djd07 (15093) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2016
Bottle shared at Hunah Day. Pours a hazy copper with no head. The aroma is strong oak, roast, dark fruit. Medium body, oak, sour fruit, light roast, boozy finish, good. thepatrickman (1365) - Jevington, East Sussex, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2016
Batch #2, courtesy of jamesy. This is a great example of what sets OEC apart from the average brewery -- a blend of multiple barrel-aged old ales and coffee mead is not something I’d expect to find anywhere else. But, for all of the experimentation, this just didn’t come together for me at all. Jammy, flat, and sour, it tasted like sour soy sauce and it was really tough to get through. This one really didn’t work, but keep up the crazy experimentation. ClarkVV (6757) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2016
Draught at EBF, 2/5/16.nimbleprop (8453) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 2, 2016
Dark mahogany with some lighter tan hues on the edges. Indeterminable clarity, though it seems to be fairly bright. Tan head atop immediately fizzles to nothing.
Coffee in the nose mixes with fresh oak and light acidity to create a rich, sumptuous, almost Belgian Royal Stout-like nose. Vanilla, buttercream, coffee iced cream and a drying earthy character, along with the grape-like fruitiness balance each other. There’s some alcohol here, for sure, but I don’t find it too disruptive. Adds an almost cordial-like element to the braggot.
The flavor is a wild ride of sweet coffee, turning in to toffee/vanilla which then gives way to tart, moderately acidic bacterial character with wine-like influences and spicy notes from the honey fermentation. An earthy, and bready malt character returns and the beer doesn’t end completely acidic/sour yet nor does it end fully sweet/malty. Really, really like the juxtaposition here and especially the coffee character. Strong, rich and bold, yet doesn’t seem overbearing despite its huge abv. Can definitely see why some people weren’t in to it, but I absolutely loved it and think it works really well as a dessert sipper. So much more innovative than just another bourbon imperial stout....
As well, this should age remarkably nicely
50cl bottle, blend #2, pours a murky, deep brown with some spitty, white head. Nose has raspberry and honey comb, red wine, mild ginger. Flavor comes together, sweet, tart, jammy, earthy, herbal, medicinal. Tart finish. Cool. HeadyDE (851) - Delaware, USA - JAN 6, 2016
part of draft sampler..pours a light black color..crazy types of aroma coming from this one with wine..dark fruits..caffeine..mead..boozy syrupy interplay..this was really one insane concoction and an interesting sample for sure..mead drinkers would probably enjoy this more..not my cup of tea and found this probably the least enjoyable of all the OEC offerings..
hopscotch (11161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2015
Bottle... Murky dark brown w no head. Aroma is earthy, vinous and acidic with dark fruits and chocolate. Full-bodied with low. Sour and vinous with mild sweetness and toastiness that enhance the acidity, rather than beat it. Very nice. Chris crossovert (13080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2015
500ml bottle. An interesting one, its a braggot made with old ale. It is also sour, and also has coffee. Just a barrage of flavors, tastes like a tart barleywine. ThirstyBird (2953) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2015
Thanks Jayy sson! Pours a deep cola color with a loose brown head. The smell is vinegar, deep dark fruit, wood. The taste is wood, deep fruit, honey, ending with some dry balsamic notes. The body is medium with low carbonation. Quote interesting. Erzengel (8883) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JUL 13, 2015
Many thanks to Rian for sharing! Smooth sweetish sourish beginning. Hints of wood, nice sweetish fruity body. Easy to drink, fresh sourish red. Wood, fresh red fruit on a great deep body. Along deep aftertaste, great red sourish woody hints. Nice. Koelschtrinker (20591) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUL 13, 2015
Säuerlich honigartiger Antrunk, mild herb, steigende Säure. Milde Herbe, etwas fruchtig, würzig. Honig, gleichzeitig etwas Säure. Gelungen. 11/11/10/10/11/11/12