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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2009
This one poured a murkly brown color with a light light beige head. Aroma was very malty, alcohol and some dark fruits as well. Flavor was somewhat one dimensional, maily sweet malts and some caramel. This one reminded me of a weaker barleywine with not much going on.

Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Had this one at the RB Pittsburgh tasting. Tasted kind of generic to me. Nice balanced flavor, just nothing jumping out and grabbing me. Could have been the victim of it’s placement in the tasting lineup, in between two genuinely fantastic beers.

cheap (6007) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Big thanks goes out to treyrab for this special brew! Had the pleasure of sampling this at the 7/9/2009 Pittsburgh RB tasting extravaganza (PGHRBEXT) at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse. It will be a long time, if ever I see a spread of bottles like I did there. I am not good enough for the beers that were that we served! For example, how about this beer; old tempest! Floating things in the otherwise brownish cloudy pale ale. Old alky aroma of fruit and whisky. Taste is somewhat older alky soaked fruit as well. Strong back of throat bitter feeling builds thru the session. Way too strong for this lager lover. Mouth coating to an extent. Seems to be higher than the 9% listed here. Barely any carbonation. Long bitter alky linger. This beer is more complex and beyond my rating ability, thanks for the experience Trey!

cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2009
22 oz. bottle from BevMo (SD) - Pours a hazy golden color with a large two finger thick off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is esters and light notes of sweet malt. Flavor is very fruity. Finishes like a German Hefe. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Medium to full body. A nice beer.

JoeMcPhee (9515) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2009
Bottle shared by someone at "Drink for Charity" event at Rattle N Hum. Sweet chewy aroma. Light citrusy lemon and a touch of acidity. There is a strange falvour of orange and banana. Chewy sweet and lightly sour. Meh... it doesn’t really do it for me.

Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2009 Courtesy of AllAboutStout

Bottle: The aroma is loaded with pineapple and some citrus. It pours a slightly hazy orange with a small creamy white head. The flavor starts with moderate pineapple and citrus. The finish has a hint of orange peel and faint sourness. Medium bodies with a soft mouthfeel. Overall it’s a solid beer, but Old Ale? No way.

malrubius (2982) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAY 15, 2009
Bottle at RnH Drink for Charity. Thanks to everyone who brought great beer to this. Dark orange with flat head and lace. Aroma of old oranges in cardboard boxes. Woody orange marmalade with sticky orange finish. Waxy texture. Maybe it had seen better days.

j12601 (13027) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Bottle at the “Drink for Charity” event at Rattle & Hum. Pours a hazy brown with a thin white head. Dark plum and prune notes. Thin to medium bodied and malty. Finishes with a light hoppy bitterness.

SudsMcDuff (8468) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 3, 2009
what was that last thing you said? grandpa’s little helper??? as i enter this here review .. Sweet maple syrup color.. good .. .lots of caramel and aged sugar ditch .. . balanced.. seems quite mellowed .. shockingly sweet .. . "The goggles do Nothing"- BA meeting shenanigans !!

hapjydeuce (1002) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Bottle from Pizza Port Bottle Shop. Pours a clear golden color with low carbonation and a light white ring of head. Aroma is buttery diacetyl with lots of light malts and candy sugar. Flavor is very sweet with more malt, really reminding me of a thick and cloying Tripel. Some tones of caramel, toffee and pear on the finish. Pronounced note of English ale yeast lasts with each sip. Not too bad.

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