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

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Legend 2014 20th Anniversary Olde Oaked Brown AleLegend 2014 20th Anniversary Olde Oaked Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Liveupthere on 01-23-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.75/5  rDev +27%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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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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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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4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

the best thing to come out of tommyknocker in some time. fashioned as an oak aged old ale/brown ale hybrid, i thought this was excellent. I've always liked their bigger stuff like butt head bock, and this continues where that leaves off. its got a lot of cloudiness on the pour, which is dark copper, caramel colored, dense as they get, with a splashy off white head. not much light coming in, and a nose of sweet malt. that old ale grain overdose character is there, and the alcohol is a reminder of its strength without being intrusive. some sweeter toffee and candy sugar notes, as well as all kinds of oak on this, good char, rich and tasty, wintery. the flavor agrees with the smell, lots of grain, id be curious to see the malt bill on this monster, it drinks a little syrupy as a result, but its nowhere near as sweet or as boozy as it smells, its really well crafted. i don't get all the haze though, maybe is from extended barrel time, but there is no reason for this to be yeasty, and it doesn't taste like it is. lots of oak flavor, vanilla and honey, as well as some milky element that kind of oddly works. booze stays in the background, and i genuinely enjoyed this one. full bodied, pleasantly warming, and just a total rejuvenation of my enthusiasm for this brewery.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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