Triple Exultation | Eel River Brewing Co.

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Triple ExultationTriple Exultation

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Eel River Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mattmaples on 05-27-2006

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Photo of MisterClean
4.97/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Xtreme pizza.

A - Poured a deep mahogany, with a 2 fingered cappuccino head. Dissipates down to 1 finger stats around and leaves a little lacing.

S/T - Heavy notes of chocolate, light coffee, cinnamon, and roasted toffee. Bittering hops are there, but hardly able to taste them. Phenomenal.

M - The mouthfeel is full bodied and well-balanced despite the abundant presence of malts. The bitterness comes from moot hops.

D - I asked the owner to make sure this one stays on tap. Classic example of an old ale/Christmas bier style. Exceptional beer.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.85/5  rDev +28%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ooo this beer is good.

Bought in a 22 oz bottle from Stevie's Discount Liquor in Oklahoma City. On sale for $6.99 and worth every penny.

Pours a rich dark slightly orangish brown with a MASSIVE tan head that lingers forever and ever.

Aroma is heavenly. Lots and lots of malty richness. Flavor is a mouthfull. Lots of rich and sweet malt but also a fair amount of hops in the background. The hops are a good counter-point to keep this beer from becoming cloying. I am reminded of caramel, with a tinge of chocolate, red wine and maybe a good port. Raisins and some dark wheat bread. Lots of toastiness too. Sweet but not too much so.

Mouthfeel is nice and full and a little bit oily.

Overall, an amazing beer. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.7/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Eel River Triple Exultation has a medium, beige head and a somewhat hazy, peach color, with some streaming bubbles and decent lacing. The aroma is of strong, sweet, overripe peaches, stinging malts, and syrup. Taste is of caramel, milk chocolate, peaches, bitterness, sugar, light molasses, and monkey bread. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, and Triple Exultation finishes semi-dry and heavy. Overall, this is most excellent.


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Photo of sulldaddy
4.7/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling this bomber at cellar temp and poured into a snifter. Ive had the bottle in my cellar for about 6-8 months.
The beer pours a clear deep mahogany with garnet tints and a fizzy yet soft beige head of 1.5 cm. The head fades fairly rapidly to a sturdy edge layer.
The aroma is hinting of a large robust beer, I get brown sugar and molasses, maybe some raisin as well, no hops, no caramel, but not really fusol booze or heat either, just big malt.
First sip reveals a fine and very tingly carbonation that is a little prickly on my palate. Body is average with some swete sticky texture on my lips and coating my tongue.
Flavor is sweet malt as expected, brown sugar and some toffee notes with a bit of warming booze on the finish. The beer is very tasty but doesnt mislead you into drinking too many. I enjoy this beer and will be purchasing it again in the future. Plus it is certified organic, bonus!!

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Photo of grumpy
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Triple Exultation indeed. Because there are three beers packed into a 22-oz bottle. This beer is part Imperial Stout, part Doppelbock, and part Wee Heavy. Hell, maybe it should be called Quadruple Exultation, because there might be some Barleywine hiding in there, as well. There’s a lot going on here, it’s all good, and it all works together. Malt, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, fruit, smoke, roast, a nice dose of balancing hops, full mouthfeel, and a reasonable alcohol bite. Incredibly complex and tasty. One of the best beers I’ve ever guzzled in any style. Or, in this case, almost every style…….

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Photo of yesferro
4.54/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a Backwoods illegel brew tasting, somewhere in MS, bomber.

As for appearance, nothing special there, amber color, tiny bit of head, having it out a sampler glass didn't help me judge there.
Smelled beautiful, like candy, and butter, and more sweet candy!
The taste didn't disappoint, liquid butterscotch with a hint of alcohol in the end, as I sipped on it a bit longer I got more hops in the aftertaste too but overal it's malty sweet goodness.
Bit fizzy for my liking but not over the top.

This is a style I usually shy away from, but if I ever see this on a shelf, I'll by another one!

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Photo of rkuhnel
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in the local COOP in a 22 oz bottle. Poured a very dark cherry color with a big foamy tan head that lasted a long time. Very rich nose of burnt malts. Fruits and carmel are added to the flavor and with the high alcohol content this is almost too rich and powerful. A bit of sweetness. Somewhat bitter finish. Interesting brew however, and should please those that like their dark beers big and bold. I opened a second bottle. I let this warm up a little to about 45 F. It again poured with a giant foamy light brown head you could have eaten with a spoon. Nose is even more intense. The flavor was much improved, and much smoother. Don’t drink this too cold and this is about a good as an Old Ale can get.

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Photo of Flyer
4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Papago Brewing in Phoenix. This was absolutely delicious. Notes of vanilla and pear over a great, intense, wonderfully sharp classic American strong ale taste. CA caramel malt backbone holds it all together. This has a perfect balance. Highly recommended.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite style...made available through a trade with msubulldog25..
Pours a dark amber with only a hint of reddish glow where the light can penetrate in the glass.
Very large two finger craggy head of tan bubbles melts ever so slowly to produce a sticky lacing.
Aromas of dark fruits like raisins, dates, and prunes, with sugary sweetness like dark brown sugar fill the senses.
Taste is unusual for an Old Ale in a very good way. Rather than being lots of sweetness, the tongue gets hit initially with roasted, toasted dark amber malts giving a bit of bitterness to the brew. This is followed with a hint of the dark candied fruits, then some burnt or toasted dark brown sugar and finally a brief wisp of hops adding bitterness to the finish and drying to the mouth rather than leaving it full of the candy sweetness.
Alcohol warmth is very slow to follow letting you forget that it is there, but it is so be warned.
Wow...this is a very enjoyable Old excellent rendition of the style. I love it...thanks so much to msubulldog25 for this trade.
(the best part is I traded him for two bottles so I have another in the cellar to enjoy at a later time...woo hoo)

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Photo of mattmaples
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn!!!! I don’t write a lot of review these days (not much time) but this is one hell of an old ale. Dark brown in color with a dense sticky head. The aroma is sweet caramel, fruity ester and a floral hop. The flavor is chocolate with toffee tones, a light bitterness, and a spicy alcohol hit. It is everything I want out of an old ale and a decent price.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aged about 1 year

Look: Pours a dark brown with caramel highlights with a 1/2 inch head and great retention leaving behind some spotty lacing

Smell: Dark fruits on the nose and it's potent. Raisin and figs are bright and crisp with some light date and toffee notes in the background

Taste: Again very dark fruit forward with raisin being the front runner. Backed up by some plum and dates mid palate and finishing with some caramalized sugars

Mouthfeel: Medium body and mildly carbonated

Overall: I personally think this is a great Old Ale. Great depths of flavor. Just delicious

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Photo of jamdugan
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a nice release from Eel River. Pours a clear reddish brown with a lacy tan head. Lightly sweet aroma of caramel with an herbal, hoppy nose. Apricot, pepper and the malty-rich flavors of rasins, plumbs and figs. A nice toffee-rich dessert beer. Overall a soothing and mildly warming beer.Delicous!

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Photo of Reidrover
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic looking ale, the colour is so neat. Its dark,smoky brown with a hint of purple through it, its hard to describe, but beautiful, lovelly medium sized tan head.. Aromas of dark maltiness, prunes, figs, demerara sugar, dark 70% chocolate. Taste is thick and bitter smooth malts, toffee, ,extra strong black coffee, pipe tobacco , ashy and a hint of marzipan, all finished off by noticable ,yet pleasing alcohol. Great palate on this one, I relished the feel of every sip. Over all a very nice ale. Good one ,Eel River!

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Photo of WesWes
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark red/brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very nice, warm burnt toffee scent along with roasted, almost raisiny aroma. The taste is awesome. It has a super smooth, malty flavor that goes down with ease and finishes warm and dry. It has the most intense burnt toffee flavor I've ever encountered. The mouthfeel is perfect. It is a full bodied beer with just the right amount of CO2. This is an exceptional beer. I can't say enough about the malt character as well as the mouthfeel. It's incredibly drinkable for 9.7%.

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Photo of hopmonkey
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - hazy copper

Smell - caramel, figs, a bit of funk

Taste - Great combination of sweet and fire. The 9.7 ABV keeps it honest. Definitely malty, but enough bitterness on the finish to keep it from being cloying.

Mouthfeel - good carbonation, maybe a bit heavy.

Drinkability - deceptively easy.

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Photo of CWiggins
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I unexpectedly came across this beer while searching for something new at Sam's Quik Stop in Durham, NC. My store sells two of Eel River's offerings, so this one intrigued me from the start–especially considering I've only tried one other Old Ale, Fuller's Vintage.

This one pours a very dark brown into my Sam Smith pint glass. A brief head appeared, soon replaced by a lean lacing of bubbles at the point of surface tension and scattered on top. The aroma is mainly of dark malts and a slight brown sugary sweetness, and just a little alcohol.

I really dig the intense flavor of this beer. When the first sip pours across your tongue you notice the creamy mouthfeel; this is followed by the flavor of malts, with vanilla, whiskey, and something resembling sweet potato not far behind. (It's not sweet however.) I was surprised by the dry, hoppy finish; this reminded me of IPA style, but the flavor is too far removed from that to get them confused. Also, I wouldn't have guessed the ABV would be 9.7% from the flavor.

Great beer; I'm ecstatic that I haphazardly chose this one to try.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Triple Exultation, bottle bought at New Beer in Manhattan for $3.95. I assume this is old/aged.

Appearance: One finger of very carbonated head that lasts and leaves significant lacing. Classic Old Ale looks- a dark hazy auburn with impressive appeal.

Smell: Peat whiskey, wood, raising, wet basement. Toffee, Toblerone, cheap-but-delicious chocolate. I dig it. It's all you expect from an Old Ale, and reminds me of Smutty Really Old '08 (also bought at New Beer).

Taste: Complex and beautiful, with chocolate, vanilla, burnt sugar, coconut shavings and lotsa caramel. Dusty-dry finish, booze kick.

Mouthfeel: Full flavor, medium body and carbonation, great balance. Not too dry, not too sweet. I can drink this without water and that is saying something!

Overall: I've had this before and was not impressed. A little age has served this brew so very well. Drinks quite beautifully, considering the strength. Superb taste.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Westy glass a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tannish head, not much sticky lacing at all. The nose is malty, with some dark fruits/dark chocolate notes. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with dark/chocolate/fruit notes. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden pretty well with this one. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, highly recommended.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown, dense beige head that isn't going anywhere soon. The smell isn't very strong, but it's deep and dark - caramel, raisins.

Really intense, concentrated flavor. Dark caramel, brown sugar, burnt sugar, skin of a pig or chicken roasted black, raisins, honey, mildly solventy dark rumlike alcohol. Some hop flavor and bitterness, but not pronounced. Quite sweet, but rather well balanced by the roasted and burnt flavors and the bit of hop bitterness. As it warms in the glass, more dark fruit and solvent emerge. Finish is long, with pleasant burnt notes and alcohol dominating.

Heavy and sticky. Fine carbonation like a Belgian, works just about perfectly.

Really good, but even the viking on the label probably wouldn't drink this every day (nor more than one bomber in a night, I hope). It is surprisingly drinkable, but it's really substantial, and best reserved for cold nights when you feel like a beer that will stick to your ribs.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage L: Dense bright brown with a 2” light cream to tan foam cap that is lacy and clingy with a very fine bead. S: Spicy, pitted fruit, medium low citrusy hops, dark sugars, traces of over ripe fruit. T: Medium high rich toffee malt flavors balanced by medium high assertive hop bitterness. Fruit, pitted fruit, traces of citrus. Moderate levels of sweetness with traces of anise and a drying astringency on the finish. F: Very creamy, medium body and moderate very soft carbonation, slight alcohol warming. O: Decent old ale that can probably handle a few years in the cellar.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 2014 vintage bottle. Fast pour into tulip. Clear ruby red color, 1 inch cream colored head. Average lacing and retention. Not much smell, Semi sweet malty nose. Taste is full of flavor. Molasses, Carmel and roasted malt. Very thick and rich tasting. Leaves a very mellow aftertaste. Mouthful is rich, complex and sweet. Has noticeable alcohol burn down throat. Overall a unusual beer in that it's full bodied and very rich yet drinks smooth and tastes light. 4.25

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Photo of Lothore
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice deep, murky brownish hue with a 1.5 finger, beige head which sticks around for quite a while.

S- Smells just like an old ale should ... deep caramel and candied fruit notes, very sweet with hints of alcohol.

T-Taste is a little bit of a let down from the smell. Roasted malt with lingering caramel, dark fruitiness and a hop kick finishing out the taste. A little too roasty for my taste and the caramel and dark fruit could have been more well pronounced.

M- At first I thought it was a tad thin but there was definitely a thick resiny quality to it that coats the mouth and sticks around for a while.

D- All in all an excellent old ale. The smell wrote a check that the taste couldn't cash but it still ended up being a bit better than average.

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Photo of ncfrey
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into New Belgium glass. Grabbed this one for around $7 at the Quarters on Yale. Good selection, but much of their beer is unrefrigerated.

a - a pleasing sort of tawny-ruby color that reminds me of a port or sherry. A fairly aggressive pour yields a dense, medium, light-khaki head with decent retention that leaves some thin, clumpy lacing.

s - Very barleywine: loads of sticky toffee, caramel, and dark fruit, including fig. Some faint hop bitterness, but much more subdued than in a lot of west coast barleywines.

t - The hops come in a little more strongly here, acting to balance out the sweetness from start to finish. Toffee and caramel still prevalent, with some toasty/biscuit flavor as well. Getting some fig and raisin, along with some other, less distinct fruitiness, but it's a little more subdued than I'd like. Has a long, bitter (but not too bitter) finish.

mf - medium body, very creamy, light carb. I'd prefer it a little more chewable.

d - High for the style, due to good hop/malt balance (a good thing) and light mf (a bad thing).

This was worth the money, but it definitely won't be a regular purchase. I might pick up one bottle once winter rolls around again, but overall I'd much sooner grab a 4-pack of North Coast's Old Stock Ale

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color when poured was a medium dark thick amber with some foam and a nice amount of lace on the sides of my glass. The smell of roasted malts filled the nose. The taste of roasted malts and mild hops filled my taste buds, with a hint of caramel. Nicely balanced with the sweet/tart/bitter on the finish. A pleasant surprise.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a large lasting head.
Nose shows golden syrup, booze, fruitcake, figs, brown sugar and cognac. Lovely.
Similarly rich flavours. More booze though, a little hot. Loads of golden syrup, bordering on a bit too sweet.
Lovely creamy carbonation and rich body.

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Triple Exultation from Eel River Brewing Co.
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