Olde Ale - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Olde AleOlde Ale

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132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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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 arizcards:
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3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml bottle from the San Diego Whole Foods back at the end of July for $13.99.
Bottled on 6/27/13.

Beer poured a deep chestnut with a nice off white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose has light notes of dark fruits and somewhat nutty. Good but nothing overly exciting.

Taste is raisin, leather, nutty with some sherry. It is slightly sweet but there is enough hopping not to make this cloying. Alcohol is warming but not overly noticeable.

Mouthfeel is full and rich, very satisfying.

Overall this fits the bill on a chilly 50 degree December day in the desert. It was nice to try, give it a shot if you have a decent amount of discretionary income.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Beaver13
2.28/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Prospero
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Johnny58
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of imbuckeye
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of terpinsd
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of rowbow
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sneth019
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of PatB1987
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of user785335
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of TheBaumer
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of allstar255
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Beerbuddy21
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%

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Olde Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.