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RATINGS: 392   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - APR 22, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2007 Cloudy, deep chestnut pour with teak wood and brown hues. Mostly diminishing off-white head composed of tightly compacted tiny bubbles. Looks quite creamy. Aroma is shy but indubitably complex. Leathery and musky at first, these earthen notes recede to reveal an amalgamation of nuances. Citric hops of an indeterminable origin, toasted(nearly scorched) grains, orange marmalade, caramel, light oakiness, treacle, subtle alcohol and even subtler spices. Flavor is more roasty than anything else. Highly bitter with low acidity. Caramel malt has a more vibrant presence. Finish is exceedingly bitter and very drying. Mouthfeel is adequately carbonated, very creamy. Overall a soothing and mildly warming beer. A recipe I enjoy and would like to revisit.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - APR 19, 2007
Bomber. Pours a clear reddish brown with a lacy tan head. Lightly sweet aroma of caramel and not much else. Medium body and moderate carbonation. With nearly 10% abv, I was expecting a big, chewy malt monster. The malt is there, but not as deep or complex as I had hoped for a ’sippin’ beer. A bit more hop presence on the finish than I was expecting for this style. Probably needs to be laid down for a couple of years to eat the hops and mature the malt.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2007
Pours out a deep black color with a very small head. Aroma was sweet and a bit fruity with a nice malt mix to it. Flavor was very nice. has a slightly sweet start with a malty mix and a very bitter finish. This is a nice brew indeed and something i was looking forward to drinking.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2007
Transparent copper ruby pour has a thin ring of wispy light tan head. Aroma of sweet, slightly bready caramel malt and a touch of earthy green hops. Body has some sweet caramel malty notes with a touch of light fruit and a drier, slightly warming bittersweet finish. Fairly clean tasting, but could use some more balance.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6363) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 10, 2007
This dark brown ale poured with a large fluffy tan head and a malty aroma. The flavor is quite complex, with elements of chocolate, caramel and treacle. IT starts off rich and sweet and ends with a short bitter finish. An interesting and pleasant brew.

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 (9457) - 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 (9542) - 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 you’d 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 (11349) - 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 they’re 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>


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