Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Brown

Aged in rye whiskey barrels for almost a year, our Imperial Brown Ale pours a black walnut hue, bursting with rich notes of brandied cherry, toffee and a kiss of char. Strong and complex, it is stout’s untamed, spicy cousin, pairing with shellfish, hearty comfort food and rich chocolate. It’s perfect for spinning a fireside yarn with friends.

ABV 12.3%

IBU 45

FLAVOR PROFILE

Brandied Cherry, Burnt Vanilla, Rye

AVAILABILITY

Limited

INGREDIENTS

MALT

Rahr Pale, Simpsons- Marris Otter-Finest, Crystal Dark, DRC, Brown Malt, Thomas Fawcett Chocolate, Golden Naked Oats

HOPS

Chinook

YEAST

American Ale

BARRELS

Rye Whiskey Barrels

History

An Imperial Brown Ale lives in a similar realm as an Imperial Stout, but more malt focused, full, strong, and balanced. We use heritage malt varieties such as Marris Otter and Golden Promise to drive this complex and luscious beer. We then lay it down in Willit Rye Whiskey barrels for just under a year. The fruit, spice and heat of the Rye beautifully complement the toffee, dark chocolate and nougat of the Brown for a delightful libation for Rye and Ale lovers alike!

Tasting Notes

Pours a rich black walnut with whipped, mochaccino foam. Alluring aromas of Brandied cherry, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a kiss of char. Rich and bold flavors of creamy vanilla bean, Rye, dried fruit, and toffee. Finishes with a touch of spice, wood smoke, and round heat.

Food Pairings

Oysters, mussels, lobster, crab, cams, scallops, and calamari. Ham, prosciutto, pancetta, and bacon. Hearty beef stews, Short-ribs, Root vegetables, potatoes, stuffing. Chocolate based desserts, such as truffles, crème brûlé, raspberry or strawberry tart.

Awards

2022 - Bronze - Oregon Beer Awards

2021 - 94 Points - The Beer Connoisseur