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RATINGS: 431   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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Traditionally, Old Ales are an English style of dark, rich and sweet ale, typically with flavors of soft currant fruit and blackstrap molasses. While Old Ales typically have IBUs (bitterness) of 30-65, Eel River Brewing put their own spin on the style by adding extra hops to ramp up the IBUs to 80!

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3.7
slowrunner77 (12044) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 24, 2016
More American Barleywine than old ale to me, due to the citrus and bitterness from the hops. Lots of malt too...bread earth, molasses. A little heat. Nice beer overall, and one of the better ones I’ve had from them.

3.6
yngwie (17053) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2016
Bottle, 22oz. 2015 vintage. A murky brown beer, almost flat and headless. Some off-white bubbles though. Heavy malt aroma with prunes, oxidation, some berries and quite evident traces of hops. Toffee, some roasted malts and chocolate, a nice hoppy bitterness, raisins, some prunes and brown sugar. Full body and very smooth on the palate, with little carbonation. Some warmth. Hints of licorice in the finish, as well as all the other goodness found in the initial flavor. An intense beer, but sure nice. 160102

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Geokkjer (7627) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2016
Bottle, courtesy of Meilby. Pours deep brown with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, oxidized notes, prune, bread crusts and cheese. Flavor is sweet and malty with some bitterness, oxidized malt, grains, warming alcohol, raisins, bread and a hint of licorice. Medium body, average carbonation.

3.7
chrisv10 (17428) - DENMARK - DEC 25, 2015
Bottle, 9.7%. Unclear dark brown with medium beige head. Aroma is malt, caramel, toasted, nut, dark fruit, oak, wood, little oxidized with notes of alcohol.

3.9
Plovmand (8311) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2015
Bottle. It pours hazy deep amber with a creamy beige head. Lots of caramel malty notes. Fruity notes. The dried ones. Biscuits and dark kinda crackers. Quite sweet malty. Some fruity notes. Lots of crackers. Long malty finish. Creamy texture. Lovely aroma. Flavor is more moderate.

3.5
Habanero (4678) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2015
Bottled. Pours deep orangy with an average off-white head. Aroma of bread, herbal, spicy notes and caramel. Sweet flavor that ends up dry and with bitter notes. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. A nice Ale indeed. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

4.2
onceblind (9664) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2015
Hazy ruby/amber with a thin off white head. Plummy and fruity nose with belgian dark ale tones and a little cherry and belgian sugar and English old ale sweetness. Tasty flavor with just a hint more carbonation than it needs, with loads of date/plum/raisin, a hint of cherry, belgian dark candy sugar, English dark malt, belgian dark malt, and a slightly boozy raisiny finish. Nice.

3.3
vanvenlo (1885) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2015
Fox Hotel bottle(30-Aug-2015)Berry floral aroma.Brown-red,brown head&lattice.Sweet berry liquorice flavour.Spice sweet berry finish&bitter herbal aftertaste.

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bnoel09 (587) - Elk Grove, California, USA - AUG 11, 2015
Poured into an English pint glass. Dark cola brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is quite bready with some molasses and dark fruit. Flavor is sweet and malty with a nice earthy character, some dark fruit notes, and a mildly bitter finish with earthy hops. Medium to full bodied with some stickiness and a long finish. Overall a nice old ale that is accentuated by some increased hop usage.

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beerex (4) - - JUN 12, 2015 does not count
Once again, I could select adjective that are imperfect for describing this tasty brew were the hour not so late and the bottle not so empty.


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