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Unobtanium Barrel-Aged Old Ale - Straight To Ale

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Unobtanium Barrel-Aged Old AleUnobtanium Barrel-Aged Old Ale

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135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.38%
Wants: 62
Gots: 32 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Unobtanium is a barrel-aged English-style Old Ale that ages for six months in a bourbon barrel, soaking up all sorts of amazing whiskey character as well as hints of oak and vanilla. The name was taken from an old aerospace/engineering term for a specific material or object (often imaginary, impossible or highly improbable to obtain) needed to complete any given project.

And, before you ask, we did not take the name from the elusive metal in Avatar. James Cameron reportedly named the substance as an inside joke to his fellow techie/gear-heads. Our version is much tastier, though.

(Beer added by: t0rin0 on 06-18-2010)
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

BMart, Tuesday at 09:38 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

itracy63, Oct 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

thatoneguymike, Oct 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

harpus, Oct 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

spycow, Oct 12, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

Yeah, I'm not a fan of this particular beer. You definitely can taste the bourbon. But as I've experienced before with these high alcohol content beers, they just taste like fancy malt liquor, and it's just not something I'm a fan of.

To be fair, I primarily only bought this beer because of the label. I'm a chemist and I just can't resist science-y inspired booze.

iheartmyTHO, Oct 11, 2014
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4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Black with deep ruby edges.

Aroma: Big toffee notes, bourbon and oak.

Flavor: Dark fruit, caramel, and oak with a toasty background.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and silky

Zach136, Oct 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

greenspointexas, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of ThickNStout
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

22oz bottle from Dogwood Growler (Acworth, GA). 12.00. No bottling date. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours an opaque, ruby tinted deep mahogany with a half finger of quickly fading head. Almost no retention whatsoever and no lace.

Smells of caramel, dark fruit jam, brown sugar and soft bourbon.

Taste follows the nose with raisin, currants, mildly charred brown sugar, subtle bourbon, caramel and a sharp alcohol bite. The bourbon barrel is present but lingers well behind the dark fruits and booze.

Slick, medium body with low carbonation. Aftertaste of fusel alcohol and whisky soaked raisins.

Unobtanium is good stuff for sure but pales in comparison to its cognac aged brother, Illudium. Still worth a try for sure and I look forward to enjoying the other couple bottles in my cellar.

ThickNStout, Sep 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Keith_R, Sep 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

BSuter, Sep 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

kerry4porters, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

InfragilisBrew, Aug 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

A - pours a very unique yeast yellow brown body. Dark burgundy in the glass but murky sulphuric yellow in the pour. Thick sulphur yellow head that died a bit quickly. 4.5/5

S - rich complex. Fig and plum. With a hint of banana bread and sour apple. 5/5

T - sour. Chemical. Tiny hints and pecks of complex bready and ester notes are muffled by the hazmat tastes.3/5

M - too loose. Watery. As evidenced by the lack of lacing 3.5/5

O - wonderfully unique appearance and world class aroma ultimately fall short with the overly caustic tastes 3/5

jeranbrews, Aug 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

jplopez21, Aug 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

sourman, Aug 20, 2014
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4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown. Not much head, and it doesnt stay for long.

Smells is booze at first. Definite notes of barrel aging as well. Fades into some dark fruit.

Booze, wood, and dark fruits, like raisins, and maybe even some dark berries. Almost a sweetness to it, but cut by booze. Nice warming sensation on the way down, as well as a bit of a spicey, peppery finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy.

Good beer. The ABV definitely shines through. Good with the pork tenderloin I'm having tonight too.

BigRedDog, Aug 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

brn9000, Aug 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Krausucks, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with an amber tinge of about 1 cm only when held to the light, lots of gunky brownish grey sediment, on cap upon opening, and in chunks on the bottom of the glass. A finger of deep beige head.

S: Scotch whiskey, butterscotch, caramel, woody oak quality, ice cream, brown sugar, pecan pralines. Maple syrup.

T: Caramel, maple syrup, whiskey, moderate sweetness that seems to have mellowed out leaving a relatively dry finish. Praline, ice cream, big woody oak quality also comes in.

M: Medium thick chewy body, medium low carbonation. Dry woody finish.

O: Excellent, well done brew. Bought in in Pensacola, FL and it was the last bottle in the store. Wasn’t able to find it in Alabama or even in Birmingham, so I’m glad I grabbed it. Well done brew. Not sure if I’ll ever see it again. Drank Aug 1st, 2014 in Decateur, AL.

patre_tim, Aug 02, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

benloho, Jul 31, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19%

GraceMD, Jul 31, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -58.3%

sewhitehead, Jul 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

thadbikes, Jul 18, 2014
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Unobtanium Barrel-Aged Old Ale from Straight To Ale
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