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RATINGS: 395   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!


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Nice dark brown with a fairly thin, very light tan head. Aroma contains mostly malts, with a hint of alcohol and brown sugar/molasses. I let this warm up a bit...flavors were intense malts with a touch of persimmon astringency. Alcohol is present in the finish. I recommend letting this beer age a few months for mellowing.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Bottle. Pours with a brown and slightly reddish color with a medium head. Very full mouthfeel. Aromzs of malts and caramel that are also present in the flavor profile. There is some more rich fruit such as apricot and strawberry combined with malty sweetness. Hops is very subdued, alcohol becomes more pronounced when the beer warms up.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 20, 2007
NorCal tasting Jan 07 - Pour is a beautiful deep brown color, nice head. Aroma is sweet malts, dark fruits, carmel with a hop profile to make it very powerful. Flavors were nicely blended with dark fruits, a good hop profile, sweet molasses with a dry finish. Excellent beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2006
On tap at the 2006 Holiday Ale Festival. Pours mahogany with a beige head. This beer needs time to settle down, way to much alcohol shows in the flavor, you get a big burn in the finish. There is also a ton of bitterness in the finish, should die down in a few months. Malts have a fruity fig taste that kinda mixes with some brown sugar tasting sweetness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 14, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2007 Rating #1 Bottle (7 3 6 3 13). A dark brown color but translucent with a creamy brown head. A solid malty, raisin, toffee caramel aroma that foretells the high abv and a barley wine like character. Very sweet, almost too sweet, with a heavy syrupy sugar malt flavor with a touch of the resin from dark fruits. At the end of the day it was too sweet and syrupy. Rating #2 Bottle (7 3 6 3 16). A brown color with a tan head. A rich malty flavor and aroma with raisins and a light alcohol burn. Finishes with a burnt sugar and wood flavor. Much improved over my last bottle, but it still has a harsh finish. Maybe this needs to sit for a couple of years.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2006
UPDATED: APR 11, 2007 GABF 2006: Dark brown color with a small beige head. Caramel and toffee malt aroma with some raisins and grapes. Somewhat sweet. It seemed to have some yeasty notes to the aroma. Thick malty flavor was sweet and a little toasty with notes of plums.. Medium to full bodied. Warming.
BA version: Pretty close to the original except only the strong malty notes come through the barrel aroma and flavor. More warmth is noted in the chest and throat. Bottle as well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Pour is dark cola colored with a thin tan head...sweet molasses in the nose...lots of caramel sweetness in the flavor...chewy mouthfeel...nice...

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewDad (4978) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2006
[GABF 2006 – Denver, Co] Nice brown color with a tan head. Peppered aroma, good malt sweetness and crisp hop flavor. This was thick well coated brew. Had some sweet caramel flavors with a dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2559) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
brown pour nice tan head w/ light lacing. Light peppered aroma good malt sweetness anda nice crisp grass & citrus hop. Thick well coated and lightly creamy palate. Sweet carmel flavors w/ a dry grassy finish. good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
GABF 2006. Bottle. The beer pours to a dark brown body with a creamy beige head. The aroma is chocolatey, sweet powdered sugar, typicaal scottish aromas. Very well done, however. I wouldn’t really call it an old ale. The flavor is rich and chocolatey with some sugary molasses for sweetness. Nicely balanced, extremely malty.


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