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Legend | Tommyknocker Brewery

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of daem3384
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Blazer22
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerT3ch
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KlayWey
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of Relayer10
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of JennyFury
2.08/5  rDev -45.1%
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 Packard
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of eawolff99
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of iatethecloudsfor
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of MinorThreat
2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of carteravebrew
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of kkrez
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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 -26.6%
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 +4.2%
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 +2.9%
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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Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 36 ratings
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