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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Davros (2716) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2014
Pours dark brown with a large lasting head. Nose shows golden syrup, booze, fruitcake, figs, brown sugar and cognac. Lovely. Similarly rich flavours. More booze though, a little hot. Loads of golden syrup, bordering on a bit too sweet. Lovely creamy carbonation and rich body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerFunGuy (875) - California, USA - MAY 14, 2014
Rich dark red almost brown in color this beer has an aroma of fruit and cookie dough or freshly baked cookies. A sweet flavor leads you in to a rich hop bite which then mellows out again and finishes with that same sweetness that it led with. One if my all time favorite brews for sure. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (4897) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2014
On tap at Barrels & Bottles a few nights ago. Light brown and clear appearance with an off-white head. Malty aroma, with light hops, brown sugar, chocolate, caramel and toffee. Similar flavor, dark malts, rich, medium sweetness, mild bitterness and dark fruits. Medium to full body. Pretty good, I’d like to try a bottle or full pour of this sometime.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerslinga (6) - concord, California, USA - APR 11, 2014 does not count
MMXIII aged about 6 months. Had this when it first came out, very malt forward with subtle caramel notes. Now it has mellowed a bit. Not as sweet, hops coming forward a bit and mixing with heavier caramel finish. Much more complex but balanced out a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Good. Rich malt flavor. Sweet, but not overly so. Brownish red pour. Maybe a hint of booziness. Dark fruits. Closest comparison would be a quad without the Belgian yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4839) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Rated on 8-10-2010. This bottled beer pours a medium sized very fizzy ivory head that mostly diminishes, orange, golden body, fizzy, fast rising carbonation, and one ring of lacing. The aromas consist of caramel malt, citrus, earthy hops, sweet, and fruity. This beer tastes sweet, spicy, malty. citrus hops, and fruity. The palate is oily and sticky. This beer is light-medium bodied. The hops are upfront in the flavor, but not over done. This is a sipping beer at 9.7%ABV, worth trying and a beer I would drink again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Landmonger (155) - USA - MAR 5, 2014
Poured from a bomber dark in color with a nice white head, the aroma is malt sweetness, the taste is malt again with a candied fruit, the carbonation is nice and smooth, the back is the weak point with a residual taste I can’t place but not one I like. otherwise excellent

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Teddlet (12) - Magalia, USA - MAR 5, 2014
First impression was of sulfur and molasses. But there was something in the nose that I couldn’t put my finger on. Orange blossom. Went back with that in mind and the beer opened up! Nose of Rose Hips, generally floral, orange blossom. Honey sweetness that slowly melts on the tongue and morphs in to a biscuity white bread. One of the most complex beers I’ve ever tasted!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
penstemon (224) - Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Pours a deep rust color with a light yellowish tan head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, plums, candied citrus peel, raisin, and some berry. Taste is toffee, roast (almost smoky), hint of vanilla and nuts, some dried fruit but not as much as in the aroma. Medium bitterness, med-full palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (5976) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2014
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a clear amber with an ecru head. Boozy caramel nose. Flavors of dark fruits with some sweet floral/herbal notes. Sweet and bitter finish.

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