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Legend | Tommyknocker Brewery

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Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-14-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 36
Photo of Brutaltruth
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle version of the red dipped cap. This unique strong ale pours a dark reddish brown with a solid off white head of foam that dies down to a very thin layer and a thick ring. Nose of molasses, oak, vanilla, and strong booze. Flavors exceed the nose with sweet molasses, a dash of maple, a touch of vanilla and oak tot eh sides and back, a light smoke character, and mild spices of light white pepper blending with strong booze. Moderate carbonation makes this one an easy sipper, while the warmth reminds one to go easy. Coating mouth feel with a raisin flavor in the finish. Very good and one of the most complex brews I have had from Tommyknocker to date.


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Photo of JennyFury
2.08/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Was super excited about this beer. Love to review beers on here that I like and get sooty ratings. But this beer, with an 86 rating? Here goes:
Looked good (delicious in fact) poured good. Tasted like sweet molasses with a hint of dirt from my backyard.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottle # 1/1500.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and malt flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the taste is better than the smell in my opinion.

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Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to adnielsen for this handsome stranger, arriving as an extra in a recent trade. 2009 is stamped into the red wax, so this one is three circuits old, give or take. 500ML bottle.

Pour is suprisingly jazzed for an older, bigger brew, big mocha head over a brown body. The nose is raw oak & sweet malt which, while not overly complex, sure is enticing.

Legend is a ballsy name to give any beer; it sets the sipper up for disappointment almost by definition (I mean, how many 'legendary' brews have you had? Don't answer if your avg rate is 4.17). Wanton, unfinished oak scalds the palate & drowns everything else like Kiribati. The oak is, indeed legendary, it's fresh & strong without being rude. Char is the only challenger; might be part & parcel of the wood, or the malts. Soft sweetness, smoke from a distant fire, peck of alcohol, touch of earthiness. In the end, the wood takes over less aggressively & reasserts is supremacy. Lovely balance & the slightly bigger bottle will be no problem at all on this chilly night.

Trying hard to pigeonhole this one & failing. The wood, whatever it is, is really unique, & lends this an original, fast-sipping quality to it. Very good beer.

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Photo of kkrez
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

from notes:

I haven’t been wowed by anything Tommyknocker has made thus far, their stuff is by no means bad, just not “knocker” your socks of good. But because of my open mind and adventurous spirit I forked over the ten dollars to try their latest offering, and am glad I did.
This beer poured a really dark, almost syrupy brown.

Instantly you can smell the Hungarian oak. Other scents that come up are vanilla, bourbon, slight maple and malt sweetness.

Taste is big on the oak, and then some malty sweet, followed by some alcohol taste but without any burn. The alcohol is very well masked; I would never have guessed 10% by taste alone.

This beer drinks very easily; it is actually pretty light on the mouthfeel, a little creamy smooth, but mostly just light.

Overall my favorite TommyKnocker brew

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Photo of corby112
2.78/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I received this as an extra in a past trade but I don't remember who sent it. Thanks anyway, whoever you are.

Pours a deep dark ruby red/chestnut brown that appears almost black in the glass. Completely opaque with slight mahogany edges when held to a light source and a one finger tan foam head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.

Sweet boozy aroma with a good bit of earthy oak, a touch of vanilla, chocolate malt, dark fruit, and earthy hops. Slightly spicy with a touch of pepper.

Medium bodied with a lot of sweet boozy alcohol up front that kind of dominates the flavor throughout and lingers into a hot finish. I'm not picking up the maple syrup at all but the oak from the bal aging is very prominent. Subtle hints of vanilla accompany the oak and there is also some peppery spice, slight toasted malt and earthy hops. Its hard to pick out a lot of the other flavors because the oak and booze are so prominent but it opens up a bit as it warms. Still, this beer is kind of all over the place and doesn't drink very easy.

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Photo of craytonic
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mahogany/ruby pour with a great big head that leaves some nice lacing

Aroma: Maple syrup, touch of bourbon, brownies and dark malts. Enticing

Taste: Similar, I get maple syrup (but not too sweet!), faint bourbon notes, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and brownies. Very tasty; I never noticed the 10%

Body: Very light carbonation; somehow thinner than I expected given the aroma

Drinkability: This is a slow sipper, but I really enjoyed it. Outside of the mouthfeel I think it was a bit better than Founder's canadian breakfast stout.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep amber to brown in color with a tan head. In the aroma, caramel and sticky maple syrup. In the taste, caramel, maple syrup and a dry nuttiness. A smooth and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry to clean aftertaste. It is a bit thin, but nice flavor, a bit sweet for me though.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

interesting 500ml bottle, red-waxed 2009 vintage

secret santa 2k9

appearance: served in my ale asylum chalice, garnet hued mahogany, light beige film with decent lace

smell: bourbon, oak, black cherry, mild tartness, chocolate, dark fruit

taste: I only know Tommyknocker from mix-packs of bad beer - this appears to be their boldest offering so i'm grateful to try it. Legend is actually a really nice beer, albeit a little confusing. Oak, bourbon, dark cherry, chocolate, maple syrup flavors combine in harmony. There is some oak/cherry tartness that hints at New Glarus Enigma, though a distant comparison at best.

mouthfeel: creamy, rich but not heavy

drinkability: good - 10% surprises me

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Photo of mcallister
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ronny Wilson for the bottle!

Deep garnet color with a off white head thick and molten like bubbles leaving a layer of lace and holding good retention.

Bready toasty malts with brown sugar, mollasses, fig, oak, maple, date, caramel, roasted nutty quality with estery phenols.

Very nice beer almost dessert in style. Sweet brown sugar and maple syrup with a dollup of mollasses, candied walnuts, date, caramel, rum soaked raisins, vanilla oak, and hints of plum. Vibrant and in your face malt, creamy and delicious. Hopefully this and now Hop Stike is a new trend for Tommyknocker.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After almost removing a finger I poured this into my Cigar gity snifter. Well, it's brown as advertised. It has a nice head that remains in a spotty lacing. Not bad, just brown.

The smell is nicely complex. Hints of wood, char, coconut, "Halloween candy", and a little maple syrup. Interesting.

The taste isn't as sweet as the nose would have you believe. It actually tastes more of smoe, char, bacon, raisins, and that hint of coconut from earlier. Again, interesting.

In the mouth is it nice and thick, but it does leave a rather sweet and bitter film.

This one isn't bad at all, but one bottle is definitely enough. It does quite a few hings, but none of them outrageously well. Don't get me wrong, I like it. It's a good beer. However, it is a litle scattered. I'm debating againg one for the hell of it as it wasn't expensive, but I'm not sure how it would really improve.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This should be interesting.

Once I wrestled with the wax, I poured half the bottle into a large snifter. Good foam and retention for a big oaked brown. And it's definitely brown - the color is as brown as brown can be.

Big, complicated aroma. When cold, it comes off a little smoky. As it warms up, it begins to smell like Hawaiian Tropic suntan oil - I get a shitload of coconut. Hot buttered rum. Dulce de leche. Creme brulee. Raisins. It smells rather sweet.

Not too sweet to taste, however. Toasted coconut and char, mostly. A little hop bitterness. Ashy, a little smoky. Maple hinted at, rather woodsy.

Feel is thin and oily in that typical barreled way. I never mind that at all, though, it helps drinkability. No one will session bottles of this stuff, of course, but one bottle isn't too much of a chore.

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Photo of rye726
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 of 1500 bottles.

Pours a deep mahogany with a creamy tan head. Light lace and nice retention.

Nose light wood, caramel, toffee, dark fruity malts and maple.

Taste has maple and caramelized malts up front followed by a hint of dry toasted oak and booze.

Medium to full body is lightly carbonated. Best beer to come out of Tommyknocker thus far.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A wax bottle. When we finally opened it, it wafted aromas: stouty roasted malt, bourbon. The bourbon took over the taste to me, and the mouthfeel was not thick, there was wood, and heavy carbonation. The mouthfeel had some bulking up, and yet was lacking and somewhat watered down.

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Photo of chicano4craft
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Very dark brown with a ruby tint when held to the light. Strong pour brings an inch tall, tan head. Head goes down fast leaving some nice lacing.

Oak, smoke and alcohol are the first things I smell. Sweet syrup is in the background.

First sip is surprising. I was expecting a boozy sweet oak. Instead the alcohol was somewhat subdued. It's very reminescent of their Imperial Nut Brown with woody tones. I like the way the sweet syrup mixes with the earthy wood. It's a tad smokey for me. Carbonation is right on.

Having never had an oak aged brown ale I have nothing to compare this to. It's thinner than most oak beers. This helps the drinkability. I really enjoyed this and was happy to have the chance to try it. I'm not sure age would do much for this beer. The 10% alc. is pretty hidden. It's ready now.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Deep dark brown. not much lacing though.

smell: heavy brown sugar and bready sweetness

taste: maple, brown sugar but not overpowering as I may of thought. Low alcohol bite with some bitter hops on the backend. good roasted malt. good winter warming beer. too sweet though

mouthfeel: medium bodied, very carbonated

drinkability: it was an alright beer. a little on the sweet end.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a 375ml single from Wilburs in Ft. Collins around $10 a bottle.Very appealing looking bottle, the wax was incredibly hard to remove though.

A: pours a deep brown with an off white colored head about 1/2 an inch worth or so that reduces to an island of bubbles in the middle with a few spots of lacing on the edges of the glass. Pretty decent looking beer.

S:has a very salty smell to it, I can't find another way to describe it. Some nice smokey profiles, and a few definite notes of wood. A few chocolate and vanilla notes, all mixed with a noticeable boozyness.

T: interesting, flavors of wood, dark malts, maple syrup, salt, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, some notes of toffee as well. Another interesting level is the fairly present note of tobacco which is welcome in this beer. Vanilla really gets stronger as it warms. Not too shabby, but I'm not totally sold on this.

M: medium thick body, very light carbonation, fair amount of alcohol warmth. Quite dry.

D: this is definitely a sipper, very complex, but not incredibly flavorful. I enjoy it, but I can't see myself drinking this again any time soon. Decent.

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.82/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In December 2009, Tommyknocker Brewery released the Legend Olde Oaked Brown Ale to commemorate their 15th anniversary. In my opinion this is the best Tommyknocker beer I have ever had. This limited edition release has generous amounts of Crystal, Munich and Chocolate malts with a blend of American hops and a touch of pure maple syrup. Brewed and aged with toasted Hungarian oak, which has been sought after by ship builders for centuries. This full-bodied ale has intense aromas of caramel, vanilla and toasty oak. The palate is deep, bold and complex with flavors of spiced vanilla and oak with notes of black pepper and a touch of coffee bean and dark chocolate. This ale is surprisingly well balanced, I was expecting more sweetness to it with the maple syrup in there, but the hops and oak add a slight bitterness that was extremely welcome. Buy this while you can!

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Photo of Domingo
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll preface this with - this bottle is extremely difficult to open. The wax isn't easy to remove and the lip of the bottle is so wide (with a tight cap) that it's even worse. It took me 5-6 minutes just to open it.
Pours a deep brown color with a lot of head that does a fair job of sticking around and lacing the glass.
The smell of wood is very strong. Oak'y, with lots of vanilla and a little bourbon. There might not be any bourbon involved, but it's carried a lot in the wood character.You can pick up the usual really sweet Tommyknocker malt base, but the wood takes over the smell.
The taste is also wood character dominated. Vanilla and bourbon hit up front. The middle is sweet and nutty with chocolate and brown sugar. The finish is also really sweet with a lingering vanilla character. Dare I say it - this could probably use some more hops to balance things out a bit? I understand the focus of the beer, but it's a little too sweet and dash more hops would really serve it well.
I split my bottle and it was gone really quickly. 10% abv? I wouldn't have guessed it was so potent. It had a lot of boozy flavors, but no real burn.
Pretty good with some rough edges. The wood flavor is a little much and hops would probably round it out a lot more.
Still - it's not bad.

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Legend from Tommyknocker Brewery
3.84 out of 5 based on 36 ratings.
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