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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (4114) - Marietta, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (11423) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
tricyclist (1125) - 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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (21653) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2014
Draft at the source. Opaque brown color. Aroma of bourbon. Taste is vanilla, spice, brownies. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (5170) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kayres (827) - , Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Dark hazy copper brown. Thin tan head. Sweet boozy aroma. Smooth bits of vanilla and sherry. Big body viscous ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (4809) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Draft at the Huntsville Brewery. Pours very dark brown with a very thin head. Tastes like strong, sweet raisin, smooth alcohol, plums. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like raisins, alcohol, light cinnamon, and dried fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (12903) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 15, 2014
Draft - Dark malts, caramel and light bourbon notes. Very dark brown with a light brown head. Dark toasted malts, booze, light yeasty sweetness and a long fruity ester finish. Vanilla and dark fruit are there, but the sweet booze is a put off for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4808) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Appearance: Slips out a dark brown, opaque body, with a slim, scant head the color of yellowed beige.

Smell: Darkened aggressive toastiness, charred nuts, caramel and molasses. Already, there’s a bit of sting from the alcohol, like getting caught by a spritz of hairspray. Fruity yeast esters throwing off notes of cherry, grilled plums.

Taste: Darkened bread crusts ground by a pestle and mortar. The dark caramel sweetness is robust. Earthy, nutty tone throughout. Touch of molasses. Maybe some oak qualities, but very little in the way of tastes I would have expected (or even half-expected) from the barrel aging. Moderate fruity esters. Sharp pop of alcohol, a little solventy. The finish is smooth, sweet and presents more of the belly-warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Big deal.

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