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Ale Of The 2 TUN - Hermitage Brewing

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | 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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5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of inSTIGator
4.73/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really great not too heavy beer!

Photo of BierJager89
4.49/5  rDev +20.1%
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 johnhkelm
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Tone
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
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 allengarvin
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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 UncleEmu
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of greymalkin
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of MaximalC
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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 zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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 mfnmbvp
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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 rKunda
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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3.77/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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Ale Of The 2 TUN from Hermitage Brewing
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