Scotch Barrel Aged Imperial Brown
pFriem Family Brewers
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A Note on This Beer
When we first sipped pFriem’s Scotch Barrel-Aged Imperial Brown Ale, its glorious caramelly depths transported us to overstuffed leather chairs by a roaring fireplace. One taste was all it took to realize it’s the epitome of a “special occasion beer.”
What exactly makes a special occasion beer so... special? Complex layers of flavor, big booze levels, and barrel-aging are all a good start. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that today’s rare, limited release was crafted by the international award-winners at Oregon’s pFriem.
Aged in top-shelf Macallan Single Malt Scotch Barrels, this 10.5% toffee-laden sipper beckons to be served in a chalice and slowly savored. BA fans award it a 4.26 rating for its decadent profile of cinnamon, vanilla bean, and fig jam. Peaty and smoky nuances from the barrels delight Dark Beer lovers and Scotch fans alike.
But special occasion beers aren’t just about luxurious flavor and booziness. They have to be equally fit as a post-feast pleasure with friends or as a solo contemplative nightcap in front of the hearth. The craft community has spoken — this Scotchy treat is deemed “campfire worthy” and even helped one drinker get into the holiday spirit: “The dark drinking in corners at my in-laws begins with a hit.”
Whether you like your in-laws or not, pFriem’s Scotch Barrel-Aged Imperial Brown is an essential addition to your craft collection. When there’s a situation that calls for something more momentous than an everyday brew, you’ll know it’s time to unveil its toasty, caramel-drenched riches. Go ahead, you deserve it.
Rated 4.26 on BeerAdvocate; 4.19 on Untappd
Packaged On November 13th, 2018