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Old Ale - AleSmith Brewing Company

Old AleOld Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.97%


Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: notchucknorris on 07-14-2013)
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Ratings: 57 | Reviews: 13 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by arizcards:
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arizcards

Arizona

3.99/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 23:30:40 | More by arizcards
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jwswigs

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

04-13-2014 05:11:49 | More by jwswigs
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 "Old Ale" big bottle from a trip to the brewery back in November (pouring on 4/11/14). Pours deep dark purplish reddish brownish amber color with a one finger khaki head. Aroma is dark fruits, plums, raisins, fig, sweet brown sugar. Big malts here as expected. Flavor is very sweet with hints of those same prune and fig notes found on the aroma, some nice caramel, and more brown sugar sweet to finish. Just a hint of subtle dry hop bitterness to finish and balance things out. I can see how this would age incredibly in a bourbon barrel. Big body, medium soft carbonation, and a sipper. Very nice in style. AleSmith just does everything well.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 03:15:29 | More by BMMillsy
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mbw314

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

04-11-2014 00:08:25 | More by mbw314
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AgentMunky

California

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into an Allgash cervoise glass. Bottled 27 February 2014. Label says "Olde Ale: British-Stle Ale MMXIV"

A: Two fingers of fluffy off-white head. Auburn dense ruby.

S: Caramel malt. Hint of metal. Very sweet.

T/M: Oh goodness. This is...rich and intense. It tastes as it should. Reminiscent of the best of Luckie Ales, or any good, sticky, fruity, malty, strong Scottish ales. Tasty and thick. Gentle hops are pleasantly bitter and fairly

O: AleSmith never disappoints, and this is no exception. Delicious and recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 07:46:14 | More by AgentMunky
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.28/5  rDev -41.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 04:40:59 | More by Beaver13
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-17-2014 04:50:08 | More by derkfromwi
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 03:48:39 | More by spinrsx
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Chuggernaut00

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

03-01-2014 05:54:33 | More by Chuggernaut00
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DantheMan75

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-23-2014 17:54:19 | More by DantheMan75
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imyourhero21

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

02-18-2014 19:45:30 | More by imyourhero21
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MarcWP

Arizona

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-10-2014 06:05:39 | More by MarcWP
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

01-11-2014 04:47:43 | More by BarrytheBear
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allstar255

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-01-2014 19:27:29 | More by allstar255
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 00:46:20 | More by Etan
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tbeq00

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-11-2013 02:34:11 | More by tbeq00
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Rand_ale_Thor

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-09-2013 17:59:52 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 6/27/13

A - Murky chestnut brown with mahogany highlights and a thin khaki head.

S - Very light aroma, toffee, fruit cake, pineapple, light molasses. As it warms I feel like it becomes pure fruit cake.

T - Caramel, toffee, biscuits, fruit cake, plenty of sweetness which emphasizes the fruit cake aspect, molasses, sweet and slightly boozy, cola, raisin.

M - Thick and a touch sticky.

D - I kept letting this one warm waiting for it to get complex but it never seemed to happen. Could never really find the dark fruits I was hoping for. More fruit cake than I wanted.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 04:03:26 | More by brewcrew76
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sd123

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

11-30-2013 00:49:18 | More by sd123
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-26-2013 09:59:24 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

11-26-2013 09:58:44 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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2beerdogs

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

11-24-2013 06:13:43 | More by 2beerdogs
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

11-04-2013 16:41:05 | More by GraduatedCashew
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hickmancase

California

5/5  rDev +27.9%

11-03-2013 04:28:42 | More by hickmancase
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oberon

North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 22:25:57 | More by oberon
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Old Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
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