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RATINGS: 239   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MattShizzle (608) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Bottle. Deep copper color, slightly cloudy. Strong malty, slight;y fruity aroma. Strong malty, slightly roasty and yeasty flavor. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dacrza (928) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2017
DATE: April 15, 2017... OCCASION: having enjoyed a great Easter Saturday, Shan and I begin binging on old Arrested Development... GLASSWARE: Corsendonk tulip... pours a dark ruby body full of effervescence... a single-finger, thick white head that sits stoically... first hints of aroma are sweet caramel and toffee, butterscotch, whiskey, leather and faint floral suggestions... in a word, quite complex and promising... first sip is big but not overpowering, lasting but not intrusive... exhibits liveliness at the teeth, but really sinks its teeth into the throat with heavy maltiness... bourbon, caramel, sweet toffee, and raisin make for a boozy, sweet medium-bodied sip that is a meal in itself... too much of a medicinal impact for my liking...a fan of the genre to start, this is thin and wine-like in its presence... big, bold, yet belying its 10.1 ABV... one I would gladly drink again, but not one I would buy again...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
demannu (459) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2016
Overall very malt forward. Some fruit notes in flavor. Syrupy full body. Not my style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rondphoto (4351) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 29, 2016
bottle @ House of 1000 Beers / New Kensington PA --- Aroma of caramel. Clear amber brown color, beige head that drops to a thin rim, bands of lace. Taste is malt and toffee that coasts through light carbonation as it grows into warm alcohol in a medium length finish. No noticeable hop presence. Heavy on the sweet side, and a little heavy in the belly, but good, at least in small doses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (6576) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2016
Bottle. Pours a clear ruby body under a small fizzy beige head that faded to a thin ring. The nose is super malt forward with an interesting fruitiness to it. It’s almost like a sour cherry like note. Some moderate alcohol noticeable as well. The flavor is rather sweet with caramel and toffee sweetness. Some alcohol on the back end, but the sweetness tempers it pretty well. Medium bodied and not as clingy and sticky as I was expecting with soft fizzy carbonation. A little bit of a one-pony show here, but it’s better than I remember it being from when I had it years ago.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
katrinaez (1767) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2016
Light sweet yeasty smell and very bready taste. Little carbonation and amber in color. Light taste for the ABV. Tasty. Tap.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (11477) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 1, 2016
Like their Scottish, fairly one dimensional sweet caramel and fruity Malts. Perhaps a touch more complexity, a little darker and a little bigger. Still not the greatest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (9936) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2015
Draft to snifter at Firehouse grill. Pours a clear deep, reddish copper brown color with a medium sized, creamy beige head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, caramel, buttery toffee, fruity but almost candied fruit, hint of earth, predominantly sweet though, hides the abv nicely because of the sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drsordr (2579) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Clarkdvm (503) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
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.

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