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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Old Ale is a blend of Imperial Stout aged eleven-months in oak bourbon barrels, and our malty Scotch Ale. This black beer has an intense aroma of roasted malt with pronounced vanilla and toasted coconut notes from wood aging. The flavor is smooth and bittersweet, with hints of caramel, toffee, and mocha. This full-bodied beer is filled with deep, rich and warming flavors.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brokensail (16342) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
A: A dark brown/amber color with a very minimal khaki colored head. S: A smooth and creamy vanilla note (along with some oak) to go along with the sweet caramel, brown sugar, chocolate and toffee. T: A wonderful mix of chocolate and vanilla flavors going on here. The sweetness from the caramel and toffee really goes wonderfully with the light oakiness and the hints of dark stone fruits. M: A really creamy and smooth, almost thick and chewy with a soft carbonation. D: Sierra Nevada really doesnt get enough praise from us beer geeks. This is a really solid beer (like all of their others), and I would gladly take a glass of this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14736) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Tap at the brewpub. Pours black with a tan smear for head. Aromas of dark, lightly smokey, malt, vanilla and wood. Near full bodied with creamy carbonation. First impression was anise. Then some dark roast malt, with oak, vanilla and perhaps coffee. Not extraordinarily complex, but a very good drink indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (14214) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2010
On tap at Avery Strong Ale Fest poured a clear dark brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of earthiness, toffee, cocoa, oak, light vanilla and light carmel. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of cocoa, toffee, oak and light vanilla with a smooth malty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (13011) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2010
(Draught) Pours a dark brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of wood, chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, light peat, wood, bourbon, and caramel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (11257) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 13, 2010
"im calling this an old ale only because thats what the brewer is calling it...its actually a bourbon stout/scotch ale hybrid, and whoda thunk it would be this stinking good. THE best SN beer Ive ever had. you can smell and taste the bourbon, but it is subtle in its vanilla & oak character. the stout comes thorough just enough as well to make a far better beer than the scotch ale alone. even though that beer is 3/4 of the total, it is not the dominant factor in aroma or flavor. smooth, expertly blended...aroma and flavor of vanilla, oak, bourbon, chocolate, and a touch of sweet malt, peet, and hops. after a week (thats right...a week!) in the growler, it may have been even better. more chocolate comes out. kinda reminded me of a beer close to old viscosity in its complexity, with a touch of bourbon. great beer! bottle this guys!!!"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (10201) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2010
2010-07-01. Black body, nice creamy brown head that fades. Sweet woody vanilla aroma. 7+ Flavour is similar, good amount of wood up front, rich sweet malt base, light bitterness barely balances it out, finish is woody. 7+ Smooth medium to full bodied palate. Solid beer, but just a little too heavy on the wood for my preferences. On tap at Seattle International Beer Festival

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2010
Tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Deep black pour with some nice ruddy mahogany highlights. The nose is distinctly woody and earthy with loads of vanilla and bourbon on the nose. Soft and toasty with a lingering vanilla/caramel flavour on the finish. There is a wisp of smokiness that creeps up as the beer starts to warm up then its gone again toward the finish quite odd how that works. Theres a whole lot going on, but it still doesnt really come together for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabel (8717) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2010
[3069-20100702] Sample. Woody barrel roast malt aroma has a light floral touch. Dark brown black body with a long-lasting creamy tan head. Floral red wine and sherry notes in the flavour with tons of wood roast. Full body. Wow, this is big and boozy.
(@ SIB 2010, Seattle, WA)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
On tap at Oakquinox. Pours with a huge tan head over a near black body. Aromas of cocoa, light wood, musty and very light fusel alcohol. Flavors are cereal, caramel, alcohol, fruits (dark) and raisins. Kind of basic and a bit bland. Creamy mouthfeel with some higher alcohols.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Black with almost no head. Raisin chocolate brown sugar bourbon and oak aroma and taste with a sticky palate.

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