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RATINGS: 393   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!


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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2007
bomber. Good looking dark ale w/ sweet nose of malts & yeast. Taste is similar, w/ more yeast than I expected. Def biscuit/bready flavor w/ an odd flop at the end, just falls a little short.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ComradeK (1006) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2014
650ml bottle. Pours a hazy deep chestnut, with a large light beige head, which lasts very well and leaves excellent lacing. There is plenty of plum and raisin old ale character in the aroma, but balanced by a more savoury, nutty note and strong herbal hops. Bitter herbal and pine hops up front give way to treacle and plum in the mid-palate. Nutty, meaty notes come into a savoury finish. This is a very unusual old ale, much more savoury and with way more hops character than I would expect. It is still highly enjoyable, but definitely a little odd.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (3302) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2014
650ml bottle from Archive Beer Boutique. Rating from April 2014. Poured a sark brown to copper colour with fruit cake an Christmas pudding aromas. Big beer with a big alcohol presence.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bpreo (1545) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Now that is what you want to taste and feel after having an English Old-Style Ale. Perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Davros (1897) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerFunGuy (623) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (2084) - Clear Creek, 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.

4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerslinga (4) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1148) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4069) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Landmonger (156) - 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


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