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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
2008 9.2% 2010- 7.5%

First brewed in 1995 on the day Jerry Garcia Died, and is named after one of his guitars. This complex multi grain ale is made with a blend of ten types of malted barley. The spicy hop character comes from select German and Czech Hops. Served unfiltered to allow maximum flavors for your enjoyment.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 12, 2009
Draft. Bronze beer with a light tan head. Light pine aroma with light toasty malt. Light grapefruit/pine flavor with toasted and caramel malts. Medium bodied. Piney/earthiness lingers with some light caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Tap @ Beachwood with BMan1113VR. Pours dark red with a tan head. Nose is slightly spiced wiht some malty and fruit. Taste is hoppy and spicy. Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7905) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Tap at Beachwood. Pours with a hazy auburn body and a light brown head that stays and leaves good lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, tons and tons of malt, and some melon aromas with hops (reminds me of Ale to the Chief). Taste is malty and a bit nutty with dark fruits and light spicey hops. Syrupy mouthfeel and light carbonation

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (12753) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Draft at the brewpub. Dark brown color with reddish copper hilights. Respectable light tan head. Aroma of roasted caramel. Medium body with light carbonation. Slightly herbal/mild spice flavors. Finishes smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2008
On tap at Ham’s Tavern. Pours a medium rust color with a small beige head. Nose was slightly sweet with some malt and molasses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 1, 2008
On tap at Hamiltons. Copper brown with a creamy white head. Sweet maple and caramel aroma and taste with brown sugar notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 23, 2008
On-tap at Hamilton’s. Pours cloudy dark brown with a moderate white head, specks of lace. Smells deep and sweet malty with somecereal grains as well. Tastes grainy sweet malty, slightly fruity, sweet, earthy with some hay. Full body, ok carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2008
On tap at Beachwood BBQ. Somewhat hazy, nutmeg shell brown color with some soft cherry hues and a creamy layer of light beige head. Aromas of strawberry fruits and pale chocolate malt accompanied by a soft floral hop character. Hints of caramel, biscuit, and graham cracker malt. The fruity notes are highly intriguing, especially considering that the smell suggests they are malt derived. Medium bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel with a chalky malt texture. Hefty maltiness, but restrained sweetness. Lots of strawberry and raspberry fruits integrated smoothly into a biscuity and chocolatey malt profile. A light butterscotch/toffee flavor peeks through, perhaps a smidgen of diacetyl, but not enough to detract significantly from the enjoyment of the beer. While the malts develop some of the flavor characteristics of dark malts, they keep a safe distance from developing any roasted or burned flavors. Finishes moderately hoppy, leaving a lightly spicy, herbal hop bitterness lingering in the final smack. The malt complexity is truly fascinating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3509) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 9, 2008
8 ounce sample on tap at Rubicon’s fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Sac. Fruity aroma with some sweet and floral aspects present. I also get some cherry-like aromas as well. This is a little vinous, too. Quite quaffable. Transparent dark amber body with a medium off-yellow head. Very floral start, which could be rose petals? Becomes vinous in the middle with some dry notes as well. A bit more floral late, with an ethanolic finish. Didn’t live up to the potential. I’m not so sure that this is an Old Ale, but that is what the beer was listed as in the database.

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