Old 152 - Summit Brewing Company
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4.13/5 rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Standard US pint glass
A very nice brown ale meets porter style, with hints of rye and spicy hops. One can imagine this as the base beer that would be sour with a sour-mashing technique and/or subsequent aging. Very good, extremely easy to put down a pint or more of this.
Pours a 2cm tall head of light beige-colored foam, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles, yielding a fairly sponge-like appearance. Retention is excellent, the foam lasting throughout the glass, never decreasing below a 0.5cm cap atop the body. Lacing is likewise excellent. Body is a dark, dirty brown color, with light bringing out a muddy orange hue. Carbonation visible through the nearly opaque (80-90% opacity) body, high in number and activity.
Aroma is from light roasted malt yielding hints of chocolate, dark caramel malts that give some rich caramel, herbal characters no doubt from the cluster hops
Taste is of pleasant cocoa with dark caramel, stale coffee, a bit of toasted nuts, dried leaves, tangy rye. Front of palate picks up some light roasted malt giving faint cocoa, stale coffee, and char with some additional dark caramel malts that yield dark sweetness, as well as contributions from light herbal hops, and tangy rye. Mid-palate continues the faint cocoa, stale coffee, char, and tangy rye, but adds in some toasted nuts, hints of tobacco, mild hop bitterness, and a faint tartness present in the background. Back of palate experiences mild to moderate hop bitterness combined with acridity from roasted malts, cocoa, dark caramel sweetness, slight dried leaf tannins. Aftertaste is of charred toast, cocoa, stale coffee, lightly tangy rye, astringency from dark malts, with a long-lingering mild hop bitterness.
Beer is surprisingly well-bodied despite the appearance of high carbonation and persistent foam. The body is medium, while the carbonation feels medium-low, giving this a lightly foamy (1/3) and smooth (2/3) mouthfeel. Closes quite dry, with moderate stickiness clinging along the palate and lips.
Serving type: bottle
11-11-2013 06:09:56 | More by falloutsnow
3.96/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
pours deep amber with a fluffy head and good stickage
Aroma of mashed malt, salt water, herbal hops, earth
Rich malty graininess with the bite of peppery rye. Nice nutty bitterness, with a touch of brown sugar to balance, but this is malty without being sweet. Herbal hops.
Body is medium to full, with a moderate carbonation. Drying finish.
Excellent brown rye. Not as sweet as a typical red ale. Malt and rye dominate, giving a bourbon like sourness. Great beer.
Serving type: on-tap
04-16-2013 03:12:59 | More by firkinhophead
Old 152 from Summit Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.