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Ale Of The 2 TUN - Hermitage Brewing

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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Zorro on 02-27-2011)
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BierJager89

California

4.49/5  rDev +23.4%

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.

01-18-2014 17:30:42 | More by BierJager89
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johnhkelm

California

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

06-23-2014 00:08:41 | More by johnhkelm
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Benvarine

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

02-24-2014 02:30:37 | More by Benvarine
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Tone

Missouri

4.11/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

08-17-2013 04:16:31 | More by Tone
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UncleEmu

Hawaii

4.09/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

07-14-2014 17:37:23 | More by UncleEmu
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.9%

02-18-2014 03:37:01 | More by Texasfan549
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greymalkin

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

01-12-2014 02:04:13 | More by greymalkin
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MaximalC

Illinois

3.91/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

01-05-2014 01:46:39 | More by MaximalC
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AgentMunky

California

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

04-14-2012 06:14:49 | More by AgentMunky
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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

11-12-2012 02:59:09 | More by zeff80
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

02-03-2014 00:50:53 | More by mfnmbvp
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rKunda

California

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

04-22-2011 22:08:36 | More by rKunda
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mrcraft

California

3.75/5  rDev +3%

06-23-2014 05:32:43 | More by mrcraft
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LoFiDave

California

3.75/5  rDev +3%

01-25-2014 03:10:31 | More by LoFiDave
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KevT

California

3.75/5  rDev +3%

10-12-2013 02:37:36 | More by KevT
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bcm75

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3%

02-27-2014 03:37:54 | More by bcm75
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Weas

Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev +3%

06-04-2013 23:17:11 | More by Weas
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AlaskanYoung

Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev +3%

08-03-2013 02:54:39 | More by AlaskanYoung
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MarioM

California

3.75/5  rDev +3%

11-23-2012 03:30:15 | More by MarioM
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.69/5  rDev +1.4%

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

06-12-2013 02:11:11 | More by russpowell
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Eric908

South Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

02-05-2014 22:25:24 | More by Eric908
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cycoduck

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

02-02-2012 02:14:45 | More by cycoduck
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TheSixthRing

California

3.38/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

06-26-2013 05:16:31 | More by TheSixthRing
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Zorro

California

3.28/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

02-27-2011 02:38:46 | More by Zorro
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KristineT

California

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

10-12-2013 03:57:52 | More by KristineT
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Ale Of The 2 TUN from Hermitage Brewing
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