"The Great Impression" Stock Ale | Dust Bowl Brewing Company - Downtown Taproom

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"The Great Impression" Stock Ale"The Great Impression" Stock Ale
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"The Great Impression" Stock Ale"The Great Impression" Stock Ale

Brewed by:
Dust Bowl Brewing Company - Downtown Taproom
California, United States

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.40%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Fatehunter on 11-24-2013

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of Dsimenson
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a Pilsner.
A: deep ruby red-brown with a tan head that fades quickly to thick lacing
S: malt, herbal hops, syrup, raisins
T: thick malt flavor, herbal hops, a bit of raisins and prunes, surprisingly sweet like syrup, a bit of pine
M: thick, creamy, full, spread it on toast!
O: outstanding, thoroughly enjoyable, almost a meal in itself! Highly recommended.

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Photo of Bum4ever
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: reddish brown
S: oak and vanilla.
T: strong also sweet and caramel flavors
F: thick and strong good feel to it.
O: good ale. Little strong taste, bottle recommends aging and I think that would enhance it.

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

Big flavors slightly win out over big ABV. Looking forward to aging a bottle for 2-3 years, then trying again.
Have a feeling this will get better and better with age.

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Photo of Jae61
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GClarkage
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 11/25/14.

Pours a hazy dark crimson-orange with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, dark fruit, candied fruit, caramel, and toffee aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, and port wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mix of malt, dark fruit, and sticky sugar characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big malt and alcohol on the nose with oak and vanilla combine to suggest bourbon. Pours brilliant chestnut under a 1” tan foam cap. It enters with rich caramelly malts, vanilla, alcohol, and a touch of roast bitterness accentuated by the hops. The hops tone down the roast, pulling the beer back from any suggestion of coffee. It when the tastes meld together they suggest bourbon but the body is big, luscious and chewy.

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Photo of ambruns1979
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of samtrillo
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mactrail
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful auburn color with plenty of long-lasting foam. Tangy and spritzy on the tongue.

Sweet and caramel flavored with that rusty Old Ale taste. A classic, but so strong and hot with alcohol. Sugary and tastes like sweet Vermouth. Roasted malt and cola. Rather sharp.

An interesting powerful late-night tipple. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Beer Revolution in Oakland.

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Photo of soughtbygod
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of T1i1m1
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Lard_City
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Wowcoolman
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampler pour at the brewery. Beautiful dark amber color with residual head and clinging lacing. Nose is a mix of malt and booze with a nice dried fruit and carmeled apple note. The taste is very boozy, but smooth and highly drinkable. Unfortunately the alcohol overpowers a bit on the taste and the beer doesn't live up to the promise delivered in the nose. My pour was very full in mouthfeel; no carbonation issues that others have noted.

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Photo of Beermasterjarrett
3.09/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from 22 into tulip

Murky, some decent lacing. Not much going on. Minimal head. Good legs from the booze

Again, not much. Sweet caramel, booze, red apple

Alcahol well hidden, but not as complex as I was hoping from such a big beer. Some light fruit character, lemon peel, caramel.

Light for the abv, would like a bigger mouthfeel for what I thought it was...11.4

Mediocre, my first offering from dust bowl, I'll probly try therapist next if anything. All the dust bowl products seem to sell really well in my store, more of the hop-forward beers though.

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Marco_Gtz
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of frozenjogurt
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of SerpentX
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours minimal head on a hazy deep red colored body.
The aroma is nice with gingersnaps, honey and lemon.
The taste has mild lemon bitterness throughout, sweet honey, candy and bread. Really nice.
The texture is thick with alcohol heat, smooth with low carbonation.
Very drinkable for the ABV. Should only get better as it ages.

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"The Great Impression" Stock Ale from Dust Bowl Brewing Company - Downtown Taproom
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 21 ratings