Brother Thelonious - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by SHODriver:
3.75/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: pours into a snifter to a deep mahogany(not trying to steal from the notes but it fits the beer perfectly) with a finger and a half of light tan head that fades slowly
S: very fruity on the nose with a bit of figs and plums. some candi sugar comes through as well. very sweet with a small hint of spice
T: peppery yeast up front followed by some fruitiness, plums and candi sugar a bit of dark bready dough and a hint of alcohol soaked cherry. swallow brings a bit more alcohol soaked cherry, dark fruits, and a bit more spice from the yeast
M: full bodied and slightly vigorous carbonation yet not over the top. a little dry on the finish
O: not the best but certainly not the worst. a very solid beer with good flavors and easy to drink. alcohol is hidden well.
Serving type: bottle
03-25-2013 04:19:43 | More by SHODriver
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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.