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Illudium | Straight To Ale

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BA SCORE
4.29/5
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88 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Straight To Ale
Alabama, United States
straighttoale.com

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
English-style Old Ale aged in Cognac barrels.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,725
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
88
pDev:
9.32%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
22
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of JohnnyHopps
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - The beer poured a murky brown color with off white bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell - The nose was rich with red grapes and boozy hint.

Taste - The cognac with its lucious grapes is where the magic starts. I was immediately blown away by the maple that followed. Other notes included Welch’s grape juice, fruit leather, toffee, and a pleasant warm cognac finish. Everything works so well together.

Mouthfeel - With low carbonation, the beer is allowed to be sticky and warm.

Overall - I don’t give out many perfect scores. This is my 4th in about 1,000 reviews. This is real good. I need more.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WesSwift
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JintheHam
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Narthax
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of larryi86
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to richj1970 for this
22 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Dark brown with a small tan head.

S- Rich, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, plums, oaky, cognac, alcohol stings the nose slightly but it's good.

T- Dark fruits, cherries, pulms, oak, a little earthy, toffee, some cognac, caramel, little bit of heat, definitely sweet.

M- Smooth, medium body, a little on the syrupy side.

O- A tasty Old Ale, barrel works well with this. Worth seeking out if you like sweeter barelywines.

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Photo of Zekenyce
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Copperstripes
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of T_Hass
3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beertunes
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to RichJ1970 for this one from his box in NBS BIF #3. 22oz bottle poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a dark, almost opaque brown, with just a this cap of light brown head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

The aroma was very rich and full, featured some dark stone fruits (dark cherry, plum), a bit of alcohol, some leather, and solid malt. That is also a mostly accurate description of the flavor profile. There was a bit of lingering alcohol heat at the back of the palate.

The body was solid, but not heavy. Drinkability was very good for such a big, solid brew. Overall, a pretty nice example of one of my favorite styles. Certainly worth your time if you see it.

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Photo of Houser
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rspauldi
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Duff27
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zachb4au
4.99/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ccg
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Initial pour is surprisingly fizzy, like a cola. It's an opaque, murky, dark brown with minimal lacing and retention.
The smell is full of sweet malt and sticky caramel and booze, but also slight earthiness and a subtle citrus note.
The flavor is initially huge sweet malt, toffee, and caramel, then giving way to a sweet but tangier flavor. There are no notes on the labor to indicate what this beer actually is. According to BA, it's cognac barrel aged. I might have guessed apple brandy.
The carbonation is light, and it's medium-bodied. It has a bit of sugary stickiness.
The cognac barrel aging was a good idea on this old ale. Straight to Ale is doing interesting things with their barrel-aged beers.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.71/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No label information. Illudium is brewed in the style of an Old Ale, available in 22 oz. bottles and on rotating draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, foamy head of a light tan color over a very dark brown body. Retention is below average and lacing is light and spotty. 3

(Smell) Earthy, biscuity caramel, syrupy fruits and light roast malts with a moderately potent cognac nose. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Toasted caramel grains, lightly roasted malts, earthy toffee, viscous fruit syrups and alcohol. A bit rough around the edges. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly residual, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a moderate frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium/heavy for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly grainy and earthy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) I find that, like most of Straight To Ale's high gravity releases, Illudium has a bit more exposed graininess and alcohol presence than necessary, which holds this ale back a notch from outstanding status for me. 3.75

Straight To Ale's
Illudium
3.71/5.00

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.59/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Yanik.

Dark mahogany body with a thin beige collar. Bourbon, French toast, sweet malt, light fruit, booze. Medium bodied, mild to medium sweetness. Tasty.

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Photo of elkinbrown
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Patric65
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AgentMunky
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. From notes. Reviewed 28 September 2015.
4.5/3.5/4.75/4/4.5
A: Ruby-dark red. Mostly opaque.
S: Stale yeast. Blueberries.
T: It's really good! This is a great example of old ale, with the stale balanced by the bourbon. Remarkably fruity. Long aftertaste.
M: Smooth and almost flat.
O: Highest recommendation. I want to drink this all the time.

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Photo of jaymo18
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattreitz49
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FlandersNed
4.76/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle of cognac BA English-style old ale. Dark brown hue with blood red highlights. Spot on with a malty/cognac nose and delicious dark, ripe stone fruit, sweet malt, aged wine, oak and chocolate notes and a nice boozy finish. Full+ body and medium carbonation - excellent!

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Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Illudium from Straight To Ale
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 88 ratings