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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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Unobtanium is a barrel-aged English-style Old Ale that ages for six months in a bourbon barrel, soaking up all sorts of amazing whiskey character as well as hints of oak and vanilla. The name was taken from an old aerospace/engineering term for a specific material or object (often imaginary, impossible or highly improbable to obtain) needed to complete any given project. And, before you ask, we did not take the name from the elusive metal in Avatar. James Cameron reportedly named the substance as an inside joke to his fellow techie/gear-heads. Our version is much tastier, though.

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scapegoat (2) - huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUN 26, 2012 does not count
This beer is a great season with a great bourbon kick to too off the maltiness. A fine beer

5
HappyHandsClub (32) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 31, 2014
This Old Ale is "alive" with witch’s brew bubbles percolating in the glass to the very last drop. I have no problem with any aspect of this recipe, finished product or even the chemistry professor doing lab work label pic. I can’t fault it’s uniqueness like too many picky [thy ass] people out there. Maybe it matches my character: Strong, Rich, Bold, Radioactive.

4.5
Thewade (340) - USA - JAN 31, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2013 Damn fine brew. Hint of bourbon and oak. Slight vanilla. Love bourbon barrel strong ales so this is right up my alley. Very impressed with the Straight to Ale brews.

4.4
HuskerTan (2202) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - DEC 3, 2016
(Thanks, James! "jbruner") Bottle. A- Butterscotch, oak, cherry, boozy, brown sugar, molasses, raisins, scotch. A- Dark garnet color, clear liquid, beige head. T- Oak, boozy, brown sugar, subtle dark cherry. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, complex finish. O- What a way to knock off Alabama. A real nice sipper. I feel bad for folks in Alabama that can’t enjoy this on a cold snowy winter day. Reminds me a lot of Founders Backwoods Bastard. Good stuff.

4.4
MetalNHopHead (1976) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - DEC 5, 2016
Straight to Ale? Unobtanium seems more fit to send your ass straight to bed. This warm, malty, boozy brew is potent and full-bodied. It’s also a stunning Old Ale. Deep brown color that’s pretty only in the way that English-style malt bombs can be. Rich oaky, boozy aromatics. Brown sugar, molasses, toffee, coconut, and vanilla flavor characteristics. The feel is full yet smooth. It’s an English-style ale with some Southern heat. It’s damn hard not to love.

4.3
horto008 (186) - Alabama, USA - APR 1, 2011
Terrific stuff here. Growler from Liquor Express. Poured with very thin and small head. It’s a cloudy dark brown in the glass. Pretty carbonated for the style. Absolutely love the bourbon notes..much more of an aftertaste than an in your face bourbon flavor. Has a floral hint that really reminds me of some of the trappiste ales. Sweet but avoids being cloying and syrupy. This is my favorite Straight to Ale brew so far. Alcohol is present but given the ABV it doesn’t slap you in the face. This is the type of brew that could sneak up on you if you’re not careful.

4.3
Itzjerm (2866) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Strong oak aroma with bourbon flavor. Sweet with strong bourbon flavor... actually is this an old ale? Just call a bourbon barrel mild. Taste like the great bourbon barrel stouts out there.. just not the color but every other part. Other state this is sweet... not this go round. Sweet bourbon perfection.... unobtanium... I can believe that name. If this is consistent to be like this... its amazing! btw thin head... poured at brewery

4.2
b79turner (260) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 30, 2013
22oz bottle, pours dark brown with a small tan head that quickly disappears. Nose is caramel, oak, vanilla, alcohol...lots of big aromas here! Taste is very rich and boozy! Wow! Great beer, I would love to taste one with a little age. This is a very big and complex beer.

4.2
Cybercat (5833) - Georgia, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Pours a dark, barely translucent mahogany with a thick but effervescent light tan head. Strong aroma has a syrupy overtone, almost a little too sweet, caramel with nutty and malty notes. Flavor explodes with caramel, sweet malt and molasses notes as well as subtle nutty and miso flavors. This would make a good dessert, it is so sweet - and yet there is a hint of hops in the background. Heavy, syrupy, viscous texture has a good amount of fizz. Finish is sweet, but not too sugary; hints of hops and malt let you know it is still a beer. See if you can obtain one.

4.1
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 4, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2012 Draft. Pours a deep amber with an off-white head. Aroma and flavor are very malty, lots of caramel, some earthy hops, some oak, a bit of smoke. Almost a doppelbock quality to it. Thick palate, low carbonation. Very tasty. Would definitely drink this one again. .... Sampled again at Magic City Brewfest. Delicious. Reminded me again of a doppelbock, and I liked this much better than StA’s actual doppelbock.


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