Obol Oat Wine Style Ale | DuClaw Brewing Company

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Obol Oat Wine Style AleObol Oat Wine Style Ale
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Obol Oat Wine Style AleObol Oat Wine Style Ale

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by alcohline_trip on 11-06-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by hdofu:
Photo of hdofu
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Dark copper color and Imposing thin lacey thick head, smell is boozey with hints of cherry and and burnt caramel. Taste is like sweet bread, with cherry a hint of chocolate and a whole lot of alcohol. The feels a bit thin for such a big beer but it had a nice taste. I find this one an easy drink bottle.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a small tulip glass a rich deep amber with a full one finger light khaki colored head atop that lasts for quite awhile.Somewhat of a clean nose,a bit of fruitiness and caramel shows thru more as it warms.Caramel and drunken fruit on the palate with a decent shot of leafy/herbal hops coming in the back end,it's American style for sure.I like this beer it's rich but not sweet,I like the hop profile.

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Photo of petewheeler
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tigg924
2.27/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours clear, copper in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is oats, raisin, and toasted malt. Body is flat..slightly heavy, but flat. Way below average ale. Not a horribly bad beer, but I like several other DuClaw beers more. Did not need a six of this. Big pass.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mempath
4.83/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

very awesome experiment from this brewery....enjoying this as a neo-ancient ale.....just polished off a Midas Touch and this is sort of its dark brother....same abv...

a nice mix of sweet and bitter....actually now catching more Raison here....dark fruit must....

all around killer brew that hides its punch

O Boy.....cheers

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Photo of Kegatron
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VeganUndead
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beejay
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown in color with a light tan head.

S: Caramel sweetness with some fruit aromas, as well as a touch of alcohol. Bready with perhaps a touch of burnt marshmallow.

T: Caramel sweetness up front with some berries, and bread and molasses in the finish.

M: Medium light feel, but the consistency makes it feel thicker and richer. The carbonation is fairly strong which I think lends to it feeling a bit lighter. There is a bit of a bitter cling in the finish.

O: Overall not bad, but in comparison to a lot of other brews in this style it seems a little rough around the edges.

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Photo of gopens44
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby, crystal clear brown, something like that under a very white yet thin, white lacey head

Nose jumps out with roasted malts of pretty dull character with maybe a touch of caramel.

Taste is along same line. Sweet caramel, lingering roasty malt, hints of toffee and that is about it.

Dry finish for the most part. Overall, pretty robust body.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A very interesting beer with my review makes it 10 total people to ever try it. Found it quite interesting described as an Oat wine style ale like a barely wine I guess with oats?

A - Very lively carbonation on this an inch plus of brown tinted head atop of a dark brown ale clear but very dark.
S - Bready and malty with good roast notes in the nose with very little hops this beer smells only semi sweet.
T - Not offensive but it rubs my tongue the wrong way very herbal and bitter with very little sweet in the finish. Like spicy peppercorn bread it burns my palate every sip. Very weird.
M - For 9% it drinks rather smooth

Overall a very interesting strong ale which I can't say I loved or hated. Still in my mind not worth a repeated purchase.

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Photo of bubseymour
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikexw
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I continue to winnow through the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, I am finding beers that I do not even remember purchasing! In fact, I have so many DuClaw beers hanging around that I am embarking on a horizontal tasting for the next few days. This should be interesting.

From the bottle: "Prepare to depart with this brown, full-bodied ale. A velvety mouthfeel leads to a final destination of roasted malt, warm bready notes, & subtle hops. Pop the top & pour the fare on your tongue because ... everyone pays the ferryman."; "Respect_the_Fluid".

An obol is an ancient coin, one of which was placed in the mouth of the recently deceased to pay Charon for passage across the River Styx and into Hades. My death is not pending, but I am curious to try this beer. It always begins with a Pop! of the cap, followed in this case by a gentle pour into a snifter. I am entering the no-playing-around phase of thisjourney with some big beers upcoming. Once decanted, I gave it a good swirl to raise better than a finger of foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with decent retention. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity and ruby highlights. Nose was at once very sweet and very hot, with fusel alcohol seeming to shimmer on its surface. It had a leatheriness along with the smell of dried dark fruits like dates, figs, prunes and raisins. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not as big as the label's verbiage had led me to believe. The taste was evocative of brandy and I would like to add black cherries to the list that I enumerated on the nose, along with toasted marshmallows. Phew! The finish was hot and dry and left a burnt caramel taste in my mouth. This was an odd beer and even with a good bit of age, it was still pretty boozy. I may lay down for a little bit after this one.

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Photo of 57md
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark copper with a huge head. The nose is malt, malt and more malt. The malt and breadiness are also found in the flavor profile. The finish is dry but the body is a touch thin for the style.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Deep reddish-brown with 1 finger of tan head that dissipates quickly. Cloudy with sporadic yeast (oat?) sediment. Light carbonation.

Milk chocolate, oatmeal, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, and cocoa.

Very interesting. The oaty / oatmeal flavors are there in spades along with milky flavors and some banana peel. Milk chocolate and powdered cocoa. Toffee, caramel, butterscotch, and some earthy roast.

Medium-light bodied, silky, smooth, and creamy.

Good concept. The oats are definitely there.

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Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fairly good "big" beer. Pours a clear brown color with lots of reddish highlights coming through. Slightly off white medium size head with decent retention and wide bands of filmy lacing on the pint glass. Aroma and taste include rich caramel malt with a little hops presence and a toffee like taste reminiscent of Scottish Ales. Mouthfeel is rich and dry with very limited alcohol presence. It goes down fairly easily. Very pleasant, worth a try.

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Photo of drwatson32
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of VDJ104
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of classixIII
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boone757
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Obol Oat Wine Style Ale from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 45 ratings