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Illudium - Straight To Ale

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Straight To Ale visit their website
Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
English-style Old Ale aged in Cognac barrels.

(Beer added by: Golden32 on 01-09-2014)
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4.1/5  rDev -5.7%

KG710, Sunday at 02:44 AM
Photo of Dope
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%

No bottling date.

A: Pours an extremely dark brown. Small dark brown and fizzy head. Soda-like really - fades almost immediately. No lacing, no retention, looks almost still after a few seconds.

S: Big, heavy, sweet maltiness. Brown sugar and heavy dark bread. Loaded to the gills with caramel. A little toffee. Malt bomb and a half. Delicious.

T: A lot going on here. Very malty of course. Initially it's lots of caramel and brown sugar. A little toffee in the middle with hints of dark fruits. Lightest touch of cocoa in the finish with the heaviest breadiness ever. Lingering heavy dark bread in the aftertaste. Like a...pumpernickel? But sweeter like a molasses bread or even like a poundcake at times. Oak lingers with the bread. This one is pretty hot, so I assume it's pretty fresh.

M: Heavy, very low carbonation, a sipper and a half.

O: Hell of an old ale. Given the low carbonation, the heaviness, the sweetness, it's a bit tough the drinkability factor. But the taste is very complex and well balanced. The smell is honestly better than the flavor. Just one of those great beers you want to make an air freshener with. Intense brew.

Dope, Sep 11, 2014
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4.72/5  rDev +8.5%

Endsley13, Sep 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

sourman, Aug 20, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +10.3%

scanderson, Aug 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -31%

Golden32, Aug 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

thatoneguymike, Aug 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

GraceMD, Jul 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

Vestlake, Jul 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

visualmartyr, Jul 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

adam5454, Jul 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

starshark, Jul 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

memphischas, Jul 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

mendvicdog, Jun 30, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

Justinbshelton, Jun 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

bridges2l82, Jun 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Gerasimos, Jun 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

cultclassic89, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of brewskifan55
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Brandy brown, opaque. Not much head; a little tan fuzz on top that produced medium bubbles. Light lacing.

S: I could smell this one all day. Cognac heavy with malts and sweet molasses. Just divine.

T: A malt slide. Biscuity malts intermingled with the cognac barrels. A sweet, syrupy finish. Alcohol is very evident. Sip slowly and enjoy with a cookie or cake.

M: Medium with light to medium carbonation. A bit dry.

O: Ungodly good. A fantastic dessert beer. Straight To Ale has produced some outstanding higher end beers in a very short time. Can't wait to try their Hellfire and Laika.

brewskifan55, May 31, 2014
Photo of Mikecap
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%

22 oz bottle into a CCB snifter.

A: Poured a dark brown with a finger of foamy whitish head.

S: Plums, raisins and figs and dark fruit. Followed by a nice dose of booze and sweet malts - exactly as expected.

T: Up front with raisin and fig and dark fruit, followed with molasses, some dark chocolate and a bit of heat/sweetness from the barrels. Delicious.

M: Medium to full bodied and surprisingly smooth. At 11.5% I expected more heat but this is quite smooth. Thick and sweet for sure, but a bomber is not a chore to put down.

O: A fabulous beer from Straight to Ale. Not only my first beer from them, also my first AL beer. Definitely not my last, great brew, get it if you can!

Mikecap, May 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

ari32, May 02, 2014
Photo of GPHarris
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%

a - poured a 1/2 finger thick dark tan and fizzy head into a snifter that left the thinnest of rings throughout. the body was a mahogany color, deep and dark brown with a reddish edge to it.
s - boozy.
t - plums, chocolate, molasses with a little heat.
m - medium and coating.
o - terrific old ale and the booziness really complimented the sweetness here. STA does a great job with these types of beers.

GPHarris, Apr 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

bcostner1, Apr 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

firstlighthiker, Apr 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

RocketCityVol, Mar 29, 2014
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Illudium from Straight To Ale
93 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.