Brother Thelonious - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BradtheGreat7:
4.08/5 rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Review taken from notes: Early March 2013(though I've had multiple times)
12 oz brown NC style stubby bottle with a nice inspired by sort of label. Very catchy and easy to find amongst a wall of bottle singles. One of my favorite North Coast bottlings. I poured this into an Abbey style goblet.
A - dark reddish brown with some haze. Big frothy head on the pour that settled rather quickly leaving a typical Belgian dark looking ring of lace leaving small splotches of stick behind.
S - dark fruit, raisin, soft plum, a hint of fig. Caramel, toffee, sweet malt. A hint of alcohol that provides a bit of a brown rum like aroma when paired with the dark fruits and sweetness. Belgian style yeast nips the backend with minimal spice.
T - dark fruit and sweet caramel up front followed quickly by a bread like malt. Alcohol notes kick start a wonderful dark rum notes with more candied dark fruit flavors. Finish is a touch warmer in alcohol than some may prefer with this style. Overall a nice example of the Strong Dark Ale with some American flare.
M - upper medium body with a nice texture. Actually one of the better ales from North Coast in terms of thickness and texture. And overall for that matter. The alcohol is there and some may be turned off from the 'hot' like finish it provides. But for me this drank like a Belgian Strong Dark should. An excellent mouthfeel in my book.
O - don't read reviews when you seek this out. Just buy a 12 oz bottle and give it a shot. It's a damn fine Belgian style ale from a classic american craft brewery. It's probably my favorite offering from North Coast and in my book is one of the best American made Belgian Strong Dark ales ever created.
Serving type: bottle
01-03-2014 18:00:04 | More by BradtheGreat7
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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 2,249 ratings.