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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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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 64
Gots: 33 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Straight To Ale visit their website
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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Reviews by docnose:
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

docnose, Feb 11, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying what my trading partner has labeled as a 2012 release, poured into a snifter.
A: Pours a deep dark mahogany color, very minimal cream head.
S: Very delightful. Some sweetness and a nice, lightly detectable hint of bourbon.
T: Very enjoyable. Like the smell, a light sweetness, a hint of bourbon and maltiness.
M: First sip was so rich and creamy. As I'm finishing this bomber, it's still nice and thick.
O: Very glad I was able to get try this beer. Wasn't even on my radar but my trading bud offered it up, I read the reviews and said hell yeah and I have no reservations what so ever. I'd gladly buy and consume this were it available for me. I think it was less than $15 for a BA Old Ale bomber...I'd buy this all damn day!

SanFranJake, Jun 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.4%

Golden32, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of beerman240
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A. Pours dark red and dark caramel..looks like rootbeer without as much head.
Thick and rich with a creamy head, and thin lace.
S. Roasted plums, raisins and ruby red grapefruit...weird...good fizzy tickle in my nose.
Love this smell by the way.
T. The first sip had a sharp bitter..all the fallowing sips did not..boozy...good stuff.
Malts..strong malt, kindof tobacco-ey. This beer slides into a mellow smooth finish.
M. Boozey fix..sits on back of tongue and plays a song.
O. Enjoyed this beer..I'm really glad a "good" beer come out of Alabama. I live in Clay and would definately stop in to drink all of their Onobtanium. Would definitely recommend this beer..I'm drinking this poured rrom a bomber into my OMMEGANG large tulip I got in a gift pack for Christmas..ENJOY!

beerman240, Mar 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Zonian1, Jun 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Zachb4au, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of nickthegun12
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had this beer last night, 4-22-11, at the aprilfest in auburn alabama...

the appearance is great...nice and black....the head holds up nicely

smells like it has been aged....almost a licorice smell to it...dark malts smelled great

the taste is outstanding....dark malts mixed so well with the aged whiskey barrel....the malts character dominates....but hides the alcohol very well

feel is dry....nice lacing...

overall this is outstanding beer...i would love to see this brewery do well in the years to come

nickthegun12, Apr 23, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Riverared, Feb 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Dracarys, Jun 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Krausucks, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Gonzoillini, May 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

sourman, Aug 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Doppelbockulus, Aug 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

MontereyBay831, Jun 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

rworkman, Oct 03, 2013
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

GraceMD, Jul 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Gerasimos, May 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

tweezer159, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of richj1970
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter glass.

A: Pours a ruby tinted brown with smallish head that settles quickly to a thin ring around the edge. A bit of lacing but not much.

S: Bready malts, caramel, and a bit of spice. Reminds me a bit of toffee.

T: Sweet malts mixed with bourbon and oak. Dark fruits and a bit of spiciness in the back.

M: Medium body and nicely carbonated. Coats the tongue nicely. Perfect after dinner drink.

O: One of my all time favorite Straight to Ale offerings. When I find it, I buy it all.

richj1970, Sep 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Keith_R, Sep 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

GRG1313, Oct 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

beersdmf17, May 24, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jim & Joan for sharing the growler...
Review from notes.

Into a small tulip it pours a tawny caramel copper, surprisingly bright clarity. Initial cluster and ring of bubbles around the edges. Not a whole lot of foam, but a swirl does generate a bit of skim across the top. To be expected for the style, considering the abv.

Rich and sweet aroma of figs, caramel, toasted marshmallow, some wood and vanilla attributable to the barrel-aging.

Sweet and fruity with a mellow feel, slight alcohol prickle and a hint of spirit. Woody cherry pipe tobacco, ripe banana/plantain, caramel, mild bitterness, hints of bourbon in the aftertaste (from the Buffalo Trace barrel). A rich sipper that I had to get seconds of. Very tasty! Thanks again guys.

emerge077, May 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

blue-dream, Jan 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jul 01, 2014
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Unobtanium Barrel-Aged Old Ale from Straight To Ale
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