Allentown Brew Works

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Allentown Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States
3.94 | pDev: 6.35%
Jan 17, 2017
Sep 02, 2014
Very Good
Notes: An exquisite imperial honey ale with a deep copper hue and sweet malt flavor balanced by hints of clove, chocolate and honey. Be careful when sneaking a sip that you don’t get stung by this venomous brew, at 9% ABV it’s sure to create a buzz! Pours deep copper, with a nose of malt, caramel, and honey. Boozy flavors of clove, honey, and chocolate mute the hop note until the end when it finishes with a nice tightness.
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Rated: 3.86 by npachl from Wisconsin

Jan 17, 2017
Rated: 3.98 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Nov 12, 2016
Rated: 4 by CreightonSM from New York

Nov 06, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

Oct 24, 2016
Rated: 3.98 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Oct 24, 2016
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Reviewed by JMS1512 from New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On the docket: Fegley’s Venomous, Imperial Honey Ale

Poured into a Lucifer brand snifter.

Aroma: Gentle honey and malt greet the nose. The malt seems to be a medium, caramel-like roast. There is just a hint of alcohol, and for good reason- the abv clocks in at 9%. The hop presence is either muted, or integrated so well into the beer that it works in harmony- it doesn’t stick out.

Sight: A dark amber, somewhat translucent. Brown and soft violet highlights. A thumbnail-high cap rises when poured, then descends to a small, persisting ring of off-white foam. Tiny bubbles make their way to the top from the base of the glass.

Taste: The mouth first encounters the malty sweetness and the handiwork of the little busy Apis (Latin for bee). One may detect a slight floral note and maybe a slight medicinal one as well. Images of molasses, bread, chocolate, and raisins dance through the mind’s eye. It finishes with a slightly hoppy, slightly bitter note- not like a high IBU type of IPA, but just bitter enough. As it warms, the alcohol is more apparent, but not in a bad way. It sort of tastes like if Bärenjäger had a baby with an English brown ale or pale ale. Neat.

Feel: Medium+ or medium-full body, silky, smooth, filling. It coats the tongue nicely. There is a nice tingle on the tongue, but certainly not as carbonated as a Belgian Trippel, nor would I consider it “still.”

Overall: I think my Bärenjäger meets English Ale comparison is accurate. There is a bit of variety within this style of beer, and this one certainly retains feelings of both mead and beer. In my vast beer-tasting experience, I’ve had a total of (now) three braggots. This one is my favorite. Great to sip on slowly. Well done, Allentown Brew Works. Originally released in October of 2014, I may have consumed an aged bottle. It would explain why I thought the flavors worth smooth and blended. Newer bottles (if they exist) might showcase their features a bit more distinctly.

Suggested food pairing: barbecued beef, pork, or a gamey meat with rich sauce to match intensity. Buttery or pungent cheese (my vote would be Danish bleu). Great as dessert, one its own.

A: 3.75 S: 3.75 T: 4.25 F: 4 O: 4
Dec 21, 2015
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Reviewed by epyon396 from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A pure golden color with the thinnest of white heads.
The nose is wonderful. Malt, apple, a little cinnamon, bourbon. Like a boozy apple strudel.
Tastes of malt, some sweetness from the honey, a little bit of bourbon. Big, boozy, and a little unbalanced as far as I'm concerned. Burns like a 14%er.
Aug 29, 2015
Rated: 4.03 by curlybird from Pennsylvania

Aug 10, 2015
Rated: 4 by TLA from Pennsylvania

Jul 12, 2015
Rated: 4.21 by Ycallacy from California

Jun 04, 2015
Rated: 3.47 by Domvan from Texas

Apr 24, 2015
Rated: 4.06 by Tom_Gilman from Pennsylvania

Mar 21, 2015
Rated: 3.55 by djrn2 from New Jersey

Mar 01, 2015
Rated: 3.89 by ncarter5889 from Pennsylvania

Jan 26, 2015
Rated: 3.94 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Jan 01, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by dsnyder61 from Pennsylvania

Dec 15, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by DrStiffington from New Jersey

Nov 28, 2014
Rated: 4.04 by PursuitOfHoppiness from New Jersey

Nov 22, 2014
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Reviewed by 57md from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
Deep copper color. Malty nose. The flavor profile is certainly malt forward with a strong bready quality. There are sweet hints of honey as well. The finish is predominantly dry and bitter but there is also a floral note along with a touch of bourbon on the finish.

Complex and tasty.
Nov 18, 2014
Rated: 4 by Beastcpa from Pennsylvania

Nov 08, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by LoveStout from New York

Oct 19, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by acurtis from New Jersey

Oct 18, 2014
Venomous from Allentown Brew Works
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