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RATINGS: 420   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11168) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2007
22oz bottle. Poured a deep and muddy reddish brown color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, and earthy. Tastes of caramel, dark fruits, earthy, and lightly roasty. Light to medium alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Aroma of candied fruity sugar, appearance maroon and opaque with lingering foam (and bigger head on the 2nd half-bottle pour). Bitter-sugar combo on the palate, just what one seeks in beer. Yum!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 18, 2007
22oz bottle, courtesy of a trade from a while ago, and I’m getting very bad at remembering these things. Thanks, you! Pours a medium, brownish-amber color; light tan head with good retention and lacing. A bit standoffish in the aroma, surprisingly: pine, dried dark fruits, and a decent show of alcohol. Full, chewy mouthfeel: relaxed carbonation, with a very dense nougat and caramel presence; holds back from any measure of syrupiness, just dense caramel and dried dark fruits (dates, lots of dates, and raisins); very drinkable, warming old ale. Lengthy, dry caramel and nougat finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (5475) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2007
Bottle. Lovely malt-hop balance in the aroma - sweetish caramel with faint toffee and plum, molasses with a touch of pine resin. Mild, round fruit and delicious barleywine overtones. Pretty near-opaque, near-pitch red pour with an even prettier head (lacing and rocky, smooth and fluffy), tanned with a bit of yellow lurking behind. Bittersweet taste, huge pile of hops (of the caramel-resin variety). More molasses and toffee with a very dry sort of tobacco flavor (from the earthy hops?) - not quite chocolate. Vanilla with a powdered cocoa chalk. Thick, full body, smooth feel, and more than a touch of alcohol to go with (not particularly harsh, but still unnecessary). Sultry and dark, a great sipper diminished by the over-the-top abuse of alcohol. [For taste, this probably runs about a 3.7 on my scale, aber Punkte müssen abgezogen werden! ]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4750) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 14, 2007
Appearance: Pours a hazy brown body with a wispy, cream-colored head. Smell: Sweetish aroma of caramel malt with a touch of cocoa and strong notes of dark fruit. Hint of spice. Taste: Mild caramel malt presence with a reserved sweetness. Juicy date fruitiness and more of that light chocolate quality from the aroma. A citric hoppy flavor grows throughout and leads to a profoundly bitter finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Warming and has a slight stickiness to it. Drinkability: With it’s sharp, punchy bitterness, this one’s definitely an Americanized old ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5355) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 6, 2007
This old ale pours a deep brown color from a 22 oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is caramel, earthy and chocolate. Medium bodied old ale. The malts are earthy, caramel and sweet. Hints of chocolate. There are some nice fruit undertones here as well. The hops are earthy and a touch floral. Nicely balance beer. It is a very pleasant sipping beer, and if it wasn’t nearly 10% alcohol it would be a nice session ale. It has that pleasant taste that you could drink all night, but the alcohol would make you fall face first to the floor with much smashing of glasses and broken furniture. Nice balance. Good carbonation. The chocolate flavors intensify as the beer warms. Nice beer. Nice beer to sip in front of the fire on a cool evening. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean, crisp and a touch dry. Aftertaste is slightly earthy and bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2007 Date: 04/05/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta

clear dark burgandy, wispy beige head, drips of lace, dry dark malt aroma with spicy esters and a hint of fruit, creamy body, rich malt flavor with lots of chocolate, touch of fruity character that grows as it warms, good balancing earthy hops, light bitterness, nice spicyness, flavor is much better than the aroma would indicate,
-------- /> Date: 09/08/2007
Mode: bottle
Score: 3.0 to 3.3
Words: cellar party

sweet caramel and vanilla notes coming through on the aroma, nice sticyness in the creamy body, picking up some smokiness in the flavor in addition to the dark caramel and ripe fruits, nice lingering bitterness,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elmatadora (8) - Jacksonville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2007 does not count
It pours a dark amber. It has a slight tan head, with no lacing seen.You can taste caramel, molasses, roasted malts, and bitter hops. The alcohol and flavor a pretty equal. It finishes with a smooth warm feeling on the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. No evidence of lacing. Has hints of caramel, some subtle hops, molasses, roasted malts, lots of barley. Carbonation and alcohol is balanced pretty well. Finishes with a dry hoppy taste on the backend.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2007
6/30/7 On draught at the Seattle International Beerfest. Aroma is light mild malt forward, with caramel and fruity notes. Beer has a low off-white head. Flavor is caramel malt forward with good sweetness, floral hop flavor and fairly roasty. Mouthfeel is medium/low bodied with a medium carb feel. Overall, not bad, but a bit too much roast for this beer.

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