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Ale Of The 2 TUN - Hermitage Brewing

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
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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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 18
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3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Todd
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
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 NeroFiddled
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
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 boudeysbigbrew
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AndyEdgar
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jsh420
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 Peter_Marinelli
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of amvrana
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +7%

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 kew
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of cdwil
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Danobold
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Craigmac21
5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of UncleEmu
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of mrcraft
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of johnhkelm
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of bcm75
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Benvarine
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Eric908
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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 LoFiDave
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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Ale Of The 2 TUN from Hermitage Brewing
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