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Gentle Bens NCAA Ale (NCAAle)

Gentle Bens NCAA Ale (NCAAle)
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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
The traditional English Double Strong Ale is brewed annually for our WildCat Basketball team, thus the name NCAAle (National Champions Double Ale) This ale boasts a larger variety of specialty malt balanced by high addition of kettie hops NCAAle has a high alcohol content and is only served in 10oz glasses. flavor notes: sweet, malty, tobacco, roast, chocolate, booze/alcohol shines though. This ale mellows with age and on occasion is moved into whiskey barrels for an extended time to impart wood/whiskey flavor notes. This is Barrio’s biggest beer, an ale with a push to it’s limit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marheb (5019) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2016
(En fűt ŕ la brasserie): Caramel brűlé, hyper amertume, corps liquoreux collant et menthe terreuse. Assez difficile d’approche.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arthree (48) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 20, 2015
Slightly cloudy brown pour with minimal white head. Cola, caramel, a bit of malty savoriness and a hint of boozy kick. Leaves the mouth tingling. A really good strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
mrmartin (780) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2015
Dark clear copper pour with no head. Malty faintly boozy nose. Smooth body. Fruity malts and hint of booze. Slightly sticky. Nice strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Barrio’s NCAAL growler fill from Total Wine in Tempe. It pours with an amber to mahogany looking body that supports a nice full tan head of foam. The aroma offers up coffee beans and nuttiness as well as some roasted and earthy malts. The taste begins sugary sweet with malts and a bit of sweet fruity esters and then it quickly moves into roasted malts, roasted coffee, nuttiness and some pine like hops. Into the finish it seems to pick up a cinnamon not too. Decent enough American Strong Ale but it seems it lacks some flavor harmony.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Caytinator (1005) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2013
10oz on tap. I confused this beer for a belgian strong ale - it has a lot in common. Strong brown color, light lacing, clear. Medium-full body, good alcoholic taste...unforgiving for the uninitiated. Pity this is only a seasonal - I might get a growler or two for March Madness!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Sampled at Arizona Strong Beer Fest, 2013. Pours dark amber in color. Unfortunately, does not hide its ABV of 10% very well. But, good malt flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Draft at the brewery. Nose mostly scotch, maybe a hint of caramel. Nice mild blend of wood, toffee, and booze. A strangely creamy, smooth brew for something this strong and complex. Tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (5850) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Deep amber pour with creamy tan head and lace. Not much nose but nothing bad there either. Sweet caramel malt, a nice abv warmth, light earthy bitter. Medium;/full bodied with smooth carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2011
on tap-pours a white head and hazy copper color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-peat. Taste is sweet medium malt-caramel/peat, earthy/spice hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2011
on tap as part of the sampler pours deep amber with a thin white head. Aroma is all malts, caramel, toffee, doughy. Flavor is toffee and sticky caramel sweet through and through. The alcohol is masked well, but it’s pretty one dimensional.

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