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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A high-gravity stock ale brewed with malted barley, wheat, and rye and heavily hopped with a blend of American and English varieties Centennial, Azacca, and East Kent Goldings. The edges of this robust ale were taken off in 3 months of aging in first beer use Hungarian oak Chardonnay barrels.

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3.8
MattH (913) - California, USA - OCT 1, 2017
Sample on tap. Golden colored pour. Aroma is sweet and earthy. Flavor is sweet and okay.

3.7
Palme (4831) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 31, 2017
On tap @ Rattle N Hum. This is a mild cloudy looking goldenish one with a medium sized mildly lacing bright white head on the top that’s trying it’s best to leave minimal lacework down the glass. Smells quite good this. It’s both sweetish and a little candy like. Ripe sweet fruits, some melon hints, traces of dry licorice and freeze dried straw and raspberries. Some alcohol also detected in the aroma. Like it a lot. Lots of flavors here. I get the wine sweetness blended with mild okay tannin. It’s also quite fruit in the taste. Thick and oily on the texture and it’s just below average and really small prickling on the bubbles. Soft honey finishes this off with a really warming sensation down the throat. 21.06.2015

3.2
dwyerpg (6454) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 19, 2017
After quite a few delicious Bear Republic beers in a row, this was a bit of a disappointment. The flavor is probably the hoppiest I’ve had in Old Ale. But it’s also kind of nutty, like Brazil nuts, which I don’t like at all. Eh.

3.8
NikkTwist (3367) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2017 Draft at Bru Craft. Clear rich butterscotch pour with a slim amount of beige foam. Feels like an aged Barleywine. Pleasant sugary aroma. Complex toffee notes. Buttery caramels. Molasses. Sulfured apricots, plums and cherries. Oak. Vanilla beans. Treacle Blonde leather. Just enough spicy hops to bring interest to the smooth finish.

3.8
nimbleprop (8808) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 10, 2017
Sampled at Meridian Pint, pours a clear butterscotch color with some sudsy, white head. Nose is interesting, caramel, butterscotch, some candied orange peel, marzipan, some blanched cashew, hints of melon, that orange wine you find in Eastern Europe. The Hungarian oak lends a very interesting note to the nose which is followed up on the flavor. Not quite vanilla, but more than just a flat neutral oak, a little buttery, some butterscotch, caramel, fortified wine, over ripe melon, toffee. Some bread and biscuit here too, orange as well. Full bodied, buttery and a touch tannic. Really interesting.

3.7
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2016
Draft pour on tap at the brewery (Healdsburg, CA). Pours a nice rich glowing amber hue, s bit darker, faint haze in certain light but largely transparent body. Frothy whitish head atop dies to a ringer, laces solid enough overall. Aromas present punchy citrus hops, lemon and grapefruit meet a kiss of tropical fruit, bitter florals and fruity chardonnay. Mellow oak, a bit of caramel and Biscuit meet bread, more potent grapefruit, a good dry hop essence. Initial is soapy, citric, a bit pithy with mellow spice, subtle oak and chardonnay fruit elements. Bitter florals, touch of Biscuit, bready malts. A nice potent hop presence leaves a good flavor but a fleeting bitterness as the chardonnay barrel goes to work. A bit of oak, earth, punchy hop life holds on as we travel through. Impressive nose and pour, good flavors and flow, subtle spice, lingering hops and barrel. Fun stuff.

3.8
slowrunner77 (12995) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 16, 2016
Initial notes of caramel and toffee. Flavor had a little bitterness and the oak/wine shines a little more there too. Good, interesting brew.

3.7
Iphonephan (7331) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2015
On draft at Snallygaster 2015. Pours a clear copper with an ecur head. Nutty aroma. Flavors of toffee. Smooth finish,

3.5
solidfunk (9440) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 12, 2015
Lots of barrel and caramelized melt. Pours brown with decent head. Bittersweet finish. Too okay. Tap.

3.9
marcus (10740) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 12, 2015
On tap at Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours dark gold with a decent beige head and a toffee aroma. Thete is a rich caramel malt and treacle flavor with a hint of white wine and an oak finish.


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