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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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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 10.6%
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: 48 | Reviews: 18
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TerryW
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeffo
4.44/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Hopsolutely this past summer. Cheers guys!

From a bomber into a snifter
Brewed 1 October 2013
Bottled 4 November 2013
OG: 19 degrees
FG: 4 degrees

APPEARANCE: A deep burgundy brown/red, clear, with no real carbonation evident. Yields a two finger, medium looking, slightly foamy, light tan head with very good retention. Slowly fades to a full wisp and clings a bit to the glass. A slight wisp and ring remain leaving some falling dots of lacing down the glass. Lovely color and a mediocre head.

SMELL: Nice, fruity nose of dried fruit, dark fruits, grapes and dates, caramel and toffee, with notes of leather as well. Nuts and a touch of tobacco as well. Good stuff, and plenty forthcoming.

TASTE: Dark fruits, dates and grapes, with caramel and toffee sweetness up front. More sweet malts into the finish with a bold and lingering finish of sweet toffee and fruit. Some tobacco, leather and notes of nuts and chocolate bitterness as well. Very flavorful and complex. Great stuff.

PALATE: Medium-fuller body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, smooth as well, goes down smooth and finishes a touch mouth-coating. Really good feel.

OVERALL: Excellent stuff. Maybe the best brew I’ve ever had from these guys. Lots of nice aroma and flavor with a solid feel to support it all. Good stuff and highly recommended. Thanks again for the brews guys. This one was stellar.

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3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RStansel
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Cylinsier
3.9/5  rDev +6%
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.

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3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SebD
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Wajohnst
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I know many love the chocolate, toffee and coffee flavours in beer but I don't. I am a trapist beer type of guy.
Having said that, I will try them nonetheless and this one is okay within that category. Still, I won't try it again.

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3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of DaveBar
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.


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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of biegaman
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I watch enough British murder-mysteries to love the name 'Vicar's Vice'. I've also reviewed enough beers to appreciate its appearance: this raisin-coloured Old Ale is deep as winter is dark and its head is a chunky barrel-brown bulb that spreads and opens wide like a tulip in bloom.

There's enough roast and spent grinds flavour in the aroma that you'd think this was brewed next to the coffee maker. The nose also features notes of raisin, toasted chestnut and hazelnut, as well as alcohol esters stewing just beneath the surface that subtly hint at the beer's strength (8.1%). It's nice but the bouquet shies away the I harder I try to smell it.

The flavour has a vivid amount of purple fruit (ripe plums and figs in particular) and a sweet, roasted nuttiness that echoes the chestnut and hazelnut notes of the aroma. There's just enough bitter, ashy character to infer chocolate-covered raisins as well as an underlying sweetness that nods to dates and other dried fruits.

I doubt this beer can hold up as long as its brewer thought it fit too; while a measly one year is unlikely to spoil it, it seems a bit long for a medium-light bodied beer of such minor intricacy. Only three months from bottling it's already light on the ester-y nuances and thin on the malt; another nine aren't likely to unveil any additional complexity. Drink this old ale young.

Vicar's Vice is neither sinner nor saint - it's a very enjoyable old ale that offers a good look at the style but doesn't quite show the whole picture. I flipped and flopped a few times on the scores; I may liked it more than I've let on. Nothing world-class but unquestionably well-conceived and made, it is another solid offering from Amsterdam's 'adventure brews' series.

Photo of Digimaika2
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(3.5) A: Dark brown with a thin creamy tan coloured head that’s quite bubbly. Recedes quickly to a ring and leaves negligible lacing down the glass.

(3.5) S: Milk chocolate, caramel, plum, nuts, and vanilla. Enticing but quite a sweet and straightforward aroma with less spices and diversity than I was expecting for an old ale.

(3.75) T: Raisins, molasses, chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, and caramel. Similar to the aroma with sweet flavours dominant (vanilla & caramel mostly). Nice full flavoured roasted malt qualities towards the back end including the dark fruits & molasses/chocolate. Alcohol is well hidden as others have pointed out.

(3.75) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Sticky, creamy, and slick.

(3.5) D: This is good but lacked in terms of diversity for an old ale – both aroma and flavour wise. A bit steep price wise as well. I’d like to see their other rotating options that are on-tap at the brewhouse available in bottle form at the retail shop as others are much better than this (IMO) – maybe one day.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
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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2/5  rDev -45.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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Amsterdam Vicar's Vice Old Ale from Amsterdam Brewing Company
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