Unobtanium Barrel-Aged Old Ale - Straight To Ale
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4.75/5 rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
served on-tap @ Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass
Pours a rich, ruddy, muddy red-brown color. Like silt and clay. It's pretty dark, but there's plenty of redness to the overall color. For an 11.5% ABV beer there is a lot of head; slightly greater than one finger of off-white foam. Decent lacing. A fine looking Old Ale.
There's plenty going on in the aroma, most of which is reflected in how the beer tastes. So...
Straight up: this beer is one of the most complex, enjoyable beers I've ever had. The layers of flavor here are numerous. Unobtanium begins by throwing an entire bakery at you: sugar cookies and oatmeal-raisin cookies and Hamantashen cookies and fruitcake and Ho-Hos. So many baked goods! So many combinations of sugar and cooked dough. Brown sugar and barrel, too: oakiness, trace vanilla. There's a very slight bourbon flavor here from the Buffalo Trace barrels, but it mostly blends into the other malty flavors. What takes this beer over the top is its mint component. I don't know what is causing the mint flavor, but that cool, herbal note helps to balance out the richness of the malt bonanza. The mint also plays well with the barrel characteristics. The finish is an amalgam of every flavor that's already been mentioned, as well as some red grapes. This beer is incredible.
The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium-bodied. It isn't what I'd consider to be "thick," but it carries its weight around enough to suit the heavy flavor profile. It's a very sweet beer, and the mouthfeel reflects that. And it needs to be said: you could never tell that this is an 11.5% ABV beer. It's as smooth as the day is long, with not a single trace of alcohol burn.
Overall, this is absolutely, bar none, the best Old Ale I've ever had. I first tried it well over a year ago, at a beer festival here in Alabama. It blew me away, but I was too drunk to properly review it. Now that I've tasted it again, I see that I wasn't just remembering a big-fish-story. Unobtanium Old Ale is the very best beer that the state of Alabama brews. It is the best Old Ale that I've ever had, and it is worth the trip into Huntsville or Birmingham in order to drink it.
One last note: a lot of Alabama beers, be they from Good People or Avondale or what have you, are overrated by the local reviewing public. I tend to find that Alabama beers have inflated BA scores relative to their quality. This is NOT the case for Unobtanium Old Ale. I'm not a homer, and I think this beer is absolutely world-class.
Serving type: on-tap
06-03-2012 06:17:13 | More by Reaper16
4.65/5 rDev +10.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
This example was not LISTED on bottle as barrel aged, but it tasted so and a bit oaky. The head was pillow and faded fast. Light barely shines through with deep ruby highlights. Aroma: classic Old Ale. Taste was exactly what an OA shpould be wit carmelized malt, little to no hops and nice, woody, slight tang. Mouthfeel a tad slippery.
Another Straight to Ale hit. 11 plus abv? You'd NEVER know..
I have yet to have a bad, or even mediocre, STA beer;.
Taste is oak and sweet malt with a hint of orange-LIKE fruitiness.
EXCELLENT. BUY IT.
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2013 01:11:34 | More by kencarman
4.56/5 rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A: deep, rich mahogany brown. Moderate khaki head. Viscous pour.
S: Vanilla, bourbon, baked bread, dark fruit
T: Awesome. Melange of: vanilla, caramel, caramelized brown sugar, bourbon, wood, molasses, and a little maple syrup. No real hops present to speak of.
M: A little on the sugary sweet side. Viscous and thick; sticky. Satisfying but a sipper for sure. Still a little hot; some age would probably do this one great.
Overall, awesome brew. Worth trying for sure. Can't wait to try some more stuff from these guys!
Serving type: bottle
04-29-2013 22:33:03 | More by bcostner1
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-20-2013 00:07:53 | More by richj1970
Unobtanium Barrel-Aged Old Ale from Straight To Ale
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