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Old Potentate | Southern Star Brewing Company

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Old PotentateOld Potentate

Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Winter

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Added by twiggamortis420 on 01-14-2013

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 75
Reviews by Premo88:
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2.73/5  rDev -26%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. can poured into stout glass

L: darkish brown with hint of amber; super thick 1/2-inch head that's beautiful light tan that doesn't settle but stays suspended on top of the murk below. unfortunately, I see sediment all throughout the beer ... tan flakes of something that don't settle but stay suspended in the beer, making the whole thing look like brown jello.

S: wine. you can smell the alcohol. and some chocolate.

T: first sip is grand, then it fades into a raisiny caramel. very little hop bite.

F: decent carbonation; either silky or watery.

O: i'm not a fan. the sediment is jarring, and I've not been able to learn that it should be there in an "old ale". i would also add the only other "old ale" I've had was 15 years ago ... Old Peculier, and I liked it quite a bit more than this.

I hate not scoring it higher because I'd like this Conroe brewery to succeed. I'll try some of their other brews (and try to learn more about old ales, so I know what the hell I'm doing with this thing).

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of erushing
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hoppy91
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark mahogany color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel, malts, dark fruits. Taste is caramel, chocolate, malts, just a touch of alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of afluentturtle
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Apperence: Poured a earthly/dirt brown with a ton of dark amber head. The head was nice, fluffy and acctractive, but once it receded the brown/mud colour of the beer was a little off putting. Only slight lacing.

Smell: Malts and dark chocolate, some hops, maybe honey and flowers.

Taste: Bitter hops up front, then chocolate and malts, lingering sweetness through out. Weird combination but it seems to work out reasonably well.

Mouthfeel: Very nice, good carbonation, a little dryness, goes down very smooth. I could easily drink the entire four pack.

Overall: Not sure if this brew fits in the old ale category. Very drinkable pretty tasty, I could see my self buying another four pack. Not earth shattering but well worth the money.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can pours a fairly hazed brown color with a thick froth of tan head. Nice retention and lacing...pretty good looking beer.

Nose is earthy caramel, roasted nuts and maybe some mild bakers chocolate. The maris otter and special B are particularly prevalent. Hops are light and leafy...certainly old world noble varietals.

Taste is pretty 'clean' for an Old Ale, with dark caramel and chocolate leading the way. Particularly lacking is the typical fruitiness imparted from the yeast. Not overly sweet, but enough to provide balance for the toasty malt and light hops. Overall the beer is a bit light; especially when thinking of an Old Ale, but it is a pretty tasty beer. I would think of this as more of a revved up brown ale, it just doesn’t have the body and malt presence of a traditional Old Ale. While it may not be a stylistic goliath, it is a tasty enough brew for me to purchase another 4-pack or so, so take that for what it is worth.

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of ilikebeer03
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of JMad
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a murky dark brown with a thick head that had small bubbles. Smells of roasted malt with milk chocolate and some earthy tones. The beer is sweet with mocha flavor and a slight hint of roasted malt, there is a bit of a metallic aftertaste. It is surprisingly light and a little over carbonated with a slightly dry finish. Honestly I thought this beer would be better but it's definitely not 'bad'.

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Old Potentate from Southern Star Brewing Company
3.69 out of 5 based on 75 ratings.
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