Laurelwood Olde Reliable
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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Limited Release. As with every year’s Laurelwood Limited Release, the beer you are now holding is very special, very limited and very delicious. We’ve created an ale that’s perfect for sharing with friends and family or whomever you choose. While we suppose you could keep it all to yourself, we’ve always believed, "A shared beer is a better beer." Anyway you savor it, we think you’ll find Olde Reliable a wholly satisfying beer experience. Please keep refrigerated.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Rich mahogany/light brown hue with a fluffy tan head. Aromas of caramel, a touch of vanilla and a bit of raisins. Flavor is lightly sweet at first, rich creamy honey and orange blossoms, then the hops come through and steal away your buds with a short tongue-lashing. At the finish, though, the hops mellow and you get some lingering resinous/honey/caramel flavors reappearing. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - MAR 9, 2013
On draught at Lucky Labrador Barleywine and Big Beer Festival. 2011 barrel aged vintage. Apple and Bourbon aroma. The aging really smooths out the flavor, adding caramel, coconut, and Bourbon flavor. Boozy warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (6737) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Clear amber color/ tan sheen. Big bourbon vanilla, pit fruit, toffee, boozy aromas. Medium bodied with soft co2. Sticky sweet, cloying bourbon vanilla, toffee, caramel, pit fruit flavors--

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Draught @ Brouwer’s Café:   Left over from Hard Liver 2011.   Dark amber, nearing a very heavy garnet, moderate to large foamy tannish head, nice lacing.   Heavy malty nose, slight medicinal aroma, a little fruity.   Very malty on the tongue, a little medicinal and bandaid.   Slight cough syrup.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Lingering medicinal like maltiness on the backside.   Faint caramel comes through, but enough to overshadow the other items I wish that werent present.   Not bad.   Would like to find a bottle to compare.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
trevor211 (1631) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2011
On tap at Brouwer’s Hard Liver 2011. Pretty, transparent ruby brown pour. Mild aroma - a tiny bit of roast over overripe fruits. Flavor is really heavy on the fruit - booze-soaked black cherries, some nutmeg and mandarin... juicy and boozy. Not bad, but it needs more of an earthiness/caramel to smooth it out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Sweet ass 2007 liter waxed swing top courtesy of hopdog, thanks Steve. Pours amber with copper hues and off white head. This whole brew is reminiscent of an aged Stone Old Guardian. I get nice aromatic load of aged yet resiny pine hops, a mild level of molasses, cherries, prunes, a pinch of grapefruit and then heat as I try to draw too deep in an attempt to discover more. The taste is yummy aged American style Barelywine as expected with firm yet blunted with age pine hops that run right up to being resiny sticky bitterness. I also get a light dash of sweet caramel from time to time as well as a thin layer of rigid malt sweetness. Into the finish malt sweetened robust resiny pine hop bitterness surges forward to squash the faint sweet dark fruity esters that are attempting to be heard. Yummy brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2011
1/15/11. Growler shared at the Sea Bass going away party! Big brown sugar and dark fruit aroma with a surprisingly mild and subdued flavor that is clean but not complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 5, 2010
1L bottle, 2007 vintage. Poured medium amber with a short-lived cap of smoky tan head. The aroma picked up deep, warm, aged caramel, molasses, and biscuity notes with mild complementary oxidation.. not much in terms of hoppage.. age treated the malts well, though. The flavor found the malty goodness I expected, this time with biscuity notes leading.. molasses backed it up.. tart versions on the same malts rode the edges and carried through the finish.. again some oxidation, but never in a bad way. Medium-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. the malty tartness (and related almost artificial sweetener amplification) were a bit much.. not bad, but I’d love to try it fresh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2010
2010-07-01. Crisp lovely red-brown body, small tan head. 4+ Flavour is a bit odd at first. Hops and alcohol have a strange bitter character that dominates over the malty base. Odd. Sort of vegetal but not quite? Aroma of tangy caramel and alcohol. Average plus palate. Doesn’t quite come together for me. Improves as it warms, with more of the sweet malt showing itself but I still find it a bit rough. On tap at Seattle International Beer Festival

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2010
[3072-20100702] Sample. Pizza crust and pasta sauce aroma. Clear, dark red brown body with a quick foamy light tan head. Boozy rich grains flavour has a long sweet grainy malt aftertaste. Medium-full body. Quite alcoholic but nice.
Overheard: "They should cross huskies and beagles."
(@ SIB 2010, Seattle, WA)

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