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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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3.6
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2007
6/30/7 On draught at the Seattle International Beerfest. Aroma is light mild malt forward, with caramel and fruity notes. Beer has a low off-white head. Flavor is caramel malt forward with good sweetness, floral hop flavor and fairly roasty. Mouthfeel is medium/low bodied with a medium carb feel. Overall, not bad, but a bit too much roast for this beer.

4.5
nearbeer (5558) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 10, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2007 650 ml. Dark brown with copper-red highlights and a small, lasting head. Earthy-spiced caramel, metallic molasses, raisins, dried cereal grain and slight alcohol in the aroma. Initial flavors of molasses and spicy chocolate slowly evolve through many other tastes and finish strong with bitter, grassy, lemon herb hops. Slight alcohol on the finish is nice; not too strong. Palate is smooth, large, sticky, and slightly dry on the finish. Basically seems like a big-hopped American Barleywine (akin to Bigfoot, which I also love) but this one might use some European flavor hops, so it’s an Old Ale?

3.5
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2007
22oz bottle, no date from TURDFERGUSON and the Mystery Swap 2.0, thank you. Deep ruby brown with a creamy 1/2 finger head, good retention. Aroma of raisins, alcohol, caramel, a tinge of cinnamon, toasted and roasted malts. Flavor is raisins, woody and herbal hops (much more than I’ve normally gotten in an old ale), and some scorched caramel malts, bordering on toffee. Spicy alcohol is present. Dry roasty finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Pretty good overall.

4
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2007
bottle from yonkers65: pours a dark murky brown with a medium sized tan head. aroma was fantastic of dark fruits, raisins, fresh plums, deep caramel malts, and a touch of vanilla. flavour is full and rich of dark fruits, caramel malts, a touch of roasted malts with dark chocolate and some roasted esspresso

4.1
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2007
Bomber from Liquid Solutions. Pours a very dark amber and has a fairly large light tan head. I thought the aroma was fantastic. Ripened frutis (plum), candied malts, spice. Flavor is a little oaky with burnt malts, bitter fruits, barley. Actually could pass as a barley wine. Very nice overall.

3.5
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2007
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a short-lived dark tan head. Spicy malt and caramel aroma, a very mild earthy hop presence. Thought I caught a whiff of anise, but couldn’t find it again. The overall aroma is not strong. Perhaps a tad undercarbonated. Flavor enters with sweet caramel and some spicy malts in the middle. The finish is a meld of spice and a dry hoppiness. Some alcohol on the back end, but it’s well-hidden. Overall an enjoyable sipper, but nothing really stands out.

3.3
Enniskillen (2060) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Body is a dark ruby, with a nice off white head. Aroma is very malty, chocolate, light maple syrup, toffee, and caramel. Taste is kinda has a vegtable taste to it, with alcohol, chocolate. Just an off taste to it.

3.8
bhensonb (15609) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 12, 2007
Sweet malt aroma accompanied by dark fruits, maybe red wine as well. Definitely a chocolate note as the glass approaches the lips. Nearly opaque dark amber color with a beige head that quickly filmed. Medium bodied. Really smooth carbonation. Sweet caramel with a bit of what seems to be coffee. Then those dark fruits come up with what seems to be chocolate. There is something reminiscent of Rogue Smoke Ale in a very small way. There’s a little alcohol heat. The finish is not really dry, but the dark fruit and coffee seem to balance the malt. There is bitterness, but it’s pretty much obscured by all the other aspects. Coffee or hop or both? It is exceptionally tasty.

3.9
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2007
Bottle that Daniel opened a while ago. Thanks. Pours out a dark red color with a tan head on it. Smell is sweet, full of fruits, some raisins, and somewhat of a wine smell. Taste is sweet and fruity, and very smooth. The alcohol is detected, being that it is reasonable high. It is pretty full bodied, and interesting. A pretty good beer actually. Almost refreshing, even for a beer of its strength.

3.6
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Pours a dark reddish brown with a light tan head. Aroma of berries, raisins, alcohol and a sort of red wine "tart yet earthy" grape element. Tastes of sweet dark fruit with a rather toasty finish. Aftertaste had a kind of poky dry bitterness. Medium=heavy mouthfeel, fairly creamy texture. Good, but this wasn’t remarkable.


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