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Straight To Ale Unobtanium

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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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Unobtanium is a barrel-aged English-style Old Ale that ages for six months in a bourbon barrel, soaking up all sorts of amazing whiskey character as well as hints of oak and vanilla. The name was taken from an old aerospace/engineering term for a specific material or object (often imaginary, impossible or highly improbable to obtain) needed to complete any given project. And, before you ask, we did not take the name from the elusive metal in Avatar. James Cameron reportedly named the substance as an inside joke to his fellow techie/gear-heads. Our version is much tastier, though.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ron (2916) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 20, 2015
Bottle. Pours a deep amber with an off-white head. Aroma and flavor are very malty, lots of caramel, some earthy hops, some oak, a bit of smoke. Almost a doppelbock quality to it. Thick palate, low carbonation. Lots of alcohol noticeable. Tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2441) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 15, 2015
Sampled at cottage hill. Quite nice but split a bomber with friends. Strong rich and bourbon dominated. A sipper.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
connor0415 (47) - - APR 8, 2015
It has more quad characteristics than the standard old ale flavors. The whiskey barrel is present but not overpowering. I get a lot of dark fruits, vanilla, whiskey and a tad bit of sherry like oxidation. I prefer the illudium cognac barrel version better, had much more barrel and much more sherry like notes and was much thicker. But overall both are excellent beers, they stack up with some of the best barrel aged old ales out there

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgianBeerGal (3334) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle from Hop City Birmingham. Pours a dark brown color with lots of bubbles but not much of a head. Sweet aroma like dark brown sugar and honey but some lurking umami notes too plus a nice dose of yeast.. Bold flavor with dark molasses and some burnt toffee. Really nice vanilla and oak tannins that tighten the finish. No hint at all that this is almost 12%. Mighty tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3499) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2015
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with clingy tan foam. Nose is sour blackberry, peat, cocoa and earth. Chewy with bits, gelatinous and fizzy. Weird stump juice feel. Taste is Southern Comfort, raisin, light smoke and prune. Sticky then dry and ashy. Hot and crazy.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (2874) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Pours a deep brown from bomber with thin ring of tan head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma is phenolic booze with banana esters, spicy and odd. Taste follows, a bit off, booze is big. Not sure how I feel about it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (8910) - Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2015
650ml bottle. Dark brown pour. Very ncie brew that has a bit of tartness, bust mostly waves of caramel, earth, and herbs with a nice sweet boziness that isn’t over the top, rather smooth acutally.

1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
tricyclist (1026) - Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Honestly, I was looking forward to this but it was so heavy and syrupy that it wasn’t as enjoyable as I had planned. It poured dark and murky with a thin head. Nose was mostly sweet malt and caramel or molasses notes. Flavor was mostly alcohol and sweet malts and caramel or toffee. I understand it’s a strong ale but there wasn’t much depth in this one for me...

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (15204) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2014
Draft at the source. Opaque brown color. Aroma of bourbon. Taste is vanilla, spice, brownies. Nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (3888) - Georgia, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Pours a dark, barely translucent mahogany with a thick but effervescent light tan head. Strong aroma has a syrupy overtone, almost a little too sweet, caramel with nutty and malty notes. Flavor explodes with caramel, sweet malt and molasses notes as well as subtle nutty and miso flavors. This would make a good dessert, it is so sweet - and yet there is a hint of hops in the background. Heavy, syrupy, viscous texture has a good amount of fizz. Finish is sweet, but not too sugary; hints of hops and malt let you know it is still a beer. See if you can obtain one.


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