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Old Ale - AleSmith Brewing Company

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143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | 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:
Beer added by: notchucknorris on 07-14-2013

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!
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Ratings: 143 | Reviews: 29
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3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with a one finger beige head. the aroma has toffee, dark fruit, and brown sugar.

Has a very sweet taste with toffee, brown sugar, dark fruit, and alcohol. Unfortunately, the alcohol is not hidden for this beer, and I let it sit for a long time before I opened it. Still tastes good, but I am disappointed that the alcohol is front and center in the taste.

Full bodied with light carbonation. Very chewy. A very good beer which would have been even better if the alcohol was hidden somewhat, and the beer wasn't so sweet.

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4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown in color with ruby highlights and some penetration to light. A fingernail of khaki head covers the rim and a third of the top of the glass. Light Brussels lacing. Wonderful aroma of dark malt, dates, hazelnut, and dark rum. The taste is a burst of dark malt, hazelnut, toffee, dates, and dark rum. The mouth is thick, chewy, and there's a warmth from the alcohol.

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3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2-26-14. Drank March 2015

Appearance: pours a deep earthy orange, hinging on a leathery brown. a finger or two of tan head with good retention. leaves behind a solid and streaky lacing. dark and opaque. some extremely fine sediment.

Smell: strong caramel malt sweetness. toffee, dark fruits and rum booziness.

Taste: opens up with some caramel sweetness and dark fruits. dark fruits come in as dried plums, prunes and rum soaked raisins. some toffee sweetness comes through. more booze comes through near the end with more rum

Mouthfeel: thick and viscous. slightly syrupy. slightly creamy. slight boozy warmth.

Overall: a solid old ale. at about a year old, this one still has quite a bit of booziness. slowing the slightest signs of age but only in a good way. it will be interested to see where this one goes in the future.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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Old Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.