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The Big One

Imperial English Ale

our anniversary beer
toasted toffee
molasses

An Imperial version of One, it’s bigger, stronger and more complex- just as Optimism’s second year of business will be. Big, yet balanced with burnt caramel, toasted toffee and molasses flavor. 7.8%

Story Behind the Name
Originally called Timber, and named for the old growth trees that were felled to make our building, we wanted to evoke the idea of a campfire beer. However this beer has been illusive for us. Every member of the team has loved it, but it hasn't sold well. In addition to tweaking the recipe we decided to rename it because we didn't want any confusion that we support a certain neighboring MLS team.
Occasion
When you’re in the mood for something a bit stronger, but balanced enough that you can enjoy one (or few)
Official Style
There isn't one, we made it up. Imperial English Special Bitter is probably the closest and that is a mouthful.
Why Don't Call It That
If you like...
Strong teas, maple syrup, bourbon
IBUs
Malts
Maris Otter Pale, Crystal
Hops
Magnum, East Kent Goldings, Hallertau Mittelfrüh
Yeast
English Ale
Color
Dark copper/deep amber
Aromas & Flavors
Key Comparisons
Bigger, richer, stronger version of One, a unique beer, you can’t get a Imperial ESB anywhere
Other Notes