Ale Of The 2 TUN | Hermitage Brewing

Ale Of The 2 TUNAle Of The 2 TUN
BA SCORE
70.1%
Liked This Beer
3.79 w/ 67 ratings
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
Ranking:
#19,127
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
67
Liked:
47
Avg:
3.79/5
pDev:
11.35%
Alströms:
3.71
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Act25
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very roasty, almost a burnt coffee dominant flavor and smell.

A - Pours opaque, black body with 1 finger tan head of loose foam. Flattish, thin rings, not much retention.

S - Coal-fire, peat-fire smells of roasted malt, burnt coffee and burnt molasses/ sugars.

T - Smoke, char, roasted malt, burnt molasses and booze. barely some pine bitterness.

M - It was sharp, sweet then drying, smokey, and smooth. Whiskey dry finish.

O - On the smokey, whiskey side.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.32/5  rDev +14%
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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Photo of 2GOOFY
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 NickyDee21
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of retry4z
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

18 months cask-aged imperial stout. Casked on Jan 1, 2015. High dark chocolate, moderate coffee and tobacco leaf aromas, with roasted dark grain, dark fruit, and birnt break flavor.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CJNAPS
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RickyBfromCT
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dave2234
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sludgeman
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black color, with a smell of dark roast. Flavor is fairly bland, a get the dark roast but that's it. The feel is thin and the flavor fades fast.

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Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gibgink
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrisjws
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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 Brewcycler
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leilei143
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kiki3drt292
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Todd
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle from the brewery.

Opaque black with a dark coffee colored lacing.

Big roasty aroma with chocolate and espresso in the nose.

Super creamy, smooth, viscous, and a bit chewy on the palate. Flavors of bittersweet chocolate, dense fudginess, dark roast coffee, and a tangy molasses that melds with dark ripe fruits. Some black pepper in the back. Bitterness is rather low, but leafy hop notes emerge around the edges. Alcohol isn't apparent. Roasty in the finish with a smoky linger.

While this Impy is packed with flavor upfront, it seems a bit short lived and lacks some depth. But that's fine with me. Its straight-forwardness makes it very approachable and reduces the need to share the bottle in order to finish it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.17/5  rDev +10%
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 boudeysbigbrew
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AndyEdgar
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Ale Of The 2 TUN from Hermitage Brewing
Beer rating: 70.1% out of 100 with 67 ratings
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