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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!

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2542) - 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.

   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.

   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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewDad (4844) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2537) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3334) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Bottle. Mahogony beer with a cafe au lait colored head. Dark malt aroma with some berry. Toffee, coffee, chocolate malt flavors with raisins and raspberry. Alcohol present. Burnt malt starts to take over and linger. Fuller bodied. Could use time to mellow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimhilt (2390) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Pours a two finger pillowy light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Deep mahogeny color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Sweet raisin nose. Starts sweet like sharp raisins, mellows into hints of alcohol with a definite alcohol aftertaste. A decent old ale. $4.50 for a 22oz bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3322) - Eureka, California, USA - JUL 16, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2007 Purchased in the local COOP in a 22 oz bottle. Poured a very dark cherry color with a big foamy tan head that lasted a long time. Very rich nose of burnt malts. Fruits and carmel are added to the flavor and with the high alcohol content this is almost too rich and powerful. A bit of sweetness. Somewhat bitter finish. Interesting brew however, and should please those that like their dark beers big and bold. Update: Jan 9, 2007. Again from a bottle. I let this warm up a little to about 45 F. It again poured with a giant foamy light brown head you could have eaten with a spoon. Nose is even more intense. The flavor was much improved, and much smoother. Don’t drink this too cold and this is about a good as an Old Ale can get. I have to furnish another update Mar 10, 2007. This time I got to sample some of this from a 2004 batch that was aged in the bottle. To say this was incredible is an understatement. The nose remains much the same but the mouthfeel was now so rich it felt like olive oil on the tongue, and the flavors so intense it gave me shivers. Really great citrus fruits and raisins dominate, and chocolate in the finish make this more of a 4.5 (9-5-9-4-18) instead of a 4.0. But because this is a special case I will leave my rating the same. However the message here is this is one you can buy now and lay down for a couple of years and it will mature into a world class Old Ale.

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