Ol' Red Cease And Desist - Erie Brewing Co.
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4.65/5 rDev +34%
12oz bottle poured into a Chimay chalice (my all-purpose beer glass)
Appearance: Amber/Red with a quickly disappearing head. Sticks around as a haze over the surface.
Smell: Caramel, plums, peat. Some alcohol is apparent.
Taste: Much like the taste. Pretty dry. Drinks like a good port.
Mouthfeel: Thinner and drier than I expected for a Wee Heavy. It certainly explains the 10% ABV.
Drinkability: A beer to be sipped slowly, but you can easily get impatient between sips!
Overall Impression: I wasn't expecting this to be good, but wow was I wrong. This is marked as a wee heavy, but it actually reminds me very much of Old Stock Ale and Fuller's Vintage Ale (Old Ales). Less peaty than Traquair House Ale, which was welcome. Dryness is maybe not to style, but was also welcome. This is now my favorite beer that comes in 6-packs.
09-14-2010 03:10:20 | More by ryannecas
4.55/5 rDev +31.1%
A wonderful interpretation odf the wee Heavy. At 1st pour the beer does nothing to inspire you, just seems kind of run of the mill, although it does have an interesting almost maghonany like color sitting in the glass. It is with the first taste that you will fall in love with this beer. Very smooth and compelling flavor and an easy on the palate texture makes this an eminently drinkable "big beer" Not the type to have 3 or 4 a night, but a nice one to unwind from a stressful day and have in front of a nice fire.
11-13-2009 14:55:58 | More by Katahdin
4.5/5 rDev +29.7%
Had on draft at Frisco's Grille, Columbia, MD.
A- Pours a deep red-amber with a nice thick off-white head.
S- Smells quite fruity and spicy, maybe a hint of nutmeg?
T- A big malty beer, the taste of ripe fruit and spice are prevalent.
M- Full bodied, very smooth and creamy.
D- A dangerously drinkable beer. At 10.10% this beer will sneak up on you!
12-18-2007 01:49:13 | More by cichief
4.4/5 rDev +26.8%
A: Pours a thick dark red with a combo of large bubbles and a tiny off white head that fades quickly.
S: Intense Malty Aromas. Strong Caramel, Chocolate, roasted, grainy aroma. It's as if your smelling the grains fresh out of the bag. No hop aroma.
T: Biscuity, Toasted, Dark Chocolate, Sweet Caramel. nice balance between hop bitterness and malt sweetness. More on the sweet side of things though, almost on the edge of too sweet IMO. a slight peated flavor.
MF: Thick, Creamy, low Carbonation. Slight alcohol burn.
D: A very nice scottish ale. This one is up there with Oscar Blues Old Chub in my book.
04-21-2010 00:16:26 | More by rmolledo
4.38/5 rDev +26.2%
this pours deep deep crystal clear mahogany. I slow pour, there is little foam, but the carmel colored cloudy bubble ring lasts and lasts.
this smells sweet and malty. Spicy. Sweetness is almost cane sugar sweetness.
Taste is very sweet, malty, smooth smooth smooth.
Mouthfeel is nice, creamy.
Finish is clean, with a hint of sweetness.
This is surprisingly drinkable. I'll have another.
...then I read the bottle. HOLY CRAP! This has over 10% alcohol in it!! I haven't had a brew with this high of an alcohol content hide the alcohol flavor so well! I just upped my ratings for small, taste and mouthfeel up .5 because this is an amazing feat! Most brews of this intensity - to me - taste like hairspray or wiskey. This one does not. It tastes like a scotch ale still.
Very good job Erie Brewing!
05-31-2008 23:11:48 | More by karengarys
4.38/5 rDev +26.2%
Nice Wee Heavy that is certainly heavy. Pour a nice vibrant red brown with a dark tan head. Nice malt aroma with notes of fig, plum and a bit of an alcohol sting. Hides alcohol well and is drinkable for a wee heavy. Will be a nice beer to cellar and let age and revisit in a year!
11-20-2007 16:08:17 | More by jhicks12
4.35/5 rDev +25.4%
went to my distributor to pick up some great lakes christmas ale, but they were sold out, so my next pick would have been Erie's solid winter beer Red Ryder Big Beer... but alas the long arm of the law got to them and Red Ryder BB is no more.... in its place we've got Ol' Red Cease & Desist Ale...
pours a ruby color with a small head that quickly dissipates into a ring around the rim
smells of malt, spice and a hint of alcohol.
classic scotch ale taste to this one. bit of vanilla hints towards the back end, some alcohol taste, but i dont think it's overpowering. if not for the info on the bottle i woud never know this baby packed a 10.1% punch. (up from 9.5% of the Red Ryder)
Erie came through big on this beer. Great for a winter warmer.
12-22-2007 19:08:26 | More by perfectkaos
4.3/5 rDev +23.9%
Pours a nice deep amber color with an off white head that settles down to a thick lace. Nose is big and boozey; lots of vanilla and toffee. Some alcohol is present on the nose as well, but in a good way, stings the nostrils as a scotch ale should.
HUGE body. Taste is smooth and malty. Incredibly malty with well blended flavors. No tongue confusion going on, just some well balanced goodness.
Lots of dark fruits with a big bready character and a subtle hop finish lends this beer a really smooth balance.
I'm down with this.
Also, couldnt detect a trace of that 10% abv
12-19-2011 05:40:17 | More by jtierney89
4.25/5 rDev +22.5%
Pours a beautiful deep red amber with a small, lasting head with moderate lacing.
Aromas of cherry, malt, brown sugar, and caramel. Slightly toasty.
Immediate metallic taste which leaves quickly followed closely by very smooth caramel and brown sugar notes followed by toasty malts and a huge cherry and pie crust, caramelized apples, slight alcohol (very slight for 10%), and other fruity esters, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Very smooth, very malty, quite sweet, and huge notes of autumnal fruits and spices make this a winner. Only drawback is that metallic taste at the beginning but that goes away very quickly.
06-21-2011 14:45:27 | More by jballeng
4.25/5 rDev +22.5%
Arrives a deeply reddish brown with a small head that drops to a faint film pretty quickly.
Smell is malt, sour, oak, light spice and caramel. Nicely balanced.
Taste is exactly the same, malty, oak, a fruitu note I cant identify and a touch of sour and spice and a sweeter caramel note. Great balance.
Full bodied, rich and smooth. Light coating on the tongue. This is even better after it warms up for 30 minutes. A much better beer than the Brothers think apparently.
07-24-2012 02:16:22 | More by PorterLambic
4.22/5 rDev +21.6%
Pours a redish brown with a thin tan head. Not much retention, byt decent lacing. Aromas is of sweet dark fruit, and butterscotch,with a hint of alchol.Body is medium,with som carnionation. Taste is of scotch wiskey,and sweet dark fruits. Excellent from start to finish!
11-21-2007 20:49:49 | More by riversider76
4.2/5 rDev +21%
This brew poured out as a really pretty looking red color with a creamy looking orangey head on it. The lacing was nice along the glass. The smell of the beer was sweet and malty, very pleasing aroma on this beer. The smell transferred perfectly to the taste where the peated malts meet with some caramel and brown sugar. The taste I found to be very very nice. The mouthfeel was smooth and kind of creamy, a little bit of carbonation working well on this beer. Overall this brew was worth trying on just about all levels in my opinion. I'm very surprised this doesn't have better reviews on here.
06-30-2011 03:28:44 | More by Knapp85
4.15/5 rDev +19.6%
I was quite surprised to see the low ratings for this beer, as I enjoyed it thoroughly and will certainly be picking up more the next chance I get.
She pours a light red hue with a largish head that stays around for a bit, but chooses not to waste much energy on lacing.
The smell and taste are malt forward, not quite as sweet as most examples of the style, but the caramelized goodness is there in force. That's about it, I hate to say one-dimensional, but I will, and in this case it really isn't detrimental.
The mouth is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, between this and the high attenuation, this beer is insanely drinkable. The bottom of the glass comes way too fast, as does the stupor that results from the ten percent punch.
I guess all thats left to say is that you shouldn't let the subpar ratings scare you away from this beer, or any of Erie's offerings for that matter, I have found them to be quite enjoyable.
02-13-2010 22:14:12 | More by grayburn
4.1/5 rDev +18.2%
( Served in a dimple mug)
A- This beer has a deep dense walnut brown body with red highlights at the base of the glass. There is a thick sticky tan head of foam and a sea of microbubbles gliding to the surface.
S- The smell of dry dark caramel malt with biscuit malt notes has a light graham note in the finish.
T- This beer has a dry dark toasted malt flavor with a light cream taste to it. There is a coffee malt note in the background and a good light roast bitterness to the finish. As the beer warms there is a cidery note in the finish with a hint of hops aswell.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with no alcohol heat until the beer is pretty warm and a even then the alcohol is pretty mellow.
D- This beer has a nice full malt flavor that is well blended and smooth with a supporting bitterness that grows as it warms. The cidery quality added a bit of interest to the finish and was not off putting.
02-23-2009 16:46:04 | More by rhoadsrage
4.08/5 rDev +17.6%
a: very dark amber almost brown. thin whitw head.
s: all i can smell is a p.b. and jay with some sort of sour red berry zuckercorn.
t: sweet and sour red berry. sometimes i say straw then the next sip i say razz. its very sour and i think that its the only thing that could make it a wee heavy.
m: med carb but very sweet and sour and that rides on for a while.
o: this beer is a scotch ale??? my white behind!!! this beer is sweet and fruity with a sour aftertaste, if it were up to me this beer would be under flanders but i didnt brew it so ya....
05-20-2011 01:22:20 | More by TwoHeartedMale
4.05/5 rDev +16.7%
12 oz bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens snifter.
Pours deep mahogany with reddish hues around the edges and a small ring of foam that fades quickly. Aroma is very sweet, toffee, caramel, crystal malt - this is going to be a malt bomb for sure.
First sip is rather pleasant. Sweet, malty flavor, but it finishes surprisingly dry. Some hot alcohol pokes through, but it is smooth for 10% ABV. Hops are non-detectable, as they should be in this style of beer. The clean finish is both a positive and a negative. I like how this isn't cloyingly sweet, but at the same time, the thinner body allows the alcohol burn to come through a little more.
All in all this is a nicely crafted beer. Would get this again.
12-24-2010 01:09:18 | More by FickleBeast
Ol' Red Cease And Desist from Erie Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.