is the alcohol is really present.

Apr 22, 2016
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PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mar 30, 2016
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M_chav from New Mexico

4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dec 14, 2015
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Ryannotbryan from Texas

4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 24, 2015
Imperial Coffee Brown from Bosque Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 12 ratings