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Ol' Red Cease And Desist - Erie Brewing Co.

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233 Ratings
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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 16.38%
Wants: 8
Gots: 21 | 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:
Beer added by: jhicks12 on 11-20-2007

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Ratings: 233 | Reviews: 121
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
3.32/5  rDev -4.6%
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
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
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
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
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
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
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
1.94/5  rDev -44.3%
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
3.4/5  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

Photo of steelcutoats
2.55/5  rDev -26.7%
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
3.32/5  rDev -4.6%
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
4.37/5  rDev +25.6%
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!

Photo of mdm46410
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of SaucyA
2.89/5  rDev -17%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of TheBlackMallard
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of Risser09
3.12/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of EGledhill
3.02/5  rDev -13.2%
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

Photo of Jason
2.72/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

No modest froth here, it comes right to the top of the glass. Ok retention and the clarity is bright. Fruity aroma with a dried biscuit dusting in the nose. Creamy smooth mouth feel, full bodied. Hit of harsh solvent alcohol after each sip, caramel and bready maltiness is there but clouded by the hot alcohol. Hops are minimal. Dry finish with more lingering alcohol heat.

I'm not even sure if age will do this beer any good. Its far from being horrible but it is a chore to sip, it has headache written all over it. A bit too attenuated, hot and fruity for the style.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.99/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a case of this brew on a recent shopping trip in PA. I am sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a pint glass.
The beer pours a clear chestnut with deep ruby highlights. A fizzy cola brown head of .5 cm foams up and fades immediately. Leaving only a thin edge layer.
Aroma is caramel and brown sugar, some booze and hints of vanilla as well.
Quite appealing for a wee heavy.
First sip reveals a very fizzy yet fine carbonation and average body that is just a bit thinner than I expected, could be due to the higher ABV% thinning out the body a bit. Not watery or anything, just thought there may be more syrup texture after the aroma.
Flavor is sweet malt with caramel, brown sugar, some dark fruit and maybe hints of candy rum.
The booze does warm a little on the finish. I didnt notice the booze at all when I drank one straight from the bottle. The beer is a nice drinker and has a good mix of flavors.
A decent wee heavy that has the kick and flavor for the style IMO.

Photo of perfectkaos
4.32/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

Photo of cichief
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%
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!

Photo of jrjohnso
3.27/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Ol' Red Cease And Desist from Erie Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.