Unobtanium Barrel-Aged Old Ale - Straight To Ale

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147 Ratings
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 68
Gots: 33 | FT: 3
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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Photo of sewhitehead
1.75/5  rDev -58%

Photo of iheartmyTHO
2.75/5  rDev -34.1%

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.

Photo of Ribsandwhiskey
2.75/5  rDev -34.1%

Photo of Golden32
3/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of SMITHAND
3/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of mbonugli
3/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of JustinMatthew
3/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of kamikazeokami
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of fuzzbalz
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of krl2112
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of KlayWey
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

big and boozy, like the holiday treat 'burbon balls' in liquid form; it's a sipper and one I wish I was sharing rather than knocking back solo; Great example of the style, but not a personal fave that I will seek out again

Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of JOrtt
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of fredmugs
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, and banana aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but doesn't really give off any barrel aged aromas or flavors.

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of jeranbrews
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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

Photo of bcsteve89
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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Unobtanium Barrel-Aged Old Ale from Straight To Ale
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