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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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173 Ratings
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 73
Gots: 46 | FT: 3
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Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: t0rin0 on 06-18-2010

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.
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Ratings: 173 | Reviews: 37
Photo of jaymo18
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjgiant
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (no known date):
Beer pours a deep auburn brown, with a moderate amount of deep tan head. The head does last, though, thickly at the edges. The alcohol may prevent lacing. The nose is strong, dark to burnt sugar, and spice: biting like cinnamon or licorice or ginger.

The taste is more raisin and grape, plum even. The sugar notes are there, adding a cola-like flavor to the beer. The alcohol is present, but far from dominant. Carbonation is a tad strong, body is nicely medium-heavy. The beer changes a bit as it warms, a cherry or berry tartness comes out.

A very enjoyable beer, but one to be sipped and savored. The beer

Photo of HookemHoos
3.34/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EuphonicHops
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nicknackpaddywack
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I go between non-barrel aged Laika & 6-12 month aged Unobtainium for all occasions. Unobtanium Old English Ale takes Laika "gruel" to another level. But, don't spill either. Like molasses, if it dries on your clothes it will make your clothes STIFF ;-)

These beers make Goose Island's bourbon barrel [heroin addict Black Friday marketing] beers seem like Lite beer.

Photo of tempest
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great balance here. I don't know if you'd want to drink an 11.5% old ale without the barrel cutting down the sweetness. This pairs big fruity dark malts — lots of jammy berries and caramel — with dry, almost crisp vanilla oak notes. There's a hint of heat to remind you you're dealing with whiskey. Overall, a wonderfully executed beer.

Photo of Ohiovania
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks great

Smell of Deep oak, rich ripe cherries and dark fruit

Taste follows smell with a little caramel from the barrel aging, dark biscuity bread, and alcohol.

Mouth feel is disappointing. A little thin and a little over carbonated.

*Mouthfeel edit - after about 30 minutes it cooled down more, I poured the other half of the bottle, and the mouth feel seemed to not be so thin due to the carb calming down. Very odd but I'll take it since I enjoyed it much more.

Over all I wish I had got a couple more for aging. Looking forward to picking more up next time I'm down south. Very Nice job, StA.

Photo of yergermeister
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of markjarema11
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PassMeAZima
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wynn87
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ZacHawkins
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gtwreck45
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of carp3tshark
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zuidman
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RocketCityVol
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WoodEscobar
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As someone who has stepped away from regular draft and stepping over to Craft and Local brews, this was a good decision...I like the taste, the smell and not to mention the ABV is always a good thing.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mphis
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sanderson
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cheefdaddy1
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sazz9
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beer_Loving_Brandon
1.61/5  rDev -61.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours without being easily upset. Upon pouring immediately smelled what first seemed like bananas. Thought it was the bananas beside me. Nope, it was the beer. Feels smooth going down and has significant bite followed by that warm feeling of whiskey.

Poured into and drank from a chilled 22oz stein.

Overall, I despise it. I love Bourbon and I love beer, but this Bourbon beer fad is terrible. It literally tastes just like someone put a shot of terrible whiskey into a marginal beer. Granted, this one is better than some, but I would not characterize any of this genre as "good" beer.

Another brewery in the area produces a similar beer called "Wee Heavy Ale." It is even worse. Same concept, beer mixed with whiskey.

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Unobtanium Barrel-Aged Old Ale from Straight To Ale
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