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Ale Of The 2 TUN - Hermitage Brewing

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Zorro on 02-27-2011

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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 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.

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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Zorro
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
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 Tone
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
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 cdwil
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of homebrew311
3.09/5  rDev -17.4%
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 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 jsh420
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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

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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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