Thunder Hole Ale | Bar Harbor Brewing Company

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3.72/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bar Harbor Brewing Company
Maine, United States
barharborbrewing.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Delicious. Full-bodied. Complex. Sure, you can say all those things. Wouldn't it be a lot more fun to take a sip of this handcrafted brown ale and come up with your own superlatives? This is the brown ale that beat Newcastle, Sam Adams and more, at the World Beer Championships in Chicago.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-10-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,163
Reviews:
126
Ratings:
249
pDev:
11.83%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
19
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 249 |  Reviews: 126
Photo of JeffSK
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mike22ne
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of twosheds
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brown with tan head

Smells sweet and nutty.

Starts off similar to smell wity nuts and brown sugar. Then has a slight bitterness to balance it.

A pretty straightforward, but delicious nut brown. I would definitely get again.

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Photo of John_Squires
2.04/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a can shaped glass.

Look is a dark cola color with an off white head.

Aroma is of astrigent roasted malt.

Nice light roastiness to the beer, pretty excellent.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a thick dark brown, and gives a nice foamy creamy head that leaves a decent lacing in rings. The head is small and dissipates within several seconds. The smell is the malts with just a tad of coffee backed up nicely by some toffee. The taste is the malts again with just a bit of the coffee and the toffee. The palate is about a light to medium on the watery side. Overall, pretty nice English brown ale for the most part.

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Photo of dsm45
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MacMalt
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

No date on bottle. Poured into pint glass. It pours a color between orange and cola, with a thin, ecru-colored head and lacing. It smells of roasted malt, cherry, caramel, and faint chocolate. The taste features nutty malt, subdued caramel, and hints of chocolate and cherry. It finishes somewhat sour and with a slight hoppy bitterness. I disagree with the description of "full-bodied." I found it to be rather thin, but easily drinkable at 4.8% ABV. Overall, nothing really stands out to me. I cannot discern the age of the bottle and it may have fallen off it bit.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of argock
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. Best by 01/21/17 smudged on the bottle neck.

A: Burnished chestnut with 2-finger light beige frothy head with good retention and respectable lace.

S: Medium caramel notes, light coffee and chocolate notes with a soft herbal hops note in the finish. Yeast esters are lightly fruity.

T: Very similar to the aroma profile with soft light and medium caramel notes blended with espresso and milk chocolate flavors finished with lightly bitter herbal hop note. Yeast esters are light adding a little fruity complexity. No alcohol detectable.

M: Smooth and light bodied with relatively low carbonation.

O: Enjoyable but not overly challenging brown ale -- nice sessionable offering nonetheless.

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Photo of williahd
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kgammell1
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CharlesK
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Budlum
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travelguy
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yodeltoe
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of dbals
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmmbeerNY
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Buttermilk
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chicagoish
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours nice clear nut brown, topped with thin head and no lace.

S- Light sweet. Mild.

T- Similar to nose. Starts with a slightly sweet malt taste.

M- A bit thin and watery. Decent mild carbonation.

O-. Pretty nice offering . Easy to drink. Smooth

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Photo of TheNakedStiletto
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chris77McGrath
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lzepplin01
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Thunder Hole Ale from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 249 ratings