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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Earning 91 points in 1997, our Thunder Hole Ale won first place and its second Gold Medal at the World Beer Championships in Chicago. Locally brewed Thunder Hole Ale scored higher than Pete's Wicked, Newcastle Brown, Sam Adams, as well as many other Brown Ales from Maine and around the world. Thunder Hole Ale came in first again in 2000 with a score of 92 points! This delicious full-bodied brown ale is described by judges as malty, balanced, smooth and complex. Thunder Hole Ale goes with everything!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (3805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Bottle from Porterhouse; Nose was grainy with some caramel and roastiness; Transparent brown with a medium tan head; flavor is malty with some small coffee notes and a little hop bitterness that lasts into the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Up to a strong light its browned ruby with a husky glow and dimmly clear in body. Solid dark leathery brown in the shadows. Perfect capping of light sandy brown, firmly set foam grows to just over an inch high and sinks slowly to keep an always plumply present amount. Adequate lacing in gooey-like patches and thick stringy globs stick across the glass. Eventually, a bunch of big spots remain. A very nice looking brown. Aroma is slight and fair with a clean present essense of cocoa dusted graham crackers and a sliding caramel noting. Taste is solid. Fluffy, mild, milk chocolate with a slight undertoned sweet malt of caramel and a snappy firm body at the healm. Tiny little ascents of cherry, apple, and powdered cocoa make for nice plays along the way. The cocoa becomes quite evident as it finishes well with a very nice fluffy-like dryness of powdered sugar mixed with creamed milk. A mild yet steady pace of flavors make this a very pleasing drinker. Feel is also solid. Firm, soft, creamy, subtle, with a slight snap of carbonation in the front half. Medium bodied overall, perhaps a nudge more when colder. As it warms it becomes even, calming, and super damn drinkable. A solid brown. A well done brew in a style that in most cases is a bit boring. This has lasting interest and flavor. Solid and sessionable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gorbalev (2908) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2006
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, and Dave, courtesy of Harry.. Probably should have ended the night with the Avery. Oh well! Decent brown ale malt / nutty aroma. A little sour though. Dark brown, lots of red. Mild nutty brown taste, again, a little sour. Maybe fresher it would be better, but this is all I got out of this one. Serviceable for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7098) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Bottled thanks to Ambergirl! Poured a clear medium caramel with an explosive cap of off-white head. Nose was soft, yet grainy... with coffee and caramel. Flavor was really about the same... coffee and caramel provide a nice sweet malty base... mild woodsy hops round out the edges. Smooth, creamy, and lighter-bodied on the palate... very little bitterness. This really was never exciting.. but it worked. Tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2006
Medium brown color - thin head. Aroma is nutty and sweet. Flavor is fairly smooth with roasted malt flavors - finish is just a bit tart but otherwise clean. An easy to drink and uncomplicated brown ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JUL 11, 2006
Draft @ 3 Dollar Dewey’s in Portland - Poured a medium brown in color with small tannish head. Aroma was malty with some yeastiness. Flavor was malty with a sightly unpleasent sour after taste. Enjoyable, but there are some many others...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Nutty, caramel malt aroma followed by a full nut flavor. It was smooth but a little watered down. This brown ale was of course brown with an off white head. It went very well with the lobster I had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (5957) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 25, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, tupalev & Dave B. -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a small diminishing off-white head. Sweet aroma of caramel malt and brown sugar. Flavour’s also sweet and of caramel malt and brown sugar along with some fruit and hints of chocolate and a light bitter finish. Body’s a little thin but like HogTownHarry says, isn’t that the case with all Brown Ales? This is pretty good, and considering how crappy most Brown Ales are that’s saying something.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2006
It is sort of a terrible name but here is the break down: Appearance: Pours a garnet chestnut brown color that is hazy but does let some light show through. Smell: The aroma is a bit small but there is hints of grassy hops with along with the malts. Taste: Smooth and malty, brown sugar flavor. Typical brown ale taste. Easy and pleasant. I like the aftertaste. It has just the right amount of grassy hop flavor balancing nicely, with the beautiful sweetness. Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth. Drinkability: As a fan of Brown Ales I find this to be a typical easy drinking, approachable (small) Brown Ale. Hope this is helpful. Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KingofCastle (205) - London, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2006
bottle: Maybe not the freshest bottle. Not bad for the brown ale style. Medium body with slightly bitter finish. As it warms the nutty & sweet flavour comes out more. Good stuff for brown ale. Actually been to Thunder Hole in Acadia National Park, brewery is really small. Great to see the accolades.

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