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 khiasmus
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Clear dark brown with decent light tan head.

S- Sweet malt, roasted almonds, earthy, raisiny, rich aroma. Thick and complex, an aroma that reminds of cellars and warm wood.

T- Not nearly as complex as the nose. Very good, but hard to describe, honestly. A rich flavor with molasses, malt, cocoa, nuts, faint hops in the finish. Not as sweet as I expected.

M- Thick and warm with a slightly dry puckering not-quite-astringent feeling in the finish.

D- Not overly drinkable, but I could smell it all day. The taste is honestly disappointing after the wonderful immense nose.

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a nice tan head that holds its foam well and laces the glass

Smell: Boozy burnt caramel with some dark fruit and a surprising degree of bitter notes

Taste: Starts with a rich caramel flavor that generates some fruity notes, mid-palate; after the swallow, the alcohol shows up and joins with the bitter flavors, the finish is a bit rough

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I was expecting a bit more fruit and a bit less bitter flavor, frankly, but this is a decent enough Old Ale

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Photo of kolbe
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer quite a lot. It's really rich, as would be expected from its ABV ... but it's not overpowering.

It's quite drinkable, even though it's pretty heavy. It has a pretty balanced flavor, a gorgeous head, and a very pleasant mouth.

I'm not sure what's meant by "Old Ale".. perhaps it has something to do with the process? It's a bit darker in appearance than what I would expect from the typical west-coast barleywine.

Good beer, give it a try.

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Photo of atsprings
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice brown that gleams of crisp dark amber when held to the light. There was a thin head that was slow to diminish but left no lacing on the glass. The aroma was a rich array of malts, burnt caramel, maple and some dried fruits. The taste is also very complex. Good variety of malts dance on the palate. There are characters of burnt caramel and dried fruits with a good subdued hop base that is doing its job in the background. The alcohol certainly weighs down the beer on the tongue, it is heavy, but not so much that the beer is undrinkable, it is definitely a sipper. While I do consider this a very enjoyable beer, I can't see myself drinking it all that often, I'll stick to barley wine if I want something heavy like this beer is.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown color with garnet highlights when held up to the light. A smallish tan head diminishes quickly. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, fruity hops, and more than a little alcohol. Palate is rich and malty, with a little bit of a port wine character. Dark sweet fruit (raisins, etc.) and a touch of toffee flavor come through mid-palate. Finish is sweet and a bit hot from the alcohol. Body is thick, a tad sticky, and occasionally foamy if you're not careful. A tasty beer, very assertive and flavorful, but a little rough around the edges.

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Photo of rkuhnel
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
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 timtheenchanta
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After getting past the cap which says twist off and isn't even a twist off cap (fooled me for a few minutes), the bomber emits some smoke and a huge delightful smell.

Very dark brown... nearly black. One finger head with a little retention and sticky thin lacing.

Upfront there's a slightly sweet smell of ripe cherries, harsh boozy smell and some raisins.

Big bold taste of cherries, raisins, and sharp alcohol bite. There's also some burnt caramel and an oaky hint to it. The feel is a bit thinner than I expected from an old ale but it's not bad. Not my favorite from the style but certainly a good beer.

Many thanks to lou91 for this one.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
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 jdhilt
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger pillowy light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Deep mahogeny color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Sweet raisin nose. Starts sweet like sharp raisins, mellows into hints of alcohol with a definite alcohol aftertaste. A decent old ale. $4.50 for a 22oz bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or.

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Photo of grumpy
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
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 mattmaples
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
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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Triple Exultation from Eel River Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 336 ratings