Old Tempestuous | Lightning Brewery

Old TempestuousOld Tempestuous
BA SCORE
3.78/5
63 Ratings
Old TempestuousOld Tempestuous
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lightning Brewery
California, United States
lightningbrewery.com

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Old Tempest Ale

Added by Halcyondays on 09-04-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,437
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
63
pDev:
13.49%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of brentk56
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A crazy gusher and I finally was able to capture some of the liquid in the glass, with very little head left to cap it; the liquid was a hazy amber

Smell: Fruity, with pear, apple, cherry, banana and nectarine tones

Taste: The fruity flavors in the aroma dominate the front end, with a very sweet aspect building through the middle; boozy and somewhat harsh, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: After the gushing I thought this was going to be atrocious but I was pleasantly surprised; not the best thing I have ever tasted but different and not unenjoyable

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Photo of rawfish
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GatorCoop
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of retry4z
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bubbawilly88
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of johlac66
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of iatethecloudsfor
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of zillo043068
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ebrifan
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of NickMunford
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of ALBuff
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of RashyGrillCook
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Daniellobo
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Irrationalist
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Duff27
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Small head leaves a collar. Translucent light red body. No lacing.

Sweet cherry/fruity aromas.

Yum. Cherry taste as well. Smooth alcohol heat on the tail end, wouldn't guess 9.0%

Low end of carbonation, medium-thick mouthfeel.

Surprise über like here. Cherry flavors and thicker mouthfeel put i kver the top for me. Thanks TATURBO.

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Photo of GarretD
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of JCanarecci
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of yokken
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.62/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Pat/Richard for sharing this one at a bottle share

Look: Dark brown in color with a 1/8 inch head and no retention

Smell: Burnt sugar and caramel

Taste: This is where the beer went completely bad. It had a very overpowering caramel sweetness that made the beer hard to drink. In the background was notes of toffee and brown sugar but there was just something odd about the flavors. Just bad

Mouthfeel: Medium body and low carbonation and a bit oily

Overall: I will never drink this beer again. The flavor was just bad and damn near undrinkable

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Photo of FosterJM
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1046th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22oz (Was told 2010 bottle)

Thanks to Pat/Richard for sharing
Shared at MrHirschybars tasting

App- A semi brown, creamy looking pour with a very small head. A few dots of cling and that was about it. Along the lines of an old ale, but a lot more translucent.

Smell- For an old ale this was very sweet and a bit of putting. I found the nose to be a mix of vanilla, crème and some alcohol.

Taste- I will say I wasn't the biggest fan of this one. Old Ales are a style I am trying to get more into with Adam (semi old ale) and the Anniversary beers from the Bruery. This was way far too forward sweetness with just a weird flavor note.

Mouth- A medium bodied beer with somewhat of a medium carbonation level. Pretty thick malts remain on this one with some vanilla.

Drink- Overall, I think my hopes were a bit dashed by this one. Maybe this bottle is just a bit too old or just lost something. Overly sweet without much balance.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at a tasting at MrHirschybar's place.

Pours a semi-clear amber color with a tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruits, and some candy-like aromas. Taste is pretty much the same with a very sweet finish. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good old ale but nothing too exciting. Very sweet.

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Old Tempestuous from Lightning Brewery
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 63 ratings
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