Ale Of The 2 TUN | Hermitage Brewing

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85
very good
67 Ratings
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Ale Of The 2 TUNAle Of The 2 TUN
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hermitage Brewing
California, United States
hermitagebrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Zorro on 02-27-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
23
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
11.41%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of inSTIGator
4.73/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really great not too heavy beer!

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Photo of BierJager89
4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark chocolate color, dark brown head.

S: Chocolate and black liquorish in the nose.

T: Chocolate, coffee, molasses, delicious!

M: Full bodied and smooth.

O: This beer is great! I definitely recommend it if you can find it. That said, I think it's distribution is really small. If you're in northern California, look for it.

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Photo of chrisjws
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter from a fresh growler from the brewery, batch was released two weeks ago

A: Pitch black, no light around the edges. Single finger of dark brown head. No alcohol legs.
S: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, bready scents in the background
T: Dark chocolate upfront, a bit of a bitter bite, dark roasted coffee and finishes with a little bit of bread
M: Giant mouthfeel, consistency is close to motor oil. Medium carbonation adds to the dark chocolate bit.
O: One of my favorite stouts from this brewery. Big big flavors, and it ages well. Pairs great with dark chocolates or salted chocolates.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage exhumed from the cellar, this is amazing beer, really textbook example of the style here. as shiny and black as it gets, relatively viscous, with an inch of super dark mocha coffee colored foamy head on it, relaxing back to a quarter inch, really dark. aroma of dark roasted unbrewed coffee beans, burnt barley, dark molasses, slight tang, english ale yeast, heavy alcohol. its perfect. the flavor is just as good, with a really intense roast on this, maybe some specialty dark malts, this seems to go past abyssal into the deepest darkest grain realm, further than almost any other beer goes, but dry and bitter in the finish from the yeast, which seems remarkably efficient here, must have been a long fermentation, or a cool one too, this is crisp in the end, almost baltic porter-esque in the feel. nutty with the roast, dark coffee, permanent marker, a sweet alcoholic burn, and a highly refined and mature richness. this is easily the best beer i have had from these guys, and i have no idea what its like fresh, but with some age on it, it is positively stunning. one of the best pure russian imperial stouts i have had in a long long time!

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4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johnhkelm
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Benvarine
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hermitage Brewing "Ale of the 2 Tun"
500 ml brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$5.99 @ Total Wine & More #901, Tampa, FL

Hermitage Brewing's "Ale of the 2 Tun" pours a completely opaque brown-black body beneath a two finger thick head of frothy dark tan that holds incredibly well and leaves really nice lacing about the glass as it goes.

Dark chocolate and sweet cocoa powder greet you in the nose alongside a spicy and grassy backing with just a hint of fruitiness behind. Further investigation reveals dry grain, toast, and golden caramel.

It's fairly viscous across the tongue, but with its bristling, fine-bubbled carbonation and a splash of alcohol it seems thinner.

Golden caramel returns in the flavor, but this time it's set against balancing espresso, leaving it less sweet than you might have expected. All of the dark bittersweet chocolate and sweeter cocoa powder remain, balanced by a solid bitterness and more of the spiciness and grassy (there's also some light pine) character that was found in the nose. As it warms it softens a bit to become more fudge-like, but the bitterness remains, leading to a dry finish with some residual bittersweet chocolate and spicy/grassy/piney character.

Overall, it's not overtly complex (nor should it be as an Imperial stout) but it's rich, and quite straightforward in it's overall chocolate character. It makes a good sipper, and mostly likely an excellent dessert beer when paired with something sweet that needs a touch of bitter chocolate.

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Photo of Tone
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 3/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight oatmeal, slight of roasted malt, hint of hop, and hint of pine. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, roasted malt, hops, hint of pine, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend with a very refreshing body. Seems more aptly to fit into the American Porter category than the American Double / Imperial Stout category.

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Photo of leilei143
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of allengarvin
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: 4.0 - Inky black color, with a distinctly brown head on top of it.
S: 4.0 - Strongly chocolatey aroma with a ripe estery fruitiness.
T: 4.0 - Dominate taste is cocoa and bitter dark chocolate. Actual hop bitterness doesn't seem high, and it's only mildly sweet. Fruity yeast character.
M: 4.5 - Doesn't feel like a heavy 9% beer! Nice light body despite the strength.
O: 4.25 - Somewhat of a simple beer, but perhaps that adds to the drinkability. I enjoyed it, and would be willing to try again.

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Photo of RickyBfromCT
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UncleEmu
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hermitage Brewing Ale of the 2 TUN Imperial Stout
serving type: tulip glass, on tap at California Craft Beer, Fremont CA (June 2014)

A: Brown surrounded by muted black, wonderful caramel-tan head

S: Caramel, molasses, sweet malts, milk chocolate, cocoa, a touch of hops

M: Thick enough but in the medium to light range for an imperial stout - this works out in it's favor allowing for high drinkability

T: Roasted malt, smooth coffee notes that are barely bitter, slight milk chocolate sweetness, cocoa. Pine, hazlenuts, and vanilla make occasional appearances. There is also an oaky alcohol presence and warmth that works really well with everything.

O: For me, first and foremost, a stout must be delicious. This fits the bill - though for a beer so full of rich flavor it is surprisingly light and drinkable. I'm excited to have it again.

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Photo of CJNAPS
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Danobold
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of greymalkin
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown color with khaki colored head. Chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and more roasted character on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with lots of roast and some chocolate.

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Photo of gibgink
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MaximalC
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours seal brown with a modest cap of mocha foam that settles into a soapy film. Broad swaths of lacing decorate the glass as the beer descends. The aroma, while not especially powerful, smells of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and salted caramel.

Taste is relatively mild and malt-forward up front before being overtaken by a flash of bitterness in the middle. The malt character consists primarily of burnt roast and dark chocolate, while the hops are a blend of herbal and piney. The astringent bitterness of the roasted malt helps segue into the more hopcentric bitterness that follows. A pleasant roasted chocolate haze lingers into the finish. Alcohol creeps up on the back end, but for the most part it is very well concealed. Additionally, some dark fruit begins to manifest as the beer warms--there may be more to this brew than first appeared. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich, albeit slightly thin for an imperial stout.

Overall, this is a very solid, drinkable imperial stout without any bells and whistles. It could be a bit heavier bodied in my estimation, but that's if I'm being picky. This would probably be a good starting point if you were introducing someone to the style.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a half-litre bottle into a St Bernardus goblet.

A: Very dark, with a finger of creamy head that fades fast. Opaque.

S: Vanilla, licorice, molasses, a tinge of metal, fruit, chocolate, and roasted malt.

T/M: Smooth and creamy, with soft cream flavours and a meaty aftertaste. Roasted malt bitterness on the endtaste. The mouthfeel is velvety-smooth. Almost TOO soft. A little bland and/or undercarbonated.

O: Better than I thought it would be! A nice imperial stout. Recommended, but not great.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Ale Of The 2 TUN from Hermitage Brewing
3.77 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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