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: 38 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by BeerAdvocate:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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 TKEbeerman
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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 Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
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 Thorpe429
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of woodychandler
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
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 GoGriz
1.75/5  rDev -54.4%
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 Emoney1975
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
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 Imstillthegman
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of yourefragile
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
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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Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 38 ratings