Old 1713 - Two Brothers Brewing Company
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
3.7/5 rDev +3.1%
From: Piccadilly in Champaign, IL
Date: None on bottle, in stores in August
Glass: Standard US pint glass
Two Brothers produces a hop-forward Scottish ale. A bit strange in theory, but generally successful in execution, this is a nicely caramel-malt-sweet ale with aggressive hop bitterness, but not much in the way of citrus flavors. Would have again if seen.
Pours a Head retention is at or a little below average, but the receding foam does leave behind significant rings of lacing along the sides of the glass, and the sheeting action after each sip is very pleasant to behold. The body is a transparent brown-orange color, light bringing out lighter shades of burnt orange and even a bit of goldenrod. Carbonation is visible and substantial, rising steadily from the bottom of the glass.
Aroma is substantially caramel-like, with a hint of toasted nuts. No ethanol is really present, and the bittering hops that lie in wait are not particularly noticeable here. The scent profile is a little on the weak side once the head fades, a bit disappointing.
Two Brothers has interestingly decided not to focus solely on the malt in this, more than balancing it with substantial bittering hops. Front of palate picks up some caramel malt sweetness with a bit of mineral character and some light, bitter hoppiness. Mid-palate finds an interesting mix of caramel malt and substantial, bitter hoppiness, with the caramel malt just winning out. Back of palate picks up substantial hop bitterness, less noticeable malt sweetness and caramel flavor, and a brief bit of ethanol. Lingering hop bitterness in the aftertaste, actually slightly overpowering the caramel-like residual maltiness.
Beer is medium bodied and quite full, with carbonation being at medium to medium-low levels. The result is a generally smooth mouthfeel, with a bit of fizzy carbonation to make things interesting initially. Finish is dry and a bit sticky, as expected.
09-29-2012 05:34:12 | More by falloutsnow
More User Reviews:
3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
22 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.
A - Pours a light copper color with full carbonation that produces a two-finger head of rich, ecru foam that slowly collapses, leaving full rings of lace on the side and pillows on the surface. The beer is a rosewood and low sunset color, and clear.
S - Well-toasted caramel malts and brown sugar jump into the nose. Hints of white pepper and cinnamon spice along with dusky floral hops follow and demand notice.
T - Dark, dry floral, almost resin hops define the taste, with the toasted, slightly burnt caramel and butterscotch malts supporting them in the background. This is a NW US version of the style - hop-forward and favoring bitter. Slightly boozy on the finish, but the alcohol - almost 8% - is well-hidden.
M - Fizzy, almost foamy fills the mouth. Full carbonation, just as the pour suggested. Lighter body than expected. Hops really clean off the palette for the finish, and it's their bitterness that lingers on the tongue with just a touch of dark caramel. Well-blended, solid structure.
O - The quality of the components is readily apparent. It's definitely an American take rather than a traditional one on the style, with the hops taking the lead and the malts in the supporting role. I want to like this beer more than I do because it's very well-made, but I much prefer my Scotch ales being malt-forward. Still, definitely worth tasting, and would make an excellent gift for someone who likes his hops.
10-10-2012 02:00:25 | More by BuckeyeSlim
3.08/5 rDev -14.2%
(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer pours a slightly dense dark caramel body with a bubbly off-white head that soon fades to a thick ring. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface.
S- The clean aroma has some mineral notes and a dark toast and malt note in the finish.
T- The big bitterness doesn't have much other hop character to it with a dry dark toasted malt note underneath. There is a bitterness that lingers still without much hop flavor. As the beer grows a mineral water flavor comes through.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a scrubbing fizz and no alcohol heat.
O- This beer has a big hop bitterness and fizz that cover up all the much softer flavors. There are no characteristics of a classic Scottish ale but regardless of any style guidelines it just doesn't have any good hop or malt flavors. A bit tough to drink because of the bitterness.
08-02-2012 12:46:37 | More by rhoadsrage
3.79/5 rDev +5.6%
This brew is a pretty red-brown in color and pretty dense-looking. The tan head is more than moderately sized and completely solid with excellent retention. Lacing remains on the glass via steady patching and some spotting.
This has the Wee Heavy profile and character and does a good job with it, though it could gain from more depth. On a hefty malt support are mostly a variety of big (though not juicy) fruits along with a light metallic note before more specifically dark fruits notes, dates and raisins and maybe soemthing like cherry. There's a little caramel as well. There also seems to be a floral component in the gentle hops bitterness. It doesn't go too sweet or boozy, but I think this is a case in which, in attemptimg balance, a little of the edge was lost. It's still a good beer and a good example of the style.
The maltiness is evident in the body's density and feel; it results in a big, nearly full-bodied beer. It's also both creamy and crisp, and consistently each.
06-20-2013 23:34:23 | More by Brenden
3.75/5 rDev +4.5%
The Old 1713 is a retro release for the two brothers. The beer poured a rich clear amber with thin slightly off-white head that is lacing nicely. The smell was mostly non-existent...some slight caramel malt. The taste starts very malty with hints of caramel....then the hops and alcohol turn the beer slightly bitter which helps to clear the pallet nicely. The mouthfeel was nice....a fuller body with smooth carbonation. Overall it is a nice Scotch Ale.
12-30-2012 03:30:02 | More by WoodBrew
3.15/5 rDev -12.3%
Poured a deep clean mahagony With a light sticky white.
The smell is great. Big and malty With lots of toasted caramel.
The flavor is a big drop of from the smell. Its thin with dry toasted malts And a long lingering bitterness. Surprisingly shallow flavor profile.
The mouth feel is very dry and thin.
Not a great Scotch ale.
08-23-2012 01:35:28 | More by bashiba
3.68/5 rDev +2.5%
Appearance is rust red and rather flat, expected from a scotch ale.
I immediately smell the scotch, Two Brothers didn't even attempt to hide it, not very inviting honestly.
Tastes like scotch and flat beer, too much malt, not enough hop to counteract that fact.
Mouthfeel is a total malt bomb, I'll pass.
Overall I love me some TB, but this was not a good showing from them.
05-04-2014 14:08:35 | More by larryarms847
3.53/5 rDev -1.7%
22oz. Pretty clear dark red pour. Layer of white. Laces the glass just a bit.
Aroma, toasted malt, toffee and some herbal hop notes.
Taste, a little herbal and pine up front. Not overbearing really though. A nice toffee, leather, toasted malt the rest of the way. As it warms some pumpernickel and light cocoa comes out.
About mid bodied. Coats enough. Easy to drink with the more balanced than usual nature. Abv is well hidden.
A more balanced rather than malt bomb. I prefer the malt bomb, but this really wasn't bad.
11-05-2012 03:30:13 | More by Bung
3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
Bomber from Best Value Liquors, poured into a mug. Dark copper color, caramel tinged amber. It has a small head then it settles to to a thin tan skim. A ring of lace forms inside the glass. Coverage is pretty good, translates to solid head retention.
Nutty, toasty malt aroma, lightly sweet nougat. Mostly dry and toasty grains though.
Clean dry flavor, malt foward with nutty traces lending some bitterness in the aftertaste. Walnut, toast, light hoppy bitterness. Light to medium bodied with a light amount of carbonation. Easily drinkable, comes across like a burly munich dunkel with less sweetness. Dry overall with a hint of sweetness upront that disappears quickly. It's a good Scottish Ale, clean with a pleasant taste. Worth trying once at least...
07-15-2012 02:14:39 | More by emerge077
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
Served in a shaker pint glass at Atlas Brewing Company.
The final stop on the Second Annual Bachelor Party Free-For-All! Quite the ride, indeed. This stuff pours a clear amber-copper topped by over a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, toffee, and very light pine sap. The taste brings in more of the same, with more pine sap coming through, and some light lemon peel joining the party. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a nice Scottish ale, nothing amazing, but something generally enjoyable.
07-24-2012 00:12:54 | More by TMoney2591
3.23/5 rDev -10%
Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.
A: Clear, dark amber color with a loose peripheral ring of off-white bubbles. Scant lacing remains on the glass.
S: Very fruity, like cooked apples, with definite caramel character as well.
T: Begins off-dry, with early esters that match the fruit of the smell followed too soon by particularly spicy acidity. A drying trend begins early in the middle causing the early malt qualities to become diminished. The finish is too clean and bitter, a little herbaceous.
M: Thin to medium viscosity, balanced if a little syrupy and acidic, with moderate carbonation.
D/O: This mid-strength scotch ale begins alright but loses its best qualities too soon. Bitterness reaches uncharacteristic levels as malt is pre-empted.
08-23-2012 22:52:02 | More by beagle75
Old 1713 from Two Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.