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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A warming & malty English Style Old Ale with notes of mocha, honey, toffee, hazelnuts & tobacco. A perfect sipper on a cold winter’s night. Available October through January.

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3.4
seymour (2120) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - OCT 22, 2017
Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a nonic pub glass, a mostly-clear deep reddish brown colour with beige foam, lasting with lace. Nice maltbill: caramelly, a little bready and nutty, mild toasty, not very roasty. Hint of fruity ale esters, mild earthy/herbal hop bitterness. Medium body and carbonation, well-balanced mouthfeel, pleasantly mellow alcoholic warmth, malty aftertaste. Perhaps less complex than their description promises, but good stuff.

3.9
fuzzcro (295) - Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2016
Good one...unexpected. Nice and sweet and I agree it is a great sipper even with the low ABV.

3.4
ccex (1365) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2016
12 oz. bottle pours a clear dark mahogany color with a small head that leaves practically no lacing. Aroma has toffee, hazelnuts, and tobacco as advertised. Taste is slightly sweet with some spices and a bit of alcohol warming in the finish. This is not a big boozy beer, but one that warms on a January day anyway. Body is medium with average carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel. This one was pleasant and subtly warming, but not one that wowwed me making me want to return. This was my first from Excel Brewing. There are almost as many new breweries between St. Louis and Chicago as misguded police bullets so that I have a hard time keeping current and dodging the bad ones. Red beers matter, although this one doesn’t grab the headlines. It is not misguded or prentious, but is merely a pleasant one-off in my quest for memorable local beers.

3.3
crossovert (13869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2015
355ml bottle. Consumed last weekend. Ruddy brown pour. More intense and boozy than some of the style buylt a good take.

3.6
Frank (4235) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2015
This is maybe a bit on the sweet side but it does have a ton of malt character to show for it so I suppose this is acceptable. It is predominantly dried fruit, toffee and some nuttiness w/ an edge of earthy bitterness. It’s slightly sticky but that seems to work reasonably well w/ the flavors offered so it does not come off as cloying or overly heavy. This seems to find a nice balance between drinkability and being a slow sipper.

3.7
wlajwl (7064) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 23, 2015
Aroma is malts, fruit/dark fruit, spices and a hint of tobacco. The flavor is fruit/dark fruit, malts, spices and a slightly sweet/warming finish.

3.7
vyvvy (6730) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 15, 2015
The beer pours reddish bronze with a small beige head. The aroma has toffee, deep bready malt, English yeast and some dates. It has a medium body with lots of semi sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with the aroma notes by drier with a bit of woodiness and spice. The finish is pretty dry and has some caramel. Pretty nice.

3.5
Terminus (3716) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Bottle-Pours a ruby./mahogony hue with a nice fizzy eggshell head around the rim of the glass. Nose is musty, dusty, malty, nutty, slightly mineral. Flavors show lots of toffee, caramel, slightly nutty, some honey sweetness. Long finish very sweet light bitterness, earthy hops. Body is medium with moderate carbonation. A pretty straight forward ESA however, i do dig the malt profile here. Decent.

3.4
edgallow (4469) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 26, 2015
12 oz bottle pours brown with a off white head. Aroma of toffee, grains and coffee. Taste is dried fruit and coffee.

3.5
phaleslu (10652) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2015
12 oz. bottle from Keir - thanks again, Keir! Pours a cloudy mahogany color with some yeast floaters and a small off-white head that settles into a good ring and thin film. Notes of caramel, boozy cake, mild spice, honey, nuts, earth, tobacco leaves, figs, and brown sugar. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet and spicy mouthfeel. Solid winter ale.


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