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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Old Tempest Ale is Lightning Brewery’s Winter Seasonal beer. This beer is a classic “Winter Warmer” or a beer that has an alcohol level that causes a “warming” feeling on sipping and drinking. This is an Old Ale or Strong Ale made in the tradition of UK brewers for centuries. We have used strictly “earthy” types of UK malted barley, UK strains of “grassy” flavoring and aroma hops, and our house strain of British Ale yeast in brewing and fermenting this beer. Also note the slight haze we have retained in the beer. That is because we avoid filtration, a process that can remove some of the complex flavors that make a big, malty beer more enjoyable. It is simply settled in the fermentation tank for months and then directly packaged for added flavor. Extensive aging is an investment for the Brewery in terms of tank space and at the same time an added value for enjoyment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2009
22 oz. bottle from BevMo (SD) - Pours a hazy golden color with a large two finger thick off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is esters and light notes of sweet malt. Flavor is very fruity. Finishes like a German Hefe. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Medium to full body. A nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2009
Bottle shared by someone at "Drink for Charity" event at Rattle N Hum. Sweet chewy aroma. Light citrusy lemon and a touch of acidity. There is a strange falvour of orange and banana. Chewy sweet and lightly sour. Meh... it doesn’t really do it for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5801) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2009 Courtesy of AllAboutStout

Bottle: The aroma is loaded with pineapple and some citrus. It pours a slightly hazy orange with a small creamy white head. The flavor starts with moderate pineapple and citrus. The finish has a hint of orange peel and faint sourness. Medium bodies with a soft mouthfeel. Overall it’s a solid beer, but Old Ale? No way.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
malrubius (2182) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAY 15, 2009
Bottle at RnH Drink for Charity. Thanks to everyone who brought great beer to this. Dark orange with flat head and lace. Aroma of old oranges in cardboard boxes. Woody orange marmalade with sticky orange finish. Waxy texture. Maybe it had seen better days.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Bottle at the “Drink for Charity” event at Rattle & Hum. Pours a hazy brown with a thin white head. Dark plum and prune notes. Thin to medium bodied and malty. Finishes with a light hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (7095) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 3, 2009
what was that last thing you said? grandpa’s little helper??? as i enter this here review .. Sweet maple syrup color.. good .. .lots of caramel and aged sugar ditch .. . balanced.. seems quite mellowed .. shockingly sweet .. . "The goggles do Nothing"- BA meeting shenanigans !!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (983) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Bottle from Pizza Port Bottle Shop. Pours a clear golden color with low carbonation and a light white ring of head. Aroma is buttery diacetyl with lots of light malts and candy sugar. Flavor is very sweet with more malt, really reminding me of a thick and cloying Tripel. Some tones of caramel, toffee and pear on the finish. Pronounced note of English ale yeast lasts with each sip. Not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 26, 2009
Cask at Stone. Hazy orange color. Big fluffy head shrinks to solid lace. Huge ring around the glass. Sweet nose. Caramel to fruit. Hints of sourness. Taste is big. Smooth and sweet caramel. Thick and chewy. Lace absolutly destroys the glass. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2009
22oz bottle from mr. chintawat.....pours a murky dark reddish caramel brown with a pretty thin soapy white head.... aroma of bready/toasty caramel malt, sugar, and dark fruit....flavors of sweet dark fruit and candied sugar. somewhat too cloying with a boozy finish. medium carbonation. just purely average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4989) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 13, 2009
On cask at Stone Bistro. Pours a clear orange/amber and creamy off-white head. Sweet malt, raisins, candy sugar, dried fruit, orange, caramel, and earthy hops. Very little carbonation. It’s alright.

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