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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 384   ABV: 12.8%
Here at Brooklyn Brewery, we are, of course, beer people. But we are also “drinks people,” and many inspirations come to us out of the deep and wondrous world of cocktails. While surely invented earlier, the modern cocktail emerged in the 19th century. The original—the ur-cocktail, if you will—was the Old Fashioned. A deceptively simple drink consisting of whiskey, sugar, and bitters (stirred, not shaken), usually with a bit of citrus peel, a good Old Fashioned remains a thing of austere beauty. By the 1860s, some bartenders, Jerry Thomas (aka "The Professor") chief among them, became household names in America. A mixologist (believe it or not, the moniker is actually old) looking to make a name for himself would often make a change to an existing cocktail, perhaps adding absinthe, or curaçao, or a dash of maraschino liqueur. This new version would be rakishly referred to as “improved,” as the upstart barman fervently hoped to eclipse his predecessor.

Well, we’ve gone this idea one better. We have “improved” the Old Fashioned by making it into a beer. Witness our strong rye beer, suffused with various spices and peels! Wonder at its long blissful rest in WhistlePig Rye Whiskey oak barrels! Marvel at its clever infusions of bitter gentian root and enticing botanicals! And then enjoy, as you are greeted by the silky spice of rye, the firm herbal bitterness, the brightness of citrus, and the sweet warmth of oak. Sit in your favorite chair, surround yourself with your favorite people, and imbibe this, our latest Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment. We can nearly guarantee that you shall feel that your day has, in fact, improved.

Given this beer’s higher ABV and sturdy character, we think it’s a prime candidate for cellaring. Find a cool, dry spot away from light sources, and see how it changes in the years to come. You never quite know what will happen when you age a beer: perhaps the body will smooth out, notes of vanilla, oak, and tannins will come to the front, or hints of leather and soy sauce will make themselves known. No matter what, remember that beer is meant for drinking, so don’t keep it to yourself for too long.

Style: Barrel-aged rye ale with botanicals & bitters
Malts: Glen Eagle Maris Otter, Canadian 2-row, Weyermann Rye, Fawcett Rye, Fawcett Crystal Rye
Additions: Demerara sugar, Belgian candi syrup, bitter orange peel, lemon peel, nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, bitter gentian root, cloves, and aging in WhistlePig Rye whiskey barrels
Hops: Perle
Yeast: Our House Ale Yeast
Original Gravity: 21° Plato
Food Pairings: Game meats, rich desserts, citrus fruits, your fanciest clothing and an overstuffed leather chair.

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Samtzu (629) - Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 14, 2017
Huge aroma reminiscent of an old fashioned. Big boozy flavour with lots of malt, rye, and bourbon.

mikeyo1 (882) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2017
Bottle @ home, pours a coke brown liquid. Aroma is sweet with various spices, bourbon, caramel, rye, vanilla. Medium bodied, bitter taste with orange peel, spices, caramel, bourbon, rye, maltiness, cinnamon. High carbonation. Spicy notes including licorice lingering. More like a very spicy Christmas beer than an old fashioned, but nice anyway.

Slubgob (345) - West Hartford, USA - MAY 7, 2017
As a beer, it’s... Interesting. As a riff on the cocktail it totally works. Strong nose and flavors of orange and bitters. A bit of sweet balance things. Dry from the rye beer. You won’t mistake it for whiskey but in context it works.

daje (4548) - NORWAY - MAY 7, 2017
Bottle shared with Esp0r and simonsen at the Beer & Boardgames in the woods trip 2016.Dark brown body with an offwhite head. Aroma of vanilla, courbon, varamel, dark fruit, cardamom. Taste is herbal and spicy, christmassy with cardamom, nutmeg, herbs. Sweet and good, toffee, candy sugar, mild alcohol notes. Sweet spicy finish with light orange notes as well. Very enjoyable.

AssKicker (716) - Strasbourg, FRANCE - MAR 31, 2017
Bue à la pression. Couleur rubis intense, mousse crémeuse qui dure peu. En bouche c’est d’une complexité assez dingo, très riche avec plein de saveurs complètement différentes : réglisse, anis, caramel, vin cuit, Martini, Porto, Cointreau, vin, fruits secs, noix de coco, et krauter de type Jagermeister. Bizarrement c’est surtout la coco et le Jagermeister qui restent en bouche. Une bière étrange, intrigante et intéressante à la fois, assurément.

deyholla (12583) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2017
On tap at Hopcat Detroit. Pours a near clear deep amber with a near white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has sweet grains and clove with some bitters and light cherry underlying. Flavor has a good amount of clove, cherry, sweet grains and a rye backbone.

shawnmurphy (666) - Plattsburgh, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2017
Big bottle, caged and corked, poured into a small Westvleteren snifter. Chestnut colored, slightly cloudy, next to no head or lacing; just a little bit of soap-suds-looking lacing left on the side of the glass. Aroma is sweet cinnamon, cloves, rye malt, light brown sugar, nutmeg and caramel. Flavor is all of the above, in addition to: toffee, raisins, dates, figs, prunes, ripe plums, dried Granny Smith apples, maraschino cherries, dried orange peels, vanilla, coconut, yeasty bread, and a charred Pig Whistle bourbon barrel at the back-end, with a few dashes of Angostura bitters. Rich, savory mouthfeel. At 12.8 percent alcohol, it’s an easily sipped beer; just pace yourself. I have to admit that I was skeptical at first, thinking it was gimmicky, but I had trust in this brewery to make good beer (beyond their 12-ounce pedestrian line), so I bought a pricey bottle to try it out. And, for the most part, I’m glad I did. While I still prefer the actual cocktail, this is likely as spot-on of a beer representation that I could hope for. I applaud the brewers for going out on a limb with their creativity – and execution.

jflopsu (1862) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2017
Pours a dark brown / ruby red. A strong cinnamon and nutmeg aroma. A sweet flavor of citrus, orange, winter spices and some rye - almost a bit like an old fashioned. A lingering bitter aftertaste.

Beerhunter111 (23265) - Beerland, GERMANY - FEB 14, 2017
Sampled @ BKL 2017. Trübes orange braunes Bier. Geruch nach Kräutern, Gewürze, süß, Anis, Jägermeister. Geschmack nach Zimt, Gewürze, Karamell, Kekse, Jägermeister, sehr interessant.

SinH4 (6566) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - FEB 11, 2017
Bottle. Murky brown color with no head. Aroma is orange peel, angostura, vanilla, caramel - quite close to an Old Fashioned. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, caramel, again orange peel and angostura, Spekulatius. Nice stuff!

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