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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

147 Ratings
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 68
Gots: 32 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Straight To Ale visit their website
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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4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served out of a chilled bomber poured into a nonic pub glass.

A: Very dark brown with decent 1/2 finger head, low retention. Looks like the ideal old ale.

S: Slightly boozy with sweet confectionary undertones.

T: Starting out cold I picked up on a lot of the sweetness. The flavors of this old ale are perfect for an Alabamian like myself. Sweet syrup flavors such as sorghum molasses and clover honey, balanced with a subtle nuttiness that tastes like a southern pecan pie and an oak like woodiness. As it warms, the sweeter flavors hide underneath the woodiness and a nice bourbon flavor begins to move in. Not too boozy, but some booziness. Very good.

M: This is where it gets tricky. It is good when it is cold: a nice slight viscosity with light carbonation. However, as it warms up, the mouthfeel seems to thin out and almost takes on the texture of diet cola. This is my only complaint about the beer-- it doesn't seem to warm well.

O: It's a great beer! I would definitely buy it again, and drink it cold. It may age well, and that may give the mouthfeel that extra boost.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They should really update the label here. There's no mention of being barrel aged on the label. I wasn't sure if this was the base beer (which there isn't one) or the barrel aged beer.

A - Pours a murky deep with with tinges of red to it. Has a one finger tan head.

S - Malts, toffee, caramel and banana esters. For a barrel aged beer, not much barrel on the nose.

T - Ahh, there's that bourbon and oak kick. It's present, but doesn't take over. Also has vanilla, sweet malts and dark fruits.

M - Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Has a wet finish and low abv burn.

O - The barrel nose is weak. It's a solid beer though and the base beer does shine through as well.

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Unobtanium Barrel-Aged Old Ale from Straight To Ale
93 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.