Old Potentate | Southern Star Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States
southernstarbrewing.com

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Winter

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Added by twiggamortis420 on 01-14-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
75
Reviews:
12
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
13.01%
 
 
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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 12
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The CANQuest (tm) has its CANtributors, its fans, its legions & then there are the CANsuperstars, including tone77 who just dropped off enough CANs to keep me in business for a while and the mighty JenRay, who sent me this one in her last box. If you want to join up, let me get caught up & I will post accordingly, but in the interim, I am awash.

I LOVE Southern Star's seasonal CANs! Emerald green with a yellow sunburst overlain with leaves, snowflakes & flowers serve to indicate that it is, indeed, a seasonal offering.

Once again, the tab fought me on the Crack!, unleashing a spray across my fingers, into my face & up my nose, the latter since I am a dumba**, leaning over the CAN. Yet another brimful CAN, but I decided to take my queue from a recent article & rub the moisture into my beard & my face. Now, I suddenly smell nothing but Old Potentate! It smelt of barleywine! Leather, figs and/or dates, slightly burnt caramel & fusel heat burnt their way into my sinus cavity & settled in for the afternoon. I had a brief finger of foamy, tawny head that quickly dissipated to wisps. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was kind of thin, despite its obvious carbonation. The taste was like licking a hunk of leather or walking into Domaki Leathers & inhaling deeply. Either way, this was leathery! Finish was dry, but not as intense as on the initial taste. This seemed like one to be CANsumed sooner, rather than later. I also wish to add that the CAN was filled with lees! The last pour was cloudy as heck & when I left it inverted, it leaked yeast & sediment. Wow!

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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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3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of avalon07
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a mahogany brown color and a thick, murky texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A nice, enticing aroma of hops, caramel, and some malt.

T: Tasted of malt, dark chocolate, a good shot of hops, and a bit of caramel. This beer has an unbalanced flavor. The caramel, which was so present in the aroma isn't particularly noticeable in the taste. Not a bad flavor, but a bit out of whack.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry, prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An uneven beer to be sure. Not undrinkable, but not exceptional either.

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3.72/5  rDev +0.8%

Likely a year old, since it was found in September on the singles shelf.

Dates, plums, and figs open the aroma, with deeply caramelized malt and brown sugar sweetness complementing. Notes of toffee surface. Flavor reveals a toffee base, with raisins and prunes adding complexity. The finish is fairly dry, toasted, and a touch bitter. Lacks a bit in flavor complexity, as the toffee dominates, and the finish is more bitter than I prefer.

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -59.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A murky mahogany pour. Big fluffy, very fluffy tan head. Head fades slowly with top notch retention. Great walls of lacing.

S: Smells very stout-ish. Lots of chocolate. Mild dark fruit and spiciness. Some caramel sweetening it up?

T: Not so much like a stout in the flavor, however. Kind bland up front with some mild caramel and toffee. Toasted malt and nuts. Finish is surprisingly dry. The whole beer is fairly dry if I'm honest.

M: Mellow and medium bodied. Quite dry.

O: Interesting old ale. Kinda tastes more like a dry brown ale than anything. It's not bad but doesn't resemble the old ales that I've had previously. A little too dry, a little too bland but I still enjoyed it enough :)

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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