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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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Old Ale is a beer style classifies under the Strong Ale category. The beer style is similar to a Barleywine but with slightly lower alcohol strength and lower hop bitterness. The beer is full of “malty” toffee, caramel and treacle flavors with a low carbonation level and is often aged for years in wooden barrels. Approx. 8.0% ABV


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - SEP 15, 2008
Sample at Stone Brewing; i don’t really remember other than what alexanderj wrote down. I thought it was sugary but roasted; as well as being grassy and yeasty.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3317) - Branson, Missouri, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Sample at Stone Brewing; caramel and red in color. Fruity and caramel aroma with some cocoa. Flavor was like that of a solid barleywine; caramel and fruit predominantly. A bit of hopping. Golubj liked it a bit more than me giving it a 3.7; he thought it was sugary but roasted; as well as being grassy and yeasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2008
On tap at Stone World Bistro. Poured a cloudy dark brown color. Aroma was big malt, brown sugar and caramel. Flavor was much the same, kind of straightforward and one dimensional. Some dark fruit and raisin in there as well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 5, 2008
On-tap at Stone. Pours cloudy, red/brown with a thin offwhite head. Smells malty caramelly and sweet. Tastes the same but with a little hop spiciness throughout. A touch of dishtowel. Full body, somewhat fizzy carbonation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 29, 2008
On tap at Stone Brewing today. What a great beer! A deep dark molasses smell, with a color to match. No head at all. Great deep brown color. Sweet pruny flavor, with a solid bitter back up. Nice brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2008
RBSG ’08: Poured a hazed dark amber color with an off-white head. Toffee and milk chocolate aroma. The flavor was of roasted malt and chocolate. Mild warmth. Smooth mouthfeel with a light carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (31178) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
Growler, thanks aspidites. Pours dark brown to black with a lacing tan head. Smooth and slight spiced yeasty aroma. Spiced flavour and light malty too. Ends spiced and slight yeasty. Dry and malty with a light spiced malty base.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5015) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 15, 2008
btl opened by Beerguy101. Lite brown pour with light haze. Light roasted malt aroma and brown sugar. Light bitter, roasted malt and brown sugar flavor as well. Slightly fizzed on a medium body. Very solid no flaws to call out just solid.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Noogfest ’08, thanks beerguy101. The body was ruddy light brown. The aroma was sweet pancakes and caramel. The taste was sweet pancakes and caramel. There was also a little bit of burned character, but it wasn’t too distracting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Tap at pub. A wonderful example of the barley wine or old ale style. Pours with a ncie copper color with a samllish head. Great aromas of wood, leather and tobacco smoke, like siting in an old English pub. Alcohol is more prominent on the palate, together with caramel and more woodsiness. Very nice.


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