Olde Ale - AleSmith Brewing Company
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4.65/5 rDev +17.4%
25.4oz bottle decanted into a snifter. 11% ABV. “Bottled On” date 07/02/13. Served at 55F and allowed to elevate to room temperature.
Appearance: Dark mahogany with thin streams of fine bubbles rising to the surface to create a faint, beige cap (4.5/5).
Aroma: I can smell this damn thing from two feet away. It’s a mixture of incredibly rich, dried, dark fruits, molasses, and toasted bread. It also smells very boozy. I’m surprised that the bottle doesn’t say anything about bourbon barrel aging, because it smells like it’s seen a barrel. All-in-all it is an incredibly inviting aroma (4.75/5).
Taste: Malt. Super-malt. Malt all over the place. Bready and intense. I also get roasted marshmallows, fresh tobacco, figs, dates, and raisins, pumpernickel, brown sugar, and that tobacco flavor that comes with many beers in this style (4.5/5).
Mouthfeel: Beautiful warmth from my tongue all the way down to my belly. Full body and light carbonation. I love it (5/5).
Overall: I think this may be my best Old Ale yet. The only thing it’s missing is that interesting brett character that comes with either wood aging or inoculation. Otherwise it is nearly perfect. It’s roasty, malty, sweet, and warm. Well done, AleSmith (4.75/5).
04-19-2014 04:47:04 | More by mhaugo
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
District of Columbia
4.24/5 rDev +7.1%
2013 vintage. Tulip glass.
A: Pours a deep amber/copper color. Murky, with thin, tannish, fine head. Pretty good retention and minimal lacing.
S: Nice English yeast character, with dried fruit (cherry, currant), which blends very nicely with the toasty malt.
T: Similar, with rich maillard tones coming through. Almost like drinking jam and toast, in a good way. Finishes on the sweeter end with a long finish, where a little alcohol is evident.
M: Medium-full body and medium-light carbonation. Excellent.
O: An excellently crafted English Old Ale. Classic flavors.
05-15-2014 00:43:49 | More by pmarlowe
4.23/5 rDev +6.8%
A: Pours a deep and murky brown color, almost black in the glass. A half finger, light brown and intensely creamy head forms on the pour and leaves thick lace down the glass.
S: A touch faint, but I get a lot of dark fruit out of this. Cola nut, fig, plum, raisin skin, brown sugar, toffee, a bit of banana bread and just a touch of booze.
T: Rich and malty with a nice touch of dark fruit. Some burnt raisin skins come through near the finish with some plum, brown sugar and leather. The flavor is a touch bland until the finish, and then there's just an absolute firecracker of dark fruit that goes off in your mouth. Finish is dry with a touch of burnt wood, tobacco and just a hint of booze. The bottle says you can age this for up to 20 years and I would love to see what at least a few years would do to this.
07-14-2013 04:29:38 | More by notchucknorris
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
Olde Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.