Scotch Barrel Aged Imperial Brown

pFriem Scotch Barrel Aged Imperial Brown by pFriem Family Brewers
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
87
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Our Scotch Barrel Aged Imperial Brown is a complex and dynamic, malty beer, aged in single malt scotch barrels. It’s aromas of toffee and nutmeg, bold flavors of creamy vanilla bean and cinnamon, and round, warm finish make it a must taste for pFriem lovers and Scotch lovers alike.

Profile

ABV: 
10.5%
IBUs: 
45
Served at: 
45 - 50º
Hops: 
Warrior, Chinook, Cascade
Malts: 
Simpsons- Marris Otter-Finest, Golden Promise, Crystal Dark, DRC, Brown Malt, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Golden Naked Oats
Judges Review 
Michael Heniff's picture
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

pFriem Scotch Barrel Aged Imperial Brown is a being evaluated as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (category 33B in the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines).  For this category, the best examples have a "harmonious blend" between the base beer and the wood/spirits resulting in a flavorful, complex blend.  For 2017, this brown ale was aged in Macallan Scotch whisky barrels.

This beer pours a very dark brown color with excellent clarity and a fluffy, resilient tan head.  The aroma showcases Scotch whisky with its requisite peaty character while the malt aroma is simple caramel.  The flavor follows similarly to the aroma with a prominence of earthy and peaty Scotch whisky and a complimenting light vanilla.  The malt flavor is simple, basic caramel with a hint of chocolate.  The beer finishes with a light bitterness and moderate sweetness with a lingering Scotch whisky flavor and a pleasant warmth.

This beer has a wonderful Scotch whisky and barrel-aging character but, unfortunately, the base beer is bland resulting in a blend that lacks complexity.