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: Rotating

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

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
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 yourefragile
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
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 +4.4%
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 -12.5%
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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Photo of DIM
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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%
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 +4.4%
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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Photo of GoGriz
1.75/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This review is more to state that this bottle I'm drinking is past its prime.

Opened it and there was no hiss at all. Trouble! Barely any carbonation...funky nose. Flavor is light fig and malt. No mouthfeel to speak of. I can see where this might have been a nice beer at one point as there is the remnants of a good malty, figgy brew but this one is long gone...

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Sep 2007.

Beer geeks love anniversary beers, as celebratory brewers tend to concoct something a little more special than their usual roster. Here sits a big dark Belgian-style beer, corked and caged--similar to a Quad, according to the brewery.

Very heady with tight, tiny beads of lace which leave rings all the way down the glass. Perfumey aroma with mild fruit esters, suggestions of carob powder and light roasted coffee. So damn smooth with a crisp medium body. Big dry malty palate; complex layers of toasted, faintly roasted and bready malt. Suggestions of anise. Minimal hops, hint of bitterness. Touch of alcohol but mellow for its ABV; hints of dark fruit and nutty yeast set in middle-to-end.

Delicious is the first descriptor that comes to mind, a sipper for sure. Let this one stay on the palate to warm up a bit more, and linger over the following sips. The brewery does say that it is similar to a Quad, and if it were a little sweeter it would be spot-on for that style. For pairings, try a nice buttery brie cheese with black currant preserves.

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Photo of younger35
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this brew in a trade as an extra. Thanks! This will officially be my first brew from Iron Hill and honestly although not my favorite style, I'm pretty excited to try it. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a dark brownish amber with absolutely NO head what-so-ever. I hope this isn't flat...
Smell- Wow the nose is surprisingly chocolaty with a dark fruity aspect hiding underneath. Plums, raisins, figs and applesauce all make up the aforementioned fruits. Cotton candy and red licorice are abundant as well. The nose isn't all that spicy minus the light bit of alcohol.
Taste- Oh man!! What a surprise! The beer starts with a huge kick of something that tastes exactly like Black Licorice. A Worther's Original like caramel sweetness hides among the chocolate in there somewhere. The dark fruits are abundant just like nose with a really strong prune like flavor. The alcohol is definitely a little warm but not a deal breaker. Lightly spicy from the yeast as well but the black licorice is the dominate flavor. By far.
Mouthfeel- A bit light for a Belgium but considering the alcohol I guess it's to be expected. The carbonation is pretty much not there. Zippo.
Drinkability- No doubt the beer is a bit young. The alcohol is a bit strong and the carbonation in non existent for the most part. BUT, the taste is extremely unique and I happen to love black licorice. Good beer that I really did enjoy thoroughly even though there were a few shortcomings.

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Photo of Boto
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml. bottle: This one opened with a loud "pop". It then had some overflow out of the bottle. This one poured a cloudy amber tinged drown color. Needless to say there was a fairly large tan head on it, but it died down rather quickly. The aroma is quite good. I hate to use typical, but it is very reminiscent of other good Quads that I have had. Dark fruits, raisins, yeast, lots of sweet malts to name but a few. The taste is complex, but there are some cherry, caramel and raisin notes up front. A hint of tartness in the finish. It is also a touch fizzy on the tongue. Very nice. I should have bought more than one.

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Photo of Floydster
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle from Travis, thanks for the treat bro, seemed like more of a quadrupel to me, drank tonight out of my Trappist Westvleteren chalice, color is a thick dark brown, one inch creamy light beige head that leaves legs along the top of the glass, head did not last as long as expected, aroma is made up of candied sugar, Belgian yeast, brown sugar, cinnamon, malts, sweetness, roastiness, raisins, dark fruits, and toffee, taste is very malty up front, lots of complexity with the fruit profile, finish is slightly sweet, hot, and a bit of chocolate, warms up nicely with bread and fruits mixing well together, sweet, boozy, fruity, and slightly roasted mouthfeel, medium bodied, little low on the carbonation side, could drink this whole bottle and almost did other than five or six ounces my girlfriend had, great beer from a awesome brewery celebrating their decade of operation, wish I had more of this stuff, this one could even sit in the cellar for a while longer, probably years, hope to taste again in the future

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Photo of Hoplaw
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought a bottle back from the brew pub in West Chester. It poured with a very big head and dark brown body. Had a wonderful roasted chocolatey smell, reminded me at first of Chimay blue. Upon first sip, hints of chocolate were apparent. Strong (10%) alcohol was increasingly present but did not take away from the flavor.

I had it with a steak and it complimented it nicely. I would advise having it with a cigar late at night.

Overall, a heavy but smooth drink with an abundance of rich roasted flavor. Plan on sharing a bottle with a friend.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the Wilmington brewpub. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of sweet candi sugar, soda, dark fruits. Flavor of roasted malts, toffee, soda, lots of malt, and yeast. Thick mouthfeel. Decent quad, but I think I would have liked this fresher.
7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5)

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Photo of Crosling
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Major gusher, but not sour. Very dark brown with a lasting foam. Nose is very nice, with brandy soaked dark fruits and Belgian yeast. Flavor is very dynamic, full, layered from start to finish, complex and it finishes well. Notes of plum, banana, caramel, brown sugar and burnt toffee. Well balanced, with a tremendous yeast character. Nice mouth feel. A delicious treat.

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Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a thick beige head that fritters away but leaves a few shards behind

Smell: Rum-soaked dark fruit, primarily figs and dates with a dusting of chocolate powder

Taste: Opens with a rum-soaked fig and date flavor that moves in a slightly spicy and nutty direction by mid-palate, while remaining primarily bready with an Irish soda bread character; after the swallow, the sweetness holds in check, while some of the warmth takes over; finishes with a spicy fruit and nut character

Mouthfeel: Medium body with foamy carbonation that gets a bit in the way of the flavor profile; some warmth on the finish

Drinkability: I particularly like the way the brewer has kept the sweetness in check so that all of the other flavors come through; a rare example of a very nice big Belgian from a US brewer

Thanks, fyrecrakker05, for the opportunity

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque brown body with a fizzy, medium-sized off-white head.

Smell: An aroma that's mostly chocolatey and fruity, but also having hints of spice, candi sugar, and a whisper of yeast.

Taste: Quite sweet with tart, fruity flavors of bananas, cherries, and plums. Hints of chocolate, ground spices, and dark candi sugar. Slight yeastiness. Light floral hop taste, but no real bitterness. Warming, candied finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Some creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A decent, Belgian-minded beer from Iron Hill.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This arrived with very little head, just a small ring of light-tan around the edges with an interesting spiral design in the center. The color was cola dark with ruby-red highlights. The nose had an interesting light-smokiness underlain by sweetness, like burnt sugar. The mouthfeel was medium with a pleasant sweetness on the palate, followed by a mild alcohol burn on the finish and the return of the the burnt sugariness. Wow! Other than the heat at the end, this did not drink like 10%. They warned me, served it to me in a 12-ounce glass, and still ...

... Warming, I began t get more prevalent cramel flavors. The heat also began to come through more noticibly.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OG: 1.096; ABV: 10.0%; IBU: 27;Color: 35 L
Iron Hill's 10th Anniversary Ale is a richly malty and complex treat. It's deep chestnut body and creamy ivory head welcome you, invoking you to take a sip. Rich maltiness covers the tongue, revealing caramelish malt with chocolatey and roasty accents, and then parts as yesty fruitiness and a touch of spicy alcohol step in. The bitterness is moderate, and it finishes drying with some lingering maltiness, a swirl of spice, and a flicker of roastiness. Quite luxurious, and well- worth trying!

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to egajdzis for splitting this growler with me...
Appears a hazy dark mahogany with a small light tan head. Spotty lacing is left all around the glass.
Smell is of candi sugar, toffee, grapes, brandy, light rauch, cocoa, caramel...very complex with a touch of smoked meat.
Taste is of the same aromas with a raisiny, rum cake, cocoa, liquid smoked flavor swirling about.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly boozy, sweet, again with a meaty, sugary complexity that keeps you thinking about the hidden enigmas buried in this brew.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this today on-tap at their 10th anniversary celebration. Free lunch and good beer...I know you're jealous.

Poured an opaque brownish-black with an inch of tan head. Lacing wasn't really a factor in the appearance.

The smell had a bit of that Belgian "funk" but was strong on dark roasted malts, coffee, and some spicy hops in the background.

The flavor reminded me more of what a Belgian-porter combo would be than a Belgian strong ale or quad as I heard this one described. Deeop, dark roasted malts, coffee, and some dark chocolate were the dominant flavors. There was some hop bitterness mixed in nicely, as well.

Almost, but not quite, a full body brew. Some dry bitterness upon swallowing. Porter like aftertaste with this one. Overall, a nice job by Iron Hill. Here's to another ten years...and many more.

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FE 10 Anniversary Ale from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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