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Sierra Nevada Wood Aged Old Ale
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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Old Ale is a blend of Imperial Stout aged eleven-months in oak bourbon barrels, and our malty Scotch Ale. This black beer has an intense aroma of roasted malt with pronounced vanilla and toasted coconut notes from wood aging. The flavor is smooth and bittersweet, with hints of caramel, toffee, and mocha. This full-bodied beer is filled with deep, rich and warming flavors.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7813) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
On tap at Oakquinox. Pours with a huge tan head over a near black body. Aromas of cocoa, light wood, musty and very light fusel alcohol. Flavors are cereal, caramel, alcohol, fruits (dark) and raisins. Kind of basic and a bit bland. Creamy mouthfeel with some higher alcohols.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (186) - reno, Alabama, USA - SEP 13, 2010
"iím calling this an old ale only because thatís what the brewer is calling it...itís actually a bourbon stout/scotch ale hybrid, and whoda thunk it would be this stinking good. THE best SN beer Iíve ever had. you can smell and taste the bourbon, but it is subtle in its vanilla & oak character. the stout comes thorough just enough as well to make a far better beer than the scotch ale alone. even though that beer is 3/4 of the total, it is not the dominant factor in aroma or flavor. smooth, expertly blended...aroma and flavor of vanilla, oak, bourbon, chocolate, and a touch of sweet malt, peet, and hops. after a week (thatís right...a week!) in the growler, it may have been even better. more chocolate comes out. kinda reminded me of a beer close to old viscosity in itís complexity, with a touch of bourbon. great beer! bottle this guys!!!"

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2010
Tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Deep black pour with some nice ruddy mahogany highlights. The nose is distinctly woody and earthy with loads of vanilla and bourbon on the nose. Soft and toasty with a lingering vanilla/caramel flavour on the finish. There is a wisp of smokiness that creeps up as the beer starts to warm up then itís gone again toward the finish Ė quite odd how that works. Thereís a whole lot going on, but it still doesnít really come together for me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeTheYounger (1136) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - AUG 23, 2010
On tap at VIP stone 14th anniversary. Reddish brown beige pour. Aroma was coconut and sweet sugar. Mild bourbon was present in the taste along with some brown sugar. This was just ok but nothing special for me.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - AUG 21, 2010
On tap at Stone 14th VIP

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a creamy cap.

Aroma: A very faint roasted malt nose.

Taste: Roasty malt, a touch of smoke and wood, burnt sugar, spicy Sierra Nevada hops and a little alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, modest carbonation.

Overall: Good, solid, but not great. I would like to revisit this maybe with some time on it or in a bigger portion.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Sample at Stone 14th. Rating# 17. Very dark brown pour with a light tan head. Light chocolate and a bit roasty. Light dryness, bitter chocolate, good stuff. (1364)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2010
2010-07-01. Black body, nice creamy brown head that fades. Sweet woody vanilla aroma. 7+ Flavour is similar, good amount of wood up front, rich sweet malt base, light bitterness barely balances it out, finish is woody. 7+ Smooth medium to full bodied palate. Solid beer, but just a little too heavy on the wood for my preferences. On tap at Seattle International Beer Festival

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2010
[3069-20100702] Sample. Woody barrel roast malt aroma has a light floral touch. Dark brown black body with a long-lasting creamy tan head. Floral red wine and sherry notes in the flavour with tons of wood roast. Full body. Wow, this is big and boozy.
(@ SIB 2010, Seattle, WA)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
That1Guy (1882) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Crushed at BSAF 10. Has plenty of scotch ale sweetness with an imperial stoutís bitterness. Didnít get much barrel character. A little disappointed, but still not bad.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Black with almost no head. Raisin chocolate brown sugar bourbon and oak aroma and taste with a sticky palate.


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