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

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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
 
 
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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of StonedTrippin
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%

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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 ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of DoubleJ
2.56/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Maple Nut Brown was pleasing. Oaked Aged Butt Head was even better. Fuse the two concepts together and you get a double brown ale aged with oak. I imagine the malt mouths are all over this. From a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Not much head forms on the pour, and even so it shrinks to a mere lace. As for the beer, it looks like the color brown was given a crisp via hot lava. Looks muddy even. Moving on. Now it has my interest. I smell smoke, vague spice (what is up with that Hungarian oak?), a little toffee and alcohol too. Well, it smells unique.

I expected big and malty, big and malty. I got big and malty, big and malty. Toasty. A squeeze of alcohol. Augh, that's much too toasty. Too sweet. The flavors aren't very interesting. This is so toasty, I could pour this on bread and toast it. It's very slick on the palate as well, so the flavor is not going to be going away soon. Ok, enough!

No sir, I don't like it.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark burgundy, copper brown color with little to no head retention and incredibly viscous as it sticks to the sides of the glass - nice legs on this beer.

S - Oak, nutty, smoke, medium toffee roast, light alcohol, chocolate.

T - Follows the nose quite closely with smoke and oak, biscuity, some medium roasted caramel/toffee malt, some light chocolate, and a mild to moderate blend of dark chocolate bitterness on the back end to keep the sweetness from overpowering the experience.

M - Medium body, light/gentle carbonation, slightly sticky, a little bit thin on the finishing end but slightly chewy up front.

O - No one flavor dominates and everything blends well across the board. The 10% ABV is pretty well hidden because it is not overpowering or obtrusive in any way. I'm the worst critic for Brown Ales because I can't stand them but this one works nicely.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Photo of zekeman17
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of skaboom420
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Drknight
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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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 thecheapies
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color. The head didn't amass much. I had it at a finger, but it fell to a ring.

Dark sugars, meaty Scotch ale malts, faint oxi, rum raisin, faint smoke, molasses, and English malt. No booze yet, which is a plus.

Caramelized sugars, black strap, oak barrel, meaty malts, bruleed vanilla creme, raisin, spiced rum, date sugars, light smoke, and a thinner barley malt finish. I wish this had more substinence. The alcohol is leaking out now. Aforementioned flavors are on the weak side, but duly noted.

A late, prickly effervescence that doesn't actually carry much magnitude. It just kind of comes and tickles. The body is cumbersome. Maybe it's the booze that's making things difficult. Nothing is trying to hide. Upfront 10%. Upfront impy brown slathering maltfest.

I wasn't really impressed with this reissue. I never had the original, so I don't know what magnificence this desecrated... if it's even that bad. I didn't think so. Just a slightly above-average strong ale with it's own brand of confusion, like a mega-beer going through puberty.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of JeffTheJuice
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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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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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