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Triple Exultation - Eel River Brewing Co.

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279 Ratings
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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 10
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Eel River Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mattmaples on 05-27-2006)
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Photo of barefootbrewer


4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

This beer poured a deep dark brown with a thin tan colored head. The aroma is sweet with malt, raison and molasses characteristics. The taste is malty and not as sweet as the aroma would have suggested. It has a bitter finish. The mouthfeel is full with the alcohol definitely noticeable. This is above all a great smelling beer. The flavors do not follow, but I’d love to cellar this for a while and review again in a year.

01-13-2008 20:31:23 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of fartingdog


3.58/5  rDev -5%

Early 2007 release, reviewed 12/11/07

A- dark brown w/ ruby hints when held to the light. Head dissipates to a thin ring.

S- Dark fruit, sweet tea, malt.

T- Malty, slightly astringent, black tea, pit fruit, hints of cocoa.

M- Seems slightly thin for an old ale. Astrincy lingers on the pallate.

D- Pretty good- never took notes on a fresh bottle (tho i do remember rather enjoying it), so I can't recall if the astringcy/black tea (which i find a little 'off') is a result of age/oxidation, or if more time will reduce it.

12-14-2007 16:14:30 | More by fartingdog
Photo of CWiggins

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +16.2%

I unexpectedly came across this beer while searching for something new at Sam's Quik Stop in Durham, NC. My store sells two of Eel River's offerings, so this one intrigued me from the start–especially considering I've only tried one other Old Ale, Fuller's Vintage.

This one pours a very dark brown into my Sam Smith pint glass. A brief head appeared, soon replaced by a lean lacing of bubbles at the point of surface tension and scattered on top. The aroma is mainly of dark malts and a slight brown sugary sweetness, and just a little alcohol.

I really dig the intense flavor of this beer. When the first sip pours across your tongue you notice the creamy mouthfeel; this is followed by the flavor of malts, with vanilla, whiskey, and something resembling sweet potato not far behind. (It's not sweet however.) I was surprised by the dry, hoppy finish; this reminded me of IPA style, but the flavor is too far removed from that to get them confused. Also, I wouldn't have guessed the ABV would be 9.7% from the flavor.

Great beer; I'm ecstatic that I haphazardly chose this one to try.

11-23-2007 02:05:45 | More by CWiggins
Photo of Westsidethreat


4.18/5  rDev +10.9%

A: Muddy brown, sort of like when you add cocoa to coffee. Extremely opaque and dense. The head is full and creamy, a good inch of dense khaki bubbles.

S: Piney hops, caramel cubes, apricot, raisins and some chocolate. Pretty good so far.

T: Starts off with a solid malt base…sort of roasted but also substantial chocolate and woody bark definition to it. Little bit of citrus hops at the tip of the tongue transition to a more earthy bitterness after the swallow. Soothing sweetness sweeps across the center of the tongue, bringing with it marshmallow, caramel and more cocoa. Finishes mildly bitter with apparent alcohol and more earthy aspects.

M: Full body and thick

D: Big, huge brew. Reminds me a lot of HOTD Adam but just not as complex. This too would be a very nice cigar beer. And this beer barrel aged would probably be quite a treat.

11-03-2007 01:38:28 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.38/5  rDev -10.3%

Appearance: Pours a hazy brown body with a wispy, cream-colored head.

Smell: Sweetish aroma of caramel malt with a touch of cocoa and strong notes of dark fruit. Hint of spice.

Taste: Mild caramel malt presence with a reserved sweetness. Juicy date fruitiness and more of that light chocolate quality from the aroma. A citric hoppy flavor grows throughout and leads to a profoundly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Warming and has a slight stickiness to it.

Drinkability: With it's sharp, punchy bitterness, this one's definitely an Americanized old ale.

09-14-2007 17:25:47 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of g00ey


2.8/5  rDev -25.7%

Nice dark coffee color. Small tan head, tightly packed bubbles. Smells good, tastes good, at first, but oh that aftertaste, quite bitter. Hits the back of the tongue hard and stays there. A verystrong hoppy ale, nothing subtle or nuanced about it. A bit syrupy going down the throat too.

09-10-2007 15:39:05 | More by g00ey
Photo of ArrogantB


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

Dark red bordering on brown with a minimal head ringing the glass. Smell is good and taste is chewy caramel toffee with some bitterness at the end. This is delicious and does not remind me at all of a barleywine (I have trouble differentiating the two styles). I bet the barrel-aged version is a tasty beer.

09-05-2007 16:24:28 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of acrawf6


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours out a murky dark brown with a small tan head.

Smell. A lot of earth tones, under that is a little sweet toffee.

Taste. I am surprised on how bitter this is to me...it's certainly not a hop bomb, but more than i expected. More earthyness with a little leathery taste to it, and a touch of bitter chocolate. But overall the taste is very dry. The aftertaste is nice with a decent amount of heat coming from the alcohol, with a flavor that is just slightly like a dry dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel. Body is full, but not as heavy as i was expecting. Carbonation is at a good level.

Overall, a good and drinkable old ale. If i buy another bottle of this, it will be for cellaring.

09-04-2007 02:17:43 | More by acrawf6
Photo of goochpunch


2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

Pours out a very dark ruby with a frothy off-white head that leaves some nice lacing. Nose is a mix of dark toffee malts, citrusy hops, booze and a touch of diacetyl. Taste starts off with some dark malty sweetness but is interrupted by some harshly bitter hops (which give flavors of citrus and lots of aspirin), out-of-place butter, and medicinal alcohol. Finishes sweet like drinking a piloncillo syrup. Mouthfeel is full, slick, and oily. This could use a decade or so to rest. Heavy handed, to say the least with no subtle nuances at all. Nearly a drain pour, but I want to get my buzz on.

08-22-2007 04:30:51 | More by goochpunch
Photo of BeerManDan


4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

The color when poured was a medium dark thick amber with some foam and a nice amount of lace on the sides of my glass. The smell of roasted malts filled the nose. The taste of roasted malts and mild hops filled my taste buds, with a hint of caramel. Nicely balanced with the sweet/tart/bitter on the finish. A pleasant surprise.

08-06-2007 23:54:55 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of mcallister


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

Textbook ole ale. Murky opaque russet colored not letting any light change it's ways. Tan head is very dense and tight wound. Loosens into large thick bubbles with good retention and some very filmy lace.

Very citrusy hop aroma with a thick caramel toffee base. Some chocolate covered figs and dates with a hint of brown sugar and maple.

Very solid old ale. Maybe the hoppiest old ale I've had in a good way. Long resiny bitter finish. Mouth is chewy and medium bodied. The citrusy grapefruit hops mesh well with the thick syrupy toffee malt. Milk chocolate covered caramels and fig with dates, maple, brown sugar, vanilla, orange peel, and mixed nuts. Very nice and very drinkable. Alcohol is nicely hidden with some showing through on the mouth and finish but adds to the experience. Would love to try the barrel aged version.

07-15-2007 17:31:15 | More by mcallister
Photo of flexabull


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

Bottle courtesy of brentk56, thanks again. From NC back to NorCal. These Eel River special releases don't seem to make it to Redding...

Pours a deep dark garnet color, with a nice big firm white fluffy head.

Aromas are of oak, smoke, bright fruits, and a bit of alcohol. This has a nice nose, but is a bit harsh, the alcohol seems to stand out too much.

Full supple and smooth mouthfeel. Very nice. Tastes of booze, bright crisp fruits, oak, and a full biting finish of bitter hops, and alcohol. Very potent, and full flavored brew.

This is a nice Old Ale. A bit more sturdy and strong tasting than some others in the style, but it is still enjoyable, and a worthy sipper. This seems like a beer that would really benefit from some aging.

06-18-2007 01:08:10 | More by flexabull
Photo of Cascadia


3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

Dark brown ruby color, not a lot of head, but that's okay wit me. That'll fit the style. Nice tan-colored head that falls out after a few sips

Maple-alcoholic wood smell with hints of blackberry. Musty sweet goodness. Like!

Malty, clean, warming, tastes like old leather at the end, but balenced nicely through the tasting with a strong hop profile.

Smoth, coating, quickly dissapating ass-kicker on the mouth. Whoa doggy! This is a big old beer.

Good tasting for the style, but man, glad I split this one. The alcohol taste is strong, this could cellar for years and just get better. Still, a good beer at this age.

05-28-2007 22:31:54 | More by Cascadia
Photo of jamdugan


4.45/5  rDev +18%

This is a nice release from Eel River. Pours a clear reddish brown with a lacy tan head. Lightly sweet aroma of caramel with an herbal, hoppy nose. Apricot, pepper and the malty-rich flavors of rasins, plumbs and figs. A nice toffee-rich dessert beer. Overall a soothing and mildly warming beer.Delicous!

05-19-2007 20:01:58 | More by jamdugan
Photo of hoppymeal


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a dark copper to amber color, slight haziness, with a cream colored head Sweet caramel breadiness, cereal, some sweet pruniness and dates in the aroma. Booziness also evident in the smell. Taste shows some sweet toffee, dates and fruitiness, a decent drying somewhat grassy bitterness, and a slight hint of licorice and roastiness. Hint of the alcohol in the taste as well, but fairly well hidden. Somewhat creamy, medium body, just a scant thinner than what I like. Somehat unique taste made this beer interesting.

05-04-2007 03:03:22 | More by hoppymeal
Photo of czechsaaz


4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

Smells very fruity like a warm fermentation, like overipe fruit, squishy apples. Good brown sugar malt backbone underneath. Also a yeasty bread aroma too.

Brown with red highlights when held up to the light. Big off-white head that ends up as a lasting half inch layer of solid foam. Clear with good rising carbonation.

Very malty start. Lots of fruity ale fermentation flavors too, plums and cherries and raisins. A nice hint of chocolate malt way in the background. Good hop bitterness keeps it from being overly sweet but it hops are definitely secondary here as they should be for the style. As it warms, there's a treacle like flavor and a hint of diacetyl. Very nice overall flavor profile if you like malt-dominant beers.

Full bodied but the carbonation level is a little too high which scrubs away some of the flavor. It's very lively instead of being creamy which is more what I'd look for in the style.

Big beer that is on the sweet side. I like it but I can see where some will find it sugary and too sweet.

04-18-2007 05:37:59 | More by czechsaaz
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -11.7%

A - Poured a very hazy dark brown, pretty much opaque. Very small head that faded almost instantly. Left behind a very nice lace all down the glass.

S - Very very strong alchol smell, soo much so that it pretty much drowned out all other scents. I let it warm up to almost room temp, at which point some subtle hints of hops were able to finally start to break their way through.

M & T - Taste was very hoppy, definaly is a bit young and could use some time to relax. Lots of alchol presence here really packed a big bite. Once you get past it the feel was actually quite smooth and creamy. Very nice feel. Again I really think it would improve with some aging. Right towards the end I finally sarted to pick up some of the more subtle hunts, with the most prominent being a nice raisin flavor.

D - This one definalty will pick up as time goes by. Just a bit too young still and this is really dampning some of the more subtle and complex tones that are definatly there. Will leave a few in the closet and come back in 6mos and try it again.

03-26-2007 21:36:20 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of IntriqKen


4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

My favorite style...made available through a trade with msubulldog25..
Pours a dark amber with only a hint of reddish glow where the light can penetrate in the glass.
Very large two finger craggy head of tan bubbles melts ever so slowly to produce a sticky lacing.
Aromas of dark fruits like raisins, dates, and prunes, with sugary sweetness like dark brown sugar fill the senses.
Taste is unusual for an Old Ale in a very good way. Rather than being lots of sweetness, the tongue gets hit initially with roasted, toasted dark amber malts giving a bit of bitterness to the brew. This is followed with a hint of the dark candied fruits, then some burnt or toasted dark brown sugar and finally a brief wisp of hops adding bitterness to the finish and drying to the mouth rather than leaving it full of the candy sweetness.
Alcohol warmth is very slow to follow letting you forget that it is there, but it is so be warned.
Wow...this is a very enjoyable Old Ale...an excellent rendition of the style. I love it...thanks so much to msubulldog25 for this trade.
(the best part is I traded him for two bottles so I have another in the cellar to enjoy at a later time...woo hoo)

03-26-2007 03:27:06 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of khiasmus

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%

A- Clear dark brown with decent light tan head.

S- Sweet malt, roasted almonds, earthy, raisiny, rich aroma. Thick and complex, an aroma that reminds of cellars and warm wood.

T- Not nearly as complex as the nose. Very good, but hard to describe, honestly. A rich flavor with molasses, malt, cocoa, nuts, faint hops in the finish. Not as sweet as I expected.

M- Thick and warm with a slightly dry puckering not-quite-astringent feeling in the finish.

D- Not overly drinkable, but I could smell it all day. The taste is honestly disappointing after the wonderful immense nose.

03-26-2007 01:31:02 | More by khiasmus
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a nice tan head that holds its foam well and laces the glass

Smell: Boozy burnt caramel with some dark fruit and a surprising degree of bitter notes

Taste: Starts with a rich caramel flavor that generates some fruity notes, mid-palate; after the swallow, the alcohol shows up and joins with the bitter flavors, the finish is a bit rough

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I was expecting a bit more fruit and a bit less bitter flavor, frankly, but this is a decent enough Old Ale

03-25-2007 23:49:51 | More by brentk56
Photo of kolbe


4/5  rDev +6.1%

I like this beer quite a lot. It's really rich, as would be expected from its ABV ... but it's not overpowering.

It's quite drinkable, even though it's pretty heavy. It has a pretty balanced flavor, a gorgeous head, and a very pleasant mouth.

I'm not sure what's meant by "Old Ale".. perhaps it has something to do with the process? It's a bit darker in appearance than what I would expect from the typical west-coast barleywine.

Good beer, give it a try.

02-28-2007 03:35:50 | More by kolbe
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured a nice brown that gleams of crisp dark amber when held to the light. There was a thin head that was slow to diminish but left no lacing on the glass. The aroma was a rich array of malts, burnt caramel, maple and some dried fruits. The taste is also very complex. Good variety of malts dance on the palate. There are characters of burnt caramel and dried fruits with a good subdued hop base that is doing its job in the background. The alcohol certainly weighs down the beer on the tongue, it is heavy, but not so much that the beer is undrinkable, it is definitely a sipper. While I do consider this a very enjoyable beer, I can't see myself drinking it all that often, I'll stick to barley wine if I want something heavy like this beer is.

02-26-2007 03:10:52 | More by atsprings
Photo of ElGordo


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a deep brown color with garnet highlights when held up to the light. A smallish tan head diminishes quickly. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, fruity hops, and more than a little alcohol. Palate is rich and malty, with a little bit of a port wine character. Dark sweet fruit (raisins, etc.) and a touch of toffee flavor come through mid-palate. Finish is sweet and a bit hot from the alcohol. Body is thick, a tad sticky, and occasionally foamy if you're not careful. A tasty beer, very assertive and flavorful, but a little rough around the edges.

01-18-2007 07:50:48 | More by ElGordo
Photo of rkuhnel


4.53/5  rDev +20.2%

Purchased in the local COOP in a 22 oz bottle. Poured a very dark cherry color with a big foamy tan head that lasted a long time. Very rich nose of burnt malts. Fruits and carmel are added to the flavor and with the high alcohol content this is almost too rich and powerful. A bit of sweetness. Somewhat bitter finish. Interesting brew however, and should please those that like their dark beers big and bold. I opened a second bottle. I let this warm up a little to about 45 F. It again poured with a giant foamy light brown head you could have eaten with a spoon. Nose is even more intense. The flavor was much improved, and much smoother. Don’t drink this too cold and this is about a good as an Old Ale can get.

01-18-2007 01:38:48 | More by rkuhnel
Photo of timtheenchanta

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

After getting past the cap which says twist off and isn't even a twist off cap (fooled me for a few minutes), the bomber emits some smoke and a huge delightful smell.

Very dark brown... nearly black. One finger head with a little retention and sticky thin lacing.

Upfront there's a slightly sweet smell of ripe cherries, harsh boozy smell and some raisins.

Big bold taste of cherries, raisins, and sharp alcohol bite. There's also some burnt caramel and an oaky hint to it. The feel is a bit thinner than I expected from an old ale but it's not bad. Not my favorite from the style but certainly a good beer.

Many thanks to lou91 for this one.

11-02-2006 02:20:21 | More by timtheenchanta
Triple Exultation from Eel River Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.