Imperial Brown Ale
Reviewed by Jez on 08.07.12 in bottle
15 / 100
Ruddy amber hue, decent brown-ness to it, at least, with a very fine but inconsistent head of pure white. Body is firm, and it leaves some pleasantly light carbonation. Minimal lacing. Decent, but not inspiring, overall.

Nose is mealy, corn and cereal coming through unpleasantly with a mild barley huskiness. Nothing in the way of hops, and if you claim to be an "Imperial" brown, be prepared to be savaged for a lack there. Really, it could be a faint adjuncty pale. This is very poor indeed.

Taste is no better, and is in fact, potentially worse, with a really pronounced acidity through it that is genuinely worrying. Flat, empty palate, slight toasty graininess, but mostly empty with that perverted carbonic character coming through and suggesting weakness, if not outright infection.

Holy hell. This is a really bad beer. I'm afraid I just got a bad bottle, but the infected, acidic character is so mild that I don't believe it would have rested at this point rather than obliterating the entire beer. In fact, what we have is just a very bland, very mild, characterless beer. It's offensive in its emptiness.

appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | drinkability: 1.5