Brother Thelonious - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Asgeirr:
Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands
4.38/5 rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5
Appearance: Brother Thelonious pours a beautiful dark maroon-to-crimson colour along with a rather medium-sized crown of a solid buff leather which persist for a minute or less and leaves some remnants alongside the glass in the shape of a balding monk. Continually, the bubbles seem to stroll slowly like a victorious platoon in fatigue from their most recent battle.
Smell: Sweet malty scents of duce de leche (a milk-based caramel syrup) interlaced with some smooth notes of dark fruit -- such as plums -- soaked in cognac and hints of vanilla,
some pepper and soy may be detected in the far end as well.
Taste: Corresponding to the sensations in the smell, we get a malty and sweet cherry-like sensation quickly accompanied by a vinous touch (so let's make it sherry then, shall we?) but in between comes the caramelly savour, like a breeze of enhancement in the pyre of sobriety, while the ending of soy is replaced by a gentle caress of sour of apples.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, rather full 'n' fluffy in viscosity, medium-low in carbonation and with a warming touch.
Drinkability: Happy new year, this is far from a crappy brew beer, the sheer nectar of the gods it might not quite be, but it's darn good, see! I've had me a few of this inebriating beverage on a number of occasions and it never seems to disappoint. I've said it once and I'll say it again: give it a go ya ho-ho-ho!
Serving type: bottle
12-31-2009 17:51:10 | More by Asgeirr
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2.15/5 rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2
Appearance: Poured into a tulip glass. 1/2 inch head disappeared within a couple of minutes. Not bad but still disappointing for the style.
Smell: Bottle said to enjoy at 55 degrees. It was definitely colder than this when I poured, so given the 9.4% abv I was not surprised that the smell of alcohol predominated at first. No matter, I didn't want to drink it quickly so I had no trouble sipping slowly to allow it to warm up a bit. It was around 60 degrees by the time I was done. But it didn't help much--even at warmer temperatures all I could smell was alcohol and some coffee.
Taste: Not surprisingly, my first sips were all alcohol and burnt coffee. As the glass warmed up a bit it improved marginally. Overly sweet with some burnt toffee. Some spices that were overwhelmed by the alcohol. The lack of complexity is hard to believe until you've tasted it for yourself. I could barely detect some dark fruits--figs, raisins maybe?--struggling to come through without much success. This is such a fantastic style and this beer fails completely.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation was about right and at least the alcohol didn't give a burning sensation.
Overall: I'm not sure how I could enjoy this at any temperature.
The worst part is that I didn't even mean to purchase this beer. I bought a four-pack of Three Philosophers--at least that's what the carrier packaging said. I didn't look at the actual bottles at the store, and when I got home, lo and behold I was stuck with four of these. And now I have three more of them to suffer through. I'll update this review if the boozy Brother Thelonious somehow grows on me.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 15:30:28 | More by Lucular
Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 2,251 ratings.