1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Thunder Hole Ale - Bar Harbor Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Thunder Hole AleThunder Hole Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

210 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 210
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bar Harbor Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Delicious. Full-bodied. Complex. Sure, you can say all those things. Wouldn't it be a lot more fun to take a sip of this handcrafted brown ale and come up with your own superlatives? This is the brown ale that beat Newcastle, Sam Adams and more, at the World Beer Championships in Chicago.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-10-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 210 | Reviews: 119 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of kvgomps
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

kvgomps, May 08, 2014
Photo of Belittle
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Belittle, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of MA08
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

MA08, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of BFCarr
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

BFCarr, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of CSeavey64
3/5  rDev -19.4%

CSeavey64, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of thecheapies
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thunder Hole; a questionable name for a beer.

Pours out a deep reddish-brown. Glazing microsuds cloud the top. There doesn't seem to be a whole lotta carbonation in this sucker.

Malty brown ale nuttiness with some appealing bitter relief. Not far estranged from flavors of light roast coffee and English toffee. A little tea-like with an earthiness that has good character. I like this aroma.

Ooh, great flavor! Earthy roast, toffee malts, light roast coffee, chicory root, Earl Grey tea, and a finishing minerality. Very easy to drink, and appropriately tasty. Maybe, exceedingly tasty for an American Brown. Mouthfeel lacks from a blandness of low levels of carbonation and a wet medium body. Zapped. Needs some chew or some foam to cut through. Otherwise, a brown ale that is more than trustworthy. I would go to this.

thecheapies, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of AJ01923
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

AJ01923, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of h4ger
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

h4ger, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of dlindsay79
4/5  rDev +7.5%

dlindsay79, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: When held up to a light, the beer is clear very dark garnet red in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Moderate aromas of nutty malts are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is very nutty and has underlying hints of toffee malts. Neither sweetness nor bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed this beer as it was filled with flavors of nutty malts but was very easy to drink and sessionable. This would make for a nice accompaniment to a burger if you are looking to pair it with a meal.

metter98, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of wonothesane42
4/5  rDev +7.5%

wonothesane42, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of DarkLordPsycho
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

DarkLordPsycho, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of skywizzard
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

skywizzard, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of Vylo
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Vylo, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

jaydoc, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Vonhinx
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Vonhinx, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of beergoot
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reddish brown body with a thick yet quickly dissipating head that leaves a sparse swirl of foam on top. Roasted grains and nuts in the aroma; a bit of dark chocolate. Taste follows the nose along with a twinge of hop bitterness that builds and lingers at the end. Medium bodied, smooth finish.

Lacing still appeared on the glass despite looking pretty weak and thin. But the aroma and taste really pull this one up. There is a lot of caramel and semi-sweet chocolate notes in this one. Pretty good job of presenting the malt highlights.

beergoot, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

AndrewMichael, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of JuiceSpringsteen
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

JuiceSpringsteen, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of bdaggett
3/5  rDev -19.4%

bdaggett, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of DJoe
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

DJoe, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of mpenning13
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

mpenning13, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of Thunderchief
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Thunderchief, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Los1324
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Los1324, Sep 02, 2013
Thunder Hole Ale from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.