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Ol' Red Cease And Desist - Erie Brewing Co.

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214 Ratings

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jhicks12 on 11-20-2007)
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Photo of Crosling
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light reddish bronze colored beer. The head is of a very light tan. Notes of toast and smoke in the nose. Flavor is strongly malty, sweet, with notes of caramel, toast, brown sugar. It's a nicely balanced beer, but could benefit from a beefier body, natural carbonation. Decent Wee Heavy.

Crosling, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of tosshin
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer twice. Once on tap and the other from a bottle.

(Sorry for not having a full review of this beer, I wasn't able to sit down with it at my home. This is kind of going from memory)

When ordering from tap I was really disappointed. The beer tasted overly alcoholic and was not well balanced. I choked it down but decided to not drink this particular beer again.

Later, a couple of beer trustworthy friends independently recommended that beer to me, so I decided to give it another shot, and snagged the last bottle from the cooler at a superbowl party.

The beer from the bottle ended up being balanced much better. I was able to taste the malts as well as toned down, warming alcohol. The beer ended up being an excellent superbowl beer since I was able to drink it over the course of the first half.

I have chalked my bad tap experience up to a possible problem with the keg or the C02 line, or the poor, or something. But this beer is very drinkable, and is one of the better showings for Erie Brewing Company.

tosshin, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark caramel amber red hue with a nice one-finger caramel colored head that has minimal retention before fading to a thin collar that leaves just a bit of lacing.

aroma is fair, although fairly subdued. charred caramel, toasted malt, a bit of biscuit, and a bit of wheat bread. a touch of fruit and hops (fruity hops?) are unexpectedly present. more old ale aroma than scotch/wee heavy.

taste isn't bad for a wee heavy. Toasted malt and biscuit malt up front, with some decent smooth caramel and toffee notes backing up the malting. That fruity note is there as well, surprising for the style. a bit of citrus hops as well. The peat is very subtle - almost lacking. a hint of cocoa, a hint of coffee, and a bit of chicory. The fruit and brandy-like notes are a bit confusing.

mouthfeel is pretty decent. a nice fullness without being oily. carbonation is a bit high, although not sharp - creates an almost creamy texture. A warming alcohol feel is definitely present.

All in all, not bad, even if a bit askew from the wee heavy norm. goes down fairly smoothly for the abv. a touch hot, although not necessarily in an alcohol way... the fruit and hop notes are unexpected, and somewhat unwelcome. The richness and malt qualities are there, but so is a good bit of other stuff that I'm not really diggin. I'd drink it again... it's a solid brew, but just not quite good enough to stand out in my mind.

djeucalyptus, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

( 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.

rhoadsrage, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of Spikester
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear dark amber with a modest off white head and few lacings. Aroma is caramel. Taste is dark caramel, chocolate cherries, and an earthy hop bitter finish. Mouthfeel is alright but drinkability at 10% abv is too much for me. Reminds me a bit of drinking Port wine. Too much alcohol for this kid. At least I can tell the wife I only had one as I snooze in the recliner.

Spikester, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of templar316
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this case a week before christmas and its aged nicely...
Pours a deep rich amber with nice off white head. Nice caramel malt aroma, a little earthy, a little biscutty. The flavor is nice, starting with the earthy malt blends and then heating up with a little alcohol mid-body, with a nice crisp bready finish. Goes down smooth though a 10 is definately heady.
For the malt lover.

templar316, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of nick76
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is sweet and malty with caramel, chocolate, nuts, and hops. The appearance is deep amber with a small head. The flavor is like the aroma with an alcohol finish. The palate is smooth. Overall this is a well made beer that hides the alcohol pretty well.

nick76, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of thain709
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a copper brown that boarded on being red...a tan head that disappeared quickly...no lacing

S - Sweet smell...caramel malts...lingering hints of the alcohol

T - Follows the nose...you are welcomed with a nice sweet taste of caramel...maybe something else sweet...then it's the alcohols turn to shine

M - Medium body...nothing special

D - I like high abv beers that can hide the alcohol taste...this one lets it through just a little too much for me

thain709, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a mild burnt toffee scent along with a light roasted character. The alcohol is barely noticeable. The taste is decent as well. It has a tastey caramel malt flavor with a light roasted/smokey feel. The alcohol presence is there, but well hidden. It goes down extremely smooth and finishes sweet with a dry edge. It seems a little thin for a Wee Heavy. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking "big" beer. It's full flavored with an alcohol kick that's not too noticeable.

WesWes, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served last night off the cask at Piper's Pub, talk about excellent cellaring. These guys are pouring proper pints. Hug foaming khaki head completed with a smooth creamy texture, body is deep ruby garnett semi clouded. Smells tart with some underlying fruit and raisins. Very malty no real hop presence maybe just a little bit of earthiness. Flavor was okay a bit hot with alchol excessively sweet with malt flowing from every angle. Tart grape and raisins flood the palate as well. More earthy hops blended well. Mouthfeel is creamy silky smooth low well done carbonation, the mouthfeel is money. Drinkability overall is okay but the twang and loads of malt didn't completely agree with me, this is the same brew that went through some name changes but it's been around for quite sometime.

WVbeergeek, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of bitterthebetter
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light brown with golden honey hues with an off white head

aromas of sweet malt, caramel, slight biscuit and faint fruit notes

light malty sweetness, a touch of caramel, slight apple notes, even a dash of honey and slight spice on the finish

really light bodied, no trace of the 10.1ABV, smooth, not too sweet

a super light bodied ale for being so high in alcohol. good malty notes but not as heavy or malty as some wee heavys. well worth trying and the balance of the malt vs. alcohol is quite impressive

bitterthebetter, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of william5586
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a rich dark red. Almost no head.

S- Roasted malt and a little caramel.

T- Roasted malt flavor in good balance with some sweet caramel. Alcohol hits at the end but it was not overpowering.

M- Medium to full bodied. Creamy smooth. Very little carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink a few of these, but at 10% i know i should be careful. For 10% i really could not taste the alcohol as much as i thought i would. it did come more as it warmed however.

william5586, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of wgarton
1.88/5  rDev -45.8%
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.

wgarton, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of brentk56
3.39/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a rocky head that attempts to leave a few shards of lace

Smell: The aroma combines the appropriate level of malt but instead of the hoped for peaty aspect, there is a fruity quality that seems a bit odd for the style; more like a Barleywine

Taste: Open auspiciously, with a nice caramel malty flavor but it bever really develops to show any complexity

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with moderate to low carbonation; some heat on the finish; should have a fuller body

Drinkability: Not bad, but has a number of flaws that really knock this down to the lower end of the rating scale

Thanks, kbuzz, for the chance to re-visit

brentk56, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of steelcutoats
2.48/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

steelcutoats, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of tmoneyba
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from World of Beer, Clearwater, FL.

Poured clear reddish-brown color with an average fizy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate butterscotch malty aroma. Medium body and a smooth texture. Medium roasted sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

This is an average brew.

tmoneyba, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of AltBock
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

AltBock, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of karengarys
4.38/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

karengarys, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of mdm46410
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle and served in a snifter. This beer poured a dark burgandy/brown hue with a thin head of tannish yellow foam that quickly settled into a mostly lasting layer. The aroma of the beer was made up of brown sugar, sweet caramel, and some dark fruits. The flavor included caramelized sugars, plums, light smoke, and some warming alcohol. The mouthfeel was full-bodied but seemed a bit thin for a big beer. The carbonation was moderately aggressive. A pretty decent Scotch ale, and highly drinkable despite the high ABV.

mdm46410, May 20, 2008
Photo of SaucyA
2.83/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

SaucyA, May 11, 2008
Photo of Zorro
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled through ClockworkOrange and CA - PA BIF.

Clear dark red to reddish brown colored beer with a small tan head that doesn't last.

Smell is sweet and malty with a sour tang of rye and peat smoke malt and a faint melon aroma. Fainter still smoke and medicine aroma.

The taste starts out malt and smoke with a reasonably strong woody flavor. Definite rye flavor here with a little astringency. Light raisins and wheat bran flavor. Not a sweet beer despite all the malt, reminds me more than a little of rye whiskey.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not bad at all. This isn't the best of the style but it is certainly far from bad. Good flavor and mouthfeel help this overcome the looks and smell to make this a better than average Wee Heavy. A beer that is certainly worth drinking at the brewery and worth trading for.

Zorro, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of TheBlackMallard
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After the first single I bought shattered in my car when I set my bag down, I decided to buy another because it smelt good.

Pours dark red with a decent head.

Smells biscuity and fruity.

Sweet, fruity, and boozey.

Fizzy and light.

The alcohol is way too present. It was cheap, I'll leave it at that.

TheBlackMallard, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was left over from Christmas. Maybe I should have forgotten about it for a little longer.

Poured a bright ruby red/orange with no head and a small amount of lacing that stuck around till the very end. Smelled of sweet malts and fruit. Very bready and fruity taste that quickly fades into an alcohol burn that would warm an eskimo in a speedo. Had a very silky mouthfeel that makes it a little smooth. The alcohol burn wasn't extreme but it took away from the flavor. Not bad but one a night is enough.

CrazyMacHarris99, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of Risser09
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - 2007 offering - Cellar temp

Appearance: This beer pours a transparent copper brown color with red to orange to yellow spectrum of highlights. It has a 1" ivory head with okay retention and no lacing at first. It then appears after every sip.

Smell: Toasted malt, brown sugar, heavy on the caramel, toffee. Huge malt presence.

Taste: Deep malt flavor along with dark fruits of fig, raisin and dates. Alcohol is quite powerful and overwhelming. Its becomes hard to discern any other flavors. Probably due to over attenuation.

Mouthfeel: Distincly boozy. Sugar content seems high as well. This beer is slightly carbonated and reminisces of cheap vodka in the finish. Very warming in the stomach. Thick, syrupy, body.

Drinkability: Very low I think. This beer is just okay. The alcohol is way too dominating to enjoy it, let alone multiples of it. But I guess someone thought this beer was worth releasing. Try it once, don't buy more than one. I'm already drunk.

Risser09, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of EGledhill
3/5  rDev -13.5%
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

EGledhill, Jan 13, 2008
Ol' Red Cease And Desist from Erie Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.