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Legend 2014 20th Anniversary Olde Oaked Brown Ale | Tommyknocker Brewery

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3.74/5
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51 Ratings
Legend 2014 20th Anniversary Olde Oaked Brown AleLegend 2014 20th Anniversary Olde Oaked Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States
tommyknocker.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Liveupthere on 01-23-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
51
pDev:
9.63%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
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Gots:
9
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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by Liveupthere:
Photo of Liveupthere
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Good offering from Tommyknocker. The booze hits you more as it warms up. Great mouthful indicative of a brown ale. Would like a little more wood taste and less smoke. Also, the head was a little weak, but it could be my poor pouring skills. Still a good beer from an underrated brewery. Happy 20th Tommyknocker!

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Photo of tigg924
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy, dark brown in color with minimal head. Taste is oak,baker's chocolate, raisin, roasted malt, alcohol, and vanilla. Medium heavy bodied, sweet, with low carbonation. Tasty sipper. One I would be happy to get again. Worthy of an anniversary beer.

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Basoos1
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Drknight
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of KeyWestGator
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of carteravebrew
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of woodychandler
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody continues with one burbling up from the depths. It was purchased & set aside with the best of intentions, but forgotten in the mélange. C'est la guerre!

From the bottle: "Discover the Legend!"; "The brewers at Tommyknocker Brewery proudly present LEGEND 2014. This Olde Oaked Brown Ale commemorates 20 years of award-winning quality craftsmanship. Legend is small batch brewed with toasted Hungarian Oak, along with Crystal, Munich, Chocolate and Rye malts. A selection of American hops enhances the full bodied old world flavor profile. Notes of dark spiced vanilla and toasted oak, as well as harmonizing hints of lightly smoky biscuit aromas, meld into a beer worthy of celebration."; "Thanks to all who have taken part in twenty years years [sic] of the Tommyknocker legend. The Legend lives on! [undersigned] Steve Inderhuis (sp?) Brewmaster".

There was a good bit of lees visible on the punt, so following a Pop! of the cap, I employed a very slow, gentle pour into the awaiting glass. Once sufficiently decanted, an in-glass swirl produced a brief finger of foamy, light-tan head that quickly faded away to wisps. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was VERY sweet, bready with notes of whisky, leather, treacle, unsweetened chocolate and light smoke. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was rather riotous with seemingly everything but the kitchen sink making an appearance. The initial flavors were dichotomous - vanilla and chocolate, followed by a woody oakiness and then the more aged flavors began to kick in with leather, whisky & treacle, next came a caramel breadiness as my taste buds heaved a giant sigh. Phew! The aging and subsequent formation of the lees indicated that the yeast had been hard at work. The finish was therefore quite dry. It kind of reminded me of a Port or Sherry, especially with the lingering dried dark fruit flavors. By no means would I think of it as sweet, but the fruitiness seemed to appear out of nowhere, much like this bottle.

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Photo of Mikus
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chocolate brown color with copper edges. There was only about a half finger of beige head and it dissipated very quickly. The nose is both bready and woody. The body is substantial but the malt flavor lacks the depth and maturity I'd expect in a beer aged in oak. The finish is dry, but also has a slight alcohol bite that gets in the way.

This offering is quite a mixed bag - I like it, but not enough to consider it excellent.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served on tap at Ale Mary’s Beer Hall in Royal Oak, Michigan. It arrived in a 12oz. house snifter, showcasing a dark molasses colored beverage with no real head to be seen. Caved lacing was left around the glass despite this. No sediment or haze was noted, and carbonation appeared to be nearly absent. The aroma gave notes of burnt brown, black, and caramel malts, brandy soaked raisins, phenolic plastics, dried but perfumed floral hops, breakfast tea tannins, cracked wheat graininess, white vinegar acidity, cheap pancake syrup, biting lemon cleaner, fusel vodka booziness, and soured mossy oakiness. The flavor followed with the heaviest brown malt syrup and sweet malty extract cloy, residual caramel and white sugars, chlorine, smoldering grapefruit oils, dank basement must, light milk chocolate lactics, harsh boozy wash, adjuncty white flour and corn, wax paper, aluminum, chalk, twinges of vinous oakiness, and boysenberry fruitiness. The body was full and chewy, and carbonation was as light as suspected. Slurp and smack were okay, while any creaminess and frothiness was almost entirely lost. The mouth was thickly coated, being rounded out by light puckering dryness of faint tannins. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank only decently.

Overall, this was the first beer we’ve rated from this new local beer bar. We’ve been there a bunch of times already, but this was the first official rating, so we looked for something a bit exotic and landed on this. Stylistically speaking this was quite dark for a brown ale, or for an “American Strong”, as was advertised at the establishment. The flavoring was probably the biggest offender, and assisted in quickly abating an attractiveness and excitement to that point. The nose tended to the mild side, so the subsequent blend of odd, bittered chemical bite and dark malty, sugary cloy kind of catches you off guard. The beer would have been better suited if it were more balanced between these two extremes, with a lighter substance to present to you with. For a big anniversary beer we found this to be disappointingly average.

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Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ISmith87
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - 3.75 - Murky dark brown color with a nice tan head that sticks around.
S - 3.75 - Caramel, toffee, bready, smoke, butterscotch, roasted malt.
T - 3.75 - Definitely getting the oak barrels, smoke, caramel, toffee, roasted malt, toast.
M - 3.75 - Medium mouthfeel. Alc covered. Aftertaste is caramel and toffee.
O - 3.75 - It's not as complex as I'd expect something oak barrel aged to be. I've tasted much more complexity out of browns that aren't barrel aged, so I'm not sure if they just didn't let this sit long enough or what. That said. It's a good beer.

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Photo of davegray
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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Legend 2014 20th Anniversary Olde Oaked Brown Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 51 ratings
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