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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: 212
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 perfectkaos
4.35/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

went to my distributor to pick up some great lakes christmas ale, but they were sold out, so my next pick would have been Erie's solid winter beer Red Ryder Big Beer... but alas the long arm of the law got to them and Red Ryder BB is no more.... in its place we've got Ol' Red Cease & Desist Ale...

pours a ruby color with a small head that quickly dissipates into a ring around the rim

smells of malt, spice and a hint of alcohol.

classic scotch ale taste to this one. bit of vanilla hints towards the back end, some alcohol taste, but i dont think it's overpowering. if not for the info on the bottle i woud never know this baby packed a 10.1% punch. (up from 9.5% of the Red Ryder)

Erie came through big on this beer. Great for a winter warmer.

perfectkaos, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of cichief
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at Frisco's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep red-amber with a nice thick off-white head.

S- Smells quite fruity and spicy, maybe a hint of nutmeg?

T- A big malty beer, the taste of ripe fruit and spice are prevalent.

M- Full bodied, very smooth and creamy.

D- A dangerously drinkable beer. At 10.10% this beer will sneak up on you!

cichief, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of jrjohnso
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams beer glass. Nice red body with minimal white head. Cool label with picture of a gavel and note this beer is "inspired by the long arm of the law"

Fresh biscuity nose present, probably the best part about this beer.

Harsh, alcohol taste and aftertaste is barely noticed at refrigerator temperature but takes over as the beer warms up. There's no hiding the 10.1%ABV here. Kinda reminds me of the Molson XXX from Canada, but not nearly that bad!

This beer surprised me as I am a fan of bigger beers but now realize I am a fan of bigger beers that are well balanced with no grain alcohol aftertaste.

Overall a decent beer that I will not have again.

jrjohnso, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very, very nice deeply bronzed color. Not much in the aroma department-some malt and caramel but really hard to find. Thick and heavy malt flavor-dried fruits, figs and raisens. Some caramel flavor. Maybe just a bit too bitter.Too much alcohol mars the overall impression. No smoke for a change which is nice in a wee heavy-smoke is way overdone for this style. Decent and full, treacle like mouthfeel. A good beer but the alcohol mars it for me. Might age quite well.

lackenhauser, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After being out in the insanely windy and blustery weather of wny today I was looking forward to having a big warming malty brew this let me a little dissaponited.Poured into a standard pint glass a rich deep amber with a touch of tawny hue a nice tight formed one finger slight off white head atop,lighter aromas than expected for such a big beer some molasses and rown sugar with a touch ogf gummy fruitiness.I was really suprised at how basic the flavors were note very much malt complexity,starting out uneventful with a little dryer woodiness finishing with some molasses and brown sugar sweetness just as simple as that.As the beer warmed the alcohol showed itself more but didnt really lend anything to the beer except for maybe bringing the drinkability factor down a little.Eh not terrible just basic in my mind.

oberon, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of iceball585
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark reddish amber color, semi-transparent, very thin ring of head around the glass, some tiny carbonation bubbles rising

S- Toasted malts, scotch, dried fruits, floral hops, hint of caramel

T- Scotch, bready, caramel, toasted malts, nuts, strong presence of alcohol

M- Medium body, low/medium carbonation, starts smooth but then the alcohol bites hard near the end

D- Worth trying

The alcohol is not hidden well in this beer. In fact most of the flavors are drowned out by the ABV%.

iceball585, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of JamesS
2.65/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

JamesS, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brilliant bright copper color with miniscule off-white head.
Smell is a bit strange. almost being metallic in nature.
Taste is richly malty, with the alcohol well hidden, but as the beer warms, the alcohol becomes more noticable.
Finbishes with a nice burning sensation in the mouth. Very warming. Nice for a cold autumn evening.
Very drinkable, and scary, for a 10% beer.
To me, the the flavors are more of a strong ale or a winter warmer.

tgbljb, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of LeftyBWS
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass. Picked this bottle up at D's in Regent Square, Pittsburgh. Found it on the shelf with the other featured fall/winter seasonal releases.
A: Clean and kinda clear in consistency, but a darkish amber/copper color. Two inches of smooth off-white head. Settles nicely and slowly. Lovely sheets of lacing down the glass.
S: Mix of sweet malts and floral/citrus hops. Overall quite warming and sugary. A pretty pleasant combination of caramels, orange, banana, and breadiness.
T: Calm and mild sweetness up front, kinda bready and chewy tastes a swell. The middle brings out some hop flavors, a bit more citrus in character, but still with noticeable sugars. The finish brings the caramel tastes to the front again. My only complaint is that the sugariness is a wee bit fake and artificial, almost too much. However, the hops seem to be just the right taste and there's just the right amount of them.
M: Calm and soft throughout. A bit of a sugary dryness and some artificial-feeling stuff, as mentioned in the taste above. However, no hint of the 10.1% ABV!
D: Considering this is 10.1% ABV, the drinkability is great. However, it's still 10.1% ABV, so hard to give this higher than a 4.
Overall, a solid brew, and one that I really enjoyed. Will look for this every fall/winter.

LeftyBWS, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

NJpadreFan, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of riversider76
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a redish brown with a thin tan head. Not much retention, byt decent lacing. Aromas is of sweet dark fruit, and butterscotch,with a hint of alchol.Body is medium,with som carnionation. Taste is of scotch wiskey,and sweet dark fruits. Excellent from start to finish!

riversider76, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of jhicks12
4.38/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice Wee Heavy that is certainly heavy. Pour a nice vibrant red brown with a dark tan head. Nice malt aroma with notes of fig, plum and a bit of an alcohol sting. Hides alcohol well and is drinkable for a wee heavy. Will be a nice beer to cellar and let age and revisit in a year!

jhicks12, Nov 20, 2007
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Ol' Red Cease And Desist from Erie Brewing Co.
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