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Legend 2014 20th Anniversary - Tommyknocker Brewery

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BA SCORE
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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Liveupthere on 01-23-2014)
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Photo of DoubleJ
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Maple Nut Brown was pleasing. Oaked Aged Butt Head was even better. Fuse the two concepts together and you get a double brown ale aged with oak. I imagine the malt mouths are all over this. From a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Not much head forms on the pour, and even so it shrinks to a mere lace. As for the beer, it looks like the color brown was given a crisp via hot lava. Looks muddy even. Moving on. Now it has my interest. I smell smoke, vague spice (what is up with that Hungarian oak?), a little toffee and alcohol too. Well, it smells unique.

I expected big and malty, big and malty. I got big and malty, big and malty. Toasty. A squeeze of alcohol. Augh, that's much too toasty. Too sweet. The flavors aren't very interesting. This is so toasty, I could pour this on bread and toast it. It's very slick on the palate as well, so the flavor is not going to be going away soon. Ok, enough!

No sir, I don't like it.

DoubleJ, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of hiphopj5
3/5  rDev -18.7%

hiphopj5, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of IllicitEloquence
3/5  rDev -18.7%

IllicitEloquence, May 09, 2014
Photo of VeganUndead
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

VeganUndead, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of TheBrewo
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served on tap at Ale Mary’s Beer Hall in Royal Oak, Michigan. It arrived in a 12oz. house snifter, showcasing a dark molasses colored beverage with no real head to be seen. Caved lacing was left around the glass despite this. No sediment or haze was noted, and carbonation appeared to be nearly absent. The aroma gave notes of burnt brown, black, and caramel malts, brandy soaked raisins, phenolic plastics, dried but perfumed floral hops, breakfast tea tannins, cracked wheat graininess, white vinegar acidity, cheap pancake syrup, biting lemon cleaner, fusel vodka booziness, and soured mossy oakiness. The flavor followed with the heaviest brown malt syrup and sweet malty extract cloy, residual caramel and white sugars, chlorine, smoldering grapefruit oils, dank basement must, light milk chocolate lactics, harsh boozy wash, adjuncty white flour and corn, wax paper, aluminum, chalk, twinges of vinous oakiness, and boysenberry fruitiness. The body was full and chewy, and carbonation was as light as suspected. Slurp and smack were okay, while any creaminess and frothiness was almost entirely lost. The mouth was thickly coated, being rounded out by light puckering dryness of faint tannins. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank only decently.

Overall, this was the first beer we’ve rated from this new local beer bar. We’ve been there a bunch of times already, but this was the first official rating, so we looked for something a bit exotic and landed on this. Stylistically speaking this was quite dark for a brown ale, or for an “American Strong”, as was advertised at the establishment. The flavoring was probably the biggest offender, and assisted in quickly abating an attractiveness and excitement to that point. The nose tended to the mild side, so the subsequent blend of odd, bittered chemical bite and dark malty, sugary cloy kind of catches you off guard. The beer would have been better suited if it were more balanced between these two extremes, with a lighter substance to present to you with. For a big anniversary beer we found this to be disappointingly average.

TheBrewo, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of Basoos1
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Basoos1, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of mrp2323
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

mrp2323, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of davegray
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

davegray, Oct 02, 2014
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

ejimhof, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

micromaniac129, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of TGallant
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

TGallant, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of Fluffmeister
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Fluffmeister, May 13, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Knapp85, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Ricelikesbeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Ricelikesbeer, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of aakerman
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

aakerman, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of JeffTheJuice
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

JeffTheJuice, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of Gerred
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Gerred, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of jzeilinger
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark burgundy, copper brown color with little to no head retention and incredibly viscous as it sticks to the sides of the glass - nice legs on this beer.

S - Oak, nutty, smoke, medium toffee roast, light alcohol, chocolate.

T - Follows the nose quite closely with smoke and oak, biscuity, some medium roasted caramel/toffee malt, some light chocolate, and a mild to moderate blend of dark chocolate bitterness on the back end to keep the sweetness from overpowering the experience.

M - Medium body, light/gentle carbonation, slightly sticky, a little bit thin on the finishing end but slightly chewy up front.

O - No one flavor dominates and everything blends well across the board. The 10% ABV is pretty well hidden because it is not overpowering or obtrusive in any way. I'm the worst critic for Brown Ales because I can't stand them but this one works nicely.

jzeilinger, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of thecheapies
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color. The head didn't amass much. I had it at a finger, but it fell to a ring.

Dark sugars, meaty Scotch ale malts, faint oxi, rum raisin, faint smoke, molasses, and English malt. No booze yet, which is a plus.

Caramelized sugars, black strap, oak barrel, meaty malts, bruleed vanilla creme, raisin, spiced rum, date sugars, light smoke, and a thinner barley malt finish. I wish this had more substinence. The alcohol is leaking out now. Aforementioned flavors are on the weak side, but duly noted.

A late, prickly effervescence that doesn't actually carry much magnitude. It just kind of comes and tickles. The body is cumbersome. Maybe it's the booze that's making things difficult. Nothing is trying to hide. Upfront 10%. Upfront impy brown slathering maltfest.

I wasn't really impressed with this reissue. I never had the original, so I don't know what magnificence this desecrated... if it's even that bad. I didn't think so. Just a slightly above-average strong ale with it's own brand of confusion, like a mega-beer going through puberty.

thecheapies, May 26, 2014
Photo of Liveupthere
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Good offering from Tommyknocker. The booze hits you more as it warms up. Great mouthful indicative of a brown ale. Would like a little more wood taste and less smoke. Also, the head was a little weak, but it could be my poor pouring skills. Still a good beer from an underrated brewery. Happy 20th Tommyknocker!

Liveupthere, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of hoppymcgee
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

hoppymcgee, Mar 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

crowsnest, Apr 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

rfgetz, Jun 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

carteravebrew, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of themind
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

themind, Feb 22, 2014
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Legend 2014 20th Anniversary from Tommyknocker Brewery
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