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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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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 57
Gots: 30 | FT: 2
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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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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Chadical, Jan 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

blue-dream, Jan 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

AlexFields, Jan 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

firstlighthiker, Jan 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

cfaulman, Jan 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

fredmugs, Jan 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

Golden32, Jan 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

beernads, Dec 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

tweezer159, Nov 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

KlayWey, Nov 23, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a murky red/brown color with almost no head at all.
Aroma is dark fruit, vanilla, oak, with a little Booze.
Flavor is the same as the aroma times two.
Strong vanilla with bready, dark fruit notes.
Warming alcohol throughout but not as boozy as Laika.
Fantastic beer that becomes more complex as it warms.

zookerman182, Nov 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

GRG1313, Oct 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

AndyGator, Oct 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

drewone, Oct 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

rworkman, Oct 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

BeerHunter76, Oct 02, 2013
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3.69/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

kjkinsey, Sep 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter glass.

A: Pours a ruby tinted brown with smallish head that settles quickly to a thin ring around the edge. A bit of lacing but not much.

S: Bready malts, caramel, and a bit of spice. Reminds me a bit of toffee.

T: Sweet malts mixed with bourbon and oak. Dark fruits and a bit of spiciness in the back.

M: Medium body and nicely carbonated. Coats the tongue nicely. Perfect after dinner drink.

O: One of my all time favorite Straight to Ale offerings. When I find it, I buy it all.

richj1970, Sep 20, 2013
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Unobtanium Barrel-Aged Old Ale from Straight To Ale
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