Straight To Ale

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Straight To Ale
Alabama, United States
Old Ale
4.29 | pDev: 9.09%
Apr 04, 2021
Jan 09, 2014
English-style Old Ale aged in Cognac barrels.
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Rated: 4.08 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Apr 04, 2021
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

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.
Nov 23, 2017
Rated: 4.54 by lupercmda from North Carolina

Jul 27, 2017
Rated: 4.88 by WesSwift from Alabama

Jun 27, 2017
Rated: 4.72 by JintheHam from Alabama

Jun 08, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Narthax from Texas

Mar 13, 2017
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Reviewed by larryi86 from Delaware

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.
Oct 25, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Jun 17, 2016
Rated: 4.83 by Copperstripes from Alabama

Jun 05, 2016
Rated: 3.77 by T_Hass from Georgia

Apr 19, 2016
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

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.
Apr 13, 2016
Rated: 4 by Houser from Pennsylvania

Apr 11, 2016
Rated: 4 by rspauldi from Texas

Mar 24, 2016
Rated: 4.15 by Duff27 from Illinois

Mar 06, 2016
Rated: 4.99 by Zachb4au from Alabama

Feb 11, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Feb 07, 2016
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Reviewed by ccg from Virginia

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.
Feb 07, 2016
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Reviewed by Jadjunk from Georgia

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

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Jan 09, 2016
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Reviewed by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

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.
Dec 30, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by elkinbrown from Tennessee

Dec 13, 2015
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