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Barrel-Aged Unobtanium Old Ale - Straight To Ale

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Barrel-Aged Unobtanium Old AleBarrel-Aged Unobtanium Old Ale

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BA SCORE
93
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111 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 57
Gots: 22 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: t0rin0 on 06-18-2010)
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Reviews by mattsdenney:
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mattsdenney

Tennessee

4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased from the first shipment of bombers to make it to Nashville. I wasn't aware that this is barrel aged but as there is no other option available so I'll rate this one (I did have some actual barrel aged cask unobtanium @ the 12 South Winter Warmer).

Anyways, this one pours dark, oily, looks black but is actually a dark brownish red when held up to the light. Finger thick brown head with no lacing or retention. The pour releases a great smelling beer. Heavy dried fig and fruit, maple syrup, toasted caramel, and smoky malts. The taste of this beer is rich and strong and leads with earthy, malty goodness. Follows with hints of dark cherries and dried fruit and finishes with a nice syrupy, boozy sweetness.

The mouthfeel on this one is thick and heavy bodied. Perfect for an Old Ale as it forces you to drink slowly and savor the taste. Overall a really flavorful and filling beer that is nice and warming on a cold winter evening.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 02:38:53 | More by mattsdenney
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thadbikes

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

07-18-2014 13:25:04 | More by thadbikes
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ArchEnemyBrew

Washington

4/5  rDev -5.7%

07-17-2014 17:52:36 | More by ArchEnemyBrew
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass. Thanks for sharing, CorgiDad.

A: Dark brown with a tan one finger head that dissipates fast. Light lacing.

S: Sweet, bourbon-y with molasses, brown sugar and chocolate malts.

T: Knocked me out of my tree. Easily, the best thing we had at our tasting. Follows nose with a bourbon kick and cane sugar. Hearty, robust. Unputdownable. And yes, the alcohol is well hidden, as it pounded me later.

M: Medium with medium, frothy carbonation.

O: A sublime sipper from a stellar brewery. Recommended. I liked it as much as the Illudium.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2014 22:25:40 | More by brewskifan55
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CorgiDad

Mississippi

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

07-13-2014 17:13:13 | More by CorgiDad
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starshark

Michigan

5/5  rDev +17.9%

07-10-2014 21:28:15 | More by starshark
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Rlhinson2104

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

07-05-2014 13:27:38 | More by Rlhinson2104
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Jonbw

Mississippi

5/5  rDev +17.9%

07-02-2014 18:33:55 | More by Jonbw
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relynnjr

Alabama

5/5  rDev +17.9%

07-02-2014 18:12:48 | More by relynnjr
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ldhughes3

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

07-01-2014 12:26:34 | More by ldhughes3
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Cloaked_Phantom

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

07-01-2014 03:03:51 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
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memphischas

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

07-01-2014 02:20:32 | More by memphischas
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KG710

Georgia

4/5  rDev -5.7%

06-29-2014 18:01:33 | More by KG710
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4/5  rDev -5.7%

06-29-2014 14:24:14 | More by CRJMellor
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capnamerica

Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

06-28-2014 07:04:03 | More by capnamerica
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mvdillman

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

06-23-2014 22:16:47 | More by mvdillman
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%

06-18-2014 00:22:16 | More by rolltide8425
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Jonaussie

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

06-15-2014 13:07:05 | More by Jonaussie
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SanFranJake

California

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2014 22:26:54 | More by SanFranJake
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Zonian1

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

06-14-2014 15:16:43 | More by Zonian1
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Lare453

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

06-09-2014 12:16:19 | More by Lare453
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cultclassic89

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

06-06-2014 22:01:50 | More by cultclassic89
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Gerasimos

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

05-30-2014 03:52:03 | More by Gerasimos
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slips out a dark brown, opaque body, with a slim, scant head the color of yellowed beige.

Smell: Darkened aggressive toastiness, charred nuts, caramel and molasses. Already, there's a bit of sting from the alcohol, like getting caught by a spritz of hairspray. Fruity yeast esters throwing off notes of cherry, grilled plums.

Taste: Darkened bread crusts ground by a pestle and mortar. The dark caramel sweetness is robust. Earthy, nutty tone throughout. Touch of molasses. Maybe some oak qualities, but very little in the way of tastes I would have expected (or even half-expected) from the barrel aging. Moderate fruity esters. Sharp pop of alcohol, a little solventy. The finish is smooth, sweet and presents more of the belly-warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Big deal.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2014 15:25:50 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Norseman

Illinois

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Barrel-Aged Unobtanium Old Ale from Straight To Ale
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