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Oliver's 3 Lions Ale - Pratt Street Ale House

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Oliver's 3 Lions Ale
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BA SCORE
83
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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pratt Street Ale House visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Dithyramb on 03-11-2006)
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Photo of bootsandbeer
4/5  rDev +8.4%

bootsandbeer, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of matt062286
4/5  rDev +8.4%

matt062286, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +8.4%

nmann08, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%

On tap at Pratt's served in a 3 lions shaker pint. Beer is brown with a mild haze, decent but thin head with some retention to it, moderate to mild carbonation.

Aroma is bready and sweet with a subtle and mild roast, a few esters.

Beer is easy drinking medium in body and overall nice on the palate. The flavor of the beer is mildly bitter and sweet up front, no roast on the palate, wet finish. I enjoyed it. Pretty good overall.

drabmuh, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of goblue3509
2.78/5  rDev -24.7%

Pours a dark deep brown color like a deep wood with a thin khaki colored head which gives way to nice lace. The aroma has a sweet brown sugar smell with a bite of earthiness but also a musty damp basement like smell. The tatse has a caramel malt backbone with hints of sweet brown sugar, earthy hops and woodiness, but there again is that damp basement thing only this time in the taste. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall the nose and taste threw me off, it is a really good looking beer but the dampness in the nose and taste would have me not try it again.

goblue3509, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of JohnnyS17
2.1/5  rDev -43.1%

Pint glass

Deep brown beer with no transparency. A thin layer of tan head, maybe a shade shy of a finger thick. Decent lacing.

Once I smelled the beer, things went south. It smelled earthy like hops, but it had an almost fungusy smell like a foot. Thankfully, it did not taste like a foot, but it was very hoppy. It is an earthy, woody taste with clear bitterness. Meduium body, with a crisp bite.

Overall, I was really disappointed with this beer since it is a local brewery and I had heard decent things. I would never have another.

JohnnyS17, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%

On cask at Columbia Firehouse. Served in a 3 Lions Pint Glass.

Pour yields a dark brown brew that's not at all transparent. Thin tan head with a bit of lacing. The nose brings some semi-sweet malt as well as a bit of caramel, brown sugar, and some dry earth. Almost woody. The taste is along similar lines with a bit of sweetness coming through from the malt, but then the backend is comprised of an earthy, woody presence that is oddly bitter and presents itself as almost tannic in nature. Drinkability suffers a bit because of this, though overall it wasn't bad.

Thorpe429, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +8.4%

This is a really interesting beer from all angles - unusual looking, surprising taste, and creamy, delicious mothfeel

Pours rich purplish with a slight head. Aroma is sweet and sour, licorice and overripe plum. Flavor is strongly licorice with dark fruit - plum, sour cherry, overripe rose. Hops are floral and overripe. Lots of caramel and toffee. The finish has brown sugar - lots of dark brown sugar. Mouthfeel smooth and creamy. Finish has mild coffee and nut brittle character.

Seanibus, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of beerman207
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%

A- Deep red and brown along with a tan head that stuck around for a while.

S- Mild coffee, anise, and hops in the nose

T- The anise was an interesting flavor along with with the coffee presence. This was probably tied for my favorite along with Bishop's breakfast for this brew house.

M- Quite smooth with little carbonation

D- Drinkability was high even though this was my final beer of the night. I really enjoyed this beer.

beerman207, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of Boto
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%

Draught in Inner Harbor location: This one pours a clear, light brown color. There was a small off-white head on it. The aroma was a bit milder than expected. There was some caramel malts, as well as a touch of nuttiness. The taste is a bit better. It has a rich, malt taste. There was some nuttiness, as well as some fruits in the background. Not sweet at all. Smooth and well balanced. Nice.

Boto, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of Gavage
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Appearance: clear mahogany brown color with a nice one finger head. Nice lacing developed during the session.

Smell: caramel and a hint of nuttiness are picked up by the nose.

Taste: this was a bit bread-like, as an earthy caramel flavor dominated with some ripe fruit sweetness lingering in the background. Nice bitterness balanced this one out. Alcohol was slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. medium bodied beer. Very short caramel and bread laden aftertaste.

Drinkability: definite kicked up brown ale that was enjoyable, but a bit much for a session ale. I would suggest giving this a try if it is on tap.

Gavage, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%

Had this at the Wharf Rat in Fells Point.

The beer pours a reddish brown color, with adequate head retention and lacing. On the nose there is some sweet malt, with a hint of malt vinegar in the background (no one was eating fish and chips when I was there, so I'll assume the smell was from the beer). The flavor profile of this beer was really quite nice. One gets a very rich malty flavor, consisting of cherry vanilla and baked apple. The beer has a nice mouthfeel, although there is a touch of heat from the alcohol in the finish. This detracts a bit from the drinkability, and is just a bit disconcerting. Nevertheless, this is a very nice beer from Oliver brewing.

John_M, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of claytri
4.28/5  rDev +16%

The beer poured a rich brown with a tan head. The aroma was of seet malt. The taste started out with sweet malt then worked in some rich dark fruits. The feel was medium and dry. This was a very good strong rich dark ale. A nice beer to have after dinner and before a porter. One that I am sure I will be drinking regularly in the future.

claytri, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Appears a murky brown with a small, off-white cap that slowly fades out into a mild head. Scattered rings of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, roasted nuts, and some floral and perfumey flowers.
Taste mimics the aromas with a decent mix of caramel, nuts, toffee, and hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and mildly sweet with a semi-dry finish.

weeare138, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of cichief
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%

Had on cask at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- A deep brown with a thin, light brown head.

S- Slighlty sweet, like fresh bread.

T- Rather sweet, somewhat off-taste (since it was on cask, it could have been past prime)

M- Smooth, very little carbonation, but not thin.

D- If this were fresher, perhaps it would have been a better drink.

cichief, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of kernalklink
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours a dark brown with good head retention and sticky lace. Aromas are strong on roasted malts, some alcohol and a fresh hop profile. Big and thick in the mouth, this is a very large ale. Huge malts are present but not overly sweet, they lend to the body of the brew. Hops are very aggressive- they linger on in the aftertaste almost to the point that your tongue begs for mercy. Had to drink this one slow, but letting it warm up a bit helps the drinkability.

kernalklink, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of Umbra
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Current seasonal attempted via 20 oz. imperial and 10 oz sampler. Poured a dark brown with clingy white head. Nice lacing.

Apparently fashioned due to the English 6 nations and world cup action. This one had very malty backbone. However, unlike most Oliver's brews, this one had hops on the nose and the finish. In fact, a very assertive hop finish. You had a very strong caramel and licorice flavor with some alcohol warmth. This was very different from the other Oliver's brews and very enjoyable.

Finished dry and tasty. You'll see it by the crest that differentiates it from the rest of the pack. Enjoyable and worth a few...

Umbra, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of tkharris
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%

Had this in a growler I filled at the Wharf Rat near Camden Yards. I have been trying out the beers there for some time and did not even know this was on tap. It is not mentioned on their webpage. I expected a beer with this much alcohol to taste like it but I was very pleasantly surprised.

Pours a dark yellow or amber color with a small white head and a smell that was sweet. Taste was very good and combined a nice mixture of the hops and malt. Again a surprise and I have to agree it was very different from the other Oliver beers.

Overall a very enjoyable beer which I could easily drink too much of.

tkharris, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Part of the brewery's Coventry Collection of English styles with roots in the monastic brewing tradition. The brewer really knew what he was doing here - an interesting interplay of complex malt, hops and something funky with going on with the yeast. Alcohol was evident, but this is one the the few beers where the alcohol was a beneficial element of the flavor profile.

Brent, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of akorsak
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%

I had this ale at The Wharf Rat during a rainy Friday lunch. The ale was served from a hand pumped cask at a temperature just below room temperature.

Appearance: The ale has a golden-brown color to it, yielding closer to the brownish. It is clearly carbonated, with a smooth head from the hand pump. As I consumed the ale, it left a wonderful ring of creamy lace around the glass.

Smell: The ale has a biscuity aroma that was offset by sweet notes (perhaps from the cask?). The aroma was a little offsetting.

Taste: Robust malt character dominates the ale. The hop presence follows the English tradition of being muted and relaxed. From the cask conditioning, the ale has taken on a sweet taste, almost like honey.

Mouthfeel: Great session beer. The natural carbonation made the ale go down smoothly.

Drinkability: High on the drinkability scale, with a soft creamy head that did not dissapate and a pleasant restrained hop flavor.

akorsak, Apr 07, 2006
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3.88/5  rDev +5.1%

Had a sample of this while visiting The Wharf Rat in Baltimore and decided to take home a growler of it. My review is based on the sample & the growler (later that day).

Appeared a dark brown color with an off-white colored head that left behind loads of lacing. The surface seemed laiden with large bubbles, even after the head dissipated. Aromas of figs, dates, alcohol, and burnt sugar. The taste followed the scent with the addition of a strong hop presence. Slightly sour finish, but overall good drinkability. Flavorful and semi-sweet, but not overly so.

jaluria, Mar 21, 2006
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Oliver's 3 Lions Ale from Pratt Street Ale House
83 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.