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Ol' Red Cease And Desist - Erie Brewing Co.

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119 Reviews
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Reviews: 119
Hads: 244
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.18%
Wants: 9
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jhicks12 on 11-20-2007

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Photo of gfreed
1.26/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A rotten example of a Scotch ale, and one of the most awful beers I've ever had, this thing is a disgrace to the style. Like a good little Scotch ale enthusiast, I let it warm up for a while before opening it; my reward was a nose full of old vegetables and pink Sweetarts. The taste is sweet, salty and, at the same time, terribly bitter and sour and full of boiled peas. It gained a slightly pleasant malt characteristic after reaching room temperature; otherwise, this is a total and complete failure. If you want a good American Scotch ale, go find yourself a Founders Dirty Bastard. (587 characters)

Photo of karmaghost
1.57/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bottle into a 16oz pint glass. I'm a huge fan of big malty beers, but this brew hits you with a taste of malty-ness followed by the dull, almost oily taste of alcohol.

I don't think I ever truly understood the meaning of "one-dimensional" until I had this beer. There are no back-notes, no lingering flavors, no aftertaste except for the taste of alcohol.

Erie Brewing Co. has some great beers, but this is not one of them. As I told my brother as I drank this, "it's probably one of, if not the, worst beers I've ever tasted." A disappointment indeed. (568 characters)

Photo of wgarton
1.94/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A: Poured into a pint glass. Pretty attractive amber with an impressive head. Enjoyable to look at in the glass.

S: Alcohol pours into the nose and is reminiscent of smelling a liquor. Fruitiness seeps through the alcohol, which is a little enjoyable.

T: Way too strong for my tastes, and it's not hard to notice the alcohol. Warming and reminiscent of drinking a boilermaker made with a fruity beer.

MF: Creamy feel, nothing too good or bad.

D: I couldn't drink more than one, and it's amazing I got beyond through that one. This beer is way too aggressive for me and just doesn't have enough redeeming flavor to sip. (622 characters)

Photo of jkaiser150
2.18/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

drank this at 1:15 sunday the 2nd of 2011.
a: carmel brown
s: malty
t: thick malt
m: malty strong one sided
d: no
for a strong scotch ale I think they forgot to add the most important beer ingredient. Goodness. Goodness was missing from this one.
Not a good way to start the new year. (284 characters)

Photo of aepb1
2.42/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- Nice amber brown body with a lot of frothy white head

S- Sweet? Not much along these lines

T- Gotta check to make sure this is really 10.1% ABV it really doesn't seem like that much... not what I expected. Caramel malty sweetness and not much else... a bit of astringent alcohol in the finish

M- Medium bodied, smooth, good carbonation. Kind of sticky

D- The aftertaste and lack of depth at 10.1% is a bummer and surprising (430 characters)

Photo of GoalieRon33
2.54/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

a- deep brown coloration. filtered, clear, but very dark...rootbeer colored

s- nothing wonderful to smell. almost a little stale. no hoppiness to detect...you can almost smell the alcohol

t- alcohol. fruity, but with alcohol. Overpowering burn

m-heavy. definately large bodied beer. no hoppiness detected.

d- too much with no refinement. All i taste is alcohol. almost like drinking actual scotch. yuck. would not tell others to try it (439 characters)

Photo of steelcutoats
2.55/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ol' Red Review

I bought this for a night cap at the Headkeeper tonight after some R&R. I poured it into my crystal snifter and prepared for the best. The beer poured with a nice head that quickly dissipated. The color was a deep, deep ruby. The aroma was full of roasted malts and sweet, dark fruits. It has tones of dates, sweet citrus notes. The taste wasn't as well received as the aroma. It was a bit bland, but still passes as scotch ale. A few years ago I tried Red Ryder form Erie Brewing and enjoyed it very much. I hope sooner or later they bring it back. (565 characters)

Photo of JamesS
2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice dark copper color, but with just a bit of head and almost no lacing. Sweet, malty scent, but not as strong or deep as most wee heavies. It has slightly sweet flavor, but it's completely overridden by the alcohol. There are other wee heavies out there that are just a little lower in ABV, but much richer in taste. It would be good as a warmer, but so would a nice scotch, and I prefer more flavorful beers, as opposed to those whose taste, and also rough feel, are too overwhelmed. (494 characters)

Photo of Jason
2.72/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

No modest froth here, it comes right to the top of the glass. Ok retention and the clarity is bright. Fruity aroma with a dried biscuit dusting in the nose. Creamy smooth mouth feel, full bodied. Hit of harsh solvent alcohol after each sip, caramel and bready maltiness is there but clouded by the hot alcohol. Hops are minimal. Dry finish with more lingering alcohol heat.

I'm not even sure if age will do this beer any good. Its far from being horrible but it is a chore to sip, it has headache written all over it. A bit too attenuated, hot and fruity for the style. (570 characters)

Photo of fightingirishcmk
2.77/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours with a 1 finger creamy head. Clear, ruby red in color, the most red color I have ever seen in a beer. Little head retention.
S: Predominately cherries, with some plum and raisin aromas.
T: Somewhat harsh, metallic, with the darker fruit flavors mixed with a strange burnt finish. The overall flavor is somewhat thin for a 10% beer.
M: Weird. Sticky, yet slippery? It is definitely not like most other beers that I've had in terms of mouthfeel, and I can't say that I enjoy it. I'm not sure if it is the carbonation, or the thin flavor profile, but it is just weird.
D: Well, it is thin on flavor for a 10% beer IMO. While this would lend itself to be more drinkable, the harsh metallic burnt taste of this beer makes it less so. I've had much better scotch ales. (771 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

P- Wegmans

A- light cola like look to it with no head and no lacing.

S- fruity aroma with a biscuity maltness on the back end. nothing too much to write here.

F- a bland fruitiness that is like plum or date. bready malts that tastes outdated.

M- smooth and creamy and this is probably the best part of the beer.

O- not a good wee heavy and i would only try this in a pinch. It gets better as its gets warmer. not a good sign. (431 characters)

Photo of ShadesOfGray
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Corsedonk snifter. Pours a deep amber/brown with very little head. Head remains as a thin ring around the outside with light quick sliding lacing.

Aroma is very faint and light. Slightly sweeter notes, caramel. Very little fruit smell...apple maybe?

Flavor is also pretty light, but decent...at first. Flavor hits in a little stronger as it sits on your tongue. Some warm caramel notes, sweet malts, mild carbonation, a slight bitter backside. Can taste the scotch, which is pleasant and warming. Decent beer. (545 characters)

Photo of SaucyA
2.89/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Craig told me to drink this. Here goes.

A - I don't have a thistle glass so I poured it into a Trois Pistoles goblet. Poured a quick fading off-white head with a cola colored body.

S - When I whiffed it straight from the bottle, it smelled like an alcoholic mess. However from the glass I get a nice mixture of dark fruits and cherries and berries. It smells really good. Sounds weird but I even get pomegranate. I could see that if I broke one in my car, I'd probably buy another bottle.

T - Not necessarily bad. No, no wait. It's not necessarily good either. It's a hot, creepy mess of malts and medicinal alcohol. Oh man. It's not hot on the pipes or in the belly, but it has a cough medicine vibe that is soo not my thing. I wish this aftertaste would cease and/or desist.

M - Slightly thin and medium carbonation. A little syrupy.

D - Not so much. I'm gonna have a rough time gettin the rest of this one down. Apparent alcohol really blows it. It's been about a half hour and I don't have nearly half of it gone.

Notes: I originally bought this because the beer guy at Holiday Market recommended it. I don't think I'm gonna pay much attention to his further recommendations. (1,186 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I like the bottle Ol' Red Cease and Desist has a pretty translucent red body with amber fringes. The white head is small and disappears pretty quickly.

The aroma has a lot of sweetness, mostly toffee. Pretty one-dimensional.

Cease and Desist is highly sweet with toffee flavors. A bit of tobacco is in there too. Some alcohol warming in the finish. Not much going on to be honest.

The mouthfeel is very light and carbonated.

I like the label and the name, but I have to say I don't like the beer that much. Definitely a little bit of a disappointment. One positive is that I would not have guessed that this sucker is over 10% ABV. (635 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.96/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A – Nice, lacy, beautiful red color and eggshell head.

S – Cinnamon raisin bread, and slight peat.

T – Caramel, cinnamon raisin, well-hidden alcohol, malty peat, and a strange milk-like quality. It is interesting, but I'm not sure if I like it.

M – A slight syrupy consistency does not help this beer. If it were more dry and carbonated it would perhaps enhance the flavors.

D – I would not drink more than one, especially given the strange flavor, 10% ABV, and the syrupy quality inherent. (524 characters)

Photo of brewcat
2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a beautiful red, mahogany with little head. Aroma kinda had me in a recoil at first nose. Can't quite place it but it's bad. I'm guessing this is an old oxidized bottle, however, there's something odd beyond that. Diacetyl maybe. Maybe I'm just not a fan of the style. The flavor is actually quite nice though. Loads of malt with caramel, brown sugar, figs, dark fruit dominate that seem to balance well with the bitterness. (430 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

Thick Reddish brown coloring, decent head to start, which soon evaporated. Very little lacing

Smell was pretty much sweet and malty, no boozy smell, despite the 10.10.

Taste was...well, pretty weak. Sweet, again with no strong alcohol taste. Didn't seem like I was drinking a high abv beer.

Mouth was decent and thick

Overall, an okay beer, but nothing to write home about. (424 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.01/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This one is a medium red with brown hues, shining with a bright flair in the light. An off-white foam is creamy and compact with pretty good lace.
My initial thought is that this smells like an apple juice or, more accurately, cider. Some darker malts do emerge with time. It tastes that way, too, mostly fruity with a bit of bread and some toffee-like sweetness. In the flavor, this gives way to an overall sweetness, some molasses and overripe red fruits moving toward a somewhat odd note in the finish.
I don't know what to make of the feel. At the same time it seems there are thick malts, only in the mouthfeel and not the flavor, it's also light and a bit too bubbly or spritzy. (689 characters)

Photo of EGledhill
3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured into my snifter. no head on this one at all. it goes strictly to business. bright ruby color. smells of sweets. caramel maybe, and fruits. good taste to it, sweet caramel and malt flavor to it, then you feel the burn when it goes down the hatch... definitely warms you up. not sure how many i could drink of these. not really enjoying the burn, but nevertheless a good winter warmer (389 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It seems that Erie Brewing Co. does a great job of taking the world's classic beer styles and simplifying them into just beer, or just non-descript American ales. They taste fine but are void of the true authentic flavors of those styles because its easier to brew convenient beers with convenient ingredients and convenient techniques. Truly authentic examples takes care that's just not displayed here. This Wee Heavy speaks to much the same.

Ol Red Cease and Desist becomes a malt-forward, caramel sweet ale but not without the mild hop bitterness of pine and earth. Slight bread crust flavors blend into toffee richness but without the supportive complexities of toast, developed malt taste, any slight grapey esters or smoke variety that often makes Scottish Ales both distinctive and gentlemanly. Somewhat distracting buttery notes and ill placed bruised apple taste distracts from the otherwise one-dimensional caramel sweetness. A long-lasting sugary sweetness surplant the malty-dry finish as the predominant lingering memory in aftertaste.

This Wee Heavy is a fine beer, but its no more a Strong Scottish Ale as it is an ambiguous American Strong Ale, Barleywine, Imperial Red... or pick another strong beer. Tasty for a session perhaps but the beer just doesn't know what it is. (1,291 characters)

Photo of AltBock
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with a red label that has a real life up close picture of a gavel with the saying "Inspired by the long arm of the law" to the left. Don't bother looking for a best before date because Erie Brewing doesn't stamp their labels or bottles with any kind of date on them.

When poured into a mug, this Wee Heavy was a dark cherry amber with a small touch of mahogany. The head of foam on this beer was about 1/2 an inch in height and light tan in color. It didn't have the best retention, but it did manage to leave behind a handful of bubbly rings and a spot or two of fizzy lace.

For such a big ABV% beer, this Ale was sweet and fruity with a hint of roasted malts, dark fruits like the the fig and plum, and a dash of cinnamon. Very interesting aroma. I'll give that one.

This beer isn't going to play around. It started off strong with the alcohol and it finished up strong with the alcohol. In between the taste of alcohol was the taste of dry roasted malts, a splash of caramel, dry roasted citrus hops, sweet yeast, and a few spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. I didn't mind it being strong (it is a 10% ABV beer) or that it contained a few spices, but I thought there was a little too much yeast in here.

This was a medium bodied beer that was lingering on being a full bodied beer. It featured a strong alcoholic, not medicinal, aftertaste of roasted malts, a tiny hint of sweet caramel, and yeast.

I honestly don't know what to say about this beer. It wasn't a bad beer, but it wasn't all that good either. If you like affordable high ABV% Ales that are strong on the alcohol and yeast, then you might like this one. One was enough for me. (1,661 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Erie- Ol' Red

A- Beautiful deep amber with a huge frothy head.
S- Funky and musty malt with dried fruits; raisin, prune, fig.
T- Immediate dried fruits like raisin, fig, pineapple, and prune. Dry maltiness with licorice and molasses flavors present.
M- Dry and tangy. Slighty cloying. Hot alc in the end, it is 10%!

Overall- weird smell but otherwise not bad tasting, drinkable and deceptive at 10% alc.
My first Erie beer. I'd like to try their other offerings. (465 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid."

--Friedrich Nietzsche

Dusky russet red with orange peel colored highlights. A thick chunk of golden brown sugar colored foam appeared on the pour. The head has a whipped creamy texture and is doing a fine job laying down tattered sheets of lace. About half of it sticks in the end.

The nose is primarily caramel malty... and that's pretty much the extent of things. There's also a mineral-like quality that stops just short of metallic. Nor does it smell like this will be very malty sweet beer. Minimal appreciable alcohol is a minor plus.

Erie Ol' Red Cease & Desist (gotta use the ampersand) is not a stellar example of the style. The aroma does not lie. The beer is more bitter than sweet, which should never happen in a wee heavy. It's also still considerably metallic, like licking stainless steel. Here's hoping things mellow out once it gains a few degrees.

The vague outlines of a decent Scotch ale are there. Steely caramel dominates, followed by bitter tea leaves, a hint of orange peel, wood resin and a small splash of grain alcohol. It would be a craft beer crime if Pennsylvanians got the idea that this is how wee heavies are supposed to taste.

Warming softens things a little, but not enough. The mouthfeel falls in line with all the rest. It's too skimpy and the carbonation doesn't distinguish itself at all. More malt and more expertly buried bubbles would have helped.

This offering used to be called Red Ryder Big Beer. Apparently, those who hold the rights to the movie 'A Christmas Story' told Erie to cease and desist, since Red Ryder is the brand name of the air rifle that Ralphie wants so badly. Even if it isn't true, it's still an interesting story. I wish the same could be said of Ol' Red. (1,826 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.07/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed from bottle, may edit review if I try it again when I have my proper glassware. Smell is low-key malts and booze. Taste is smooth and malty at first, finishing hot and boozy but still smooth. Not a bad beer overall, although I assume with all the low reviews it's not a good representation of the style. (311 characters)

Photo of GregJ
3.07/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Smells of sweet malt. Light but distinct smell/flavor of raspberries and caramel. A boozy bite on the tongue and in the throat. Very dry in the palate with a bit of a bitter aftertaste. Not bad for the high alcohol content. (223 characters)

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Ol' Red Cease And Desist from Erie Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.