Imperial Nut Brown Ale

Pretty darn nice. I like the bottle presentation too, with the gold foil and nice label.

Excellent deep brown color, and lovely tan head that is really quite creamy. A small amount of lacing. The alcohol comes through strong, but there is a nice balance amongst the malt, hops and nuttiness. A roasted richness is present as well.

I was a bit dubious of this being classified as a brown ale with the relatively high ABV, since to me one of the more characteristic traits of a great brown ale is likely to be its mild, easy drinking nature. I thought that this could be impaired by the alcohol but they seem to complement one another.

Alcohol is prominent in the nose too.

Very smooth drinking and a nice, full mouthfeel. More and more nuttiness in the finish as it warms.

Label says enjoy with four months of June ’05, but as usual this seems largely a meaningless stat as I thought this was super a couple of months later, and doubtless would be for a long, long time yet.

Very, very nice, good value too @ $2.95 for the 473 mL bottle.

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11/05/2005
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ABV: 9.8 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 4.5
Smell: 4
Overall: 4.5
Total: 4.15
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