North Coast Brewing – Brother Thelonious (2018)

Brother Thelonious
750ml, $7
North Coast Brewing

Upon opening, this beer smells a lot like 1980s Dos Equis, namely a rich dark beer with overtones of molasses. Once decanted and tasted, however, this brew reveals quite a different flavor: like a plum-scented wine mixed with a sweet dark beer, it has a fruity undertone to a rich taste.

The slight vinegar surface flavor gives way to a medium dark beer richness, under which a plum or strawberry flavor bubbles to the surface, letting the beer slide down more smoothly. At 9.4% ABV, Brother Thelonious provides both a beer experience and a drinking one.

At first, I was put off by the “cute” name and trendy graphics, but this beer proved reasonable for the price. It will never be a great beer, and the fruity aftertaste makes me disinclined to seek it out again, but for an afternoon of quiet consumption it seems to fit the bill.

Its wine-like attributes come out over the course of a bottle. The warmth of beer finds itself replaced by the acidic sweetness of wine, and as the brew warms, it gives off a dense multiplex of flavor analogues.

Brother Thelonious might hit the top ten if it were less fruity and more focused on developing the dark beer flavor lurking in this medium-colored brew. It delivers a good experience, but not a distinctive one.

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12 thoughts on “North Coast Brewing – Brother Thelonious (2018)”

  1. Cynical says:

    North Shore is always a reliable brewery. Old Rasputin, in particular, is a favorite.

  2. whatever is dead says:

    try the scrimshaw from these guys. it’s the beer i always drink if i can’t think of anything else. and it makes a great beermosa.

    and the old rasputin.

  3. (((The Echo))) says:

    Been a while since there was a decent beer review on this site. I’m certainly in the minority of readers who actually enjoys them. What’s everyone’s thoughts on Coors Banquet?

    1. Hayduke says:

      If it’s good enough for Johnny Lawrence it’s good enough for me.

      1. Korrektor says:

        Coors Banquet is the best domestic and reliably cheap.

  4. NWN War Metal Tranny Rapist says:

    Good for when me and the lads throw on some Conqueror and rape trannies!

    1. whatever is dead says:

      hey natty daddy is some good buttraping beer

    2. whatever is dead says:

      hey natty daddy is some good buttraping beer. 15 packs because daddys thirsty

  5. Flying Kites says:

    All domestic beer is shit unless you put Northcoast Old Rasputin in your mouth. https://www.ratebeer.com/beer/379ywiec-porter/6561/#! This beer is three dollars and maybe more tax in gigantic liquor outlets. Drink Polish beer, have a better life.

  6. THE ONLY BEERS WORTH DRINKING ARE THE ONES YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO OUT OF YOUR WAY TO GET

    A-tier
    >Coors Banquet
    >Modelo Especial(sometimes the [African] variant)
    >Grolsche
    >Fosters

    B-tier:
    >Bud Ice
    >Landshark
    >Michelob Ultra, Michelob lime cactus
    >Corona Familiar (regular corona/corona extra is nauseating and causes immediate hangovers)

    SHIT TIER
    >Shiner
    >Busch copper lager(malted fucking dregs for bums)
    >dos equis
    >tecate
    >any IPA
    >lone star bock
    >not your whore mother’s root beer
    >Budweiser

    1. I enjoy Negra Modelo and Corona Familiar, and can tolerate Shiner beers although they are vastly overpriced. Rolling Rock deserves a mention. Steel Reserve, recommended by a user of this site, is decent also. But the rest? They are like sugared mare’s urine and you can get a better buzz by watching C-SPAN.

      1. >not praising Grolsch

        Geez Brett, you know most of the time I respect your opinion but then you fumble horribly on such basic things haha

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