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RATINGS: 240   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
Wee Heavy Ale: Powerful caramel malt flavor, finishing climatically with a smooth warming sensation. Deep Red. 19.9°

Erie Brewing Company presents the beer previously know as “Red Ryder BIG Beer.” Red Ryder was dubiously awarded two “cease and desist” orders for its name. So with its unique new name (inspired by the long arm of the law), Ol’ Red Cease and Desist brings more to the table than just a big, malty flavor and climaxing warm sensation, it brings a legal record!

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Editor’s note: Formerly known as both "Red Ryder Big Beer" and "Red Ryder Ale".

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drsordr (2885) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2015
Draft sample at Firehouse pour dark ruby copper with moderate ecru head. Nose sweet malt, apple, caramel, cherry. Taste cherry cough drop, sweet malt, light caramel/toffee . Overall very sweet, but not horrible.

Clarkdvm (533) - Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2015
Bottle. Now marketed as wee heavy ale. Molasses aroma. Some molasses in flavor also along with caramel. Tastier than many beers with such alcohol content

keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2015
No bottling information.

Glass: St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance: The body is a lightly hazed reddish with floaties in it. The head is creamy with a light tan hue, it looks beautiful on top of the body.

Aroma: The aroma is malty, I get prominent caramel with cherry and fig up there with it.

Taste: Caramel, cherry and fig are prominent with a bready finish that is reminiscent of chocolate. This drinks lighter than expected with no booziness.

Palate: Medium bodied, mildly carbonated.

Overall: While this isn’t bad, it doesn’t do much for me. It’s a bit flat in flavor and comes off artificial tasting.

N3lson1 (1010) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2015
Drank from a twelve ounce bottle. I got to go back and get a six pack. Nice malty sweet aromas. A great well balanced heavy ale!

joejames (510) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Bottle to shaker glass. Pours murky orange amber, fast white head. No lace or retention. Aroma is somewhat muted, faint caramel maybe. Taste is moderately sweet, not very bitter and a little sour. Medium body, faint carbonation, medicine mouth feel. Tasting notes of sugar, alcohol, black cherry and wild yeast. This beer is a mess in my opinion, it has all the elements of a great beer. If it’s an old bottle, it didn’t age well at 10%.

Darkmagus82 (2303) - - JUL 26, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 8-8-12-
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Pours a copper color with the tiniest white head. The head was gone in a flash to give almost no lacing.

Smell – The smell is heaviest of caramel and toffee overall giving the brew a sweet smell. Mixed with these aromas is a good presence of booze as well as some lighter notes of malt and smoke.

Taste – The taste begins big of a bready and sweet base. The breadiness is of a wheat and biscuit flavor with the sweet being largely of caramel. As the taste advances flavors of toast and cherry come to the tongue. Bits of smoke and toffee also work their way into the taste and when combined with the rest, as well as a big dose of alcohol at the end, leave a boozy sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The beer was thick in body and lower in carbonation. Great for the flavors of the beer as it really allowed for the boozy and sweet flavors to sit and linger on the tongue.

Overall – An all right brew, but a bit more boozy then desirable, as it makes it quite difficult to sit, sip and enjoy.

MarkoR (959) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2014
Bottle 12fl.oz. Pours an amber orange colour with medium off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel. Taste is same.

Nejhleader (1574) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Has a bit of a caramel aroma. Taste is the same some malty caramel pretty smooth body, hides high abv well

WVHouseofBeer (1107) - West Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2014
A decent beer but something was missing flavor-wise. Nice malty caramel aroma and flavor but that was about it. Not a real deep beer. The alcohol is masked very well and I wouldn’t guess the ABV is over 10%. Had no head whatsoever. Eh not bad I suppose.

DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2014
12oz bottle, thanks to Micah W. Some bigger tropical fruit and creme aroma. Clear red color. Thin ring of khaki head, a loose bit of lace or two. Bigger body. Pretty smooth, soft, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Bigger bitter taste, light sweet, light bite to it. Decent scotch ale. Good for the bigger ABV. Gets more enjoyable as I go. A bit smoother, a bit creamier as the carbonation dies down (though never truly creamy at any point).

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