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RATINGS: 427   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.5
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Hazy dull red with a creamy head. Toffee and hop aroma with some milk and nutmeg. Fruitcake flavor, caramel and nuts, with strong alcohol. Silky palate. This is one of those beers that I think would benefit by reducing the alcohol significantly. If it was 6.7%, but with the same grain and hop ratios, it would be a nicer ale. Maybe a few cellar years would help out. Still a good beer though.

3.4
DYCSoccer17 (3705) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 7, 2007
22 ounce bottle. I purchased this at some little ghetto-mart type liquor store located on Howe Ave. in Sacramento. Unfortunately, I do not remember the name of the place, but it is about half a mile south of Arden Way on Howe. Their good beer is actually in a cold-cut cooler that can only be opened by the person behind the register. I also scored an 07 Old Guardian, too. Aroma has a fair amount of sweet toffee, along with some significant doses of caramel with a touch of buttery diacetyl. A bit of floral is also in there with some ethanol retronasally. Smells pretty good, but the ethanol is a bit too apparent. Mildly hazy rusty-amber body with a relatively frothy manilla colored head. Below average lacing present. Some lightly sweet sugary malts initially present themselves, before tons of caramel maltiness, roasted, burnt, hazelnut malty flavors come through in the middle. A little buttery diacetyl is also present, but it is not overbearing. Warming finish with some ethanol and some dry, bitter, grapefruity hops. This is pretty good. It’s not overly balanced for my tastes, though. The finish just doesn’t jive with the pleasant start and middle.

3.8
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 1, 2007
22oz - Aroma is loaded with caramel and chocolate followed by black licorice, tobacco and alcohol. Pours dark brown with a small head and good lacing. Flavor matches aroma. Palate is sticky, syrupy and sweet. A very tasty brew.

4.1
mfaulke (92) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2007
If this is what ales used to taste like, than charge up the flux capacitor, grab Marty, and let’s hit the road. Plenty of flavor, exceptionally smooth mouthfeel, and a sweet but not excessive finish. A good brew for bonfire and sweater weather.

3.6
ABUSEDGOAT (2788) - California, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Darker reddish brown, moderate creamy head, good lacing and retention. Aroma is caramel, toffee, darker fruits, earth. Fairly heavy body, sticky and syrupy. Sweet finish, but not overly so. Enjoyable.

3.7
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2007
22 oz bottle. Dark, but clear, russet with a dusting of tan foam. Aroma is a mix of raisin, apricot, caramel and orange. Starts like a stout with notes of coffee, portobello and tobacco. A bittersweet chocolate bite ushers in plum and tart blackberry. Tails off with smoky molasses. Nice coating mouthfeel with fine carb.

4.1
JohnnyJ (5570) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Pours a dark reddish brown with creamy tan head. Aroma of hops, sweet malt, chocolate, dark fruit, molasses, and citrus. Very well balanced flavor of hops and malt. Fruit and chocolate notes. Nice medium to thick, silky mouthfeel. Good beer!

4.2
robertjm (893) - Albany, California, USA - OCT 16, 2007
White foamy head. Not the heaviest of heads, but still there. Cloudy brown in color. Light hops in the aroma. Wonderful flavor with lots of hops mixed with malt. Heavy mouth feel. Slight warming on the back of the throat in the aftertaste. Not something I’d consume glass after glass of, but it’d be a great beer on a cold Winter’s night!!

4.2
DocLock (10836) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2007
Bottle from Capone’s. Burnt umber pour with 2-fingers of khaki head. Aroma is hoppy, with Munichy dark scotchy malt, peppercorns, mango, canteloupe, and tangerine. Tastes hoppy, with a lot of dark malt presence, plus some warming plum/prune/merlot flavors, and even a slight bourbony flavor late. Very well hidden alcohol, with a complex, hoppy, fruity palate that is rather hefty without being cloying. Another great beer from CA. I wouldn’t say I’m triply exulted, but I’m definitely doubly exulted after this one.

3.7
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Bottle. Body-dark tawny brown with a thin film of bubbles and a thin ring of bubbles. Taste-tannic, bark, light molasses, pecan shells, medium acrid bitterness, slightly cloying, roasty. Very good and drinkable.


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