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RATINGS: 238   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
popsabrew (1) - Lake City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2006 does not count
A great beer from a brewer that usually brews good but not great beers. The proper russet amber with an off white creamy head that holds it’s shape above the rim and laces nicely. Aroma of fresh bread and carmel. Complex sweet carmel taste balanced perfectly with the proper bitter hops finish. A personal favorite, but unfortunately a seasonal brew. Too much kick for a summertime lawnmower brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Dark reddish amber with a nice creamy white head. Rich malty caramel aroma, similar strong malty caramel and sweet flavors, creamy mouthfeel, decent hops in the finish. Pleasant surprise to find this at the bar this past weekend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vulgarparasite (10) - catasauqua, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2007
I was impressed with this beer. It could be a bit more carbonated, however it has great character and the alcohol content is masked well for not being overly sweet. I drank 5 and felt great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (20130) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2010
Bottle. Pours a rich mahogony with a foamy, tan head. Strong malt aroma with tons of toffee and ripe fruit. Has a barley wine-esque sweetness to it, quite intense, with bread, caramel, more toffee and plum, along with some light, earthy bitterness. Medium to full in body with soft carbonation and a creamy texture. Some brown sugar is also in the flavor, coming out later. Finishes very sweet with lightly toasted malts and toffee. Delicious beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - SEP 10, 2009
Tap @ the Ravenous Pig. 12oz pour. Burgundy / Mahogany color. Thin white head. Sweet caramelized sugar aroma. Flavor is very sweet. Full bodied. Exquisite. Very balanced. Not much smoke. Big malts. . 29 Nov 08.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (7458) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2010
12oz bottle. Clear reddish brown pour with a thin tan head. Lots of caramel malt aroma with a bit of peat, some dark fruit and a touch of alcohol. Sweet caramel flavor with toffee and booze before a dry finish. Very nice Scottish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7449) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2014 I am not a big fan of this brewer and this is the first time I have had this beer. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark mahogany color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma if fruity and hoppy. The flavor is bitter floral hops with molasses, ripe fruity and dry chocolate. Despite the strong hops this beer has a rather "Belgian" character to it. It hides the 9.3% alcohol quite well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2006
A lightly sedimented but transparent, rich amber color with a thin, bone-colored head. Tons of rich, crystallized sugar and caramel in the nose with some tropical hops and fruity malt and alcohol all there. Flavor has many but not all of the aroma components and the sweetness is balanced by a dry, burnt caramel and a smack of bitterness. The alcohol, malt, and bitterness all trail into a long finish. This is an extra fine interpretation of a Scotch ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2779) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Bottle. Moderate malt notes of caramel, toasted and cookie, light to moderate hops of resin and cooked orange, light dough for the yeast, and big background note of brown sugar and a hint of coconut. Head is small, creamy, off-white with some lacing and is almost fully diminishing. Color is murky brown. Flavor starts heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and bitter. Palate is medium, creamy almost syrupy, with a lively carbonation. I reallly enjoyed the distinct and unique aromas of this excellent Scotch Ale, thanks Hopscotch!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavie (4552) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2011
Bottle courtesy drowland. Clear orange color with a light ring of bubbly head. Aroma is milk chocolate, cherry brownies and aged malts. Flavor is aged malts, alcohol and easy cocoa. This is nice.

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