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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Old Tempest Ale is Lightning Brewery’s Winter Seasonal beer. This beer is a classic “Winter Warmer” or a beer that has an alcohol level that causes a “warming” feeling on sipping and drinking. This is an Old Ale or Strong Ale made in the tradition of UK brewers for centuries. We have used strictly “earthy” types of UK malted barley, UK strains of “grassy” flavoring and aroma hops, and our house strain of British Ale yeast in brewing and fermenting this beer. Also note the slight haze we have retained in the beer. That is because we avoid filtration, a process that can remove some of the complex flavors that make a big, malty beer more enjoyable. It is simply settled in the fermentation tank for months and then directly packaged for added flavor. Extensive aging is an investment for the Brewery in terms of tank space and at the same time an added value for enjoyment.

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3.7
GarrettB (1634) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 21, 2017
November 29th, 2014 - Old Tempestuous is a bold name for a beer, but Lightning is canning itself for this brew, pitting apex flavors against each other. When I hold the glass to the light the beer is refulgent and fiery, clear enough to show me the parking lot outside the window, but through a bright amber lens. The aroma is built on a burnt honey scent, and topped with burnt caramel, pineapple syrup and oxidized apple flesh. The flavor focuses more on a marshmallow sweetness and a mild alcohol burn, leading into sweet, dark bourbon notes. Overripe banana and syrupy, mashed maraschino cherries join with dried apricots to give the impression of an adult fruit cocktail, cascading and coating the tongue repeatedly. It’s a wild beer, and would have been best saved for last.

3.6
Ratman197 (15204) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2015
Bomber poured a clear orange amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of caramel, fruitiness, brown sugar and light spice. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of caramel, brown sugar, fruitiness and light spice with a smooth lingering fruity brown sugar finish.

3.4
BeerandBlues2 (13695) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 6, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours hazy orange with a medium, bubbly off-white head, medium retention with spare lacing. Aroma is sweet bready and biscuit malt with dates, figs, brown sugar and light earthy hops. Flavor is sweet malt, lightly sticky with candied fruits, light earthy hops and bitterness, light booze notes and a sweet finish. Full body and light carbonation.

4.4
mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2015
Strong, sweet, very smooth. Aged caramel flavor -- right there! Long finish. A real sipper, I could drink this all day.

3.4
snoworsummer (5956) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2015
Draft at the brewery. Pours clear reddish copper with almost no head. Tastes like nutty malt, toast, booze, dried fruit, sweet syrup, and light spice. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like dried fruits, booze, syrup, toffee, and light spice.

3.5
Iphonephan (7186) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2013
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home on boxing day. Pours a clear copper with an off white head. Sweet caramel nose. Flavors of butterscotch and caramel. Smoot sweet finish.

3.5
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2013
5/7/2012. 22 oz. bottle. Pours light brown with an off-white head. Malty aromas with dried fruit and spice. Mild on hops, but yet with a good balance. Fruit is showing well and you do get a bit of the alcohol towards the end.

3.7
RABinCO (1511) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2013
Bottle from broIPA. obviously properly cellared on his window sillfor awhile because this thing is drinking a lot better than any of the previous reviews would have me expect. Pours a nice deep, hazy copper/orange with a bit of persistent, fluffy white head. Aroma of citrus, orange, lemon, grass, sweet malt. Taste is orange, bitter, grassy hops, syrupy sweet malt. Nice booze burn. Easy drinking.

3.1
monk191 (2023) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Unique beer. Pours an orange color with a white head, And the most sediment I have ever seen in a non-home brewed beer. Don’t know if we just got the end of the barrel, but it is refreshing to see a beer-maker that is not afraid of sediment. Smells is great, lots of cherries. Almost like a lambic. So you would expect a big of taste, but actually, there isn’t a huge amount of flavor. Very malty, and some booziness, but mostly forgettable. Need to give the brewer credit though to trying something different. Had in the bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.5
maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours a rather hazy amber color with almost no head and quite a few floaties in it. Nose seems a little sweet with a hint of citrus, actually, and reminds me a lot of a tripel. Taste is also slightly sweet and is exactly what you’d think of from the smell. Not a fan of this one.


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