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Velvet Evil | Straight To Ale

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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:
It’s dessert in liquid form! Complex flavors blend to create something that you have never experienced before. Old Ales are copper-red to very dark. This brew was created from the base of our Unobtainium Old Ale, but transformed into a totally different devil with the addition of chocolate, coffee, and raspberries. This brew is smooth as velvet and perfect for dessert!

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,195
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
91
pDev:
10.84%
 
 
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11
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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of Squire
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ruby red color with lasting cap and lacing.

Dark roasted malt aroma underpinned by sweet chocolate.

Taste on entry is dark roasted malt that from mid palate on carries a sweet milk chocolate undertaste that evenly balances the dark, coffeeish malt. These flavors complement each other and level things out. The raspberry element mentioned on the label is in the background and there is just enough to notice.

Full texture with balancing carbonation.

Ordinarily I don't seek out coffee or chocolate flavored brews because my tastes take a different path.
Doesn't mean I don't enjoy a well crafted version and this one works very well.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CoopIsLoose
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.99/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz can purchased in Huntsville, AL. Served in 12 oz snifter. Canned 1/25/18.

Color is like a muddy brown with some purple tint. Head is yellowish-off-white and 1 finger. Creamy. Lots of lace.

Aroma is of tootsie roll. Slight mixture of raspberry, vanilla, and old chewing tobacco. Some leather. Kind of like one of those really nasty Swisher Sweets cigarillos, with tootsie roll. Very odd.

The raspberry comes off very bitterly, with succulent flavors of vanilla, pine, and caramel behind it, with some astringency of fake chocolate syrup. The initial impression I get is that I won't be able to stand much of this before it meets the drain. It's fake and sweet, but tries to make up for it with some really bitter pine and raspberry additions.

Feel is pretty carbonated, with a smooth creaminess, and a slight resiny presence on the finish.

Overall, if I have to be honest, I'd say it's a near drain pour. I probably wont be finishing this. It wants to be so sweet, but instead it's just a hop bomb with cloying sweetness. Not a good combo.

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Photo of Foyle
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz can into nonic glass. A 1" tan head drops quickly with mild lacing. Color is cloudy brown. Aroma of cocoa, toast, fruity and herbal hops. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and rich with a dry finish. Flavors of chocolate, coffee grounds, a bit of raspberry with a nice earthy/fruity hop balance. Overall: a terrific dessert beer, but I would not want to drink more than one.

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Photo of tone77
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A big thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cola color with a 1 inch head. Smell is amazing, bursting with chocolate and raspberries, Taste is predominately of coffee that wasn't present in the aroma, raspberries, there is some chocolate in the background, no alcohol whatsoever. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a beer worth trying.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance – Clear, medium brown body with a two finger head.

Aroma – Strong sweet chocolate with an undertone of raspberries.

Taste – Chocolate and light bitter coffee, the raspberries did not come through.

Mouthfeel – A little thick to support the high ABV.

Overall – A good beer on its own, although a little disappointed the raspberry flavor was hidden.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My Tavour foray CANtinues with yet more CANs that they have shipped to me since signing up. I had a pretty good run during New Beer Sunday (Week 693), but I was left feeling unfulfilled. I am doing my best to get to these as quickly as possible simply because they are just so intriguing. It is an integral part of The CANQuest (tm) to have this inherent curiosity.

From the CAN: "Old Ale brewed with Chocolate, Raspberries and Coffee"; "Proudly brewed and packaged by Straight to Ale Huntsville, AL Southern Born Southern Brewed".

I decided to kick today square inna a**, so I am following up an 8% ABV rum-barrel aged Stout with an 11.5% Old Ale! This'll teach the sun to rise and rouse me out of a slumber! It CAN't really get started until I Crack! open the vent on the CAN & I followed it up with a slow, gentle Glug. It surprised me by foaming up slightly on its own & then CANtinuing to foam even after I stopped pouring to assess the goings-on. It created a really dense cap of foamy, deep-cream/light-tan colored head with excellent retention. Cool! Color was a gorgeous Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was fantastiche! Chocolate and raspberries for days! I didn't get much, if any, coffee on the nose, but I already had my morning coffee, so this was less of a CANcern. Mouthfeel was medium, but I was disappointed that, given its high level of carbonation, that it was not fuller on the tongue. The taste was interesting in that the chocolate and raspberry flavors were joined by an intense toffee flavor, but still no coffee. It was absolutely a dessert beer with this much sugary sweetness. This sweetness, coupled with its relatively high ABV made it a real sipper for me, despite what @russphillips said about it being "easy-drinking". I defy anyone to slug this down! You'll feel like you were slugged. I'm glad that it forced me to take my time with it since it morphed as it warmed. The chocolate became more assertive & I got the peanut butter flavor that others mentioned, perhaps a lessening of the toffee. Finish was semi-sweet with the alcohol taking some of the edge off of the sweetness. Still, I maintain that this is a dessert beer. Phew. I may need to lay down after this one!

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Photo of cmurphy7
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of estajoe
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ovaltine
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a tan head. Beautiful beer, IMHO. There’s some toffee and chocolate on the nose, but the raspberry aromas dominate this.

And they dominate the taste as well, to the point that the coffee can’t be found, and the chocolate is difficult to find, too, though present as a slightly bitter flavor at the end of the taste.

The mouthfeel is slightly creamy, which fits the style, but this beer rambles around a bit.

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Photo of BeerBeast
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JakerLou
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergoot
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear yet dark and tawny body; thick, frothy and sticky head; globs of foam along the glass. A hugely intense aroma of toffee and roasted nuts; peanut brittle. Strong presence of coffee and charred grain flavors; toffee. Medium-heavy body; chewy; warm and toasty; semi-sweet finish balanced with some boozy heat.

It has been a long, long time since I've tasted any old ale (or any other style, for that matter), that has such intense flavors of nuts, toffee, brown sugar, black coffee and peanut butter. And the beer is relatively easy drinking despite such relatively sweet and heavy components. No sir, this is one distinct and monstrous beer that should delight any strong ale fans out there.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

$4.68 (Including shipping)/12 oz can ($ 0.39) from Tavour, Seattle, WA.
Dated 1/26/18 on bottom of can, stored at 42 degrees and served at 46 degrees in a hand-washed and hand-dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Dark brown, opaque, effervescent. When held to the light, dark amber and hazy.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.5 cm, aggressive center pour), putty, low density foam, good retention slowly diminishing to an irregular eight to eleven mm ring fed by effervescence and a complete layer of varying thickness, with rocks.
Lacing – Fair, particularly for the alcohol content (ABV 11.5%). A partial wide ring of tiny to small bubbles.
First pour – Light amber, clear.
Aroma – 4.25 - Toffee, alcohol, chocolate, faint raspberries.
Flavor – 3 - Overwhelming raspberry, almost like a raspberry cough syrup. The toffee, chocolate and alcohol from the nose are absent. The coffee is not present in either the nose or flavor. It ends with a very decided medicine taste with an unfortunately long hang time. No hops, no malt, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 4 – Medium, creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and summation – 3 – It looks, smells, and feels good. Too bad it tastes like raspberry cough syrup.

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Photo of bigpoppa67
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rfgetz
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Furlinator
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AquaLer
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rarigney
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dweller1981
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SadMachine
2.53/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This looks and smells fine, albeit a bit intense on the raspberries and chocolate in the nose (slightly artificial smelling). I am not one to drain pour beer, but I literally could only stomach 2 sips. It was just a horrid mess, and I actually feel generous giving it a 1.5 in taste! This is one of the worst tasting beers I've ever had, and it's only saved from being one of the worst beers I've ever had period by smelling pretty darn good!

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Photo of bigedal60
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jdduffie
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Velvet Evil from Straight To Ale
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 91 ratings