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RATINGS: 407   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2007
Bomber from Liquid Solutions. Pours a very dark amber and has a fairly large light tan head. I thought the aroma was fantastic. Ripened frutis (plum), candied malts, spice. Flavor is a little oaky with burnt malts, bitter fruits, barley. Actually could pass as a barley wine. Very nice overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2007
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a short-lived dark tan head. Spicy malt and caramel aroma, a very mild earthy hop presence. Thought I caught a whiff of anise, but couldn’t find it again. The overall aroma is not strong. Perhaps a tad undercarbonated. Flavor enters with sweet caramel and some spicy malts in the middle. The finish is a meld of spice and a dry hoppiness. Some alcohol on the back end, but it’s well-hidden. Overall an enjoyable sipper, but nothing really stands out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Body is a dark ruby, with a nice off white head. Aroma is very malty, chocolate, light maple syrup, toffee, and caramel. Taste is kinda has a vegtable taste to it, with alcohol, chocolate. Just an off taste to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (12962) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 12, 2007
Sweet malt aroma accompanied by dark fruits, maybe red wine as well. Definitely a chocolate note as the glass approaches the lips. Nearly opaque dark amber color with a beige head that quickly filmed. Medium bodied. Really smooth carbonation. Sweet caramel with a bit of what seems to be coffee. Then those dark fruits come up with what seems to be chocolate. There is something reminiscent of Rogue Smoke Ale in a very small way. There’s a little alcohol heat. The finish is not really dry, but the dark fruit and coffee seem to balance the malt. There is bitterness, but it’s pretty much obscured by all the other aspects. Coffee or hop or both? It is exceptionally tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2007
Bottle that Daniel opened a while ago. Thanks. Pours out a dark red color with a tan head on it. Smell is sweet, full of fruits, some raisins, and somewhat of a wine smell. Taste is sweet and fruity, and very smooth. The alcohol is detected, being that it is reasonable high. It is pretty full bodied, and interesting. A pretty good beer actually. Almost refreshing, even for a beer of its strength.

   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 wasn’t remarkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12367) - 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 (3050) - 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 (5685) - 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 Bruisin’ 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.

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