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RATINGS: 402   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Pours a dark reddish brown with a light tan head. Aroma of berries, raisins, alcohol and a sort of red wine "tart yet earthy" grape element. Tastes of sweet dark fruit with a rather toasty finish. Aftertaste had a kind of poky dry bitterness. Medium=heavy mouthfeel, fairly creamy texture. Good, but this wasnít remarkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12256) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a mahogany body with a small beige head. Aroma of toffee, toastiness, raisins, and cocoa. Flavor of hops, fruit, and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2928) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2007
Very interesting. Big maltiness is the name of this drink. Slightly hoppy aroma. Big brown head gives this one some creaminess. The key though is the taste and the big malt character this baby has. Some purple fruit and licorice in there as well. Surprisingly good drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5540) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 17, 2007
Clear bronze, nice dark tan head. Rummy, toasty, vanilla aromas, with notes of milk chocolate, too. Really nice smell. Some dense molassess flavors, and a hint of chocolate, then a harsh, woodsy hop finish. A lot of the smooth malt characteristic present in the aroma are absent in the flavor. But still a pretty tasty brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2007
Bottle from Bruisiní Ales in Asheville. Wow, was I suprised @ this one. Very good. Huge coffe, toffee, caramel, chocolate aroma. Flavor is the same + smoke and alcohol burn. I really liked this one. Underrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2007
22 oz enjoyed at the beach in a red plastic cup. Thanks to drewbeerme for this sample. Pours a mahoganny brown with a beige head. Nose is nice, lots of carmel, toffee, and dark fruits. More carmel, toffee and dark fruits in the flavor with hints of charred oak, vanilla, and smoke. Creamy and smooth palate, this is tasty and Iím surprised it isnít rated higher.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3898) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2007
bomber. pours dark with off white head. nose is dark fruity, sweet, and caramel. flavor has lots of dark fruits, creamy, nuts, and cookie. abv well hidden. mouthfeel is full. i actually enjoy this more than i thought it would. very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Though Iím certainly a fan of viscous, candy sugar íní caramel old ales, this oneís particular impressive because it doesnít really fit that description; it seems to have a healthy dose of bittering hops, which balances the palate and allows the caramel-wood-smoke-loam-fig notes to shine through in a way that the more saccharine old ales donít. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
after4ever (6686) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2007
22. Pours a deeeep brown with a thin tan head--somewhat filmy, somewhat bubbly; starts off moussy but falls quickly. Filmy lace left. Messy nose; seawater and smoke and some tart seaweedy/dark fruit notes. Really tough to call whether thatís to its credit. Bland body: mild attack, light carb, thinnish (especially for the abv), and not much flavor--some nuts and some light sourness and maybe some hints of caramel malt. Not much going on here, really.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 17, 2007
22 oz bottle from BottleTrek.com. Pours a dark cloudy brown. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel and roasted malts, and very sweet. Flavor is similiar, with hints of vanilla, cherry and raisins. Medium to full body and a subtle bitter finish. This beer has huge potential, it just needs to be cellared. The alcohol is very present and it needs to mellow out a bit.

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