Ol' Red Cease And Desist - Erie Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 119
Hads: 244
Avg: 3.49
pDev: 16.33%
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

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Beer added by: jhicks12 on 11-20-2007

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Photo of GlacierSapien
3.91/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Boozy...but delicious, quite a strong scotch ale but smooth and caramelly. Rich and tasty, who cares if its a little boozy...the caramel balances it quite well and makes a dangerously drinkable booze bomb.

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Photo of classixIII
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This one is apple way out front smell and taste at first. Then bread and some darker fruits much like a bunch of other winter ales. Almost too sweet and are they sure this is 10% ABV. Not a big fan, probably won't have again.

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Photo of Brenden
3.01/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of GregJ
3.07/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of Mikus
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Medium brown/ruby in the light, clear appearance, very little head. 'Soda carbonation'. Light nose, bit of ssweetness, fruity esters present. Slightly sweet to taste, bit of smokiness coming through. Thin mouthfeel. Overly so. Bit of a cloying aftertaste. Could be richer, heavier (get it ?). Missing piece is the mouthfeel. I feel like my homebrewed Wee Heavy was stronger after the first try...

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Photo of lwillitz
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A - shallow/quickly-receding khaki head over a somewhat murky body of orange amber; high amount of visible carbonation

S - quite malty; caramel, dark fruit

T - bready malts, caramel sweetness, dark fruit notes (raisins and plums), touch of peat

M - slick full body, high carbonation, some alcohol warmth (less than expected from 10.1% abv)

O - Ol' Red Cease & Desist is a decent brew, but many superior Wee Heavy Ales are available.

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Photo of Suds
3.14/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A clear, reddish-brown liquid...the head is thin. Overall, the beer is unremarkable in appearance. The aroma is a little malty, with some caramel and toast notes. Full in body...it hides it's ABV. The brew is a little one dimensional and flat. It could be so much more.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a deep clear brown, light reddish tint around the edges. Off-white film for a head.

Smells of light biscuit malts, hint of caramel.

Biscuity malt flavor with a hint of caramel sweetness. Some light cane sugar sweetness too.

Medium to full body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

A descent high abv ale with a good malty flavor. The worst I can say about it is it is a little boring. Hides its strength, goes down easy enough. If you can get it for the right price, it's worth trying as a money-to-abv value. Otherwise, there are better beers and it's not really very true to the style.

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Photo of MikeWard
2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

undated12 oz bottle served in a Piraat snifter.

Appearance – Pours a mahogany color with a small and short-lived off-white head. The head left only a sparse spots of lacing.

Smell – Lightly sweet and moderately boozy. Some notes of baked bread and fruits, with a touch of peat smoke.

Taste – Starts quite sweet with caramel, caramelized sugar, and some breadiness. Some smoke works into the taste, becoming peaty in the finish. A boozy, beer liqueur character.

Mouthfeel – Medium+ body; low carbonation; moderate alcohol harshness and warmth.

Overall – More boozy then desirable, even for 10% ABV. Relatively fruity as if a somewhat Belgian version of the style.

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Photo of Dodo2step
2.8/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.07/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Pours a copper color with the tiniest white head. The head was gone in a flash to give almost no lacing.

Smell – The smell is heaviest of caramel and toffee overall giving the brew a sweet smell. Mixed with these aromas is a good presence of booze as well as some lighter notes of malt and smoke.

Taste – The taste begins big of a bready and sweet base. The breadiness is of a wheat and biscuit flavor with the sweet being largely of caramel. As the taste advances flavors of toast and cherry come to the tongue. Bits of smoke and toffee also work their way into the taste and when combined with the rest, as well as a big dose of alcohol at the end, leave a boozy sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The beer was thick in body and lower in carbonation. Great for the flavors of the beer as it really allowed for the boozy and sweet flavors to sit and linger on the tongue.

Overall – An all right brew, but a bit more boozy then desirable, as it makes it quite difficult to sit, sip and enjoy.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: no head really on a amber with copper hues clear body.

S: caramel, wood, toffee, soy, canned corn and peat malts.

T: lots of canned corn in this flavor. caramel, wood and peat are minor players. Its like drinking the corn juice out of a can of corn. Brown sugar and candied fruits late in the finish. The alcohol is extremely well hidden though.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. nicely smooth.

Overall: I just couldn't get over the canned corn aroma and flavor. It distracted me and effected this ones drinkability. Maybe mine was infected?

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, woody, caramel, and a small alcohol presence.. In the taste, woody, with notes of caramel, it starts with big alcohol but fades quickly. A small alcohol bite but mainly smooth with a medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry woody and alcohol like aftertaste. A nice woody presence and nice alcohol that fades out.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Hop House (not the cleanest lines, here goes... )

Deep red, very little foam which receded with speed. No lacing to speak of (gotta be the glassware)

Caramelly aroma with a roast malt overtone. Boozy and rich. Pretty sweet-smelling.

Upon first taste, nice dessert-like malt sweetness with a touch of caramel, maybe marshmallow. The booze levels are a tad heavy for the abv, but still nice and wooly. The hops are way in the background, but finish drier and spicier. Nice yeast strain, slightly nutty and fruity. Persimmon, cherry, definite brandy-like taste. Good stuff. Love to try a bottle.

Slick and wet. Not enough carbonation. But, all in all, above-average.

One o'my favorites from the brewers in Erie.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jballeng
4.23/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: minimal head, cloudy, dark reddish-brown in color, sediment is noticeable, medium carbonation

Smell: toffee and caramel

Taste: toffee, caramel malt, earth, some floral hops in the back

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy body, sweet start with a bitter middle and a less bitter end, moderate carbonation

Overall: I like this one, but it is a sipper. It has a nice combo of earth and sweet malt. I wish I would have picked up more than just a single.

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Photo of TwoHeartedMale
4.09/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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....

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Photo of jlindros
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

THanks to dfclav for this one.

Pours a light creamy head that barely covers, over semi clear reddish rosy colored beer.

Nose has lots of reddish malts, light booze, some brown sugar and molasses, light syrupy aroma, toffee, and just a hint of earthy hops.

Taste slightly creamy, more reddish malts, some molasses, light earthy hops, a bit boozy, syrupy, toffee, caramel, little bit of herbal hops, but the whole thing just feels light likeit's missing some malt character. Finishes still sweet, lingering syrupy flavors, toasty malts, and little boozy tingle.

Mouth is medium bodied but a light feeling, with lower carbonation and some booze warmth and tingly.

Overall meh, decent beer, but missing something, a little boozy too.

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Photo of mattgreger
3.24/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured a clear, dark red color. There wasn't much of a head, but it did leave a nice little cap that was a light tan color and very creamy looking. Not much lacing as the brew was drank, which is common with a brew that has such a high ABV.

The aroma on this brew begins with great biscuity malt, that nice a sweet, then moves on a bit of a grainy note. Its followed by some great dark fruits, I can detect som raisins, maybe more. There is a bit of a caramel note as well, that feeds into the alcohol as the brew warms.

The flavor on this brew is pretty good, but it is missing something. It starts out with the great malt flavors you smell in the front of teh brew, then it feeds into the biscuity/grainy malts and just a touch of dark fruits, which I really can't tell what they are. Its kind of odd, the brew just gets heavy in alcohol and fades. It kinda loses its life. I was really enjoying, then nothing.

The mouthful on this brew has a medium to heavy body, with not very much carbonation, which is pretty much expected with this style brew. There is a great alcohol punch as well. And a good finish as well, it just kind of loses its flavor in the warming. Its there for the start, then fades to a straight alcohol burn.

Its still a decent brew, but not the best by any means when it comes to the style. Its kind of lacking something. I feel it was missing more of the dark fruits you get in these brews. This brew has a decently high ABV, so be ready for a big hit as you SIP this brew.

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