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Olde Ale - AleSmith Brewing Company

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88
very good

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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hickmancase

California

5/5  rDev +26.3%

11-03-2013 04:28:42 | More by hickmancase
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SingleSpeed7

California

5/5  rDev +26.3%

05-23-2014 00:51:41 | More by SingleSpeed7
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Roger55

California

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

07-26-2013 03:34:34 | More by Roger55
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mhaugo

California

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
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Chuggernaut00

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

03-01-2014 05:54:33 | More by Chuggernaut00
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BigPlay1824

New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

05-06-2014 01:57:24 | More by BigPlay1824
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pkalix

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

09-07-2013 20:40:28 | More by pkalix
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n2pux

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

06-16-2014 18:08:37 | More by n2pux
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Augzilla

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

08-04-2014 04:10:21 | More by Augzilla
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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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Johnny58

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

07-29-2013 18:59:24 | More by Johnny58
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sneth019

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

08-07-2014 01:18:55 | More by sneth019
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sd123

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

11-30-2013 00:49:18 | More by sd123
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imyourhero21

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

08-02-2014 06:39:03 | More by brotherloco
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vfgccp

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

08-19-2014 16:03:03 | More by vfgccp
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kingmaker

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

08-28-2013 02:36:16 | More by kingmaker
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heavenlyStash

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

08-16-2013 05:40:39 | More by heavenlyStash
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jzlyo

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

08-06-2014 02:27:13 | More by jzlyo
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Amerikon

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

10-09-2013 05:04:21 | More by Amerikon
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DRBiser

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

07-26-2013 14:35:36 | More by DRBiser
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AaronOp

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

06-10-2014 06:41:50 | More by AaronOp
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pmarlowe

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
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notchucknorris

California

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
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Etan

Wisconsin

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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Olde Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.