Great Waters Old Bastard
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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
This is an English Old Ale. The style is big in every aspect. Dark malts give the beer a deep brown color also a rich caramel and slightly chocolate flavor. This style is also strongly hopped to balance the sweetness. There is more of an emphasis on the hop flavor and aroma therefore it does not seem as bitter as our St. Peter. This beer also has a bit stronger alcohol content (7 %abv) than many of our other beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Pours a slightly hazed copper color with an inch of soft cream-colored foam. The head dies down to a thin cap and a ring. Good lacing throughout the glass. Malty and alcoholic aroma. The flavor has lots of brown sugar and a bit of biscuit malt. A light floral hop bitterness gives way to something of a lingering candi sugar finish and aftertaste. Sadly, this beer has lots of sweetness, but not much else. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. All in all, this was a kinder gentler old bastard than I expected. Or wanted. Sugar sweetness and floral hopping do not a bastard make.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 6, 2005
On tap at the brewpub. Yellow-amber in color with a white head. Molasses aroma. Simply syrup in a glass. This is something of a barley-wine wannabe. Thick and delicious. Big mouthfeel. Yum!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2005
Copper body. Low n/a aroma. Medium IPA-ish mouthfeel. Hop finish, with quasi-Sucrets flavor beginning on swallow and restarting later. Slightly above-avg session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2005
Orange/Amber Coloring with Sandy Head. Sweet, Hoppy and Dry Aroma. Malty..Some Barley...Citrusy...With Light Warming Notes... Solidly Average Brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4869) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Dark orange color with a medium head. Very faint aroma... oranges? Hmm... the taste is subdued to say the least. A little sweet malt hits up front with a little alcoholic warming on the finish, but it’s pretty tame. Not bad, but not "Woah! Gimme More!"

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2004
Tawny brown color, fine, fluffy head, Aroma, nice and hoppy, a little roasty, but not couldn’t exuding much more than that. Taste: good fruit in the flavor, again, neat little hop appearance, fullish body, adequate finish, but after that we’re left searching, for it comes up short in so many other areas, compared to the best of even the average of this style. No complexity, not much flavor beyond the basic fruitiness, and little alcohol felt. With a name like this, you’re expecting a bad boy, something devilish,and wicked, but nothing of the sort occurs here at all. I may want to trek out here another time and try it again, but this sample was terribly underwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Had on cask at Great Waters on 2/13/2004 after a Wild game. The beer was a brown amber with a creamy looking cask head. The aroma was of malt and hops. the flavor was sweet, hoppy, and a bit watery in the body. Overall, it was OK as it was a cask ESA, but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5743) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2004 Dark brown. Hops and fruit in the flavor. Thick and heavy. Seems to be an ipa. no head. One of the better products at Great Waters.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2003
On Cask: Deep dark rusty brown with caramel brown highlights, the beautiful flowing foamy bubbles cascading up the glass building the dark cream colored head slowly to about an inch high of firm thick fluffy whipped cream. A 1/4 inch foamed head sits on top the entire glass down. Aroma is quite soft with slightly grainy maltyness with a small sweetness and roastyness, notes of chocolate malts and nuts. For a strong ale its not very strong, incerdaibly mild and mellow with a malty sweet tang, hops are mild and dark with a smokey lingering sweet oaky finish. A short lived experience with any flavors, nothing substantial or providing. Sort of thin but definately empty in the feel but picks up some as it goes with a light sweet and grainy texture. Mellow, easy, subtle, and drinkable, just low on the scale of any real outstanding qualities in nearly every aspect with the exception of the how beautiful the glass of this stuff is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2665) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 7, 2002
Tap. This was my favorite beer of the night. I had it in the sampler and then ordered a pint. A rich dark brown color with a perfect full brown head. It was cask conditioned. It had a nutty and malty flavor.

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