Bad Knees Blanton Barrel Aged Old Ale | Cambridge Brewing Company

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Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by u2carew on 05-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Snifter worthy.

A dark, murky, reddish-brown color with a gentle foam, thin with good sticky lace. the color is deep and the look is right on.

the aroma has vanilla scented wood, sweet dates, thick, sweet malts, earthy, bitter bite with a tinge of heat tingle, dark and sweet fruits, caramel and vanilla again.

The malty complexity is huge, sip this thing for a while, the pleasure is in the dense complexity of the malt. Vanilla, caramel, toffee, dates, dark fruits, bourbon vanilla-flavored woody notes, good heat for this style, good balance as well, very subtle hops just adds a slight earthy, bitter bite. A full, thick body is to be enjoyed slow.

A great relaxing beer to be enjoyed slow!

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4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had been wanting to try this and had the pleasure to do so on 5/1/10. Outstanding on every level. Amazing creamy head, just the right amount of carbonation for a beer of this magnitude. You certainly pick up a tad of the Utopias from the previously used barrel. May just be the beer itself but I did get a taste of it in there. More of this flavor than that of whisky for sure. Sweet but not overpowering. Nice caramel, toffee, raisin mix. Similar to Will's barley wines but the drinkability factor of this is a tad higher as it is not as sweet as the BW. Had 2 and considered a third. It's THAT good. Amazing beer. I'd love to have some of this aged.

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3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.
A) Poured with a finger thick head tan in color. The head settles fairly quick, leaving a creamy and semi-sticky lacing. Dark mahogany body.
S) Robust caramel and toffee malt aromas. Hints of raisin, apple and plums. The alcohol potency lingers just below the surface.
T) Caramel, toffee, and alcohol from the get go ... wow! The malts mellow leaving dark fruits and the alcohol. In the finish, a subtle citrus nip mixed with light caramel and an earthy alcohol taste.
M) Slightly syrupy. Full body. Light fizz. Alcohol effervescence.
D) Another great brew from CBC. A slow drinker due to the ABV but still a tasty bugger.

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Bad Knees Blanton Barrel Aged Old Ale from Cambridge Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 28 ratings