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RATINGS: 428   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   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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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
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 lets 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2675) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (5466) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
robertjm (876) - 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 Id consume glass after glass of, but itd be a great beer on a cold Winters night!!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (10260) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2007
Bottle from Capones. 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 wouldnt say Im triply exulted, but Im definitely doubly exulted after this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Picked this up thinking nothing. What a great blind pick. A bang for your buck at $5-6. Dark Red, lots of carbonation. Fruity, roasted, and maybe oatmeal? The texture on this beer is amazing, a stew/flour feel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11984) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2007
22oz bottle. Poured a deep and muddy reddish brown color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, and earthy. Tastes of caramel, dark fruits, earthy, and lightly roasty. Light to medium alcohol in the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cathcacr (647) - Oregon, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Aroma of candied fruity sugar, appearance maroon and opaque with lingering foam (and bigger head on the 2nd half-bottle pour). Bitter-sugar combo on the palate, just what one seeks in beer. Yum!


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