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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (3611) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2014
On tap. Nearly opaque deep brown with a lasting ring of bubbles. Aromas of cola, oak, vanilla, chocolate and whiskey. Taste has vanilla, oak, whiskey and peppery green herb. Heavy body is thinned by the slightly overpowering whiskey and abv presence. Has a nice balance and smooth, medium carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2014
22oz bottle. Poured a deep amber color with an off white head. Caramel, fruity, very light whiskey, some wood, and vanilla.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
b79turner (221) - Alabama, USA - DEC 30, 2013
22oz bottle, pours dark brown with a small tan head that quickly disappears. Nose is caramel, oak, vanilla, alcohol...lots of big aromas here! Taste is very rich and boozy! Wow! Great beer, I would love to taste one with a little age. This is a very big and complex beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - OCT 31, 2013
FROM NOTES: July 3, í12 Poured into a tasting glass at the MCBF í12. Had a great many tastes.... A: Strong bourbon smell with caramel notes, some earthy hops, a smokey, oak notes and maybe a bit of molasses. A: Pours a deep amber with a thin off-white head. T: Initially a very malty flavor that fades into more complex oak, smokey, bourbon barrel flavors with a complementary alcohol burn. P: Thick palate, low carbonation. O: This beer is so good I canít believe itís brewed in Alabama! This is a world-class beer and worthy of your efforts to obtain it.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5042) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 28, 2013
The score might be a little misleading because I donít know that I fully enjoyed this like a 3.5 score indicated. Oh, sure all the components are there nice flavor, sweet and malty, with a lot of molasses. But it was just, I donít know, more than I was wanting at the time.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (10640) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Bottle @ Richardís tasting. Copper colored pour with a white head. Nose is sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, vanilla, and oak. Minimal bourbon, some dark fruit, and alcohol. A lot of sweet sugar to the flavor. Caramel, brown sugar, and molasses. Notes of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Some booze, cardboard, and dark fruit as well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6281) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2013
22 oz. bottle shared by brew3crew. Thanks again, Jason! Pours a dark amber color with a small beige head. Notes of caramel, vanilla, boozy cake, molasses, dark dried fruits (dates, figs), earth, and some faint spicy and tangy notes. Medium-bodied, with a chewy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Good, sweet old ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 1, 2013
24-Aug-13 (22-oz bottle: Shared by KingG, thanks Geoi!)
This barrel-aged beer pours a hazy, medium-brown body with a quarter-inch, tan head that settles fairly quickly to a thin ring and swirly sheet. The nose is obviously bourbony and oaky, with sweet, caramely, maple-like malty aromas, lots of sweet, dried fruit like raisin, fig, and apricot, and some green character from the oak. On the palate, again, the bourbon barrel aging really comes out, but itís not boozy, but rather more toward coconut, vanilla, and oak. The malts are sweet and caramely with some light toastiness, and thereís a dried fruit character that suggests raisin, some prune, and apricot. The beer is full bodied and sweet, bordering on cloying, but I guess my mindset expects it to be pretty sweet anyway. Carbonation is light-medium, which fits fine. Overall, this is pretty solid. The bourbon barrel is pretty strong, but itís not boozy, and I really appreciate that. My first beer from Alabama is a winner! Oh wait, I had some Red Mountain garbage back in the 90ís, but that was terrible, so it doesnít count!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (3017) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear deep mahogany with a small tan head that dissipates quickly but leaves some lacing. Aroma is carmal, toffee, bourbon, vanilla. Flavor is much the same plus some astringency and character from the wood. Medium sweet, little bitterness. A bit on the hot side on the finish. Tastes much more like a BA wee heavy than an old ale, but what the hey :)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7099) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Bomber. Poured clear, deeper amber with a short toasted beige head. The aroma picked up lots of sweet, warm dark fruits, molasses, and vanilla with accents of bourbon and another layer of fruit. The flavor found tangy fruit skins, oak, and bourbon with molasses and rich fruit meat behind.. lots more sugars and spicy boozage on the long, belly-warming finish. Heavier-bodied and a bit too sweet on the palate.. this was interesting and it warmed up the belly.


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