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Ol' Red Cease And Desist - Erie Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 17%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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:
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(Beer added by: jhicks12 on 11-20-2007)
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Photo of mullenite
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Glassware - Over-sized Brandy Snifter

Appearance - Very dark reddish-brown in color with a one-finger soapy white head that settles in to a ring. Some lacing but nothing really note-worthy.

Nose - Smells like beet sugar, which is kind of strange. That's really the only aroma I'm getting out of it. If you've never smelled beet sugar before the best way to describe it would candied beets... There may be a little bit of caramel in the background but that could also be my imagination.

Taste - Very similar to the smell with the beet sugar/candy flavoring. There is a little bit of alcohol in the finish and a little bit of a caramel/roast aftertaste but it is predominantly sugary sweetness. Kind of messy but not really bad.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low carbonation, seems appropriate for the style.

Overall - Kind of confused about this one. It doesn't taste bad really, but it tastes... off. I can't imagine that this beer is supposed to taste like that. It's almost like an artificial sweetener. Weird.

mullenite, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of haddon
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a rusty red in the glass with a 2-finger head that doesn't hang around long.

S- very sweet smell with chocolate and caramel predominating. actually pretty nice. best part of the beer

T- malts, caramel and warm alcohol taste on the front. scotch flavor is present as well. bitter on the end but something a little off putthing by this bitterness. it's different. don't know if I like it or not

M- little syrupy with not much carbonation. sits a little heavy on the palate

D- this beer is missing something as a wee heavy. little too much bitterness with not the appropriate amount of malts to go along.

haddon, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of ShadesOfGray
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

ShadesOfGray, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
2.88/5  rDev -17%
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.

ktrillionaire, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of jacobseyb
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. Pours a deep garnet red with little head that dissipates quickly. Aromas are sweet with a hint of peat smoked malt trailing in. Taste is similar with a very sweet initial flavoring of malts but the slight oddity of the peat trailing in at the end. Feel is full bodied with an oiliness that lingers. Drinkable for the style as the ABV limits intake.

jacobseyb, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a snifter,nice ruby brown color.very little head.big caramel nose with hints of vanilla and figs.taste is somewhat caramelized fruity,finishes with hints of vanilla and a slight roasted flavor. overall pretty good. not sure if it's purely to style,but i like this beer alot for the cost. smooth mouth feel and pretty good drinkability.

this might not be the greatest wee heavy,but it's a good beer especially considering the cost.

wyattshotmaker, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of yelterdow
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the folks at Erie for the sample, I'll serve this at between fridge and cellar temperature in an oversize snifter.

Appearance- Well there's no question this beer looks huge... it pours hazy and viscous, like an old barleywine waiting to take its virgin breath after years in the cellar. The head rises a quarter-inch before hissing away, becoming nothing more than a sporadic film across the beer's surface. The color is a blazing cherrywood red.

Smell- Aromas of cherries and vanilla stream into the nose, with a layer of wood beneath it adding some depth. Boozy without being hot.

Taste- The initial sweetness is front and center, exploding with fruit and some woody notes that mask the enormous ABV. For the style, it is much more fruit-forward rather than being primarily malt driven... interesting, but not as complex overall. The final pour brings with it a better suggestion of the malt and hops.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The highlight of this tasting is the beautifully smooth, prickly texture that begins and ends with a gentle ebb tide. Full and round, it lends the essential feature that improves the unique character of the flavors.

yelterdow, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Samuel Smith Imp. pint glass. After pouring it retained about an inch and a half of frothy head with good carbonation. Deep ruby color. Very smooth sweet fruity esters. Biscuit like notes are pretty dominant in this malt bomb. No real hop notes. Alcohol is very noticed but it is still very pleasant to drink. In my thinking this is one of the better years for this brew.

mtnbikerpa, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of karmaghost
1.5/5  rDev -56.8%
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.

karmaghost, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of maximum12
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Florida this past spring, so it's been sitting in the fridge for quite a while. Quick split of the twelve ounces before going out to dinner with friends!

Pours a lovely red with a smallish head that retreats quickly into a tiny bubble island. Smells good, rich malts & peat.

Cease & Desist is a rather classic example of the style. The underlying smokiness adds some interest & depth to the malts, & there's a touch of hoppiness in there too, adding a further layer. That smoke adds a touch of scotchcicity to it as well.

Nothing really distinguished about this brew, but a good beer.

maximum12, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of matty
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownish amber colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is fruity.Taste is fruits and sugar cane.Alcohol is very very well hidden.Smooth and goes down like cold filtered water.This is something that could easily sneak up on you if not careful.I would recommned and purchase again.

matty, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of GoalieRon33
2.53/5  rDev -27.1%
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

GoalieRon33, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of Katahdin
4.55/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Katahdin, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of DarrellK
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to admit that right up there with Abbey Ales, a Scottish Ale is my favorite style. Having sid that I had high expectation for this brew.

Based on the best SA's the color is about right id a little too translucent. The head is way to thin and aroma a little on the subdued side.

The mouth is close to the standard but could use more body and the finish is on the right tracj with a nice maltiness but just under standard.

Overall, this is a good US version of the style but best reserved for those being broken-in to moe developed brews

DarrellK, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of MrDanno96
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark copper color with less than a finger of head and a little lacing.

S: Grains, sweet fruit (cherries) and earthy malt. The sweet smell is odd. It is fairly faint, but is very apparent at the same time. Just based on smell, I would expect some very sweet flavors out of this.

T: Very malty and grainy, with fairly strong hints of sweet fruit and citrus as well. There is also a fair amount of carbonation and a bitter after taste that is a little more than I would like.

M: Begins a little watery, but finishes with a mediumish body. The finish is also dry, which is to be expected from a scotch ale.

D: Fairly good drinkability considering the abv, though I feel that the fruitiness and bitterness don't quite balance well enough. I would say this is an average Scotch Ale and the high abv is unnecessary IMO. For the ABV, there are many better beers I would rather drink.

MrDanno96, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice red-ish brown with a quickly disappearing head. No lacing.

Not much to the nose. Very sweet smell, some fruit and malt. I can't get too specific as I'm not too familiar with this type of beer. Smells good, but its faint.

I wasn't expecting much from the smell, but I was very impressed by the taste. It has a nice balance in the front, some malts and a little sweetness. The finish is a sweet fruity blast that subsides quickly back to malt. That's a nice effect that begs to be sipped again. A slight hint of booze, but not too much.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a thick, syrupy finish. Not too surprising with the sweetness, but it just makes you thirsty.

That little explosion of sweetness did it for me. I would definately drink this beer again. Not necessarily too many at once, but I will look for more. If I can find it.

RomaniIteDomum, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of goblue3509
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish copper color. The smell is of caramel and roasted malts with some fruity sweetness at the back end. The taste is of roasted caramel malt and some fruity sweetness with a hint of spice. The taste does give way to a little alcohol taste at the back end that lowers the taste a little. The mouthfeel is rich and smooth and not as thick as I expected. Overall this is a solid beer to drink but the alcohol after taste knocks it down to just average.

goblue3509, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of TheTrevor
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark copper with red highlights and a thin head. The smell is almost all toasted malt, with a little bit of dark fruitiness mixed in. The taste starts off with some sweet caramel malt followed by some raisin/plum that hides the alcohol remarkably well. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with some moderate carbonation. This is a pretty drinkable little beer, and the alcohol is hidden dangerously well. One of my favorite styles and underrepresented by American Micros in my opinion. Definitely worth a try.

TheTrevor, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of Deuane
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear, deep copper with a thin light tan head that reduces to a thin veil leaves little lace.

S-Sweet caramel malt with a big fruity aspect. A bit of spiciness too.

T-Caramel malt sweetness with that same berry fruitiness. A bit of medicinal flavour too that is not entirely unwelcomed. Ends with a spicy dryness.

M-Medium bordering on medium light...in fact a bit thin considering it is 10+% Dry, crisp ending a good lingering spice.

D-Not bad, but has some negative qualities that don't hit the mark. A good beer but not one I would crave time and time again.

Deuane, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass. The ale appears a clear but dark amber color with a finger of quickly fading off white foam. Smell and taste is sweet, fruity, ripe cherries, a fair amount of sugary malt, molasses, biscuits, ever so slightly smokey. A bit lacking in body, especially for a 10ish % ale, but the ale is at least amply carbonated. Worth trying I suppose.

ClockworkOrange, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of fightingirishcmk
2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

fightingirishcmk, May 19, 2009
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A big abv brew, with a thin mouthfeel and a strong fusal/grain alcohol bite.

Pours a bright brick brown with a good head that goes away pretty quickly.

Fruity (plum/fig) aroma, with the big alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but too thin for such a high abv. The wave of solvent alcohol (reminds me of everclear, cheap vodka, or something) hits hard after each sip. Totally malt-forward, but for a scotch/wee heavy, i'm not getting any of the good peat flavors that I crave (and expect from the style).

It's just too harsh and my sobriety would be better spent on lower abv and tastier brews.

SurlyDuff, May 13, 2009
Photo of ccrida
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my Meantime snifter, Ol' Red Cease And Desist is a clear amber with a small khaki head.

Smell is super fruity, like candy, chewed up skittles, more of a raisin like Special B malt as it warms.

Taste is also very sweet and fruity. While they did a good job of resisting smoked malts, historically speaking, there would be little to no esters - this is basically an English barleywine. And in that regard it's not so bad, on the dry, thin side maybe. Not as hot as I feared, I've cellared it for 3-4 months, maybe that helped.

Mouthfeel is sticky, but light bodied and super dry.

Drinkability is ok, pretty simple, strong for sure, but not really fusely or anything. I've got one more that I'll sit on for probably 2 years and see what happens...

ccrida, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of olmatty
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a high, off-white head with good lacing and retention. Beer is a deep, brown amber. A beautiful hue.

Smell- Malts with a hint of sweetness and some brandy alcohol.

Taste- Big malt body and a decent hop presence to offset all the malts. Alcohol is prominent, but not overwhelm the brew. A malty sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Moderately carbonated and smooth, but quite chunky and palate coating.

Drinkability- Heavy ABV will rule out drinking a few. A nice scotch ale with a big malt body. Overall quite a nice brew.

olmatty, Mar 24, 2009
Ol' Red Cease And Desist from Erie Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.