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Illudium - Straight To Ale

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 18
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Straight To Ale visit their website
Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Golden32 on 01-09-2014

English-style Old Ale aged in Cognac barrels.
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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 7
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Poured from 22 oz bomber into tulip glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown almost black with minimal one finger head. No lacing at all.

S: Sweet cognac mixed with raisin, fig, and dates. Reminds me a bit of a nice toffee pudding,

T: Big cognac flavors up front mixed with sweet dark fruits. A nice blend of raisin, figs, and dates. The alcohol is apparent, and has a nice warming quality to it.

M: Full bodied and nicely carbonated. Coats the tongue nicely without being overly thick or sweet.

O: This is a wonderful brew. Probably one of my all time favorite STA brews.

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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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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!

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Illudium from Straight To Ale
93 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.