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RATINGS: 399   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!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NachlamSie (2809) - 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 isn’t so overly sweet that I dislike it, but I’d 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 didn’t achieve the balance it could. I think the high sugary flavor is the single downfall, but all in all I’m still pretty satisfied.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrockLanders (774) - 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.

3.9
   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.

2.6
   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.

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 (2326) - 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 (2564) - 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.


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