Don Cornelius | High & Mighty Beer Co.

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Don CorneliusDon Cornelius

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High & Mighty Beer Co.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by rudzud on 03-30-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 6
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of dirtylou
2.45/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

22oz bomber, hilliards can-pint

Light murky autumn body - huge foamy white head - really overcarbonated at first glance, which unfortunately is detrimental to all facets of the beer. There are some coffee notes but not really any bourbon - carbonation provides a huge tang factor that couldnt have been part of the vision here. Hmm.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to F2brewers for sending this one down to me. This beer poured out as a murky looking brown color with a big off white head on top. The lacing was pretty sticky and the retention was decent. The smell of the beer is pretty good, there are notes of the coffee and the barrel aging as well. The flavor is mild but has several elements going on in it as well. The coffee notes are pretty solid with a sweetness from the bourbon in the finish. The mouthfeel is a little over carbed in my opinion, this beer was way too active I thought. The body was on the lighter side also. Overall this beer was pretty good, I am happy to have tried it.

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Photo of Prost76
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Eddxii
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a murky brown, hazy with very little head but impressively robust lacing along the glass. The aroma is as expected, bringing forth roasted malts with the strong presence of coffee. After the ale has a while to breathe, you can start to detect the subtle sweetness associated with the bourbon barrel aging.

Don Cornelius drinks with a thin to medium body. The initial taste isn’t particularly interesting; the malty notes, the coffee notes, and the slightly annoying phenol notes are the first to hit the palate, as expected given the style of the beer. I could not immediately find the bourbon notes, making me wonder if I’d accidentally been given a bottle of High and Mighty’s regular coffee brown ale. However, right around the tenth sip, the bourbon barrel aging became apparent. Though the subtle taste is more oak than bourbon, it does give the ale some necessary depth. Don Cornelius grows on you as it warms and as you settle into a drinking groove.

High and Mighty’s Don Cornelius is a pretty good beer. It’s nothing exceptional, a bit thin for the potent tastes within, more Corrine Bailey Rae than Mary J. Blige, if you will. (And that is no slight to Ms. Rae, Mary J. is just…well, Mary J.) Though the bourbon elements are well-blended into the other flavors, I would have liked to see it more pronounced. But that’s purely a personal opinion. Overall, Don Cornelius is smooth, but that’s a general truism that goes without saying.

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 22 oz bottle into a duvel tulip.

A: pours a nice dark brown that is ran around the edges when held to light. Nice 1 finger of slightly tanned head that dissapates with the quickness. Leaving some spotty lacing.

S: a bit of Coffey and some earthy brown Malts.... A touch of oak in there as well. Then I get a touch of chocolate and burbon.... Burbon seems light on the nose.... But well blended in with the other characteristics.... A touch of toffee on there as well.... To be honest an earthyness seems to be the most pronounced part of the nose.... I was expecting a bit more intensity from the coffe and especially the burbon.

T: a bit of a let down from what I hoped for. Starts off with light toffe and earthy brownness, with a bit of toasty oak and not much burbon at all... The coffe is there too but not as much as I would've liked. A bit d chocolate comes in on the finish as well... Along with a nuttyness.

M: light bodied with crisp carbonation on the high end of medium ...
Body almost had a watery feel to it, which I am not a huge fan of, there is a hint of leading towards creamyness, which would, IMO, if the body had a much more creamy texture to it would have greatly enhanced this brew.

O: a decent brew, but honestly I was a bit dissapointed, inline buffalo trace burbon, which I heard are the barrells they used for this paticulat brew, and I was hoping it would play a more major role in the taste and aroma profile.... All the flavors ate very well balanced, between the. Offer and the brown ale and the burbon barrel nothing is overwhelming.... Bit it leavs me wanting more.

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Photo of Auror
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of jlindros
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Fizzy 1 finger fizzy fluffy head never seems to fade reinforced by many bubbles, murky cola syrup gray matter burnt saw dust color. The color is not a pretty sight, but the nice head helps redeem it a bit.

Nose has great fresh cold infused coffee, nice toasty brown malts, hint of toffee, molasses, hint of woody ester I think.

Taste brings a bit of bourbon, but not much, a nice subtle bourbon that blends well with the malts. Plenty of toasty slightly sweet brown malts, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, molasses, hint of creamy malt. Then coffee, fresh cold infused coffee, espresso, that cadences well with malts and light bourbon. Hint of wood, bit of earthy hops in the background ea hint of bitterness but no tannins or bitterness from the espresso which is nice. Finishes drier, fairly clean, hint more coffee, brown sugar, caramel toffee, and toasty malts all linger.

Mouth is slightly lighter bodied, good carb.

Overall pretty good, I'm impressed, cold infused coffee was done well, I'm a big fan of bourbon and although this was light it meshed well with the other characters, nice malts, and hint of hops to balance with a light bitterness. and very drinkable.

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Photo of rudzud
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a brown ale brewed with coffee aged on bourbon barrels.

A - Poured into a German style pub mug a cloudy, hazy hazelnut cola syrup hue. Seriously, this color looks awful. Like melted sienna brown crayon with a one finger mochaish head that has a thick blanket. Kinda grey too.

S - Aromas of light sweet roasty malts and light bourbon but there is some really nice roast coffee on the nose here. Like a cup of roasty morning brew.

T - Hmmm....really don't mind this at all. A very light flavour profile. This all being said what's there is good brown ale. Sweet, Carmel malts with very nice light bourbon. There is a very nice pleasant coffee flavour; kinda sweet kinda a nice iced coffee.

M - Mouthfeel is a a bit thin for me. Its super drinkable and enjoyable, just want a little more for a brown ale.

O - Overall this was a very surprising beer for high and mighty. Like the low subtle brown profile with good notes of coffee and almost indistinguishable bourbon. Glad I tried it.

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Don Cornelius from High & Mighty Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 15 ratings