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Old Potentate - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: twiggamortis420 on 01-14-2013)
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Photo of barczar
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%

Likely a year old, since it was found in September on the singles shelf.

Dates, plums, and figs open the aroma, with deeply caramelized malt and brown sugar sweetness complementing. Notes of toffee surface. Flavor reveals a toffee base, with raisins and prunes adding complexity. The finish is fairly dry, toasted, and a touch bitter. Lacks a bit in flavor complexity, as the toffee dominates, and the finish is more bitter than I prefer.

barczar, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of chickenflea
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting beer. Pours a murky caramel color with a low tan head the dissipates within 5 mins. A lot of sediment in the glass. Good lacing and retention. Aroma is earthy, woodsy with damp basement and oxidation. Complex and slightly off-putting because of the oxidation. Taste is fruity with light caramel. Would guess that the hops are "Fuggles and lots of them to give beer such an earthy bitterness. A slightly metallic finish. Mouthfeel is watery and soft. An interesting beer. It seems to be a good representative of the historic British Old Ale.

chickenflea, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -17.6%

TX-Badger, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of Gatordaddy
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Gatordaddy, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of Thanx4AllDaFish
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Thanx4AllDaFish, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of longmire
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

longmire, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

dmorgan310, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of greenspointexas
3/5  rDev -17.6%

greenspointexas, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of RochefortChris
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

RochefortChris, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of portia99
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a Jester King Funk n Sour '13 glass.

A - Pours super muddy with lots of suspended solids in the medium brown colored body. Capped with a short finger of foamy head that has decent staying power that leaves lots of foamy lacing coating the surface of the glass.

S - A bit nutty up front with some notes of dark caramel and maybe even a hint of molasses. Light maltose, a quick whiff of bitter hops, earthy and biscuity malt, barely there milk chocolate and maybe a touch of coffee-ish roastyness.

T - Nutty and earthy up front, roasted malt, hints of coffee, a bit yeasty and some bready malt. Much more roasty than the aroma. Firm hop bitterness. Light caramel and faint chocolate notes. No sign of alcohol at all. Nicely balanced.

M - Medium body with a medium carbonation that is a bit higher than ideal, but still nice. Provides an even tingle in the mouth. Balanced well...definitely malt focused, but hops are potent enough to bring it back into balance.

O - Not what I am used to in an old ale, but I like this...I'd call this a sessionable old ale, which isn't common. Flavors are really well balanced and pleasant all around. I think of old ales being more alcoholic, maybe even boozy, and certainly more of a sipper than this is. This goes down pretty easy - almost brown ale-like in character although a little rougher around the edges...which works well for me.

portia99, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of dcloeren
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

dcloeren, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of blastoderm55
3/5  rDev -17.6%

blastoderm55, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of Andonato
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Andonato, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of silverking
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

silverking, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of NeverSettle
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

NeverSettle, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of Eric908
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Eric908, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of Dope
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A murky mahogany pour. Big fluffy, very fluffy tan head. Head fades slowly with top notch retention. Great walls of lacing.

S: Smells very stout-ish. Lots of chocolate. Mild dark fruit and spiciness. Some caramel sweetening it up?

T: Not so much like a stout in the flavor, however. Kind bland up front with some mild caramel and toffee. Toasted malt and nuts. Finish is surprisingly dry. The whole beer is fairly dry if I'm honest.

M: Mellow and medium bodied. Quite dry.

O: Interesting old ale. Kinda tastes more like a dry brown ale than anything. It's not bad but doesn't resemble the old ales that I've had previously. A little too dry, a little too bland but I still enjoyed it enough :)

Dope, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of PaulUH
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

PaulUH, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of zbooks
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

zbooks, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +3%

kylehay2004, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of TXhomebrewer
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

TXhomebrewer, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of brandon911
3.75/5  rDev +3%

brandon911, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of Xzfgiimtsath
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Xzfgiimtsath, May 31, 2013
Photo of Lawl3ss
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

lightly chilled 12-oz can into a nonic pint. No visible canning date, but I definitely purchased this back in January.

Look- Deep amber-brown with visible particulate. Four fingers of frothy beige head, settles slowly. Decent webbed lacing.

Smell- Mild, nougaty, caramel. Some darker milk chocolate/cocoa. Overall pretty subtle, but definitely a nice rich malty character throughout.

Taste- Nutty, rich toasty flavor with a hint of oxidation and golden raisin. Mellow milk chocolate and caramel, finishes with a light touch of black tea. Very nice.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, low carbonation. Slick, would be chewy if it was heftier. Dry, fairly clean finish with a bit of stick.

Overall- pretty spot-on for the style. I had two back when I snagged this six months or so ago and remember a sort of fruity-powdery flavor that I wasn't a big fan of. A few months later and it's definitely improved. One of the better old ales I've had, but I probably wouldn't seek it out.

Lawl3ss, May 29, 2013
Photo of kew
3.75/5  rDev +3%

kew, May 26, 2013
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Old Potentate from Southern Star Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.