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Cambridge Bad Knees Old Ale

Cambridge Bad Knees Old Ale
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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Barrel-aged English-style Old Ale

Boasting near barleywine strength, Bad Knees has been crafted of English Maris Otter and Golden Promise malts and Challenger and Fuggles hops. After fermentation it subsequently has spent several months in the CBC Barrel Cellar, biding its time in Buffalo Trace-cum-Utopias barrels. Very rich and malty with big caramel, toffee, and brown sugar notes. Considerable oak and spirit, underscored by raisins, fruity esters, grassy hops and a hint of coconut.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2013
On draught at the brewpub back in January. Arrived at the table a lightly hazed reddish brown with a thin-moderate tan head. Very pleasant aroma of caramel and brown sugar with some bourbon notes as well. The flavor is caramel, brown sugar and molasses with bourbon and vanilla. A bit boozey at the finish as the alcohol takes more of a center stage. Alcohol lingers on the palate after the swallow. Very solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (7302) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2013
At Avery Strong Ale Fest 2013--dark murky brownish copper under a foamy light-khaki head. Boozy and nutty nose with dark rum or bourbon notes, sticky dark caramel, brown sugar, oak, vanilla and a touch of chocolate nuttiness. Huge body with sticky bourbony molasses notes, some vanilla and oak, dark nutty chocolate, ending with sharp boozy bourbon or something with strong oak flavors. Pretty good, even though it ended a little harshly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (10484) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Tap @ Boulder Strong Ale Fest 2013. Pours an orangish brown appearance with a tan head. Brown sugar, caramel, somewhat spicy, toffee aroma. Flavor was pretty delicious with notes of earthy hops, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and smooth whiskey. Pretty decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13248) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2013
On tap at Avery Strong Ale Fest poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of carmel, toffee, vanilla, spice and light coconut. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, oak, vanilla, medicinal notes,tobacco and light spice with a smooth lingering tobacco finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 12, 2011
A - Beer is a hazy ruby red-brown color with a finger of off-white head. The head fades down super sow leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is full of dark fruits, brown sugar, and oak. There is also just a touch of subtle hops and lots of rich caramel. T - Starts out with lots of rich dark fruit flavor and rich caramel. There is also some brown sugar as well. Through the middle, stronger dark fruits and some oak and vanilla flavors come through. The finish is a mix of rich caramel and dark fruit with a bit of booze that lingers. M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels thick and kind of syrupy. The beer also warms the mouth as it finishes from the booze. D - Very drinkable. Heavy, rich, and complex, but still very well balanced. The booze and barrel flavors are nicely mixed in.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 6, 2011
tap at cbc. big brwon sugar, caramel, rumcake, port and fig aroma. some light bourbon in there. taste is more bourbon forward. sharp whiskey balanced by some dates, raisins. complex. well made barrel aged barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2011
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 18/09/2010 Oaked aroma. Bronze coloured hazy in appearance and strong in alcohol with a hint of dryness in a whisky malt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (6054) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2011
(Draught) cloudy orangish brown. Nose of maple, raisin, bourbon and cinnamon. Taste of alcohol, bourbon, raisins, and oatmeal. Great duration with a slightly thinnish mouthfeel. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2011
(Draught) Pours a murky brown body with a small cream head. Aroma of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, raisins, dates, and old books. Flavor of raisins, dark chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, and toffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (4160) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 19, 2010
On tap at CBC. Easily one of my favorites there. The color is dark reddish-amber, slightly hazy with an off-white head that fades to spotty foam and bubbles. Aroma is rich caramel malt and toffee, maple syrup, brown sugar, and butterscotch. Flavor is nicely sweet with just a little hop bitterness to balance. Caramel and toffee dominate, along with some prune and fig, molasses, and syrup. Smooth on the palate with medium body for the style. Really excellent old ale. Definitely a sipper though.

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