Ale Of The 2 TUN - Hermitage Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

51 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: Zorro on 02-27-2011

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 19
Reviews by MaximalC:
Photo of MaximalC
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle from the brewery.

Opaque black with a dark coffee colored lacing.

Big roasty aroma with chocolate and espresso in the nose.

Super creamy, smooth, viscous, and a bit chewy on the palate. Flavors of bittersweet chocolate, dense fudginess, dark roast coffee, and a tangy molasses that melds with dark ripe fruits. Some black pepper in the back. Bitterness is rather low, but leafy hop notes emerge around the edges. Alcohol isn't apparent. Roasty in the finish with a smoky linger.

While this Impy is packed with flavor upfront, it seems a bit short lived and lacks some depth. But that's fine with me. Its straight-forwardness makes it very approachable and reduces the need to share the bottle in order to finish it.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hermitage Brewing "Ale of the 2 Tun"
500 ml brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$5.99 @ Total Wine & More #901, Tampa, FL

Hermitage Brewing's "Ale of the 2 Tun" pours a completely opaque brown-black body beneath a two finger thick head of frothy dark tan that holds incredibly well and leaves really nice lacing about the glass as it goes.

Dark chocolate and sweet cocoa powder greet you in the nose alongside a spicy and grassy backing with just a hint of fruitiness behind. Further investigation reveals dry grain, toast, and golden caramel.

It's fairly viscous across the tongue, but with its bristling, fine-bubbled carbonation and a splash of alcohol it seems thinner.

Golden caramel returns in the flavor, but this time it's set against balancing espresso, leaving it less sweet than you might have expected. All of the dark bittersweet chocolate and sweeter cocoa powder remain, balanced by a solid bitterness and more of the spiciness and grassy (there's also some light pine) character that was found in the nose. As it warms it softens a bit to become more fudge-like, but the bitterness remains, leading to a dry finish with some residual bittersweet chocolate and spicy/grassy/piney character.

Overall, it's not overtly complex (nor should it be as an Imperial stout) but it's rich, and quite straightforward in it's overall chocolate character. It makes a good sipper, and mostly likely an excellent dessert beer when paired with something sweet that needs a touch of bitter chocolate.

Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Zorro
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light proof black colored beer with a small brown colored head. This is the color often called 'Used Motor Oil."

Smell is mostly patent malt slight coffee and chocolate but the smell is raw malt. Semi-sweet smell and some bread.

Starts out semi sweet with a bread and yeast aftertaste. Fair charred grain and chocolate flavor. No subtlety here, just a strong alcoholic stout.

Mouthfeel is good and thick.

Drinkability is just OK. Nothing offensive about this beer, but with the ready availability of Stone RIS just about year round; you have to do better to get picked over a $6 bottle of the Stone RIS.

Photo of t420o
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured hard produces a 1 finger mocha colored head that recedes after a sip or two leaving some nice lacing. Beer is black in color. A good looking stout

S- Hot chocolate mix, dark chocolate, some caramel. Not too much going on here

T- Chocolate, smokiness, caramel, black licorice. Again, not a whole lot going on here. A pretty solid beer but nothing special and there are MANY more beers I'd rather have than this one for the $5-$6 (depending if on "sale" or not) price tag for a 16.9 oz bottle.

M- A bit thin. Good carbonation level though.

O- This is a good beer and one that has got me curious about this brewery. As much as I'd like to try the rest of their beers, I truly cannot bring myself to spend $6 on their beers. If they lowered this to $3 or maybe $4 I would try the rest. If other breweries can produce superior beers in 22 oz bottles for the same price of less, than why can't Hermitage. Probably because the economies of scale keeps prices higher, but they will also keep me away.

Photo of alexhahn82
2.06/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Dark black with a tinge of green color, 1 finger head that dissipates into lacing. Hints of rust INSIDE the cap, not on the outside.

S - Smells like metal, metal, metal, and a hint of chocolate at the end.

T/m - Chocolate up front, almost more of a cocoa or bakers chocolate taste. No hint of the rust in flavor. A very bitter taste at the end. Very thin in texture.

O- Another disappointing beer from Hermitage Brewing Company, I swore them off after the first beer when you could tell they were a sublet or prop brewery trying to capitalize on a micro/craft image, but this was a gift.

PP (Price Point) - Was a gift but I know its in the $4/$5 price range around here. Also I chose to review the beer even noticing the rust due to the fact everything they release has had rust, and its from a brewery 80 miles away. Run, run, run away and dont touch this stuff!

Photo of Tone
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with one-finger tan head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of roasted malt, chocolate and some burnt molasses.

T - It tasted of chocolate, roasted malt, burnt molasses and some booziness. There was a light piney bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a nice imperial stout. I found it much better than their imperial IPA.

Photo of rKunda
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this. Poured a nice head. It was sort of like Young's chocolate stout, but not as thick, or as sweet. It was on sale. I don't know if it would be worth the cost w/o a discount as it's around $6, enough for some of my more favorite beers, but I likes this a lot.

Fairly thick, but not as powerful as some other stouts. I'd almost like a solid ale / stout mix.

Photo of homebrew311
3.09/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a half-litre bottle into a St Bernardus goblet.

A: Very dark, with a finger of creamy head that fades fast. Opaque.

S: Vanilla, licorice, molasses, a tinge of metal, fruit, chocolate, and roasted malt.

T/M: Smooth and creamy, with soft cream flavours and a meaty aftertaste. Roasted malt bitterness on the endtaste. The mouthfeel is velvety-smooth. Almost TOO soft. A little bland and/or undercarbonated.

O: Better than I thought it would be! A nice imperial stout. Recommended, but not great.

Photo of chrisjws
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter from a fresh growler from the brewery, batch was released two weeks ago

A: Pitch black, no light around the edges. Single finger of dark brown head. No alcohol legs.
S: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, bready scents in the background
T: Dark chocolate upfront, a bit of a bitter bite, dark roasted coffee and finishes with a little bit of bread
M: Giant mouthfeel, consistency is close to motor oil. Medium carbonation adds to the dark chocolate bit.
O: One of my favorite stouts from this brewery. Big big flavors, and it ages well. Pairs great with dark chocolates or salted chocolates.

Photo of allengarvin
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: 4.0 - Inky black color, with a distinctly brown head on top of it.
S: 4.0 - Strongly chocolatey aroma with a ripe estery fruitiness.
T: 4.0 - Dominate taste is cocoa and bitter dark chocolate. Actual hop bitterness doesn't seem high, and it's only mildly sweet. Fruity yeast character.
M: 4.5 - Doesn't feel like a heavy 9% beer! Nice light body despite the strength.
O: 4.25 - Somewhat of a simple beer, but perhaps that adds to the drinkability. I enjoyed it, and would be willing to try again.

Photo of BierJager89
4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of inSTIGator
4.73/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really great not too heavy beer!

Photo of UncleEmu
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Ale Of The 2 TUN from Hermitage Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.