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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (3976) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2011
Bottle thanks to bleeng at the May tasting. Pours a dark ruby with a paperthin off white head that quickly diminishes to nothing. The aroma is cinnamon and hairspray. Alcohol upfront with a smoke vanilla flavor. A decent old ale from Straight to Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Bottle from bleeng. Thanks!
Pours a deep amber with a nose of semi-sweet oak and light bourbon. Flavor is light bourbon with a saccharin oak finish. Thick on the tongue. Tasty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 4, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2012 Draft. 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. Very tasty. Would definitely drink this one again. .... Sampled again at Magic City Brewfest. Delicious. Reminded me again of a doppelbock, and I liked this much better than StA’s actual doppelbock.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Thanks to bleeng for sending this beer with him to the Houston May tasting. Pours a dark cola color with no head, although it did lose carbonation in the shipping. Nice Old Ale nose, with malt and some hops. Oak flavors, some light hops. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
horto008 (164) - Alabama, USA - APR 1, 2011
Terrific stuff here. Growler from Liquor Express. Poured with very thin and small head. It’s a cloudy dark brown in the glass. Pretty carbonated for the style. Absolutely love the bourbon notes..much more of an aftertaste than an in your face bourbon flavor. Has a floral hint that really reminds me of some of the trappiste ales. Sweet but avoids being cloying and syrupy. This is my favorite Straight to Ale brew so far. Alcohol is present but given the ABV it doesn’t slap you in the face. This is the type of brew that could sneak up on you if you’re not careful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (4624) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Sample from growler. Clear dark brown pour, with small light tan head. Caramel, sweet malts, fruit - mostly stone fruit, vanilla, and oak. Nice beer, complex and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GTAEgeek (1318) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2011
Growler from Liquor Express. Pours dark brown with a thin, bubbly, tan head and a light ring of lacing. The aroma is caramel, grapefruit, apricots, dates, and bourbon notes evidenced as oak and vanilla. The flavor is cloyingly sweet. The palate is huge and clingy, with a significant alcohol warming. Overall, an overpowering beer, complex and strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bleeng (1548) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2011
Draft at Liquor Express-growler. Very dark brown and hazy. Small tan head. Malty, earthy, nose. Taste is very sweet, alcoholic but not overly so for the ABV, some barrel flavors, a bit sticky. Body is medium and a little chewy. Warming flavors. Overall pretty easy to drink and well made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Draft sample at the 2nd Annual Rocket City Brewfest. Brown with a thin off-white head that settles to a ring. Sweet bourbon malt aroma. The flavor found brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, and bourdon. Medium body with a sweet warming aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3172) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 8, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2010 Draft at the Rocket City Brewfest. Hazy brown with little to no head. Well balanced aroma of Bourbon and caramel malts. Sweet with good Bourbon notes. Well done, good balance.

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