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Ol' Red Cease And Desist - Erie Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | 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 SaucyA
2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
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
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
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
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
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
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
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
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
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
3/5  rDev -13.8%
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
2.7/5  rDev -22.4%
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
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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
4.35/5  rDev +25%
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
3.2/5  rDev -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.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.48/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of iceball585
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
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%.

Photo of JamesS
2.65/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Photo of tgbljb
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of LeftyBWS
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of riversider76
4.22/5  rDev +21.3%
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!

Photo of jhicks12
4.38/5  rDev +25.9%
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!

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Ol' Red Cease And Desist from Erie Brewing Co.
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