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Brooklyn Blunderbuss Old Ale

Formerly brewed at Brooklyn Brewery
Style: Old Ale
Brooklyn, New York USA


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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
Since ancient times, people have complained that “things were better in the old days”. In the 1840’s, English brewers became nostalgic for beers of the previous century, strong dark ales with robust flavors. Thus the term “old ale” was born and these beers were re-popularized. Our Brooklyn Blunderbuss Old Ale brings back the grand old style. It’s brewed with flavorful English Maris Otter malt with a dash of equally flavorful raw demerara sugar from Malawi. Challenger and East Kent Golding hops give the beer appetizing earthy/fruity aromatics. The bitterness is crisp, balancing a solid center of orangey fruit with caramel and chocolate notes. It dries into the finish, leaving a warm glow of malt. Perhaps some things really were better in the old days. Enjoy Brooklyn Blunderbuss Old Ale with steaks, burgers, roast beef, lamb chops, Mexican mole and black bean sauces and hard cow’s-milk cheeses. Malts: British Maris Otter, Crystal, and Chocolate malts Other sugars: Raw demerara, Malawi Hops: Willamette, East Kent Golding, Challenger O.G.: 19° Plato (1076) ABV: 8.2%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - APR 4, 2012
Murky brown with a thin head. Similar to other Old’s I’ve had. Mild malts. Some fruits: apricot, plum, ..? Not bad. Brooklyn Brewery event at the ’Tiger.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2010
A: pours a very opaque deep brown, almost bombay mahogany. the brew has a well-equiped tan ’halo’ head. mild retention rate. very nice lacing, almost like a well-endowed tripel. S: huge notes of plum, fig, and some black currants. some serious clove in this which seems odd for the style. mild clove I expect, but its big in this. T: great palate pleaser here. solid rich malts, big fruit notes, mostly fall fruits, apples, figs, with a hint of plums. big spice character. M: medium bodied. solid mouthfeel. big and bold palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 8, 2010
Pours a clear brown color with a medium beige head. Decent aroma of earthy malt and mild caramel sweetness. The flavor is also earthy and sweet. The body is light to medium with a liquorous texture and gentle carbonation. Not bad, but kind of a let down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (9008) - Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Pint @ Dilly Deli. Pours a deep dark reddish copper with a small off white head. The aroma is a blend of fruits, chocolate and caramel malts that offer a nice level of sweetness. This is balanced by a decent level of hoppy bitterness. This was served too cold, but upon warming the caramel malts, fruits, light chocolate and earthy bitterness began to develop. Full bodied, smooth and syrupy. This was a decent Old Ale and I’m always happy to try the Brooklyn Reserve series. Rating #66 for this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Draft at Teresas. Pours deep brown, with a creamy beige head. Aroma of datesn plums, raisins, figs, cherries, sweet malts, and barley. Medium to full bodied with a fantastically subtle, complex palate. Good finish, good amber ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (3244) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2009
snifter @ Tyler’s Apex. Sweet, Fig/date, banana, little roast/smoke, kind of a cardboard streak. Orangy brown color, good head, ok lace. Sweet malty flavor, medium body, creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Damn good beer,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gabler (87) - , New York, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Tap. Poured dark cherry wood, small head. Pleasant mouthfeel, smooth texture. Slightly sweet, earthy malt character. Very light alcohol bite for the releatively high ABV. I like it a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Draft notes from DRE. Pours hazy dark brown with blackish ruby edges and small off-khaki head. Nose is dark malt, figgy and raisiny fruit, slight rauch, hops, spice, and cacao. Tastes malty, raisiny, a bit earthy, with some cacao, black currant, nuts, hops, and spicy notes. A slightly dark fruitier version of a scotch ale seems an apt comparison to this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2009
It’s that time again. The Brooklyn Blunderbuss is out and I am more than ready to try Brooklyn Brewery’s newest keg-only Brewmaster’s Reserve beer.

She came to me in dark hues of burnt amber, polished mahogany, earthen browns with copper and black highlights. A thin head is all that stands in the way of me, my Blunderbuss, and all she has to offer. As her head fades into a ringlet, her nose hones in on mine and firmly grabs hold. Rich, sweet, caramelized sugars, freshly baked pumpernickel bread with nutmeg and cinnamon sprinkled on top, and some crust for crunch. Dark fruits abound as succulent prunes, plums, and raisins make a showing before being carried away by a gentle undercurrent of melted chocolate with hints of vanilla and licorice. Her nose is crisp and vibrant with just a gentle oomph of thickness and weight, promising an equally complex and rich palate which will caress instead of tackle my tastebuds. Enough of this playing around, I am more than ready to dive into my Blunderbuss, and so I do. Clean and lightly mouth-coating while a gentle presence of spices tickle the top of my tongue. Warm pumpernickel bread gives her a meaty body while her outer crust adds a brisk crunch which leads directly into a host of caramelized sugars, brown sugar included. Mingling harmoniously with the pumpernickel are moist, succulent prunes, plums, and raisins, ripe for the eating. As my palate slowly dries, a touch of citric bitterness settles into the back of my throat, though she thankfully doesn’t linger too long into her finish. Her body and palate are pleasantly in the middle, allowing me to wholly enjoy the wonderful interplay of crunchy sugars, dark breads and fruits, lemon nips, and spice.

Out of all the Brewmaster’s Reserve keg-only releases I have had from Brooklyn Brewery so far, Blunderbuss is definitely in the top three. Easy to drink with an amazing chorus of flavors which sing to me in perfect harmony, Garrett has definitely made the English proud with his Blunderbuss, not to mention my appreciative palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2009
On tap. Pours deep brown red with a thick light tan head. Aroma is very rich and malty, dark fruit, raisins (raisin bread?) figs, some chocolate and just a bit of smokiness. Flavor starts smooth and rich with malts. Spices become apparent fairly quickly along with more dark fruit and again a sort of cake-like flavors. Some alcohol in the finish. Medium body and a soft carbonation. Nicely warming though a bit one dimensional. Still a pleasant brew though.

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