17th Anniversary Ale | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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17th Anniversary Ale17th Anniversary Ale

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Jonker1 on 04-12-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by Rasputin:
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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.01/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The 17th Anniversary from 2 Bros...was really interesting....reminded me a lot of their Psychotic Koala that they had recently. The beer was dark in color with white fizzy head that hung around and left a modest lace. The scent was what was most interesting.....I smelled Nest Tea like. Definitely could get the basil. The taste was a myriad of flavors.....basil and malt. The Milk Sugar, I am guessing, gave it a medium body with smooth carbonation. Overall I am glad to have tried it....but I don't know if I could drink more than one.....too much going on.

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Photo of mjc3151
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of beersdmf17
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber pourned into a snifter.

Pours a deep amber color with a thick, lasting tan head. Decent lacing characteristics.

Smell is that of vanilla and burnt sugar at first, then the oak and rye.

Initial taste is the sweetness from the milk sugar, with vanilla notes from the barrel adding to the sweetness. Sweetness is balanced by the spiciness of the rye and finishes with the herbal notes of the thai basil for a nice bright spice note that works better than I expected it to for me. Earthy flavor from the rye adds to oak and light dark fruit notes to round off this beer. The thai basil flavor become more pronounced after finishing, but in a good way, adding to the hops.

Plenty of carbonation in this one, smooth mouthfeel that most beers with milk sugar have works well with the sharpness on the tongue from the rye. The beer coats the mouth well and lasts a little bit as the subtler flavors emerge. Alcohol is hidden well, the 8.5% is practically unnoticeable.

Overall I find this to be a very good offering from Two Brothers and I feel a beer that takes aim at the claim that they only do safe beers. This could have failed badly but it all works well together. I don't find the basil to be overwhelming and it along with the milk sugar works well together with the rye base and the oak aging in a very good way. Could have used more pronounced hop notes, but that might have taken away from the other ingredients and how well they worked together. Would definitely get again, maybe see how it is after a month or two.

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Photo of emerge077
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours an amber color becoming murky reddish brown in the glass. Lasting coverage and sticky lace circles the edges of the glass.

Aroma is odd, something is slightly off. Slightly woody and malty, but there's a cider vinegar note that seems to surface as well.

Taste is astringent, lacks subtlety and any flavor from the specialty ingredients unfortunately. Woody, sharp alcohol, light roast maltiness, with and astringent tannic bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Not recommended, seems like it's starting to go off... maybe it spent too much time in the foeder.

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Photo of jtlawlor
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Berg-the-Boiler
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Jonker1
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of jhaas1
1.5/5  rDev -56.6%

Photo of carmike813
2/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of ChicagoShakeAndBake26
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Fcolle2
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown in color with very little light making it through the beer. Big 2 finger head is super fizzy and fades to a nice bubbly film over the beer.

Smell has a lot going on. Some slightly nutty malt is first to hit the nose along with aromas of coriander and a little bit of licorice. Some very faint almost undetectable vanilla aromas are overshawdowed by a big oak aroma. There is a little bit of floral/herbal hops in the finish along with a almost lemon zest aroma.

Taste is much different then the nose. Almost no detectable nutty malt and the malt that is there is rather light and thinned out by the barrel. There is a notable alcohol presence before a dominating oak tannin dryness dominates the rest of the beer and leaves it very sharp.

Mouthfeel is thinner then I had expected. Big barrel dryness and thin body with moderate carbonation leave this a little light for the abv.

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Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

17th Anniversary Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 16 ratings