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Olde Ale - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Olde AleOlde Ale

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very good

125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 4
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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Ratings: 125 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

CavemanRamblin, Sep 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Matthew1788, Sep 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

jklecko2, Aug 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

BreweryRun, Aug 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

vfgccp, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

MarkyMOD, Aug 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

kwjd, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

love the old ale style, and how many different ways it gets brewed. this is one of the more classic english types, almost a barleywine, but with a lot more pronounced malt fruitiness and a more drinkable overall beer, but there are plenty of similarities. very english in nature, tons of yeast character here, bready and toffee-esque flavors, and plenty of chunky yeast floccy bits in the beer too. radiant burnt caramel color, with a lasting thick but mellow tan head, nice looking brew. the body i found to be just a touch thin, but the flavors are all rich enough it doesnt really need to be any more beefy. the toffee grain profile is big, the alcohol stands out just enough, and i find the whole thing quite decadent, despite having an earthy middle and self cleaning finish. not overly complex, but extremely sturdy at 11% abv. a beer to let warm up, drink slowly, and in good company. all of the big alesmith beers are so well done, this one should serve as an example to other american brewers looking to make old ale, its that good.

StonedTrippin, Aug 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

sneth019, Aug 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

jzlyo, Aug 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Augzilla, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of Jwale73
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle served in my Duck Rabbit snifter. Pours a dark brown with a half inch, cream-colored head embedded with tiny pinpricks. Nose reveals dark fruits (some grape) and a suggestion of caramel or toffee. Taste follows nose - more dark fruit and less caramel/toffee; however, there's also a slightly metallic quality. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a carbonation that falls just short of lively - perhaps a little too assertive at this point. Overall, a decent old ale but not worth the price point. Based on the metallic quality in the flavor profile, I don't anticipate this will age well.

Jwale73, Aug 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

dwagner003, Aug 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

brotherloco, Aug 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

ricecracker420, Aug 01, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear red colour, nice yellow-beige head, lovely density, could retain better. Lacing is pretty nice. Looks good.

Smells sweet, sultana-esque. Notes of port, brandy, even rum. Yes, grape notes as well, but all booze. Orange peel maybe, and a touch of fennel. Pretty tasty, but a bit overly sweet as well.

Taste is a bit lacking, possibly a bit old? Feels almost like it's hiding in the shadows, with notes of brown sugar, molasses and definite rum character. Taste finishes dry with sultana notes and feels a bit like hangover. Could use more hopping, or just something to take the edge off that boozey sweetness.

Bit of an edge, slightly warm, but yeah, like a big, heavy, sweet beer.

Heavy, very sweet. Have had more impressive beers, although there is plenty to keep you interested here.

laituegonflable, Aug 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

rbrefbeerman, Jul 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

impending, Jul 28, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 edition (or MMXIV, as it says on the label), purchased from Jane's Beer Store in Mountain View, CA. Brought back to Sydney and cracked open with Sam.

Pours a rather clear but deep red-maroon colour, with a very fine head of yellowed off-white that sits in a coarse ring around the glass as time passes. Lots of streaky lace. Body is thick and heavy, as it should be. Looks pretty damn good.

Nose is rich and sticky, but with a very pronounced booziness that makes it seem heady, and almost warns me off drinking it. It lends almost an acetone character to the brew. Other than that, there's a fair bit of caramel and carob giving a richness that will probably come to dominate over time.

Taste is very similar. In fact, there's a booziness that runs through it from start to finish which is difficult to ignore, and indeed almost difficult to extract much else from underneath it. Sharpness on the back suggests hops, but it may be the astringent characters of the booze. Around the edges is a slight sweetness: but it's a heavy sweetness even so—the flavour of port rather than the flavour of candy.

Feel is heavy. It suits it well enough, and will support it well as it ages, but with everything else going on it's still a bit much.

I probably drank this too young. This is raw, boozy and deeply aggressive right now. With age, it will mellow, and hopefully become tamer, more complex and more accessible. A little sweetness, perhaps a touch of oxidation, and some smoother characters all over and I could belive this is a lovely beer. Right now it just jumps out of the glass and strangles the palate.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 26, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

mikeg67, Jul 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

wolf_switzer, Jul 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

rowbow, Jul 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

sillyhed8, Jul 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

dcp27, Jun 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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Olde Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.