Ol' Red Cease And Desist - Erie Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
79
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119 Reviews
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Reviews: 119
Hads: 241
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.18%
Wants: 9
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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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Photo of Radome
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Beer is a clear medium red color. The head is tan and thick and creamy. Attractive.

S - Aroma is sweet biscuity malt mixed with a grainy note that is like pilsner malt. Caramel and dark fruit follow; I get plums and raisins. Alcohol follows.

T - The taste is not as nice as the aroma and appearance to me. It starts out with somewhat sharp, grainy malt. Then there is some sweet biscuity malt in the middle with dark fruit notes. But these tastes end abruptly.

M - Body is medium to heavy with low carbonation, as expected. Alcohol is very noticeable. An astringent finish that leaves an unexpectedly dry feel.

D - Overall a good beer, but not great. Has an out-of-place graininess and astringency and not enough warm malt sweetness for the style. I might have liked it better if it was labeled an Abbey style. I think it fits that style better. (898 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark reddish copper color with an off-white head with decent lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is a lot of toasted and biscuity malt, caramel, and dark ripe fruits.

T- The taste starts out sweet and malty with so
E caramel flavors. The finish has some fruitiness and a lingering sweetness with some warmth from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a decent beer that is worth a try.  (478 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dirty copper-penny coloring is topped off by a sandstone colored head that was frothy and whipped, thin in statue, and quick to dissipate. Fairly strong effervesce lies within with hardly any lace to speak of adoring the glass. Not a lot to go on from a visual sense.

S: The nose brought forth some dried caramel grains, with a laid back strength. Slight hints of ripe fruit skins adds a bit of light fruitiness to the mixture. Reserved in character, especially the alcohol portion which is listed at 10.1% which is hardly detectable.

T: The flavor was rich sweet caramel grains and dried toffee. Light dryness with a bit of dried fruitiness. Ok flavor, not my ideal example. Was expecting some peat or perhaps some light smoky character. The alcohol was hardly detectable as well for its strength.

M: malty, with a quite sense of carbonation. A bit of creamy nature and lush feel when swirled and settled on the tongue finishing off with a nice grain dryness.

D: Drinkability was forgiving enough. Still surprised that this was 10.1% which drank more like a 7% at best. Nice malty character, though not to expansive in the taste spectrum. Have to be careful you don't indulge in more then you should here, the alcohol is very well hidden. (1,249 characters)

Photo of gfreed
1.26/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A rotten example of a Scotch ale, and one of the most awful beers I've ever had, this thing is a disgrace to the style. Like a good little Scotch ale enthusiast, I let it warm up for a while before opening it; my reward was a nose full of old vegetables and pink Sweetarts. The taste is sweet, salty and, at the same time, terribly bitter and sour and full of boiled peas. It gained a slightly pleasant malt characteristic after reaching room temperature; otherwise, this is a total and complete failure. If you want a good American Scotch ale, go find yourself a Founders Dirty Bastard. (587 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber body. Thick ivory colored heading and very alive for a 10% ABV. Good lacing for a little while until it went flat.

Smell is mostly heavily toasted malts with a bit of hoppier notes.

Taste is very much like little brother (Railbender). Heavy caramel toasted malts with a light sugary taste right before the warming alcohol kicks in.

Mouth is super smooth, mid bodied and easy settling.

Again another score from Erie brewing. I am surprised by the much lower rating's when this taste's almost identical to Railbender just with a kick. (549 characters)

Photo of ZeroSignal
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

A - Pours a dark copper tinged brown, decent sized off-white head for a higher ABV, nice lacing

S - Some sweet, fruity notes with lot's of roasted and caramelized malts. Alcohol present in the fruitiness.

T&M - Medium-full body and dense feeling. Lot's of malt character with a pronounced caramelized note, and a bit of a toasted bread backdrop. Pronounced, fruity alcohol that leaves some warmth behind. Finish also carries a light nutty flavor.

D - All told a pretty decent offering. I'm a big fan of the style, but this seems a hair too boozy. I'd love to see the same beer at about 7.5 ABV. (611 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured clear red with a tall light tan head. There's a strong bready toast and crust aroma with a hint of toffee that's a little cleaner than most in the style. The flavor falls a little flat for such a strong beer. There's a earthy spice and creamy candy with the aroma's dark bread grain notes. I suppose it is smooth and easy to drink, but the character just seems muted given the strength. (393 characters)

Photo of aepb1
2.42/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- Nice amber brown body with a lot of frothy white head

S- Sweet? Not much along these lines

T- Gotta check to make sure this is really 10.1% ABV it really doesn't seem like that much... not what I expected. Caramel malty sweetness and not much else... a bit of astringent alcohol in the finish

M- Medium bodied, smooth, good carbonation. Kind of sticky

D- The aftertaste and lack of depth at 10.1% is a bummer and surprising (430 characters)

Photo of Morey
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This winter Wee Heavy pours reddish copper in color and has brilliant clarity. Nice two finger off-white head that has pretty decent staying power for a beer so high in alcohol.

Aroma is on the mild side for sure. Typical bread/biscuit like smell for the style. No hops whatsoever.

Taste is slightly fruity up front. Smooth malt character quickly makes itself known. There's just a touch of bitterness on the back end.

Medium bodied smooth mouthfeel.

Alcohol is well hidden, but the high alcohol limits the drinkability on this one.

Morey's Bottom Line: Not my favorite style, but EBC achieves what they're going for here. I'm actually surprised by some of the low reviews on this one. Makes me wonder if people are taking the style into consideration. Being that this IS a winter seasonal, I personally like the high ABV. (829 characters)

Photo of jkaiser150
2.18/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

drank this at 1:15 sunday the 2nd of 2011.
a: carmel brown
s: malty
t: thick malt
m: malty strong one sided
d: no
for a strong scotch ale I think they forgot to add the most important beer ingredient. Goodness. Goodness was missing from this one.
Not a good way to start the new year. (284 characters)

Photo of jorg2619
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Wee Heavy pours an almost too clean and clear red. I mean a brilliant 90 minute boil ruby to a light red color. I poured this big beer into my Duvel Tulip glass. It Looks a little thin for a Wee Heavy. I smell sweet sweet malts. I did not detect anymore than a faint hint of booze smell. I detect no hops which is to style. The first taste is thicker than expected. I taste sweet malts at first followed by roasted flavored malts and some booziness. I did detect some spicy after taste that could have been some hops for balancing but they have been washed out by the booze and malts. I thought Ol Red CAD would be sweet and this beer is just that. I liked it.. I do have to say this is another solid beer by Erie but I think this Wee heavy is a little to one sided to be a home run. I will seek it out again though as it is a solid Wee Heavy which can be hard to come by in my area. (888 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens snifter.

Pours deep mahogany with reddish hues around the edges and a small ring of foam that fades quickly. Aroma is very sweet, toffee, caramel, crystal malt - this is going to be a malt bomb for sure.

First sip is rather pleasant. Sweet, malty flavor, but it finishes surprisingly dry. Some hot alcohol pokes through, but it is smooth for 10% ABV. Hops are non-detectable, as they should be in this style of beer. The clean finish is both a positive and a negative. I like how this isn't cloyingly sweet, but at the same time, the thinner body allows the alcohol burn to come through a little more.

All in all this is a nicely crafted beer. Would get this again. (713 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark ruby brown with an inch of head that clears rather quickly with just a light lace ring.

S - Doesn't really smell powerful. Very mild caramel sweetness and a bit of roasted malt.

T - Wow the is way thinner than expected. The malt is very thin yet sweet caramel and the ABV is well concealed in fact the most I ever seen a beer of this magnitude which is "Erie" pun intended. Could use more sweetness though...

M - Very medium bodied. If I didn't have the bottle I would swear it was 6-7 percent at the most.

D - Well I don't know. I could use more flavor and this beer seems to be more of a "get drunk" kind of beer since it has a quickly thinning flavor and hardly detectable ABV. I may have it again. (722 characters)

Photo of Kitt
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to pint glass a deep, dark, brown-red. A one finger head dissipates rapidly with weak lacing. A red-straw colored froth.

Aroma a rich, strong, sweet caramel, with heavy fruit undertones.

A heavy, almost malty, caramel. Strong fruit backbone with a bitter background aftertaste that does not linger long.

Rich and heavy. Like a thin syrup.

Alcohol content and heavy mouthfeel will limit consumption.

All in all, quite a good wee heavy. Best left for dessert....note: not WITH dessert, FOR dessert! (508 characters)

Photo of ryannecas
4.64/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Chimay chalice (my all-purpose beer glass)

Appearance: Amber/Red with a quickly disappearing head. Sticks around as a haze over the surface.

Smell: Caramel, plums, peat. Some alcohol is apparent.

Taste: Much like the taste. Pretty dry. Drinks like a good port.

Mouthfeel: Thinner and drier than I expected for a Wee Heavy. It certainly explains the 10% ABV.

Drinkability: A beer to be sipped slowly, but you can easily get impatient between sips!

Overall Impression: I wasn't expecting this to be good, but wow was I wrong. This is marked as a wee heavy, but it actually reminds me very much of Old Stock Ale and Fuller's Vintage Ale (Old Ales). Less peaty than Traquair House Ale, which was welcome. Dryness is maybe not to style, but was also welcome. This is now my favorite beer that comes in 6-packs. (837 characters)

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a small glass of this at George Keeley's on Manhattan's Upper West side. I'd never heard of this beer before and I liked it quite a lot. Very typical for a scotch wee heavy. Good aroma, great color, outstanding flavor. I will have this again. (248 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 Bottle.

Pours a rich brown in color with a small white head and some lace. Aroma of cherries, malt and alcohol. Flavor is good, malt, brown sugar, vanilla, cherry. The staggering alcohol is deceptively well hidden. Some years have done a good job mellowing this one out. Smooth and full bodied, this makes for a good sipper. (330 characters)

Photo of ujsplace
3.79/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic.

This brew is a deep copper, near brown in color with an off white head that quickly fades to a thin, wispy layer with no lacing.

Smells of big caramel and roasted malts.

Tastes of sweet roasted caramel malts, baked bread and a nutty flavor along with a mild bitterness that has a fresh brewed tea-like flavor. Finishes dry with a fairly well hidden alcohol presence.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel that has low carbonation.

A good wee heavy. Would like a bit more flavor, but this is a solid brew. (520 characters)

Photo of magine
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams tulip/pint glass.

Brew pours a caramel brown color, has no head. Only a ring of lacing. Head is off white. Looks decent.

Can smell malty caramel malts, sweet bisquit malts. Has a dark fruit perhaps in there as well. Smells pretty good.

Brew tastes sweet and malty, caramel, chocolate/toffee notes. And a bit nutty. The brew is a little thin in the mouthfeel when compared to other big wee heavy's. Dry aftertaste, no bitterness to speak of. It is a good tasting wee heavy though.

This is a rather ho-hum wee heavy in the flavor department. But it tastes good and is drinkable, dispite the high alcohol. Good stuff. (644 characters)

Photo of brewcat
2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a beautiful red, mahogany with little head. Aroma kinda had me in a recoil at first nose. Can't quite place it but it's bad. I'm guessing this is an old oxidized bottle, however, there's something odd beyond that. Diacetyl maybe. Maybe I'm just not a fan of the style. The flavor is actually quite nice though. Loads of malt with caramel, brown sugar, figs, dark fruit dominate that seem to balance well with the bitterness. (430 characters)

Photo of rmolledo
4.41/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a thick dark red with a combo of large bubbles and a tiny off white head that fades quickly.

S: Intense Malty Aromas. Strong Caramel, Chocolate, roasted, grainy aroma. It's as if your smelling the grains fresh out of the bag. No hop aroma.

T: Biscuity, Toasted, Dark Chocolate, Sweet Caramel. nice balance between hop bitterness and malt sweetness. More on the sweet side of things though, almost on the edge of too sweet IMO. a slight peated flavor.

MF: Thick, Creamy, low Carbonation. Slight alcohol burn.

D: A very nice scottish ale. This one is up there with Oscar Blues Old Chub in my book. (608 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonder if my palate was eschewed from earlier beer or if food pairing (pork) or just fact had on tap from aged keg but I thought this beer, while not as heavy as I expected a Scotch ale at 10% (which I still don't believe), was pretty good compared to others.
Retained a nice offwhite head over a copperish body with a strong malt smell and some minor hop profiling to go with it. Real smooth and creamy and easy to drink, there is a decent amount of caramel and chocolate sweetness along with hints of bread and roasted malt to balance and give it some dey aftertastes. There are dark fruit and herbal hops in the backbite as well. Not a fave of mine yet for some reason I couldn't put this sucker down and I really liked it. (726 characters)

Photo of divineaudio
3.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

pours a gorgeous, deep cherry wood hue with amber highlights. forms a thin, coarse head that disappears quick. no lace whatsoever.

smell is sweet with toffee, carmel and lots of fruit. i'm getting grape and plum with the slightest bit of spice coming through. taste follows nose with strong, sweet carmel malt flavor, followed by a little hop bitterness. alcohol content is barely noticeable.

medium bodied with some bite from the co2.

a pretty solid beer overall and fits the style. drinkable enough to get you in trouble as the 10% doesn't hit you til the end of the glass. probably would buy this again in the future. (656 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I like the bottle Ol' Red Cease and Desist has a pretty translucent red body with amber fringes. The white head is small and disappears pretty quickly.

The aroma has a lot of sweetness, mostly toffee. Pretty one-dimensional.

Cease and Desist is highly sweet with toffee flavors. A bit of tobacco is in there too. Some alcohol warming in the finish. Not much going on to be honest.

The mouthfeel is very light and carbonated.

I like the label and the name, but I have to say I don't like the beer that much. Definitely a little bit of a disappointment. One positive is that I would not have guessed that this sucker is over 10% ABV. (635 characters)

Photo of adamette
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. brown bottle given to me by my friend Bill. Thanks Bill. He told me that this beer got this name since it used to be "Red Rider Ale" or something similar and the company that makes the "Red Rider Bee Bee gun" sued them for copyright imfringement. "Inspired by the Long Arm of the Law" printed on the left side of the label. There is a large gavel pictured on the front as well. Poured into my Murphy's Irish Red pint glass.

A translucent but dark red/brown under a nice, silky smooth very light brown head. Minor strings of carbonation rise up from the bottom and there is a curtain lacing on the inside of the glass as I sip. 4.5

S Kind of a dark "red" ale if you will, some medium roast malt and a warmth of alcohol is there. A little bit basic of a smell to me. 3.5

T/M Tastes of a strong, smooth amber wash over me with a definited warmth of alcohol as well. I am a bit surprised that the taste is not more flavorful meaning that it has strength (10.1% ABV mentioned on the label) and it has the amber taste which is good but not much else. It is a surprisingly one dimensional beer to be really honest. Feel is on the big side with its big ABV and creamy nature but I really thought that it would be even bigger. 3.5

D Fair due to the high ABV but also the less than impressive taste and feel. 3.5 (1,342 characters)

Ol' Red Cease And Desist from Erie Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.