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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
drowland (8101) - Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2014
1/29/14. Snow day! 22oz bottle from Beachs in Fort Walton Beach. Dark amber pour with basically no head, barely a small khaki. Booze in the aroma, a touch of acetone, straight up whiskey, oxidation, sweet dark fruits, and maltiness. Rich sweet flavor up front, some whiskey, a bit of sourness, actually, with caramel and fruitiness, oxidation. Meh.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (3209) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2017
From notes. Enjoyed at the 4th Annual Barleywine Tasting at Nicoles house on January 28. 22 oz bottle. The pour is very similar to Illudium; dark brown-ish copper with a thicker tan head and a couple spots of lace as it disappears. The aroma is good. There is a light bourbon, a hint of caramel sweetness, a good dark fruit addition, charred oak, and a hint of vanilla. This is nice. Where the Illudium goes to cognac sweetness, this has a nice bourbon addition to keep it in check. I like it. The flavor is much of the same. The bourbon balances a little better than the cognac. The caramel, light dark fruits, smooth chocolate, hints of bourbon and charred oak, and just a touch of vanilla are excellent. The mouth feel is a touch light and well carbonated with a lingeringly smooth caramel and vanilla bourbon finish. I like this one a bit.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ebone1988 (1703) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2017
At the Barleywine event. Aroma is caramel, toffee, hops, barrel, booze. Apperance is amber brown, light tan head, mostly clear. Taste is caramel, hops, booze, barrel, slight molasses, toffee. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, booze and caramel aftertaste. Overall, I preferred this to Illudium.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10944) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2017
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Pours clear and deeply copper with a small, fleeting, mushroom-colored head. The aroma is a mlange of dried plum, demerara sugar, vanilla and candied dried dark fruits. Full-bodied with a sticky mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The flavor features maple, caramel and tons of whiskey, but with minimal boozy heat. Lengthy, tangy, nutty finish. Thanks to newcigarz for sharing this world-class beer!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MetalNHopHead (1736) - 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. Its also a stunning Old Ale. Deep brown color thats 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. Its an English-style ale with some Southern heat. Its damn hard not to love.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HuskerTan (2041) - Kearney, 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 cant enjoy this on a cold snowy winter day. Reminds me a lot of Founders Backwoods Bastard. Good stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (13257) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2016
Bottle shared at the MDBG tasting 4/4/16. Dark brown, no head. Aroma of grapes, caramel, raisin, chocolate. The taste is grapes, toffee, toasted malt. Medium bodied, mild booze.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nocturne (1940) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2016
650ml bottle. Dark brown with small tan head. Aroma of raisin malt and booze. Taste is chocolate, cola, raisin, toffee. Thick and chewy texture. Not too sweet. The aroma was pretty light but I quite enjoyed the taste of this one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2016
Pours a dark reddish brown color. Aromas of wood, dark fruit, and some sweetness. Flavors of whiskey?, caramel, and some faint hops.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (4679) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2016 Shared bomber bottle. Lovely red-brown body with a very good head. Lightly sweet with lots caramel and toffee. This is a bit boozy, mainly in the aroma, and it has pronounced bourbon barrel effects in the flavor. Still, excellent whisky barrel effects. Overall: easily the best beer Ive had from this brewer, and one of the best old ales Ive ever had.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (3562) - Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2015
Bottle. Brown pour with an off white head. Chocolate and caramel malt bouquet. The taste follows suit. Oak, vanilla, and cola lowlights. Good body and mouthfeel.


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