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RATINGS: 143   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!


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
natepost25 (7) - South Elgin, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2011 does not count
I tried this beer in a taste testing at bar harbor brewing company in Maine and bought a 6 pack. The beer is a dark brown ale which is refreshing and flavorful at the same time. It goes great with Maine seafood.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerman991979 (137) - Old Town, Maine, USA - AUG 27, 2000
Very crisp and clean, this was an amazing ale. I probably could have had several but I could only find them in 1pt 6fl oz. bottles, and so needless to say, one is enough for a hearty sampling. Definitely worth a try for anybody, even people that donít like beer (blasphemers..).

4.2
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fishn4red (2) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2007 does not count
Awesome - way better than the lighthouse ale, and the lighthouse ale is great.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bulk_Carrier (2269) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 12, 2013
It pours a thick dark brown, and gives a nice foamy creamy head that leaves a decent lacing in rings. The head is small and dissipates within several seconds. The smell is the malts with just a tad of coffee backed up nicely by some toffee. The taste is the malts again with just a bit of the coffee and the toffee. The palate is about a light to medium on the watery side. Overall, I like this beer. It may not be one of the best "browns," but I still like this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 29, 2002
Clear chestnut. Small but sticky tan foam. Trace carbonation. Fresh aroma of caramel, nuts, dry roasted chocolate and earthy hops. Sharp and brisk on the first sip with a roasted, metallic approach and dry, crisp, clean water aftertaste. Medium light body. Malts are very dry with an earthy hop balance and sharp metallic edge. A hair sticky, even cold, but far from cloying. Yeast pour darkens the body substantially and adds a creaminess to the head. Softens the carbonation and adds a dry cocoa feel. Finishes with a bitter walnut skin nuttiness and retaining metal taste plus a hair more dry chocolate. Good brew, but a medal winner?

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - AUG 12, 2005
(22 oz bottle) Wow, beautiful creamy biscuit head sits on medium dark honey brown body. Nice lacing. Aroma of caramel, malt, hops. Beautiful mellow toasted caramel flavor right from the start. No bitterness, no bite, just smooth. A bit watery but love the taste! Oooh yeah, another great brown ale from Maine. Really nice!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbomb (199) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Brown ales are what got me interested in the world of beer. I had lost interest in them for a while, but upon going to the BHBC brewery tour I re-discovered my lost interest. This is a great, well rounded refreshing brown ale. Fresh and balanced hop and malt with a nicely lingering palate make this a top pick for me. Iíve had thicker brown ales but this one bridges the gap of refreshing and savory.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Dark brown with a quickly fading beige head. Malty nose, a bit of brown sugar, and chocolate. Nice full flavor, malt predominantly, a hint of roast, biscuits, light milk chocolate, and molasses. Medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 22, 2005
This is an easy one to comment. Itís like newcastle brown only a lot better :) Sweet nutty brown with excellent hop and bitterness. This is one of my favorite browns, and I dont really care for browns.


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