Oliver's 3 Lions Ale | Pratt Street Ale House

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Oliver's 3 Lions AleOliver's 3 Lions Ale

Brewed by:
Pratt Street Ale House
Maryland, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Dithyramb on 03-11-2006

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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of mbatley
4.76/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

When I want a classic English Strong Ale this is is. Malty, big, a bit boozy, caramel, and extremely balanced. A great English Strong Ale from a great Baltimore English brewer. Pours dark brown, with nice firm head. Notes of leather, caramel, toast on the nose. Taste? Consistent on the nose but sweet dark caramel, a bit of cigar and cedar on a warming toasted big finish. Right at the end a nice big finish with the alcohol and hops to balance. Great scott! This is good.

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Photo of bigeyedfish89
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Lee_Hancock
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of claytri
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a rich brown with a tan head. The aroma was of seet malt. The taste started out with sweet malt then worked in some rich dark fruits. The feel was medium and dry. This was a very good strong rich dark ale. A nice beer to have after dinner and before a porter. One that I am sure I will be drinking regularly in the future.

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Photo of JamesWhitty
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 04/25/12 notes. Had on cask at Fireworks in Arlington, VA. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark reddish amber color with one finger of fluffy white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts, sweet cinnamon, roasted malts, a bit nutty. Nice sweet and fruity nose.

y - Tastes sweet fruity malts, sugar, candy, cinnamon, nuts, toasted malts, and roasted malts. Taste is sweeter than the nose; reminds me of fruit loops. Very nice.

m - Medium body and no carbonation. Body is very smooth and creamy; perfect on cask.

o - Overall I liked this brown ale a lot; a lot more going on in it than most brown ales. Nice sweet fruits dominate, with some toasted and roasted malts coming in the aftertaste. Great body, cask works well for this beer. Would like to have it again.

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Photo of csurowiec
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boto
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught in Inner Harbor location: This one pours a clear, light brown color. There was a small off-white head on it. The aroma was a bit milder than expected. There was some caramel malts, as well as a touch of nuttiness. The taste is a bit better. It has a rich, malt taste. There was some nuttiness, as well as some fruits in the background. Not sweet at all. Smooth and well balanced. Nice.

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Photo of tkharris
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a growler I filled at the Wharf Rat near Camden Yards. I have been trying out the beers there for some time and did not even know this was on tap. It is not mentioned on their webpage. I expected a beer with this much alcohol to taste like it but I was very pleasantly surprised.

Pours a dark yellow or amber color with a small white head and a smell that was sweet. Taste was very good and combined a nice mixture of the hops and malt. Again a surprise and I have to agree it was very different from the other Oliver beers.

Overall a very enjoyable beer which I could easily drink too much of.

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Photo of beerman207
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep red and brown along with a tan head that stuck around for a while.

S- Mild coffee, anise, and hops in the nose

T- The anise was an interesting flavor along with with the coffee presence. This was probably tied for my favorite along with Bishop's breakfast for this brew house.

M- Quite smooth with little carbonation

D- Drinkability was high even though this was my final beer of the night. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of akorsak
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this ale at The Wharf Rat during a rainy Friday lunch. The ale was served from a hand pumped cask at a temperature just below room temperature.

Appearance: The ale has a golden-brown color to it, yielding closer to the brownish. It is clearly carbonated, with a smooth head from the hand pump. As I consumed the ale, it left a wonderful ring of creamy lace around the glass.

Smell: The ale has a biscuity aroma that was offset by sweet notes (perhaps from the cask?). The aroma was a little offsetting.

Taste: Robust malt character dominates the ale. The hop presence follows the English tradition of being muted and relaxed. From the cask conditioning, the ale has taken on a sweet taste, almost like honey.

Mouthfeel: Great session beer. The natural carbonation made the ale go down smoothly.

Drinkability: High on the drinkability scale, with a soft creamy head that did not dissapate and a pleasant restrained hop flavor.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the brewery's Coventry Collection of English styles with roots in the monastic brewing tradition. The brewer really knew what he was doing here - an interesting interplay of complex malt, hops and something funky with going on with the yeast. Alcohol was evident, but this is one the the few beers where the alcohol was a beneficial element of the flavor profile.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a murky brown with a small, off-white cap that slowly fades out into a mild head. Scattered rings of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, roasted nuts, and some floral and perfumey flowers.
Taste mimics the aromas with a decent mix of caramel, nuts, toffee, and hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and mildly sweet with a semi-dry finish.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Umbra
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Current seasonal attempted via 20 oz. imperial and 10 oz sampler. Poured a dark brown with clingy white head. Nice lacing.

Apparently fashioned due to the English 6 nations and world cup action. This one had very malty backbone. However, unlike most Oliver's brews, this one had hops on the nose and the finish. In fact, a very assertive hop finish. You had a very strong caramel and licorice flavor with some alcohol warmth. This was very different from the other Oliver's brews and very enjoyable.

Finished dry and tasty. You'll see it by the crest that differentiates it from the rest of the pack. Enjoyable and worth a few...

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of matt062286
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of KevinTK
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of bootsandbeer
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really interesting beer from all angles - unusual looking, surprising taste, and creamy, delicious mothfeel

Pours rich purplish with a slight head. Aroma is sweet and sour, licorice and overripe plum. Flavor is strongly licorice with dark fruit - plum, sour cherry, overripe rose. Hops are floral and overripe. Lots of caramel and toffee. The finish has brown sugar - lots of dark brown sugar. Mouthfeel smooth and creamy. Finish has mild coffee and nut brittle character.

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Photo of tgatort
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Wharf Rat in Fells Point.

The beer pours a reddish brown color, with adequate head retention and lacing. On the nose there is some sweet malt, with a hint of malt vinegar in the background (no one was eating fish and chips when I was there, so I'll assume the smell was from the beer). The flavor profile of this beer was really quite nice. One gets a very rich malty flavor, consisting of cherry vanilla and baked apple. The beer has a nice mouthfeel, although there is a touch of heat from the alcohol in the finish. This detracts a bit from the drinkability, and is just a bit disconcerting. Nevertheless, this is a very nice beer from Oliver brewing.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pratt's served in a 3 lions shaker pint. Beer is brown with a mild haze, decent but thin head with some retention to it, moderate to mild carbonation.

Aroma is bready and sweet with a subtle and mild roast, a few esters.

Beer is easy drinking medium in body and overall nice on the palate. The flavor of the beer is mildly bitter and sweet up front, no roast on the palate, wet finish. I enjoyed it. Pretty good overall.

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Photo of jaluria
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a sample of this while visiting The Wharf Rat in Baltimore and decided to take home a growler of it. My review is based on the sample & the growler (later that day).

Appeared a dark brown color with an off-white colored head that left behind loads of lacing. The surface seemed laiden with large bubbles, even after the head dissipated. Aromas of figs, dates, alcohol, and burnt sugar. The taste followed the scent with the addition of a strong hop presence. Slightly sour finish, but overall good drinkability. Flavorful and semi-sweet, but not overly so.

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Oliver's 3 Lions Ale from Pratt Street Ale House
3.72 out of 5 based on 68 ratings.
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