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Olde Ale - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Olde AleOlde Ale

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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | 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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Reviews by Dope:
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3.89/5  rDev -1.8%

Bottle dated 02/27/14.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with reddish highlights around the edges. Tall, slightly fizzy but still quite dense light brown head. Head fades out slowly leaving minimal thin streaks of lacing. Quite decent retention at least.

S: Nice smooth and sweet maltiness. Raisins, toffee and caramel. Toasted sugar. Heavy grainy bread. Light cocoa and spices. Big and sweet and tasty aroma.

T: Big malts right out of the gate. Sticky sweet caramel with heavy liquid bread. Dark fruits, primarily raisin and perhaps fig. Some herbal hops up front adding a bit of spice to it all. Herbal through to the finish really, lightly floating around everywhere. Aftertaste has some toffee, grainy bread and some earthy herbal notes.

M: Heavy, sweet and syrupy.

O: Pretty typical old ale. Huge, heavy malts. Sticky, viscous body. Lots of sweet and bready flavors. Fairly plain for such a big beer if I'm honest but still tasty.

06-09-2014 04:04:10 | More by Dope
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +5.1%

Bottled on 6/27/13.Pours into an impy nonic a deep amber hued chesnut brown with a billowing large light beige head that sticks to the glass like glue.Deeply fruity and cake-like in the nose,brown sugar and even a tinge of mineral comes into play as well.Sweet but not overly so on the palate,caramel toffee and dark fruit along with more brown sugar sweetness,just enough of a leafy English hop presence to dry it out enough in the finish.A fantastic "sipping" brew,it's malted to the hilt and sweet but not over the top.Great job here.

10-16-2013 22:25:57 | More by oberon
Photo of Beaver13


2.28/5  rDev -42.4%

Alesmith Olde Ale British-Style Ale MMXIV 750 ml bottle, bottled on 2/26/14. Pours dark ruby amber with a medium creamy off-white head that goes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is caramel malts, molasses, dark fruits and some spicy alcohol and a little cardboard.

The flavor is lots of hot alcohol with some sweet sugary dark fruits and molasses and a touch of green apple. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, sweet sugary fruits and tons of alcohol doesn't do it for me.

04-08-2014 04:40:59 | More by Beaver13
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4/5  rDev +1%

06-09-2014 05:32:50 | More by ste5venla
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

07-29-2013 18:59:24 | More by Johnny58
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

04-27-2014 04:27:11 | More by terpinsd
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

07-10-2014 17:18:24 | More by rowbow
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

08-07-2014 01:18:55 | More by sneth019
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4/5  rDev +1%

06-12-2014 12:24:55 | More by user785335
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4/5  rDev +1%

11-26-2013 09:59:24 | More by largadeer
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4/5  rDev +1%

09-30-2013 18:54:20 | More by TheBaumer
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4/5  rDev +1%

07-26-2013 13:31:50 | More by mendvicdog
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4/5  rDev +1%

01-01-2014 19:27:29 | More by allstar255
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

09-24-2013 19:27:20 | More by Beerbuddy21
Photo of Etan


4.19/5  rDev +5.8%

750ml into a tulip.

A: Pours black with a slight red tinge and a nice light tan head.

S: Smells of ginger, leather, cooked sugar, fig, caramel.

T: Taste brings sweet molasses, vinous, mild leafy hop bitterness, roasted grain husk, plummy.

M: Thick-bodied with light yet crisp carbonation.

O: A very nice old ale. I'll have to seek out the BA version.

12-17-2013 00:46:20 | More by Etan
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

07-13-2014 07:34:50 | More by wolf_switzer
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -4.3%

750ml Bottle from the Palm Desert CA Total Wine for $14

Appearance – Brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone. There is some fantastic lacing.

Smell – Malts, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruit, spices

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and some spices. There is also some dark fruit, anise, and a molasses like flavour.

Overall – A good beer, kind of bordering on belgian dark ale though. Also a little too pricey for what it is. I wouldn't buy this one again.

03-03-2014 03:48:39 | More by spinrsx
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

04-11-2014 00:08:25 | More by mbw314
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

07-28-2014 14:49:13 | More by rbrefbeerman
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4/5  rDev +1%

12-09-2013 17:59:52 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
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3.84/5  rDev -3%

A: large pineapple nose, malty and dark warm booziness.

T: thick and rich, heat followed by booze. As it warms lot of dark fruits become evident.

O: Above average style. Good mouthful and the style is worth a buy.

For the style Alesmith always puts out quality beers, this one is another example of why they're so good.

10-01-2013 05:34:18 | More by Atreyufan31
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

08-19-2013 02:03:38 | More by gshak
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +10.6%

750 ml bottle. Pours dark amber with tall, long-lasting, foamy off-white head. Aroma is bready malt, dark fruit, brown sugar and some coffee. Body is full and smooth. Bready, caramel malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, herbal hops and alcohol fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Great ale to sip.

07-21-2014 13:32:40 | More by mikeg67
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4/5  rDev +1%

06-07-2014 03:32:05 | More by Kurmaraja
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

03-01-2014 05:54:33 | More by Chuggernaut00
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Olde Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.