FE 10 Anniversary Ale | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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FE 10 Anniversary AleFE 10 Anniversary Ale

Brewed by:
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A truly full-bodied beer. Rich, dark, malty and very complex. Belgian Abbey yeast, dark candi sugar and a huge assortment of specialty malts provide layers of complex aromas and flavors.

27 IBU

Added by Imstillthegman on 11-14-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brown pour, kinda lacks any action, looks flat. Aroma was some belgian sugar and fruit of the darker variety.

There's some roasted malt, plenty of raisin and prune bitterness, warming alcohol throughout. Needs more toffee and caramel for balancing. Seems unnecessarily fancy in its malt selection. Muddled dark fruit bitterness and not enough brown sugar, yields a metallic dirty bitter bite for the malt bill, not omniprescient, but enough.

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Photo of Emoney1975
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of yourefragile
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at IH Lancaster.

Pours a dark ruby brown with trace amounts of a an off white head, no lace or retention. Strong (boozy) aroma of smoked malt, candi sugar, Belgian yeast and dark fruit. The dark fruit (raisin, plum and grape) lead the flavor with a sneaky cocoa and smoked malt presence in the background. Slightly spicy as well, an overall bludgeoning of flavor with a pleasant amount of heat. Robust and viscous body, low carbonation. This keg was aging nicely and would love to have a sample in this condition again.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A corked and caged bottle, purchased at IH Lancaster.

A: The dark ale is a deep brown, verging on a ruby red. A thin wispy white band is about all that there is to say about that.

S: Chocolate, raisins, brown sugar, dark candi sugars. You name it, this ale brings it. Dark aromas, sweet yeast and plenty of strength lounging about. Cinnamon gradually emerges, a spicy counterpoint.

T: Dark fruits, raisins and grapes, lead the way. Their flavor is augmented by candi sugars and virulent Belgian yeast. Deep caramel malts and toffee have a pleasant sweetnes and are more than able to carry the rest of the ale's body. Spices, cinnamon and brown sugar, provide a deep, warming body. The wall of flavor leads to a dry finish, truth be told I wasn't expecting that one. Grapes and brown sugar drive the finish. Bold and big but delicious.

M: Belgium comes to Wilmington, a bold quad-like ale that brings plenty of spices and fruit to the party. A good choice for a chilly day.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown color, obvious deep roasting of malt. No head. Aroma revealed as much, didn't reveal much in the way of typical Belgian yeast or esters.

Taste, more roast, good alcohol punch, advertised as a quad, didn't really feel like it. Caramel, toffee, prunes, raisins went into this, thankfully not prune or raisin dominated. Leans more roasty than sugary for sure. Not bad for bsda, a style I'm not to into, seemed to be similar, but also owed some thanks to the porter style as well, something that frankly probably made me like this more than pure belgo aficianados would.

Thanks to jh1982 for bringing this to the football tailgate.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DIM
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a clear, ruby tinted brown color. It was served to me with a small, frothy off-white cap.

s: Lots of warmth wafting off of this one, but it is well incorporated. Surprisingly strong, sort of smoky cocoa aromas are what I noticed first. They aren't the strongest element, it just caught me off guard. There were plenty of fruity esters and lots of candided sugar as well.

t: The first thing I noticed again was that surprising cocoa note. It was quickly joined by fruity, estery flavors of cherry, raisins, and banana; as well as lots of sweet candi sugar. The end dried out with some moderate, especially for the abv, heat.

m: Viscous and gently carbonated.

o: This was a bit odd in a way I can't put my finger on, but I did enjoy it regardless.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

FE 10 Anniversary Ale, had ontap @ Ironhill West Chester. So good I had it more than once!

Appearance: Hazy brown, yeasty, dirty brown looking ale that had all the markings of Belgian goodness lurking beneath. Decent head retention and lace.

Smell: Malty, also hints of Belgian yeast fruityness.

Taste: True to Belgian standards, this Strong Dark almost crosses over to Quad territory. Firm maltyness, caramelized sugar, bready and fruity. Has a brown sugar like taste but this is probably the effect of adding Belgian candy sugar into the boil. Suggestions of caramel. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Mouthfeel: Robust and full. Clean and flavorful.

Overall: Solid good scores all around on this one. To be this well rounded, and true to style is noteworthy. Color me impressed.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant (Lancaster, PA) on 1/2/11. Served in a 10 oz goblet. ABV was listed as 9.6%.

Pours a deep clear ruby, topped with a thin head of bright-white colored froth. This retains with about a ½ finger of creamy flare up, that throws a rich cascade of lacing up onto the sides of glass which hangs in some thick swathes. The aroma smells of dark fruit, toasted bread, cocoa, caramel, and sweet sugars, which are all funneled up the nose in a warm alcohol fume. This is fairly flavorful and powerful in the nose but without coming off as overly hot.

The taste has a LOT of rich dark fruit going on with it, with notes of ripe cherries, plums, and dates. This is quickly followed by dense flavorful mix of chocolate, toffee, bread, and candied sugars. Roasted malts pull up the back end of the profile with a rather prominent tasting smoked meat character that lingers on the breath after each sip. The mouthfeel is full bodied and surprisingly sharp, with a firm carbonation that prickles the tongue and then spreads out into the mouth with a creamy feel. Some thick alcohol beef sits with some attitude on the underside of the feel but the overall presence of the ABV is VERY well hid.

I believe that this is supposed to be a Rochefort 10 clone but there were some striking differences between them to me, including flavors of pronounced dark fruitiness and smoked malts. I still rather enjoyed this though, as it was a tasty and powerful sipper that warmed me up rather quickly. I'd like to see how this compares to the bottled version.

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