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RATINGS: 387   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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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!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 1, 2007
Dark brown with amber edges. Small, creamy tan head. Nose of roasty malt, rich caramel and cocoa, bitter resinous hops, grain, subtle alcohol. Similar flavor, hop presence only in the finish. Rich yet drinkable. Medium/full body, smoother than balanced. Very good.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9100) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Bottle via trade with Larry Pitonka. Pours brown with a small fizzy light brown head, somewhat lasting, fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, chocolate, roasted), heavy hops (perfume, pine), light yeast (dough) with notes of dates and vanilla. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ratman197 (9057) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2007
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of tobacco, chocolate, toffee and hints of brown sugar and spice. Palate was medium bodied and dry. Flavors of bakers cocoa, tobacco and hints of carmel and toffee with a lingering dry bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2011 22oz bottle, packing a major kick. A deep translucent brown with a nice head, this old ale is hot and a bit over the top. The aroma is sweet and fruity, as youíd expect, while the body is a bit more creamy and toffee-like. My major gripe is that, for a beer this big and sugary, the thing is a bit thin overall. Still a nice one, but not tops in terms of old ales.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 6, 2007
(22oz bottle) Crystal clear mahogany body topped by medium beige head. Aroma is sweet, toffee/caramel, some tobacco, light plum. Taste is sweet, molasses, raisin, caramel/toffee, some tobacco/leather, roast, light cherry. Alcohol definitely present, but not unpleasant. Sticky full body, low carbonation.

<rant>WTF do they think theyíre doing selling this as a bomber!? This is a sipping beer, the kind you place in a snifter and enjoy a smallish quantity -- I have little interest in 22 ounces of sipping. In truth, I suppose this is little worse than a number of big beers in bombers or 750s. Still, two sips in, I was dreading what awaited me volumewise as much as I can ever recall. This despite genuinely enjoying the beer.</end rant>

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2007
Dark cherry red w/ small head. Mild roasted malt aroma. Very sweet. a little musty/earthy. Big alcohol kick...not hidden at all. My girlfriend almost spit this out, I didnít think it was that bad. But, the extreme sweetness with the bitter finish just didnít sit right.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 1, 2007
UPDATED: APR 15, 2007 Hot damn! This beer captivated me at the Portland Holiday Ale Fest, and is now one of my favorite all-time winter warmers. Thick, complex flavors portray chocolate, cherries, and a dash of sweet liquorish. Abysmally brown-amber with a hardiness that is masked by thoughtful ingredients. A bustling frothy head above a not-quite syrup-like body. At almost 10% ABW, youíd never know it until its too late. Take your time and share with a friend.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Bottle. Pours brown with a large tan head. Very sweet aroma loads brown sugar malts, a bit of dark fruit as well. I had heard about the sweetness of this beer, but I really wasnít prepared for how sweet it really was. It is the closest thing to a liquid Símore ever.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NachlamSie (2651) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Bottle with a label which pleases Odin. Pours a murky brown/red color with a fair tan head. The nose is slightly astringent with heavy malty notes. Scents of thick brown sugar, buried pine, and assorted fruit aromas like plums and berries are noted. This is pretty sugary in the mouth, but more like raw brown sugar. It isnít so overly sweet that I dislike it, but Iíd have to be in a certain mood to drink one of these. The hops are far away only to add a bit of piny spiciness in the finish. Leathery notes and maple flavors make up the rich malty body along with suggestions of raisins, figs, and peat. Pretty good take on this style. All the qualities I had hoped for were here, but the beer didnít achieve the balance it could. I think the high sugary flavor is the single downfall, but all in all Iím still pretty satisfied.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrockLanders (770) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2007 Tasted at the 2006 GABF. Brownish pour..decent beige head. Malty nose, some chocolate notes with a lingering spiciness. Full-bodied, with a light hop bitterness in the end along with a healthy dose of sugary caramel sweets. Interesting....glad I tried prior to spending too much to order a few bottles.


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