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RATINGS: 420   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3395) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2007
Very interesting. Big maltiness is the name of this drink. Slightly hoppy aroma. Big brown head gives this one some creaminess. The key though is the taste and the big malt character this baby has. Some purple fruit and licorice in there as well. Surprisingly good drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (6013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 17, 2007
Clear bronze, nice dark tan head. Rummy, toasty, vanilla aromas, with notes of milk chocolate, too. Really nice smell. Some dense molassess flavors, and a hint of chocolate, then a harsh, woodsy hop finish. A lot of the smooth malt characteristic present in the aroma are absent in the flavor. But still a pretty tasty brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2007
Bottle from Bruisiní Ales in Asheville. Wow, was I suprised @ this one. Very good. Huge coffe, toffee, caramel, chocolate aroma. Flavor is the same + smoke and alcohol burn. I really liked this one. Underrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2007
22 oz enjoyed at the beach in a red plastic cup. Thanks to drewbeerme for this sample. Pours a mahoganny brown with a beige head. Nose is nice, lots of carmel, toffee, and dark fruits. More carmel, toffee and dark fruits in the flavor with hints of charred oak, vanilla, and smoke. Creamy and smooth palate, this is tasty and Iím surprised it isnít rated higher.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2007
bomber. pours dark with off white head. nose is dark fruity, sweet, and caramel. flavor has lots of dark fruits, creamy, nuts, and cookie. abv well hidden. mouthfeel is full. i actually enjoy this more than i thought it would. very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Though Iím certainly a fan of viscous, candy sugar íní caramel old ales, this oneís particular impressive because it doesnít 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 donít. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
after4ever (7487) - 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 thatís 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 (2165) - 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 ísippiní 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.

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