Elisha's Olde Ale | Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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Elisha's Olde AleElisha's Olde Ale

Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
Minnesota, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Parrotbeak on 03-14-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by TheDudeBeers:
Photo of TheDudeBeers
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Corked bottle to pint, although this ale is probably more appropriately sipped out of a mug.

A - Very dark mahogany you can baraly see through. About a half inch of frothy head. Beautiful look to this one.

T - Toffee, caramel, coffee, and malt up front with a slightly hoppy finish. A bit of alcohol taste on the aftertaste

M - very smooth and light on the tongue.

D - Definitely a sipping Winter warmer. I'd love to take a bottle of this out to the ice house. Good stuff. Share with a friend or slowly sip the whole bottle yourself. Either way, you are in for a treat.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, split and paired with a variety of local cheeses

scooped in MSP this past summer

appearance: served in a new belgium chalice...muddy amber body, light beige ring

smell: rustic earthy aroma, tobacco, grassy hops, toffee

taste: unlike many old ales on the market - less thick and boozy, earthier with a dose of grassy hops, fall leaves, tobacco, toffee, caramel, and wood. i wasn't crazy about this at first but it grew on me

mouthfeel: medium, light alcohol finish

overall: good

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Photo of djschnabel
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of jkwikkel
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark and murky, thin offwhite head
S: Fruity/nutty, quite a bit of sweetness.
T: Fruit/nuts again, bit of toffee/vanilla, maybe a hint of coffee of chocolate, very malty and sweet.
M: Thick and chewy, finishes smooth.
D: You don't taste the 10% ABV at all. It was quite easy and satisfying for me to drink more than one glass.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of crossovert
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

It pours a burgundy brown with a foamy off-white head that produces some nice lace.

The smell is rich and carmally with an alcoholic perfume.

The taste is very earthy and toffee-like. Very sweet. Interesting.

I am buzzin hard right now

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Photo of womencantsail
3.01/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for sharing, Rich.

Pours a hazed copper color with a finger of off-white head. Smells fairly typical for an old ale: toffee, brown sugar, and toasted malt with some hints of dark fruit. Has a bit of a soy sauce aroma to it, though. The flavor is slightly watery, but still has that soy sauce thing going on. There's a mild roasted quality as well as some toffee, toasted malt, and sweet sugar. Maybe just a hint of fruit.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of KarlHungus
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a brown color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a solid cap of creamy light tan foam. The aroma is of toffee, burnt caramel, a hint of peat, and a touch of butterscotch. This is a very interesting aroma. The taste is significantly hoppier than the aroma. There is a still a solid malt presence with a lot of toffee and burnt caramel with a citrusy hop bite. The mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a really good beer. The malt character of this beer is great, and I think the hops in the taste get in the way a bit from enjoying the malt fully. Putting some age on this beer would probably to it a lot of good. Still it is very drinkable now.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Attractive mahogany with a purplish hue. Almost no head; a few off-white patches here and there.
Smell is caramel and malts up front, with some faint, grassy hops in the background. Chocolate and toffee.
Taste is again caramel malts, with the hops being more pronounced. Hints of leather and toffee towards the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, with a decent level of carbonation.
Good on drinkability. I don't what the ABV on this one is, but if it's high it's well-concealed.
Great beer overall.

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Photo of mothman
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this at Firkin Fest 2010

Pours 1/4 finger of beige head. Color is a dark ruby hued copper. Hazy as well.

Aroma: Sweet caramel and toffee. Malty with dry gassy hops. Not warming like a regular old ale is.

Taste: Very sweet and rich with a big malt profile. Again, caramel and toffee. I get some dark dried fruits here. Dry grassy hops as well.

Mouthfeel: Slightly warm, relatively smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends malty and slightly dry.

Overall, this old ale just didn't compare to others I have had. Not very warming and it just didn't bring the heat that the style normally has with it. I am glad I didn't have to shell out $10 for a 750 mL of this.

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Photo of mjryan
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Id love to see more local breweries hold homebrew competitions and then brew the winners beer like the Braus did with this one. This is an excellent beer. Somewhere between ruby and brown with a nose that smells of mollases and lightly roasted malts. A pleasing Toffee flavour comes across first with some nice mild roasty notes and suprising hop bitterness in the finish. Leans toward heavy with some nice viscosity on the tongue. Rediculously well balanced and Massive, you could almost confuse this with a barleywine. Damn good stuff.

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Photo of johndoe8
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of MasterSki
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up at Dennis Brothers many years ago. Guessing this is the 2010 vintage. Served in a DryHop taster glass.

A - Raisin-brown body with some hints of transparency at the edges. Off-white foam settles to a collar, wisps, and negligible lacing.

S - Raisins, dates, a hint of smoke and tobacco, some toasted bread; surprisingly low in sweetness for the style, and growing a big oxidized as well.

T - The taste is a bit more in line with my expectations, although it's still somewhat muted and. Caramel, molasses, raisins, other nebulous dark fruits, and a bit of sherry-esque oxidation. Perhaps a hint tinge of alcohol as it approaches room temperature.

M - Smooth, medium body, lower in carbonation, with a dry, mildly toasty texture. A touch of warming on the back of the throat reveals the listed 10.1%.

D - This didn't age well, which is somewhat unexpected considering the style and ABV. I appreciate the restraint in sweetness, but the oxidation is already deleterious and the flavor profile somewhat hollow. Maybe they'll make this again, but wouldn't seek out the first batch.

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Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Schoney62
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The alcohol content was a bit overpowering. I should have expected that, given the 10% abv, but it caught me by surprise. Once I got past it though, I thought this beer was excellent. It still burned a bit though, and that did affect how easily it could be consumed. But enough about that. The color was rich, the smell pleasant, and the flavor was a bit on the malty side, like I think a brown ale ought to be. Overall, not one I'll drink often, but I'll relish the times I do choose this one.

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Photo of jjanega08
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= The pour is a nice burnt amber color with a small head on it that is about a finger high. The heads retention is pretty nice however holding steady. The lacing is also pretty nice for an old ale.

S= Lots of toffee and sweetness to the nose. There's a little hop bite in the nose and a little tobacco. Really a unique smell to it.

T= Just like the smell. It hits you with a nice amount of toffee and tobacco. There is a little hop bitterness to it but now much. A lot of caramel sweetness to it. Really quite delicious. There is a little fruityness to it that I'm guessing comes from the yeast?

M= Nice and thick. A little dry in the finish without being off for the style.

D= Wow this is another homerun from the Brau Bros. The Rainwater stout was awesome and this is another winner. Haven't dabbled too much with their regular line up but I'm for sure going to after having these two winners. Great work from an up and coming brewery in MN.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of jera1350
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a tulip the darkest of brown, almost black. One finger head of minuscule bubbles that make it fluffy and soft looking and tan in color. Leaves lots of lacing too. Awesome head retention.

Very fruity and candy like nose. Some light malt with an effervescent like effect. Smarties candy maybe?

Some lightly toasted malt with a good backing of booze. Some black pepper, spicy hops, cream and a hint of coffee. It's tasty, but pretty light on the taste. Almost tastes like something is missing.

Very velvety feel. Closing in on full bodied with creamy soft carbonation.

This is very drinkable for the style. Overall, a solid beer. Just seems like it's one step away from greatness though. The nose and taste are just a bit short. Still a well made beer that is worthy of a try.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprised to find this one at Boozemart.

Pours a deep purple hued milk chocalate color with a surprising off-white head wish decent retention and clingy rings of lacing.

The smell is rich with not quite burnt caramelizing sugar. Some pronounced citric, herbal hop notes are also there. Mostly this brew throws off a mix of sweet semi- burnt milk chocolate, oily hop notes and some boozy burn.

The taste is full of chocolate-infused over-cooked caramel. Apparent leafy (trying to be bitter under the crushing malts) hops make a stand before the very hidden, lightly grazing, nearly unnoticeable heat prevails. Very balanced Old Ale, not overly anything.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly airy with ample carbonation. Fairly thick and viscous, but I don't feel like I'm sucking on a bottle of Aunt Jemimah.

Overall, I wish more Old Ales were as balanced as this. I have had a few lately that have been nearly undrinkable. Kudos to the Brau Bros. on this one, and may I be surprised again.

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Photo of hannydawg
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into Duvel Tulip

A- Deep brown with hints of ruby around the edges. A 1 finger white head fades quickly and leaves decent lacing all the way down.

S- Toffee, caramel, leather, tobacco, and very faint hops. Not much alcohol present on the nose.

T- Huge caramel malt and tobacco flavors. Dark fruits not really present, which I am disappointed about.

M- Low carbonation, which is fine for the style, but this is very thin.

O- Not one I would seek out again. I usually love the style, but this is way too thin, and not spicy enough.

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Photo of Chaz
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Elisha's Olde Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 22 ratings