Illudium - Straight To Ale

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 14
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
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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22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 13.99. No bottling date. Serced in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours dark, opaque chestnut with half finger beige cap. Quickly fades to a thin halo and a faint haze across the surface. Only a finy tiny specks left behind to call lace.

Aromas of raisins, toffee, caramel, sweet bread, vanilla and wood. Outstandingly sweet and inviting. I keep coming back for more.

Rich, sweet flavor goodness!Brandy, toffee, raisins, caramel, vanilla, oak, figs/dates, fruit cake, mild earthy herbal bitterness and a little booze. Such an outstanding interplay of toffee, cognac and dark fruits that the alcohol is virtually covered. Delicious.

Semi-syrupy, full body with moderately low carbonation. Toffee, brandy, figs and vanilla in the rich, full finish.

In the weeks that Straight To Ale has been in the Atlanta market I've enjoyed all I've tried from them but Illudium stands head and shoulders above the rest. An incredible rich, delicious barrel aged old ale that I believe is hunt-worthy. Highly recommend this one.

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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.

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Illudium from Straight To Ale
93 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.