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RATINGS: 415   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Though I’m certainly a fan of viscous, candy sugar ’n’ caramel old ales, this one’s particular impressive because it doesn’t really fit that deScription; it seems to have a healthy dose of bittering hops, which balances the palate and allows the caramel-wood-smoke-loam-fig notes to shine through in a way that the more saccharine old ales don’t. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
after4ever (7273) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2007
22. Pours a deeeep brown with a thin tan head--somewhat filmy, somewhat bubbly; starts off moussy but falls quickly. Filmy lace left. Messy nose; seawater and smoke and some tart seaweedy/dark fruit notes. Really tough to call whether that’s to its credit. Bland body: mild attack, light carb, thinnish (especially for the abv), and not much flavor--some nuts and some light sourness and maybe some hints of caramel malt. Not much going on here, really.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 17, 2007
22 oz bottle from BottleTrek.com. Pours a dark cloudy brown. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel and roasted malts, and very sweet. Flavor is similiar, with hints of vanilla, cherry and raisins. Medium to full body and a subtle bitter finish. This beer has huge potential, it just needs to be cellared. The alcohol is very present and it needs to mellow out a bit.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bitbucket (2164) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (8615) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (11674) - Escondido, California, 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.

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