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FE 10 Anniversary Ale - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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FE 10 Anniversary AleFE 10 Anniversary Ale

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very good

36 Ratings

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 07-15-2007

A truly full-bodied beer. Rich, dark, malty and very complex. Belgian Abbey yeast, dark candi sugar and a huge assortment of specialty malts provide layers of complex aromas and flavors.

27 IBU
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at IH Lancaster.

Pours a dark ruby brown with trace amounts of a an off white head, no lace or retention. Strong (boozy) aroma of smoked malt, candi sugar, Belgian yeast and dark fruit. The dark fruit (raisin, plum and grape) lead the flavor with a sneaky cocoa and smoked malt presence in the background. Slightly spicy as well, an overall bludgeoning of flavor with a pleasant amount of heat. Robust and viscous body, low carbonation. This keg was aging nicely and would love to have a sample in this condition again.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A corked and caged bottle, purchased at IH Lancaster.

A: The dark ale is a deep brown, verging on a ruby red. A thin wispy white band is about all that there is to say about that.

S: Chocolate, raisins, brown sugar, dark candi sugars. You name it, this ale brings it. Dark aromas, sweet yeast and plenty of strength lounging about. Cinnamon gradually emerges, a spicy counterpoint.

T: Dark fruits, raisins and grapes, lead the way. Their flavor is augmented by candi sugars and virulent Belgian yeast. Deep caramel malts and toffee have a pleasant sweetnes and are more than able to carry the rest of the ale's body. Spices, cinnamon and brown sugar, provide a deep, warming body. The wall of flavor leads to a dry finish, truth be told I wasn't expecting that one. Grapes and brown sugar drive the finish. Bold and big but delicious.

M: Belgium comes to Wilmington, a bold quad-like ale that brings plenty of spices and fruit to the party. A good choice for a chilly day.

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3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown color, obvious deep roasting of malt. No head. Aroma revealed as much, didn't reveal much in the way of typical Belgian yeast or esters.

Taste, more roast, good alcohol punch, advertised as a quad, didn't really feel like it. Caramel, toffee, prunes, raisins went into this, thankfully not prune or raisin dominated. Leans more roasty than sugary for sure. Not bad for bsda, a style I'm not to into, seemed to be similar, but also owed some thanks to the porter style as well, something that frankly probably made me like this more than pure belgo aficianados would.

Thanks to jh1982 for bringing this to the football tailgate.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a clear, ruby tinted brown color. It was served to me with a small, frothy off-white cap.

s: Lots of warmth wafting off of this one, but it is well incorporated. Surprisingly strong, sort of smoky cocoa aromas are what I noticed first. They aren't the strongest element, it just caught me off guard. There were plenty of fruity esters and lots of candided sugar as well.

t: The first thing I noticed again was that surprising cocoa note. It was quickly joined by fruity, estery flavors of cherry, raisins, and banana; as well as lots of sweet candi sugar. The end dried out with some moderate, especially for the abv, heat.

m: Viscous and gently carbonated.

o: This was a bit odd in a way I can't put my finger on, but I did enjoy it regardless.

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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

FE 10 Anniversary Ale, had ontap @ Ironhill West Chester. So good I had it more than once!

Appearance: Hazy brown, yeasty, dirty brown looking ale that had all the markings of Belgian goodness lurking beneath. Decent head retention and lace.

Smell: Malty, also hints of Belgian yeast fruityness.

Taste: True to Belgian standards, this Strong Dark almost crosses over to Quad territory. Firm maltyness, caramelized sugar, bready and fruity. Has a brown sugar like taste but this is probably the effect of adding Belgian candy sugar into the boil. Suggestions of caramel. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Mouthfeel: Robust and full. Clean and flavorful.

Overall: Solid good scores all around on this one. To be this well rounded, and true to style is noteworthy. Color me impressed.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant (Lancaster, PA) on 1/2/11. Served in a 10 oz goblet. ABV was listed as 9.6%.

Pours a deep clear ruby, topped with a thin head of bright-white colored froth. This retains with about a ½ finger of creamy flare up, that throws a rich cascade of lacing up onto the sides of glass which hangs in some thick swathes. The aroma smells of dark fruit, toasted bread, cocoa, caramel, and sweet sugars, which are all funneled up the nose in a warm alcohol fume. This is fairly flavorful and powerful in the nose but without coming off as overly hot.

The taste has a LOT of rich dark fruit going on with it, with notes of ripe cherries, plums, and dates. This is quickly followed by dense flavorful mix of chocolate, toffee, bread, and candied sugars. Roasted malts pull up the back end of the profile with a rather prominent tasting smoked meat character that lingers on the breath after each sip. The mouthfeel is full bodied and surprisingly sharp, with a firm carbonation that prickles the tongue and then spreads out into the mouth with a creamy feel. Some thick alcohol beef sits with some attitude on the underside of the feel but the overall presence of the ABV is VERY well hid.

I believe that this is supposed to be a Rochefort 10 clone but there were some striking differences between them to me, including flavors of pronounced dark fruitiness and smoked malts. I still rather enjoyed this though, as it was a tasty and powerful sipper that warmed me up rather quickly. I'd like to see how this compares to the bottled version.

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1.75/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This review is more to state that this bottle I'm drinking is past its prime.

Opened it and there was no hiss at all. Trouble! Barely any carbonation...funky nose. Flavor is light fig and malt. No mouthfeel to speak of. I can see where this might have been a nice beer at one point as there is the remnants of a good malty, figgy brew but this one is long gone...

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3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Sep 2007.

Beer geeks love anniversary beers, as celebratory brewers tend to concoct something a little more special than their usual roster. Here sits a big dark Belgian-style beer, corked and caged--similar to a Quad, according to the brewery.

Very heady with tight, tiny beads of lace which leave rings all the way down the glass. Perfumey aroma with mild fruit esters, suggestions of carob powder and light roasted coffee. So damn smooth with a crisp medium body. Big dry malty palate; complex layers of toasted, faintly roasted and bready malt. Suggestions of anise. Minimal hops, hint of bitterness. Touch of alcohol but mellow for its ABV; hints of dark fruit and nutty yeast set in middle-to-end.

Delicious is the first descriptor that comes to mind, a sipper for sure. Let this one stay on the palate to warm up a bit more, and linger over the following sips. The brewery does say that it is similar to a Quad, and if it were a little sweeter it would be spot-on for that style. For pairings, try a nice buttery brie cheese with black currant preserves.

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4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this brew in a trade as an extra. Thanks! This will officially be my first brew from Iron Hill and honestly although not my favorite style, I'm pretty excited to try it. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a dark brownish amber with absolutely NO head what-so-ever. I hope this isn't flat...
Smell- Wow the nose is surprisingly chocolaty with a dark fruity aspect hiding underneath. Plums, raisins, figs and applesauce all make up the aforementioned fruits. Cotton candy and red licorice are abundant as well. The nose isn't all that spicy minus the light bit of alcohol.
Taste- Oh man!! What a surprise! The beer starts with a huge kick of something that tastes exactly like Black Licorice. A Worther's Original like caramel sweetness hides among the chocolate in there somewhere. The dark fruits are abundant just like nose with a really strong prune like flavor. The alcohol is definitely a little warm but not a deal breaker. Lightly spicy from the yeast as well but the black licorice is the dominate flavor. By far.
Mouthfeel- A bit light for a Belgium but considering the alcohol I guess it's to be expected. The carbonation is pretty much not there. Zippo.
Drinkability- No doubt the beer is a bit young. The alcohol is a bit strong and the carbonation in non existent for the most part. BUT, the taste is extremely unique and I happen to love black licorice. Good beer that I really did enjoy thoroughly even though there were a few shortcomings.

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FE 10 Anniversary Ale from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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