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Unobtanium Barrel-Aged Old Ale - Straight To Ale

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 64
Gots: 33 | FT: 2
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 kirok1999
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Just what an Old Ale should be. Rich, dense and creamy. Sweet malts dominate the nose and tongue. Very mild carbonation makes it an easy sipper and the taste lingers for minutes. More like a fine dessert wine. Notes of dark fruit mixed with caramel and dates. The barrel aging does it well adding notes of vanilla and bourbon but the alcohol is just barely noticable. Seek it out.

kirok1999, Saturday at 11:55 PM
Photo of Techichi
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Techichi, Friday at 08:02 PM
Photo of Dope
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No bottling date that I can find. I assume to be the most recent batch.

A: Pours a very dark brown but not quite black. Dense but small medium brown head. Head fades quickly with no lacing. Appears almost still with no head retention at all.

S: Huh. Big and fruity maltiness. Smells more like a sherry barrel or maybe brandy. Sweet dark fruits abound. Cocoa and maybe even marshmallow? Layer of caramel over everything. Smooth, sweet and inviting.

T: More of the same. Big, ultra-heavy and sweet caramel up front. Lots of dark fruits, raisins, berries and maybe even cherries? Caramel and heavy breadiness in the finish, all with a dusting of cocoa. Little bit of alcohol bite in the finish with a hint of oak and more dusty cocoa.

M: Heavy, thick, sweet. Alcohol bite helps cut it substantially.

O: Hell of an Old Ale. Super malty with nice layers of complexity only furthered by adding bourbon barrel aging. Very sweet and smooth but cuts nicely with the sharp alcohol content.

Dope, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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

Bloodbuzz99, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of fuzzbalz
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

fuzzbalz, Oct 31, 2014
Photo of EricTKole
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

EricTKole, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of helios7
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

helios7, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

PA-Michigander, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

BMart, Oct 21, 2014
Photo of itracy63
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

itracy63, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of thatoneguymike
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

thatoneguymike, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of harpus
4/5  rDev -4.5%

harpus, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

spycow, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of iheartmyTHO
2.75/5  rDev -34.4%

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.

iheartmyTHO, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of Zach136
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Black with deep ruby edges.

Aroma: Big toffee notes, bourbon and oak.

Flavor: Dark fruit, caramel, and oak with a toasty background.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and silky

Zach136, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of greenspointexas
4/5  rDev -4.5%

greenspointexas, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of ThickNStout
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

22oz bottle from Dogwood Growler (Acworth, GA). 12.00. No bottling date. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours an opaque, ruby tinted deep mahogany with a half finger of quickly fading head. Almost no retention whatsoever and no lace.

Smells of caramel, dark fruit jam, brown sugar and soft bourbon.

Taste follows the nose with raisin, currants, mildly charred brown sugar, subtle bourbon, caramel and a sharp alcohol bite. The bourbon barrel is present but lingers well behind the dark fruits and booze.

Slick, medium body with low carbonation. Aftertaste of fusel alcohol and whisky soaked raisins.

Unobtanium is good stuff for sure but pales in comparison to its cognac aged brother, Illudium. Still worth a try for sure and I look forward to enjoying the other couple bottles in my cellar.

ThickNStout, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of Keith_R
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Keith_R, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of BSuter
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

BSuter, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of kerry4porters
4/5  rDev -4.5%

kerry4porters, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of InfragilisBrew
4/5  rDev -4.5%

InfragilisBrew, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of jeranbrews
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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

jeranbrews, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of jplopez21
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

jplopez21, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of sourman
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

sourman, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of BigRedDog
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown. Not much head, and it doesnt stay for long.

Smells is booze at first. Definite notes of barrel aging as well. Fades into some dark fruit.

Booze, wood, and dark fruits, like raisins, and maybe even some dark berries. Almost a sweetness to it, but cut by booze. Nice warming sensation on the way down, as well as a bit of a spicey, peppery finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy.

Good beer. The ABV definitely shines through. Good with the pork tenderloin I'm having tonight too.

BigRedDog, Aug 11, 2014
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