Imperial Restraint
Institution Ale Company

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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #91
Ranked #11,557
4.27 | pDev: 12.88%
Institution Ale Company
California, United States
Very Good
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Notes: First bottled offering in celebration of their 1st Anniversary. An Imperial version of Restraint aged on maple wood with Tahitian vanilla beans and Espresso XX blend from Beacon Coffee Company.
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2beerdogs from California

3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Ben!!!
Found this gem on my porch, stashed in the mailbox.
22oz bottle

Pours a beautiful dark stained leather brown with a rich brandy hue glimmering through. Vigorous pour brings forth a finger and a half of tight, frothy oatmeal head.

Smell a subtle mix of slightly roasted malt and coffee. Vanilla comes through with a slight oatmeal cookie hint or maybe maple.

Flavor is a nice blend of coffee, roasty malt that hints at caramelization, and vanilla that comes through at the end. The coffee and the vanilla work together to keep the finish consistent leaving a coating (pleasantly) on the back of the palate. No heat.

Mouthfeel is quite good for an American Brown, slight heft. It's definitely not chewy like many impy stouts that share some of this one's flavor profile, but that's fine because it's not an impy stout. It's just a hefty brown, and that's more than good enough for me.

Finishes with the coffee giving away somewhat to a vanilla finish that brings back the olifactory participation.

Overall, I find this to be quite good. A very unique take (albeit a stronger one) on a brown ale. Also, I believe this would be a very approachable drink for those who have been put off by the heaviness of imperial stouts but may be interested in the flavor characteristics of that blessed style. It's a better, more complex, Victory At Sea.

Dec 15, 2014
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getkrunkhoe from California

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Although this is a BOOZy aSS Beer, it has great potential for Aging.

Big malt backBone, Boozy, Heavy Coffee and Vanilla notes. I mean... A great desert beer. Has body, flavorful (like a MuthafXXka), roast which is contrasted (and complemented) by sweetnes and lushness.

I can see this beer age gracefully like a nice brandy/Cognac.

Oct 13, 2014
Imperial Restraint from Institution Ale Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 13 ratings