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Amsterdam Vicar's Vice Old Ale - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Amsterdam Vicar's Vice Old AleAmsterdam Vicar's Vice Old Ale

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BA SCORE
83
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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Amsterdam Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sammy on 02-06-2013

Deep burgundy in colour with a light tan head. The aroma – Sweet and smokey: caramel, chocolate with hints of tobacco. The taste – a blend of apricot with sweet malts upfront followed by roasted nuts and a toffee finish. All natural ingredients & unpasteurized.
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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by hopsolutely:
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Day after Amsterdam Tap Takeover, at Bar Volo. Sweet beer, more like a sweet stout. Orange citrus. Somewhat astringent. Not on the mark. Some chocolate malt. Closer to an English Mild in taste. Some astringency in the aftertaste. One of my least preferred Amsterdam adventures.

Photo of randallpink
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of DaveBar
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for around $8.00 for a 650ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well and pours a small head that is gone in 30sec. Very dark brown almost black

S- Lots here. A touch of sulpher.

T- Unusually lacking. Good blend but missing something. Roasted malt. Caramel but not much.

M-Dry, very dry. Bites the tongue a bit.

O- Not bad but will not buy again. Just another to put under the belt.

Food Pairing

This decent brew went well with...... BBQ Sausages top 'em the way you like 'em.

Enjoy!

Photo of Rutager
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big thank you to liamt07 for this. Cheers man!

Appearance. Pours a deep brown with almost a finger of off-white head that doesn't last long.

Smell. Sweet caramel malts and toffee, roasted nuts, plums, raisins, and brown sugar.

Taste. Sweet caramel malts and roasted nuts, molasses, some raisins and dark fruit, and a little tobacco.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Good stuff. I wouldn't age this one like a bigger old ale, it's great right now.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with light retention and almost no lacing. Aroma consists of unrefined grainy notes with some light sugar notes. Taste is also dominated by unrefined grainy notes with light residual sugars notes. Body is quite light with medium carbonation. The unrefined grainy notes are really not pleasant and kind ruins the effort here.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On cask @ C'est What?
Served in pint glass.

A - Dark murky brown; almost opaque. A thin layer of light brown head with decent retention and lacing.

S - Roast, dark fruit and a hint of smoke.

T - Dark fruit and spices up front. Some raisins, roast and a hint of smoke. A the beer warms up a big cherry flavour becomes prominent.

M - Medium body; creamy. Light carbonation.

Photo of irishkyle21
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from the Ottawa LCBO for $9

Appearance - Brown colour with an average size frothy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for close to 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, caramel, roasted/toasted notes, chocolate

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with light hops. There is also some roasted/toasted/burnt notes and a bit of chocolate.

Overall - Tastes more like a stout/porter than an Old Ale to me.. perhaps some age would help. Either way, a little boring and overpriced for what it is.

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of liamt07
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the brewery, 500ml into a tulip. January 2013 bottling.

Dark brown body, with a beige head. Good dense retention and nice lacing. Nose is bready, some dark fruits, toffee and molasses notes. A bit of chocolate in there as well. Taste mirrors this, sweet malts, light fruit notes, dark breads and a touch of alcohol. Medium full body, low carbonation. Not all that complex, but still a good drink.

Photo of SebD
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown/black color to it. It has a nice creamy beige head that dies down moderately and leaves light lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet caramel, sweet dark fruit, some roasted malts, a slight nuttiness and very faint chocolate.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet caramel, some nuttiness, light dark fruit, roasted malts and faint chocolate. Quite dry on the finish.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by decent flavors and aromas. Not something that I would buy again but it's not terrible.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of philmen
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled Nov. 4 2013. Been holding onto this one for the better part of a month, waiting for a good time to crack it open - and my 600th beer tick on BA seems as good a time as any. Served slightly chilled and poured into a mug.

Pours an opaque cola brown with some crimson tinges under the light, topped with one finger of frothy, tan-coloured head. It wilts fairly rapidly, leaving behind a thin sheet of lacing and soon settling into a modest collar at the surface. Mild aroma without a lot of features to describe - toffee and molasses figure in prominently, in addition to toasted nuts, cocoa powder and raisins. Nothing bad here, it's just kind of mundane.

Pretty yummy stuff, and balanced nicely with no sign of the 8.1% abv. Toffee sweetness and roasted, bready malts form the bulk of the flavour, with accompanying notes of raisins and cherry. Toasted hazelnuts are also detectable, with some chocolate notes leading into a light, bittersweet finish that carries on into the aftertaste. Medium-bodied, perhaps leaning toward the heftier side, with a creamy, smooth, satisfying feel on the palate. Very drinkable for an 8%er.

Final Grade: 3.93, a B+. Vicar's Vice Olde Ale isn't a particularly complex affair, but it's an enjoyable one nonetheless. I'm not going to pretend I've had a lot of experience with old ales, but this is an easy-drinking, balanced, English-style strong ale that I would consider picking up again. This one had more of a stout/porter vibe than I tend to expect from this style, which is not necessarily a bad thing (especially if you're big on traditional dark ales). A little pricy, but worth a shot - it's not like quality old ales are easy to find in these parts.

Photo of RStansel
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 650ml bottle into a stemmed, tulip glass, it pours a dark garnet-black, though it appears filtered; low head retention; sweet aromas of smoke nuts, toffee pudding and apricots; moderately sweet, full bodied, but mouthfeel is a bit thin; there's a core of dried orchard fruits here, but a grainy astringency and heat linger at the back of the palate - could use some balancing bitterness. OK.

Photo of byronic
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Ultrarunner100
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased from LCBO, served well-chilled into inappropriate glassware while watching the AFC Championship Game. Oh well.

Appearance - Dark, hazelnut brown. Decadent 2+ fingers of tan head that coalesce, and maintain for a very long while. Beautiful rings of lacing left around the lass. Some slight reddish mahogany hues in the beer too, but rather opaque. A most impressive start.

Smell - Dark fruits, some peat and a mellowed dessert tray all ring bells with this brew. Some chocolate specifically in the nose as well. Fairly yummy, but not otherworldly.

Taste - The eartiness and peat flavors come through here a bit sharper than in the nose, the fruits are significantly less prevalent here. As the beer warms some, coffee and anise flavors come into play more, completely undetected on the nose.

Mouthfeel - Dry finish, medium carbonation. Booze is well hidden. Slightly thin on the mouthfeel.

Overall - A fine old ale, great for sipping while watching some playoff football. Probably won't repeat the purchase though as there are others I would prefer when accessible. Even still this one does not appear to be readily available so was glad to enjoy with good company.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of evil_liver
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Cylinsier
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz.

Pours jet black like a stout, half inch of yellowish white head is fine and retains well.

Smells of oak, brown sugar, buttered biscuit, and plums.

Tastes of brown sugar malt with a hint of fruity sweetness.

Full body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

This is a really pretty aromatic old ale with some nice body, but it comes across as strangely bland in the flavor. It tastes good, but there just isn't as much there as there ought to be given the rest of the beer's characteristics. That aside, quite tasty and enjoyable.

Photo of Wajohnst
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +9%

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Amsterdam Vicar's Vice Old Ale from Amsterdam Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.