Aiken Olde Aiken Ale

Brewed by Aiken Brewing Company
Aiken, South Carolina USA
10.1% Barley Wine | 7 Ratings | Special Release |
As part of the Celebrate Aiken festivities taking place in Aiken throughout 2010, Brew Master Randy Doucet is brewing a Barleywine style ale which he has aptly named Olde Aiken Ale. Deep golden in color, this beer is sweet, malty and rich with hints of caramel, dried fruit and maybe a little coffee balanced by just enough hop bitterness to offset the malt s sweetness. In keeping with its English origins, Doucet has dry hopped this beer with English East Kent Golding Hops to give it additional hop aroma without increasing bitterness. At around 10% alcohol by volume, this brew, which was traditionally associated with the winter season, will make the perfect winter warmer for a cold late winter afternoon or evening.

Because of its high alcohol content, this beer ages beautifully, gaining in complexity and depth of flavor with the passage of time. Given this, Doucet will keg several barrels of this brew and tap these kegs at various times throughout the year during special Celebrate Aiken activities. As always, Aiken Brewing Company brews its hand crafted beers in the traditional manner using only barley malt, hops, yeast and water.

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Aroma is one of beer's most complex features. Aroma is propelled by lively CO2 and dampened by pillowy heads - especially nitrogen foam.

Malt
caramel bread hay cereal chocolate coffee nuts toast roasty

Hops
resin floral grass spruce citrus herbs

Yeast/Bacteria
dough barnyard cheese basement aromas leather earthy leaves

Other
alcohol banana bubblegum butterscotch clove cooked vegetables cough drop ginger licorice raisin rotten eggs soy sauce skunky smoke vanilla woody
Appearance is how a beer appeals to the eye and includes notes on color, the liquid's visual texture and the head -- the beer's foam top.

Color
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Liquid
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Head
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Taste is what can be appreciated with the tongue. It's easy to mistake aromas for tastes -- the tongue only senses sweet, bitter, sour, salt and umami.

Sweet
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Bitter
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Sour
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Other
salty umami
The palate includes touch sensations on the lips, tongue, gums and roof of the mouth.

Body
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Texture
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Carbonation
fizzy lively average soft flat

Finish
astringent bitter abrupt long

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