Brewed by Parallel 49 Brewing Company
Style: Brown Ale
Vancouver, Canada


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RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
A pint of your finest, kind sir! A refined, balanced ale for the discerning beer drinker. Raise your glass.

LA International Beer Competition 2014, Silver Medal, English Style Brown Ale
Canadian Brewing Awards 2014, Gold Medal, Brown Ale

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (12768) - Toronto, Ontario, - JUN 29, 2013
Easy drinking summer beer. A serviceable offering, with fast dissipating head on brown body. Malty, nutty.

dflb (44) - California, USA - SEP 10, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2017 The 9th beer in the anniversary celebration of my beer posts is a Canadian import. Old Boy is a Classic Ale crafted by Parallel 49 Brewing Company. The air of the beer smells like chocolate. The scent comes across nutty. The yeast used is slightly sour and the sour is experienced in the finish. Willamette hops are used to brew this beer and compliments the malts used. Alcohol content is 5%. The flavor of chocolate malt is tasted from start to finish. Crystal malt offers an accent to the chocolate experience. Toffee is sensed and deepens the rich finish. The beer has a pleasing nutty characteristic. Almonds are noted and adds its complexion to the body. Hazelnut plays a wonderful tone upon with the malty presence. This brew has a watery quality to it. The water is a huge feature and makes this beer incredibly easy to drink. The water brings out the almond flavor. Old Boy is classic for its malty formula. The beer is considered a brown Ale and the chocolate malt is dominate to apply this character. Hazelnut and almond are a surprise. Hazelnut is more prominent and the almond plays second violin. The watery composition makes this beer very refreshing and drinkable. The title 'Old Boy' may sound boring, but this classic Ale offers more to the palette. For more beer reviews, visit my blog 'Drink For the Love of Beer.'

PugUglyBrewer (792) - - JUL 20, 2017
Murky amber/brown color with a thin head of creamy sandy tan colored foam. Aromas of lightly toasted almonds, whole wheat bread, whole grain cereal, with a trace of cocoa. Very toasty and nutty flavors layered upon a dry cocoa finish.

tsd08460 (1246) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2016
Bomber from Cork & Fork in Gainesville, VA Aroma: caramel, chocolate, nuts, Appearance: clear dark brown with a thin tan head Taste: medium sweetness, light bitterness, Palate: medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,

BlackHaddock (7696) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2016
Bomber between five at the July 2016 Shrewsbury Bottle share: bought by me while in California. Very dark brown with big beige head. Aroma was of caramel semi-sweet malts with a mini sourness . The taste was not as sour as the nose intimated and a smooth, chocolate flavoured Brown Ale was enjoyed indeed. Highly carbonated but overall a very pleasant beer from a part of Canada unknown to be beer wise.

minutemat (6063) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2016
Bottle @ monthly tasting at Chez Sophie, July 16, courtesy of bladdock. Many thanks! Pours very dark brown with big off-brown bubble bath head. Aroma is smooth caramel malts. A bit over-carbonated and a bit thin, but nice chocolate malts lurk underneath. Not bad.

Lubiere (14151) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2015
A clear dark brown ale with a thick frothy mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity caramel malt with light grassy hops, light nutty notes, OK. In mouth, a sweet fruity malt with light coffee notes, nutty notes, light bodied, a bit cloying. Bottle from LCBO.

Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - AUG 11, 2015
This was poured into an English pub glass. The appearance was a nice looking hazy dark brown color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute leaving some light messy lacing here and there. The smell started off with some nice nutty smooth to caramel toasty and toffee combining and allowing a light coffee to blend nicely. The taste was mainly sweet and allowing a nice roasted nuttiness to blend nicely. There’s barely any aftertaste but a sweet nutty finish running about. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs nicely as there’s a good somewhat creamy smoothness over my tongue. Overall, for an English Brown ale this one is really good. I’d definitely have this again.

nearbeer (5608) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 29, 2015
22 oz. Pours a clear, deep chestnut with a thin film of creamy foam. Aroma is dark toffee and cocoa with a light note of tart berry/grape mix; kind of like a Tootsie Pop. Tastes the same, with enough earthy cocoa, spicy dry grass and cardboard on the finish to provide a decent balance. Near-medium body is definitely malty as per the style, but not sticky and has a smooth low-medium carbonation.

sulawang (1197) - - FEB 1, 2015
Visual: Pours beer bottle brown with a smallish dissipating head, ringed retention, hardly visible sporadic streams in the center. Nose: sweet caramel malts, light roast (lvl-6)-pungency Attack: crisp, cola Mid-palate: fizzy-tingly, (lvl-2)-sweetness, (MAIN) roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, light cola Finish: malty-cola finish, barely detectable hops. Summary: Mostly cola and chocolate malts, hops are super subtle.

andyhwcinc (1886) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2015
Purchased at Binnys in Chicago, IL, enjoyed at home on a lazy Monday night. This was discounted by more than 50% off, and I can see why. Appearance is cola brown with a light white rim. Aroma of maple syrup, chocolate, ovaltine, and caramel. Taste just isn't good, very carbonated syrupy flavor, not enjoyable.

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