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Sweetwater Tavern Buffalo Tooth Old Ale
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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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An American take on this rich, smooth, strong, English style ale has an excellent mix of fruit and malt in the aroma and on the palate, that fades into a long finish. Deceptively strong and dangerously drinkable.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Emeister84 (985) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Aromas of earthy and citrusy hops, some caramel. Clear orange-amber with a somewhat lasting white head. Dry, bitter, predominantly hop-focused. Light-medium bodied, a little sticky, hops lingering in the finish. Drinks more like an IPA than an old ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (6033) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Sampled during CBC 2013. Amber pour with a small khaki head. Fruit esters, a mix of fruitiness, a hint of alcohol warmth on the aroma. Rich flavor, malty, lots of caramel and some fruitiness, light floral hops. Not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9685) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Tap in Centreville. Pours hazy amber with a small, frothy white head with medium retention and good lacing. Aroma is straw and biscuit malt with earthy and floral hops, and medium fruity esters. Flavor is moderate floral hops and bitterness with light esters and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth and carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Clear red brown pour. Almond aroma with toasted malt. Some molasses. Dry watery flavor. Toasty finish. Nice brown ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (4641) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2010
Merrifield location. Pours a amber color, off white head, relatively good lacing. Hoppy aroma, nice malt character. Good hop character, good!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sthlm (1231) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2009
UPDATED: APR 12, 2009 [Tap] This is listed as an imperial amber ale on the website, and an IIPA at the bar...so...yeah... Pours reddish-amber with a small white head that lingers and leaves good lacing. Good hoppy aroma with a lot of citrus--pint glass subdued it a little again, but still was good. Taste has fairly restrained bitterness, but citrusy hops still present (especially grapefruit). Smooth with an ok mouthfeel. Not as much bitterness as expected in the short finish. Enjoyable, but found that it was a bit off stylistically for being a IIPA...now I know why. Was better than the High Desert IS imo.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2009
From a growler courtesy of my friend Alan. Pour is rusty amber with a tall foamy and fluffy beige colored head. It surprisingly stands up rather well. Aroma is rather hoppy with soft creamy malts, light caramel, some spicy and citric hops and fruit notes. Taste is equally hoppy with more spicy and citric hops, citrus fruits, chewy caramel and sweet malts. I was kind of caught off guard as I was expecting a "barley wine" style old ale and got more of an IPA style. Body is medium with some chewiness and a creamy carbonation. The growler was almost a week old and held up it’s body and carbonation well, though it was not opened until last night. Ended with more citrus fruits, spicy hops, caramel and chewy malts. Rather tasty but mislabeled.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2007
On tap at Sweetwater Sterling. Partially clear copper/amber with small floating particles and a very nice, tight beige head. The aroma seems to have a mix of PacNW and english hops - nice - but too restrained for being called a "hoppy beer". Flavor has notes of toasted malt, some grapefruit, light pine and as mentioned previously: a perceived mix of US and English hops. Pleasant and balanced. Nothing special, but a fine drinkin’ beer. Great head retention and lacing too.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2006
nice higher alcohol beer. Medium body with a decent malt flavor. Not particularly hoppy. I don’t think I would of called this an Old Ale or even a strong. Very middle of the road beer.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11530) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 21, 2006
(Merrifield, 5.6%) Clear amber body with creamy beige head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, relatively mild, grapefruit, some caramel. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, caramel, light lemon. Smooth medium body, light acidity, nicely drinkable. Fairly one-dimensional hoppy beer, not sure what makes it an Old Ale. Still, enjoyable for what it is.


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