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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 013: Old Cantankerous



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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 41   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
Sierra Nevada Old Cantankerous (Stock Ale) is a collaboration beer brewed on 9/04/09 at Sierra Nevadaís R&D Pilot Brewery for Beer Camp #13. Beer Camps #13 & #14 consisted of the gold medal winning homebrewers from the 2009 American Homebrewers Association (AHA) National Homebrew Competition (NHC). Old Cantankerous was brewed with a combination of seven different domestic & continental malts including two types of Caramel, Chocolate, Pale, Pils, Munich & Vienna for a rich complexity with five different hops being used for balance & character including Magnum, Perle, Sterling & the New Zealand hops Pacifica & Southern Cross which were used in the hopback for additional aroma & complexity. The famous house ale yeast was used to top ferment & condition this American Strong Ale/Stock Ale for approx. 8-10 weeks. Like previous camp beers, Old Cantankerous is only available in select markets and at the breweryís taproom & restaraunt until itís history!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
J_man (915) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Okay, Iím going 3 for 3 on delicious Sierra Nevada beers that I was lucky enough to obtain and then kept in the beer fridge too long. Fortunately, this one doesnít appear to be too far gone, but Iím sure it was better a lot closer to when it was made. Aroma now is of toasted malt, but a vegetal component from old hops is creeping in. Medium amber with a lot of particulate matter floating around (could be the age) and a medium off-white head. The body is surprisingly creamy with dark fruit and molasses sweetness. The hops are now muted and vegetal, whereas Iím sure they were vibrant when this was fresh. The caramel malt comes around and sweeps away the bitterness and gives this a lasting bittersweet finish. While this is still an excellent beer, I wish I could have tried it a few years ago. Iíve learned my lesson and I wonít be letting this happen again!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lothore (619) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
A murky russet colored beer that is crowned by a large, chunky, off white head. Smell is caramel, brown sugar and hints of christmas spices. Full bodied with caramel and roasted malt undertones, nutty, oak ... almost brown ale-esque. M- Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation. D- Definitely on the tamer side for an old/stock ale but it is very smooth and has a full flavor and bodied without being overpowering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2012
750ml bottle that I got in a trade. Dark ruby red color. Very boring smell, malty, wet cereal, meh. Taste followed adn was just a boring maltiness. I was sort of disappointed in this beer and remarked to my buddy how this was the first Sierra Nevada beer that wasnít good and he reminded me of a couple other instances (first bottling of Hoptimum for example) that we had shared and been let down by. Oh well, was nice to try this since I think it was brewery only. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-13-2012 23:38:32

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (43245) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2012

Bottle 750ml. corked @ PBF2012.

Light unclear medium orange amber colour with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, fruity, moderate hoppy, orange - citrus, light grassy. Flavour is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, fruity, dusty hops, hoppy. Good balanced. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120727]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1271) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2012
750ml C&C bottled, listed as 7.4% ABV, received as an extra in trade. Thanks! Pours a clear, dark amber color with an off white head. Aroma is malty, toffee, bread, fruity, raisin. Medium on the palate with soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, caramel, plum, a little booze, Some pine hop bitterness, with a light bitter finish. Interesting. Glad I got try it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (24920) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 27, 2012
Bottled@PBF2012. Amber colour, small white head. Aroma is caramel, some sweet malts and mild alcohol. Flavour is caramel fruits, some mild toffee and quite big floral and grassy hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (15918) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 27, 2012
Bottled 750cl (PBF, #13)
Slightly hazy amber color, steady creamy off-white head, lace. There is some resiny and even chocolaty(!?), malty aroma. Medium-bodied. Sweetish, plums, bread, hops. Lingering sweetness and nice hops in the aftertaste. Even light salty note. This is very good and does not have any "Sierra Nevada" house flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (23006) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2012
Bottled at PBF. Slightly hazy brownish amber, persistent head. Caramelly nose. Dry and velvetty, soft with medium-full body. Deep, pleasaant caramelly malt, restrained hops. Mid bitter finish. Harmonious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dodgrblu (725) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 20, 2012
Bomber from Sierra Brewery. Nice, long-lasting head. Classic British taste. Very good but does not stand up as a follower to Stingo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (8737) - Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Bottle shared by B3C. Pours a clear deep amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma is mainly sweet malts focused on caramel and some ripe fruits. The flavor is more sweet caramel malts up front. More background toasted malts, hints of butterscotch, soft bitterness and mild grassy notes toward the finish. Medium bodied.

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