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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 Lare453
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Lare453, Jun 09, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

cultclassic89, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of Gerasimos
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Gerasimos, May 30, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

ChainGangGuy, May 29, 2014
Photo of Norseman
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Norseman, May 24, 2014
Photo of beersdmf17
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

beersdmf17, May 24, 2014
Photo of Cyclone8
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Cyclone8, May 23, 2014
Photo of krl2112
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

krl2112, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of Braden
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Braden, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of Rbroccoli
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Rbroccoli, Mar 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.4%

mbonugli, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

ajzy, Mar 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Daniellobo, Mar 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

TheBishopco, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of GratefulEdd
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

GratefulEdd, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of cvm4
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

cvm4, Feb 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

pschie1, Feb 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Hanzo, Jan 27, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Justinbshelton, Jan 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Chadical, Jan 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

blue-dream, Jan 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

AlexFields, Jan 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

firstlighthiker, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of cfaulman
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

cfaulman, Jan 07, 2014
Unobtanium Barrel-Aged Old Ale from Straight To Ale
93 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.