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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3.86 by npachl from Wisconsin on Jan 17, 2017
3.98 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania on Nov 12, 2016
4 by CreightonSM from New York on Nov 06, 2016
3.94 by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania on Oct 24, 2016
3.98 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Oct 24, 2016
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JMS1512 from New Jersey

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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3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by epyon396 from Pennsylvania

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
4.03 by curlybird from Pennsylvania on Aug 10, 2015
4 by TLA from Pennsylvania on Jul 12, 2015
4.21 by Ycallacy from California on Jun 04, 2015
3.47 by Domvan from Texas on Apr 24, 2015
4.06 by Tom_Gilman from Pennsylvania on Mar 21, 2015
3.55 by djrn2 from New Jersey on Mar 01, 2015
3.89 by ncarter5889 from Pennsylvania on Jan 26, 2015
3.94 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Jan 01, 2015
4.5 by dsnyder61 from Pennsylvania on Dec 15, 2014
4.25 by DrStiffington from New Jersey on Nov 28, 2014
4.04 by PursuitOfHoppiness from New Jersey on Nov 22, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
by 57md from Pennsylvania

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
4 by Beastcpa from Pennsylvania on Nov 08, 2014
3.5 by LoveStout from New York on Oct 19, 2014
3.5 by acurtis from New Jersey on Oct 18, 2014
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