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RATINGS: 415   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beertholomeus (1543) - California, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Pours a caramel brown with a tan head. Malt, toffee, caramel, dark fruit and plum aroma. Toffee, caramel, molasses, raisin, date, malt, hop and alcohol flavors. Medium full body and average carbonation. Malt, toffee and alcohol finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bulk_Carrier (3347) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - AUG 22, 2014
This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a hazy golden burnt orange to caramel brown color with a thin layer of a white head. Once the head died down, there was some light stringy lacing here and there. The smell had some light burnt raisins along with some caramel malts. There’s a light brown sugar trying to make an effort to flow forth but it mainly stays subdued. The taste was mainly sweet but had an element of sour sweet candy which was the same aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat right at a medium on the body with a tad of sessionability about it. The carbonation was subdued but still good for its style. Overall, I say this was a pretty good old ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ComradeK (1084) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2014
650ml bottle. Pours a hazy deep chestnut, with a large light beige head, which lasts very well and leaves excellent lacing. There is plenty of plum and raisin old ale character in the aroma, but balanced by a more savoury, nutty note and strong herbal hops. Bitter herbal and pine hops up front give way to treacle and plum in the mid-palate. Nutty, meaty notes come into a savoury finish. This is a very unusual old ale, much more savoury and with way more hops character than I would expect. It is still highly enjoyable, but definitely a little odd.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (4836) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2014
650ml bottle from Archive Beer Boutique. Rating from April 2014. Poured a sark brown to copper colour with fruit cake an Christmas pudding aromas. Big beer with a big alcohol presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bpreo (2358) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Now that is what you want to taste and feel after having an English Old-Style Ale. Perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Davros (2601) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2014
Pours dark brown with a large lasting head. Nose shows golden syrup, booze, fruitcake, figs, brown sugar and cognac. Lovely. Similarly rich flavours. More booze though, a little hot. Loads of golden syrup, bordering on a bit too sweet. Lovely creamy carbonation and rich body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerFunGuy (875) - California, USA - MAY 14, 2014
Rich dark red almost brown in color this beer has an aroma of fruit and cookie dough or freshly baked cookies. A sweet flavor leads you in to a rich hop bite which then mellows out again and finishes with that same sweetness that it led with. One if my all time favorite brews for sure. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (4661) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2014
On tap at Barrels & Bottles a few nights ago. Light brown and clear appearance with an off-white head. Malty aroma, with light hops, brown sugar, chocolate, caramel and toffee. Similar flavor, dark malts, rich, medium sweetness, mild bitterness and dark fruits. Medium to full body. Pretty good, I’d like to try a bottle or full pour of this sometime.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerslinga (6) - concord, California, USA - APR 11, 2014 does not count
MMXIII aged about 6 months. Had this when it first came out, very malt forward with subtle caramel notes. Now it has mellowed a bit. Not as sweet, hops coming forward a bit and mixing with heavier caramel finish. Much more complex but balanced out a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Good. Rich malt flavor. Sweet, but not overly so. Brownish red pour. Maybe a hint of booziness. Dark fruits. Closest comparison would be a quad without the Belgian yeast.

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