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RATINGS: 420   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Traditionally, Old Ales are an English style of dark, rich and sweet ale, typically with flavors of soft currant fruit and blackstrap molasses. While Old Ales typically have IBUs (bitterness) of 30-65, Eel River Brewing put their own spin on the style by adding extra hops to ramp up the IBUs to 80!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (16423) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2016
Bottle, 22oz. 2015 vintage. A murky brown beer, almost flat and headless. Some off-white bubbles though. Heavy malt aroma with prunes, oxidation, some berries and quite evident traces of hops. Toffee, some roasted malts and chocolate, a nice hoppy bitterness, raisins, some prunes and brown sugar. Full body and very smooth on the palate, with little carbonation. Some warmth. Hints of licorice in the finish, as well as all the other goodness found in the initial flavor. An intense beer, but sure nice. 160102

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geokkjer (7262) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2016
Bottle, courtesy of Meilby. Pours deep brown with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, oxidized notes, prune, bread crusts and cheese. Flavor is sweet and malty with some bitterness, oxidized malt, grains, warming alcohol, raisins, bread and a hint of licorice. Medium body, average carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (14811) - DENMARK - DEC 25, 2015
Bottle, 9.7%. Unclear dark brown with medium beige head. Aroma is malt, caramel, toasted, nut, dark fruit, oak, wood, little oxidized with notes of alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (7755) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2015
Bottle. It pours hazy deep amber with a creamy beige head. Lots of caramel malty notes. Fruity notes. The dried ones. Biscuits and dark kinda crackers. Quite sweet malty. Some fruity notes. Lots of crackers. Long malty finish. Creamy texture. Lovely aroma. Flavor is more moderate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Habanero (3901) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2015
Bottled. Pours deep orangy with an average off-white head. Aroma of bread, herbal, spicy notes and caramel. Sweet flavor that ends up dry and with bitter notes. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. A nice Ale indeed. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (6916) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2015
Hazy ruby/amber with a thin off white head. Plummy and fruity nose with belgian dark ale tones and a little cherry and belgian sugar and English old ale sweetness. Tasty flavor with just a hint more carbonation than it needs, with loads of date/plum/raisin, a hint of cherry, belgian dark candy sugar, English dark malt, belgian dark malt, and a slightly boozy raisiny finish. Nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vanvenlo (1703) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2015
Fox Hotel bottle(30-Aug-2015)Berry floral aroma.Brown-red,brown head&lattice.Sweet berry liquorice flavour.Spice sweet berry finish&bitter herbal aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bnoel09 (572) - Elk Grove, California, USA - AUG 11, 2015
Poured into an English pint glass. Dark cola brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is quite bready with some molasses and dark fruit. Flavor is sweet and malty with a nice earthy character, some dark fruit notes, and a mildly bitter finish with earthy hops. Medium to full bodied with some stickiness and a long finish. Overall a nice old ale that is accentuated by some increased hop usage.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerex (4) - - JUN 12, 2015 does not count
Once again, I could select adjective that are imperfect for describing this tasty brew were the hour not so late and the bottle not so empty.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (12130) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 13, 2015
Bottle - Vintage 2009 - Cocoa and dark sugary malts. Deep cloudy copper brown with a decent beige head. Dark sugars, burnt notes and light bitterness. A bit of spice and light boozy notes. Held up well for 5 years.


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