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RATINGS: 404   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (12374) - 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>

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NachlamSie (3000) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrockLanders (780) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Draught. Dark red with thick tan head. Aroma of caramel and malt. Flavour has notes of bittersweet chocolate, and coffee beans. Hoppy finish with much alcohol warmth. Approach with caution, this is a strong one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2007
This one starts out good enough. Pours thick as the liquid almost has legs as it slides down the glass. Dark brown with red highlights around the edges of the glass. Thick tan head. Looks good. Aroma hints at figs and caramel but it takes a lot of sniffing to figure that out. A slight hop bitterness rides on top of an extremely thin ale that really lacks in flavor. Slightly sweet with an unpleasant alcohol burn at the finish. About as flavorless as a beer this strong can get. I can only assume that the bottle I got was not up to par with others but at this pricepoint and low availability I might not get to try it again. What a dissapointment.

   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.

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