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Ale Of The 2 TUN | Hermitage Brewing

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3.79/5
Very Good
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:
#19,882
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
67
pDev:
11.35%
Bros Score:
3.71
 
 
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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 kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -20.8%

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

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with one-finger tan head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of roasted malt, chocolate and some burnt molasses.

T - It tasted of chocolate, roasted malt, burnt molasses and some booziness. There was a light piney bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a nice imperial stout. I found it much better than their imperial IPA.

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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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3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours ebony with a pinky of caramel/brown head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Chocolate, cocoa & roastynness

T: Baker's chocolate & roastyness up front, plus dryness, a touch of dark choclate too. Cocoa, roastyness & dryness as this warms, some Baker's chocolate, plus a whisper of figs & woody hops. Finishes dry & roasty, with slight choclate sweetness

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation

Not bad, not a must buy, but worth a try, if you like em dry & roasty, this might be your huckleberry. Not every beer I've tried from these guys kicks ass, but I will try any new ones I come across

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Tone
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
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 Zorro
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light proof black colored beer with a small brown colored head. This is the color often called 'Used Motor Oil."

Smell is mostly patent malt slight coffee and chocolate but the smell is raw malt. Semi-sweet smell and some bread.

Starts out semi sweet with a bread and yeast aftertaste. Fair charred grain and chocolate flavor. No subtlety here, just a strong alcoholic stout.

Mouthfeel is good and thick.

Drinkability is just OK. Nothing offensive about this beer, but with the ready availability of Stone RIS just about year round; you have to do better to get picked over a $6 bottle of the Stone RIS.

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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 AgentMunky
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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 cdwil
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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

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 jsh420
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Another new random beer to me. My first beer from Hermitage Brewing, and I'm excited to have it. Acquired this bottle at the local beer store.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Oh yes, it pours a very dark thick ruby; opaque black in the glass with two fingers of dark chocolate head. Some very nice scattered lacing. Looks very nice.

S - A fairly simple aroma, but it hits it's mark. Bitter dark chocolate, powdery cocoa, some creamier milk chocolate, subtle notes of vanilla, and lots of dark roasted barley / malt. Hint of earthy / citric hop presence in there, also. Hint of raspberry? Some roasted nuttiness. Fairly tame, but nice enough.

T - Taste follows the nose: dark chocolate, bitter cold coffee beans, lightly burnt / ashy tasting, dark creamy cacao, some caramel, earthy / herbal / citric hop presence. Beautiful chocolate dominates, though. Very dark, rich, and roasty.

M - Feel is fairly dark, roasty, chalky, bitter, and dry. Medium-full bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, I rather enjoyed it, despite the fairly poor acclaim it's received on here. Somewhat of a simplistic, raw, and gritty imperial stout, but it's a solid and easy drinker, especially at 9.00% abv. Has me very intrigued to try more beers from Hermitage Brewing. I would recommend it, if you see it.

Hermitage Brewing Ale Of The 2 Tun ---4/5.

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

Photo of bcm75
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours near jet black with a dark cocoa powder colored 3 finger head. Fair retention, leaving a fine layer of microbubbles across the surface. Decent lacing around the glass with fair stick.

Smell - Aroma hits predominantly on cocoa nibs, while some earthiness and metallic notes creep beneath.

Taste - Flips the script on what was perceived with the nose; significantly more earthy and metallic character on the tongue, while chocolate character takes a major backseat. Distant baker's chocolate. Mild Coffee grounds. Finishes with fair balance, while the metallic presence rides out with the coffee grounds in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth. A bit thin for the style. Goes down easy.

Overall - Maybe it's because I was spoiled by the Old Viscosity last night, but this one has been a bit disappointing. Really earthy. Very little of the 'punch you in the mouth' character that impy stouts are known for. It's a fair beer overall, but for the price (5 bucks I think?) I'll probably never buy it again.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Ale Of The 2 TUN from Hermitage Brewing
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 67 ratings
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