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RATINGS: 231   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
Wee Heavy Ale: Powerful caramel malt flavor, finishing climatically with a smooth warming sensation. Deep Red. 19.9°

Erie Brewing Company presents the beer previously know as “Red Ryder BIG Beer.” Red Ryder was dubiously awarded two “cease and desist” orders for its name. So with its unique new name (inspired by the long arm of the law), Ol’ Red Cease and Desist brings more to the table than just a big, malty flavor and climaxing warm sensation, it brings a legal record!

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Editor’s note: Formerly known as both "Red Ryder Big Beer" and "Red Ryder Ale".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
popsabrew (1) - Lake City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2006 does not count
A great beer from a brewer that usually brews good but not great beers. The proper russet amber with an off white creamy head that holds it’s shape above the rim and laces nicely. Aroma of fresh bread and carmel. Complex sweet carmel taste balanced perfectly with the proper bitter hops finish. A personal favorite, but unfortunately a seasonal brew. Too much kick for a summertime lawnmower brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2006
Bottle. Pours caramel, off white head. Aroma is malt, molasses, caramel, slightly funky. Flavor is caramel, malt, honey, fruity, slight spicy meaty funk.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2006
on tap-pours a light tan head and amber color. Aroma is medium malt-sweet, ?, secondary hops. Taste is medium malt-sweet, syrupy, secondary hops. OK carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2006
Draft... GBOA ’06... Textbook amber ale with a large, frothy, khaki head. Excellent retention. Malty, sweet nose with notes of tropical fruit, maple syrup and toffee. Medium sweet, lightly bitter flavor with lots of toffee, caramel and just a hint of maple syrup. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Lengthy, bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2006
This was a decent beer but nothing spectacular. It did not taste like a Scottish Ale as listed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2006
A lightly sedimented but transparent, rich amber color with a thin, bone-colored head. Tons of rich, crystallized sugar and caramel in the nose with some tropical hops and fruity malt and alcohol all there. Flavor has many but not all of the aroma components and the sweetness is balanced by a dry, burnt caramel and a smack of bitterness. The alcohol, malt, and bitterness all trail into a long finish. This is an extra fine interpretation of a Scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5768) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2014 I am not a big fan of this brewer and this is the first time I have had this beer. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark mahogany color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma if fruity and hoppy. The flavor is bitter floral hops with molasses, ripe fruity and dry chocolate. Despite the strong hops this beer has a rather "Belgian" character to it. It hides the 9.3% alcohol quite well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GregClow (3027) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2006
Bottle shared with tupalev & jerc - courtesy of tupalev. Orange-amber colour with a tiny head. Moderate hops and a bit of chocolate on the nose. Flavour is a bit grainy, with mellow hops, fairly average and non-deScript. Hard to believe it’s 9.3%!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2006
Bottle, as Red Ryder Big Beer, shared with GregClow and Jerc. Dark orange/red, small orange’ish head. Mild sweet malt aroma - some alcohol. Decent sweet alcohol taste, but 9.3%? Tastes 6% tops, so it is either well hidden or misrepresented. But the whole thing is unfortunately bland - there’s nothing here, just some alcohol and some malt. Drinkable though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2008 2008-05-18. Ruby tinged brown body struggles to offer a small film of an off white head, but looks great otherwise (3+) Sweet sugary malt aroma, light boozy undertones. Flavour is simple, similar sweet sugary caramel malt notes. Warming boozy finish disturbs the peace a bit, and is on the high end of acceptable. Medium bodied palate suits it, lightly carbonated. I enjoyed this but it could get boozy quickly I think. Simple, but nice. 7/3/7/3+/15+ - 3.6 On tap at Pizza Plant, Transit Road, Buffalo <P>February 2006. As Red Ryder. Ruby brown body, not much of a head. Bit of a grainy tang in the aroma - rye? Grainy malt, sort of sweet with a dry bite, alcohol is pretty much non-existent. I am skeptical of the 9.3% label. Palate is a touch light. Pretty non-deScript but pleasant enough. 7/3/7/2/14 - 3.3 Tasting at GregClow’s

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