Papa Noel's Olde Ale - Alameda Brewhouse
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3.78/5 rDev -0.5%
Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head which has pretty good retention. The head is a light beige while the body is a dark maroon to chestnut brown which appears as a deep maroon with hints of crimson and dark amber when held up to the light.
Nose- Subtle and one trick pony. Pretty much only roasted malts, some coffee, cocoa, even a little cream. Not really a one trick pony but the different aromas are so interlaced that they are difficult to distinguish. Slight grain under the cocoa so much that it gives it a little bit of graham cracker. Swirling shows mostly more lactose notes.
Taste- Reflective of the nose in both its flavor and the simplicity of the notes. Roasted malts dominate with hints of coffee and slight citrus (some orange, some lemon). Basically, seems to taste like a little more robust take on the porter with less of a blanketing malt bill. The coffee doesn't linger but the citrus of the front reappears on the finish. Some notes of chocolate but claims of toffee and caramel aren't evident at this point. Some hints of cherries and raisins as the cocoa and bitter chocolate build. Not bad as some caramel and toffee do express on the middle in an envelope of brown bread and grain. A mostly subtle beer but it has very good balance and integration, even some complexity. Above average to good but mostly good. Slight earth around the edges and at the top of the throat. The lactose nature of the flavor profile really helps to bring some average notes together and create a beer better than its parts. A little boring but very accessible and quite enjoyable.
Mouthfeel- A little more than medium bodied with light carbonation. Medium amount of creaminess. The mouthfeel really adds to an average beer that ends up being good.
Drinkability- Extremely accessible and very easy drinking. Shows no heat and has excellent balance and integration. Seems reasonable at 5 to 6 bucks a bomber. Wonder what it goes for on tap? Wouldn't mind having a couple pints of a pretty mellow beer.
Overall- Above average to good but mostly good. No individual aspect that grabs my attention but each one comes together well. Definitely worth a try. May not impress but very sessionable for a higher ABV beer.
01-02-2014 04:26:25 | More by artoolemomo
3.44/5 rDev -9.5%
A: Very dark brown without that Guinness blackness. Clear, but so dark if appears more opaque.. Lightly carbonated. Very light brown near white foam.
S: Malt, sweet brown sugar, nutmeg and chestnut. Alcohol backbone. Definite cinnamon and nutmeg finish.
T: Sweetness starts off with molasses and maple. Sweetness fades to a mild nuttiness and a very heavy roasted malt. Most unusual, almost with a dark roasted wheat component. Slightly charred and smokey. Finishes cool with a oily mineral finish. Almost zero bitterness at the end. It needs a little bit of bite to round it out better.
M: Again, oily and mouth-coating alcohol. Long mineral aftertaste of iron. Smoothe and easy to drink due to the very low bite.
O: It's a winter warmer with too little flavor. The alcohol overpowers mostly all the subtle flavor except for the roasted grain. Possibly my least favorite winter warmer yet. On the plus side, very drinkable.
12-07-2013 03:11:55 | More by constantine_272
3.74/5 rDev -1.6%
Dark brown with red highlights. Tan head of one finger that lasts quite well. Strong lacings follow the level as it drops.
Smell is roast dark malts a hint of yeast. Some earthy hops.
Taste is dark roasted malts some fig and raisen. Leather and some hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is big and wet with some drying toward the end.
Overall a tasty winter beer with plenty of hop bitterness to beat back the sweet malts.
12-05-2013 06:30:45 | More by Spikester
3.26/5 rDev -14.2%
Slightly woody smells. Herbal and malty notes as well. Very dark brown with virtually no head to speak off. Kind of wild tasting. Green tea and foresty notes too. Mild astringent aftertaste. Takes a few tastes to get used too. One of the more unique beers I've tasted in a while. But it has a strangeness to it. I'd compare to drinking a darker beer while chewing mint gum at the same time. Not sure I'd have a huge need to try again.
02-21-2013 05:06:59 | More by Braz
3.6/5 rDev -5.3%
Bottle poured in Grimbergen chalice.
Pours very dark with big dark amber head...multi layers and lace.
Aroma of tennis shoes in the laundry, dark - burnt roasted malts, freshly shaven #2 lead pencils.
Medium mouthfeel...full body.
Flavors of burnt malts, dark rich roasted malts, shaven #2 pencils, slight funky fruit, citrus hops, cream of tartar, unripe pear...let me give this five minutes...
OK...big and bold...but rough on the edges. Ahhh, but it's an Olde Ale...humm...
At least 12 minutes into this brew...beautiful dark brown, lovely head and lace, chocolate malt aroma, rich flavors of bitter chocolate, Italian herbs, melon rind, bitter root, slight chalk...there's a bitter dryness. Tasty and full bodied but not something I'd crave.
02-05-2013 05:49:49 | More by DenverLogan
British Columbia (Canada)
4.48/5 rDev +17.9%
Nice to get this one in BC as I love me some Winter Warmers and I also love everything I have tried from these guys. This is a pretty cool little number that really tastes a lot like Dechutes Jubelale which ain't a bad thing. The hops rise from the big malt backbone and yes the beer does taste more CDA than old ale. I need to get more of these before they go.
12-31-2012 00:23:29 | More by canucklehead
3.58/5 rDev -5.8%
A very decent beer, although I wish there were more hops present in it.
It looked lovely in the glass, and it had lots of head. A promising start.
The smell was subtle. Malts and a bit of a fruity nose, I thought.
The taste was good but not enough hops, as I mentioned earlier. This would have been excellent with some residual bitterness.
I scored it high on mouthfeel. This is a well-crafted brew, no doubt about it.
Overall it was a bit over average. It's probably better on-tap, I figure.
Don't think I'd buy another bottle but never say never, right?
12-27-2012 03:43:03 | More by MAB
3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.
A- Finger width khaki head. Very little retention. Mahogany coloring, nice carbonation.
S- Chocolate and medium roasted malts. Brewing spices. Smells quite warm.
T- Bitter hops and toasty malts hit you at first sip. Deep bodied flavor.
M- Light bodied for a dark beer. Finishes mostly clean but lingers bitter.
O- Tasty and from a Portland brewery. I'm a fan. Good winter warmer type beer.
04-01-2012 00:42:35 | More by Murrhey
3.15/5 rDev -17.1%
Had my eye on this one for a while and finally picked it up while in Oregon.
THE APPEARANCE of Alameda Brewhouse's "Papa Noel's Olde Ale" is pretty good. It is a dark, reddish brown color with a malty off-white head and nice lacing. To me, this looks more like a brown ale or a light winter warmer. The reddish amber hue was a bit unexpected. Overall, not a super-appetizing color.
THE SMELL is sweet with hops, chocolate, and raisin all in the nose. Very fragrant but also very winey (red).
THE TASTE is very smoky, dry, and hoppy with strong dried fruit (raisins) and dark chocolate flavors. There is also a definite swampy, peat flavor reminiscent of a Scottish ale. The overall impression I got from this old ale is Scottish ale + Irish stout + double bock. I haven't had a lot old/stock ales so I'm not entirely sure how this is supposed to taste but I would like more of the raisin and less of the smoke and dryness. It's just a little too odd for me and tastes a little too bold, I think.
THE FEEL of Papa Noel's Olde Ale is surprisingly thin and light, especially considering the high alcohol content and flavor profile.
CONCLUSION: This is a very drinkable brew and is certainly above average, it's just not my thing and seems like it needs more refinement.
02-25-2012 00:40:19 | More by MadeInOregon
3.33/5 rDev -12.4%
Boxing up some beer for a good friend tonight... picked this one up at the COOP earlier tonight for $5ish... not bad. Poured into my Cigar City goblet... tannish short lasting head... little lacing and a pretty flimsy cap.. the brew is deep dark brown with a definite haze to it.
Nose is pretty light throughout... raisin, little cocoa.. some dark dried fruits...
Flavor pretty much mirrors the nose with some red grape essence.. a little dry and a bit tannic on the finish.. sorta earthy dry malts...
Not sure that I like this one, but it isn't bad at all.... just not what I want in an old ale or a winter warmer... I do appreciate that this one isn't spiced... It just doesn't have the body or the complexities that I would hope for.
12-06-2011 04:46:21 | More by JohnGalt1
3.5/5 rDev -7.9%
On tap at Lucky Lab Barleywine Tastival 2011
A: Poured a brownish copper color with good carbonation and a dirty white head
S: Caramel, toasted malt and old lingering spices
T: Caramel, toasted malt, some spice, light hop bite remians
M: Light toasted malt, sordove plain, medium body, hints of booze
D: Pretty Good
03-07-2011 00:55:23 | More by barleywinefiend
2.9/5 rDev -23.7%
pours dark ruby brown with a 1+ finger off white head that left lacing all down the glass
smell isome fruit and sweet malts
taste is better then the nose - grapes brown sugar a little chocolate - kind of a muddy mess
mouthfeel is light medium body with no carbonation - flat - at least it was wet
drinkability - the beer being flat killed any enjoyment i might have gotten from drinking this
02-17-2011 03:15:28 | More by jsh420
4/5 rDev +5.3%
Pours dark brown with a crackling, spongy head of beige. A solid skim coat and some ringed lacework remain for the duration of the glass.
Aromatics are filled with raisins, molasses, brown sugar, and a hint of roasted chocolate. Traces of toffee and nougat follow through.
Medium bodied with a slightly tacky, chewy mouthfeel. A bit overcarbonated and prickly for the style.
Plums, raisins, dark caramel, and chipped toffee lead off the palate. Shades of brown sugar, rum, and leather follow through.
Finishes with lingering raisins, rum, and a bit of roast.
A good beer after a long day of stacking cordwood, and enjoyed by the crackling fire.
12-06-2010 00:55:50 | More by brewandbbq
4.22/5 rDev +11.1%
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a clear pint glass. Purchased at local grocer for $4.59.
A-Pours a dark copper-brown hue with a one finger off white head with good retention and lacing.
S-Malts dominate with some earthy hops. Smell is reminiscent plum pudding, raisins, chocolate, and coffee. This description seems odd, but the aroma is quite nice.
T-Slight hop bitterness, caramel like malts, raisins, and chocolate covered toffee. Very welcome as a winter seasonal interpretation of the Old Ale style.
M-Medium body, very smooth, and great carbonation.
D-This is a nice winter seasonal but a little weak for the style at 7.2% ABV, although it is well within the range. Probably the best Alameda Brewhouse beer I have had.
11-26-2010 04:17:09 | More by velosuds
Papa Noel's Olde Ale from Alameda Brewhouse
85 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.