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Olde Ale - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Olde AleOlde Ale

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115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originally brewed in 2005 as the first in our annual Decadence series, AleSmith Olde Ale follows the tradition of classic British-style Old Ales. This rich, malt-forward ale showcases soft notes of currants and dried fruit along with complex dark sugars, all of which are balanced by a subtle bitterness derived from the addition of traditional English hops. AleSmith Olde Ale is ready to be enjoyed now or it can be aged upwards of twenty years to further enhance its amazing depth of flavor. A hearty ale designed to please Bacchus himself!

(Beer added by: notchucknorris on 07-14-2013)
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Rothobinide, Oct 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

MLDucky, Oct 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

imbuckeye, Oct 13, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle info: Bottled on 02/27/14

Hazy, hazelnut colored body with a lasting, one-finger thick, cream colored head. Nutty, malty, boozy aroma; fig and date dark fruit tones. Maple syrup flavors; dates and raisins; anise and licorice; fair hop bitterness and a stinging alcohol burn; slight phenolic edge. Heavy bodied; soft and somewhat fizzy mouthfeel.

Smooth and very easy drinking for a powerhouse brew. Everything seems well-tempered and balanced while still delivering a multitude of flavor characteristics. A nice example of a classic styled heavy-duty ale.

beergoot, Oct 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Bung, Oct 10, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -55.7%

timmy2b, Oct 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Axnjxn, Oct 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Dactrius, Sep 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

ZEB89, Sep 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Bouquet: faint sherry, cola, fruit – plum, spice.
Pours a hazy tea tinted amber under a rapidly dissipating 2” finely bubbled light tan tinted foam cap – lacy. Some legs.
Palate: big malt – caramel, molasses, plum, grape, raisin, fruit cake, cola, sherry, but with balancing hop bitterness on the finish. Hints of prune, fig and date.
Malt forward but well balanced by alcohol and hops.
Big very creamy chewy body, medium to medium low carbonation – very soft and finely bubbled.
Warming but no hot alcohol.

pat61, Sep 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

sammyg832, Sep 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

MikeCactusGordon, Sep 11, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +10.9%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Reuben's Brew small snifter. Pours a medium to dark red-orange amber, with a thin, light tan head that leaves light lacing. Aroma of bready and dark caramel malt, dark dried fruit, molasses. Flavor is sweet, rich caramel malt, molasses, dark dried fruit, particularly figs and dates, boozy. Finishes thick and sweet with nice residual dried fruit flavors. Heavy bodied with a rich creaminess. Just what I'm looking for in an old ale, this borders on an English barleywine, but has even more maltiness. A bit hot, but plenty of rich flavor to support the alcohol. I remember enjoying this in the Decadence version, and am glad it's in regular rotation now. I'm going back for a few to cellar.

LiquidAmber, Sep 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

brpendergast85, Sep 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

CavemanRamblin, Sep 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Matthew1788, Sep 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

jklecko2, Aug 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

BreweryRun, Aug 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

vfgccp, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

MarkyMOD, Aug 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

kwjd, Aug 12, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

love the old ale style, and how many different ways it gets brewed. this is one of the more classic english types, almost a barleywine, but with a lot more pronounced malt fruitiness and a more drinkable overall beer, but there are plenty of similarities. very english in nature, tons of yeast character here, bready and toffee-esque flavors, and plenty of chunky yeast floccy bits in the beer too. radiant burnt caramel color, with a lasting thick but mellow tan head, nice looking brew. the body i found to be just a touch thin, but the flavors are all rich enough it doesnt really need to be any more beefy. the toffee grain profile is big, the alcohol stands out just enough, and i find the whole thing quite decadent, despite having an earthy middle and self cleaning finish. not overly complex, but extremely sturdy at 11% abv. a beer to let warm up, drink slowly, and in good company. all of the big alesmith beers are so well done, this one should serve as an example to other american brewers looking to make old ale, its that good.

StonedTrippin, Aug 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

sneth019, Aug 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

jzlyo, Aug 06, 2014
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Olde Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.