Old Boy Ale - Parallel 49 Brewing Company
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District of Columbia
3/5 rDev -16.7%
From a bottle, pours a dark caramel mahogany with a very creamy white head.
The nose is sweet, crystallized sugar, chocolate, toffee with bitter and piney hops. A little toasty too. Flavor is smokey, which I was not expecting. It is very crisp, but the flavor finishes almost burnt oats or nuts. The chocolate is fighting to come through, but the smoke is overpowering it, damaging what I think the beer was supposed to be. It is almost like tobacco. It's thin and a bit watery, would be better with more body.
Overall, not sure what happened. Could have been better, but wasn't.
08-23-2014 19:52:27 | More by nmann08
3.73/5 rDev +3.6%
Bottle I brought to share at the Revenge Of Instant Replay bottleshare held at Instant Replay in Canoga Park, CA.
Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, nut, and slight cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, nut, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast 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, mild, and easy to drink.
05-26-2014 03:02:54 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.61/5 rDev +0.3%
Obtained a bottle from the current Parallel 49 "Unparallelled" mixed pack. Looks and smells like an English brown ale, dark sparkly brown with minimal foam and strong nutty, earthy aromas. Little discernible sweetness or fruit on the nose. Certainly a malt-forward brew, with flavors of toasted bread and biscuits predominating. Nice smoky aromatic malt complexity with dry bitter nuts and hints of orange oil and licorice. Reasonably assertive earthy hops recall cigar tobacco. Minimal sweetness throughout with a tea-like astringency in the finish that yields a noticeable puckering effect. Medium bodied but with a little too much carbonation. I'd argue that extra special bitters are typically more sweet and fruity than this exemplar, with more hop aroma. This one comes across well in the malt and old school English bittering hops (Fuggles) departments but otherwise is a bit lacking ... Few or no superlatives apply.
12-21-2013 17:49:18 | More by CalgaryFMC
Old Boy Ale from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.