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Ale Of The 2 TUN - Hermitage Brewing

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83
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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hermitage Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Zorro on 02-27-2011)
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Danobold, Sep 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +35.5%

Craigmac21, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of UncleEmu
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%

Hermitage Brewing Ale of the 2 TUN Imperial Stout
serving type: tulip glass, on tap at California Craft Beer, Fremont CA (June 2014)

A: Brown surrounded by muted black, wonderful caramel-tan head

S: Caramel, molasses, sweet malts, milk chocolate, cocoa, a touch of hops

M: Thick enough but in the medium to light range for an imperial stout - this works out in it's favor allowing for high drinkability

T: Roasted malt, smooth coffee notes that are barely bitter, slight milk chocolate sweetness, cocoa. Pine, hazlenuts, and vanilla make occasional appearances. There is also an oaky alcohol presence and warmth that works really well with everything.

O: For me, first and foremost, a stout must be delicious. This fits the bill - though for a beer so full of rich flavor it is surprisingly light and drinkable. I'm excited to have it again.

UncleEmu, Jul 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

mrcraft, Jun 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

johnhkelm, Jun 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

bcm75, Feb 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Benvarine, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Texasfan549, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of Eric908
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Eric908, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

500 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Another new random beer to me. My first beer from Hermitage Brewing, and I'm excited to have it. Acquired this bottle at the local beer store.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Oh yes, it pours a very dark thick ruby; opaque black in the glass with two fingers of dark chocolate head. Some very nice scattered lacing. Looks very nice.

S - A fairly simple aroma, but it hits it's mark. Bitter dark chocolate, powdery cocoa, some creamier milk chocolate, subtle notes of vanilla, and lots of dark roasted barley / malt. Hint of earthy / citric hop presence in there, also. Hint of raspberry? Some roasted nuttiness. Fairly tame, but nice enough.

T - Taste follows the nose: dark chocolate, bitter cold coffee beans, lightly burnt / ashy tasting, dark creamy cacao, some caramel, earthy / herbal / citric hop presence. Beautiful chocolate dominates, though. Very dark, rich, and roasty.

M - Feel is fairly dark, roasty, chalky, bitter, and dry. Medium-full bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, I rather enjoyed it, despite the fairly poor acclaim it's received on here. Somewhat of a simplistic, raw, and gritty imperial stout, but it's a solid and easy drinker, especially at 9.00% abv. Has me very intrigued to try more beers from Hermitage Brewing. I would recommend it, if you see it.

Hermitage Brewing Ale Of The 2 Tun ---4/5.

mfnmbvp, Feb 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

LoFiDave, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of BierJager89
4.49/5  rDev +21.7%

A: Dark chocolate color, dark brown head.

S: Chocolate and black liquorish in the nose.

T: Chocolate, coffee, molasses, delicious!

M: Full bodied and smooth.

O: This beer is great! I definitely recommend it if you can find it. That said, I think it's distribution is really small. If you're in northern California, look for it.

BierJager89, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of homebrew311
3.04/5  rDev -17.6%

Appearance is dark brown with some light passage. Nose is chock full of roasted malts with heavy roasted barley and chocolately character. Not getting much depth or richness in the nose like is expect in a imperial stout. Taste has harsh specialty grains up front, seems like there may have been some temperature issues with the mashing of this beer... Either that or just not enough base malt to support the specialty grains. The taste is dry, bitter, and has chalky chocolate flavor. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and light bodied for style. Overall, pretty disappointing.

homebrew311, Jan 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

greymalkin, Jan 12, 2014
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3.91/5  rDev +6%

Pours seal brown with a modest cap of mocha foam that settles into a soapy film. Broad swaths of lacing decorate the glass as the beer descends. The aroma, while not especially powerful, smells of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and salted caramel.

Taste is relatively mild and malt-forward up front before being overtaken by a flash of bitterness in the middle. The malt character consists primarily of burnt roast and dark chocolate, while the hops are a blend of herbal and piney. The astringent bitterness of the roasted malt helps segue into the more hopcentric bitterness that follows. A pleasant roasted chocolate haze lingers into the finish. Alcohol creeps up on the back end, but for the most part it is very well concealed. Additionally, some dark fruit begins to manifest as the beer warms--there may be more to this brew than first appeared. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich, albeit slightly thin for an imperial stout.

Overall, this is a very solid, drinkable imperial stout without any bells and whistles. It could be a bit heavier bodied in my estimation, but that's if I'm being picky. This would probably be a good starting point if you were introducing someone to the style.

MaximalC, Jan 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

KristineT, Oct 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

KevT, Oct 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Sep 26, 2013
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4.11/5  rDev +11.4%

Pours a black color. 3/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight oatmeal, slight of roasted malt, hint of hop, and hint of pine. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, roasted malt, hops, hint of pine, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend with a very refreshing body. Seems more aptly to fit into the American Porter category than the American Double / Imperial Stout category.

Tone, Aug 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

AlaskanYoung, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%

Appearance - Pours near jet black with a dark cocoa powder colored 3 finger head. Fair retention, leaving a fine layer of microbubbles across the surface. Decent lacing around the glass with fair stick.

Smell - Aroma hits predominantly on cocoa nibs, while some earthiness and metallic notes creep beneath.

Taste - Flips the script on what was perceived with the nose; significantly more earthy and metallic character on the tongue, while chocolate character takes a major backseat. Distant baker's chocolate. Mild Coffee grounds. Finishes with fair balance, while the metallic presence rides out with the coffee grounds in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth. A bit thin for the style. Goes down easy.

Overall - Maybe it's because I was spoiled by the Old Viscosity last night, but this one has been a bit disappointing. Really earthy. Very little of the 'punch you in the mouth' character that impy stouts are known for. It's a fair beer overall, but for the price (5 bucks I think?) I'll probably never buy it again.

TheSixthRing, Jun 26, 2013
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3.69/5  rDev 0%

Pours ebony with a pinky of caramel/brown head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Chocolate, cocoa & roastynness

T: Baker's chocolate & roastyness up front, plus dryness, a touch of dark choclate too. Cocoa, roastyness & dryness as this warms, some Baker's chocolate, plus a whisper of figs & woody hops. Finishes dry & roasty, with slight choclate sweetness

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation

Not bad, not a must buy, but worth a try, if you like em dry & roasty, this might be your huckleberry. Not every beer I've tried from these guys kicks ass, but I will try any new ones I come across

russpowell, Jun 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Weas, Jun 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

t0rin0, Apr 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

MarioM, Nov 23, 2012
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Ale Of The 2 TUN from Hermitage Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.