Ol' Red Cease And Desist - Erie Brewing Co.

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Ol' Red Cease And DesistOl' Red Cease And Desist

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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 9
Gots: 14 | 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 TheTrevor
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of Deuane
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of fightingirishcmk
2.73/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of ccrida
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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...

Photo of olmatty
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of Crosling
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of tosshin
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Photo of Spikester
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of templar316
3.55/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of nick76
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of thain709
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
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

Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of bitterthebetter
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
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

Photo of william5586
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of wgarton
1.88/5  rDev -46%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.39/5  rDev -2.6%
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

Photo of steelcutoats
2.48/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

Photo of tmoneyba
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of AltBock
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of karengarys
4.38/5  rDev +25.9%
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!

Ol' Red Cease And Desist from Erie Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.