Unobtanium Barrel-Aged Old Ale | Straight To Ale

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Unobtanium Barrel-Aged Old AleUnobtanium Barrel-Aged Old Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Unobtanium is a barrel-aged English-style Old Ale that ages for six months in a bourbon barrel, soaking up all sorts of amazing whiskey character as well as hints of oak and vanilla. The name was taken from an old aerospace/engineering term for a specific material or object (often imaginary, impossible or highly improbable to obtain) needed to complete any given project.

And, before you ask, we did not take the name from the elusive metal in Avatar. James Cameron reportedly named the substance as an inside joke to his fellow techie/gear-heads. Our version is much tastier, though.

Added by t0rin0 on 06-18-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
235
Reviews:
55
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
11.92%
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
64
For Trade:
7
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Ratings: 235 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of WesSwift
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sohearn
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The appearance has a dark brown close to black colored body with a slim half fingered white foamy head that dies within twenty seconds. There’s not much lacing but what there is tries to coat the glass but slides fairly quickly. The smell has some dark rich malts, toffee and coffee with a large amount of barrel aged bourbon-ness. Once it warms a bit I do start to get some woodiness. The taste is kinda sweet to woody almost a rich sort of maltiness that tries to add a bitterness but doesn’t really cut it. The aftertaste is a pretty rich woody/maltiness with a dry lingering woody finish. The palate sits about a medium to heavy with a fairly low carbonation. There’s a decent sweet wet finish, sessionability - well, ok, not bad, I could see having several pints in a session. Overall, this is a fabulous old ale well worthy of having again if I could ever get it.

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Photo of JintheHam
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of A_Rad
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Roguer
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly dark body, very quad-like, with a reasonable head with OK retention. Dark brown brew with deep garnet highlights.

Aroma is also quad-like, featuring dark fruit, cherries, rich toffee, bubblegum, and of course (in this case) woody, sweet, potent bourbon. Deep and inviting aroma.

Flavor is more muted and restrained across the board. Tons of caramel malt, oak, and lighter tannins, complementing the bourbon, brown sugar, and darker fruit character. Little earthy bitterness, but what is present prevents the brew from becoming a hot sweet mess.

Hot brew, not hiding the 11.5% ABV. Smooth feel.

This is a very tasty brew all around. The marriage of an old ale to a bourbon barrel is pretty natural, and it comes off clean here.

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Photo of Narthax
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can.

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Photo of Irish57
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of psdonnelly
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SomethingClever
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can ooured into a pint glass.

A: Very little to no head just a small film that leaves a ring. Body is a caramel deep brown with light peeking out at the bottom of the glass.

S: Bourbon, toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak, figs, dates, and raisins.

T: Starts off with tons of vanilla, toffee, oak, then finishes with a lot of bourbon soaked figs and dates and some harshness.

M: Surprisingly high carbonation, a little thin with a slick alcohol heat.

O: This is a pretty good old ale, but I don't think the bourbon has done it a lot of favors. It is a little harsh and the bourbon hides some of the delightful figs and dates. Its pretty solid though.

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Photo of goingbrokeonbeer
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brownish red with a one finger head. Smell is vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits. Taste is oak, vanilla, cherries, a little bourbon. This is definitely worth trying, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours deep brownish purple color with thin tan head string of lacing around the glass.

Aroma - Lots of dark fruit, plum fig, oak alcohol is noticeable

Taste - Great flavors, very similar to the aroma raisin and plum, the bourbon flavor is there but very balanced oak and cherries.

Feel - High end of medium but creamy full feel there is a slight burn from the alcohol.

Overall - Great beer, all of the flavors stand out nothing overpowers just a great barrel aged beer.

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Photo of WCKDVBZ
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mcopenhaver
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of larryi86
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Richj1970 for this
22 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- A dark brown with ruby red highlights and a two finger light tan head.

S- Oak, vanilla, bourbon, figs, caramel malts, some hints of earthy hops.

T- Oaky, figs, hints of cherries, caramel malts, hints of roasted malts and earthy hops, bourbon, hints of vanilla.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A tasty Old Ale, bourbon works well with it. Not as sweet as Illudium but just as good.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a teku pint. No freshness date.

A- Pours a reddish medium brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and some scattered specs of surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Lots of dark fruit like fig and raisin with some caramel sweetness. There's almost a Belgian yeast quality to it as well. A bit of a booze fume.

T- Nice bourbon character at first with notes of vanilla, nuts and more caramel. Again, there's this spice and banana characteristic that hints at Belgian yeast but luckily it doesn't clash within the flavor profile. Woody aftertaste and the ABV is incredibly well hidden.

M- Slightly creamy with medium-low carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Pros: super smooth, has good oak and bourbon presence and the mouthfeel is spot on. Cons: Perplexing flavor profile that's a bit imbalanced in terms of sweetness-to-bourbon ratio which I'm pretty sure is perpetuated by the random spicy/yeasty quality. It's unique but not in all positive ways.

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Photo of bearbeerboss80
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NCCIndy
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GTJayG
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maybe its just me, but this old ale just seems old- not actually a representative of the style. I just get oxidized notes that quickly wear the palate out, and a small spike of sourness. I'd expect to see a gentle but rich stewed fruit notes, a nuttiness, even a little dustiness. I'm not sure this is what is intended, and if it is then it's not well thought out.

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Photo of ccg
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Opened June, 2016. Latest batch, but aged a few months. No bottling date printed on the bottle. Oddly, Straight to Ale also does not print on the label that this beer is bourbon-barrel-aged.

Look: dark amber color, thick legs, decent head retention leaving a ring of bubbles. One of the better-looking old ales I've seen. 4.25

Smell: Tons of oak and vanilla and barrel character on the nose. Also a hint of orange marmalade. Smells sweet and boozy. 4.0

Taste: Sweet vanilla leads, followed by caramel and roasted malt and bourbon, and finished with charred oak. Fortunately not as cloyingly sweet as the smell suggested it would be. 4.0

Feel: Nice viscosity, smooth, slick, tongue-coating. Not much carbonation coming through, but it doesn't really need it. 4.25

Overall: A few months of age have tamed some of the sweetness. It's drinking pretty well right now. Still pretty sweet and bourbon-forward, but it's dangerously smooth. 4.0

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Photo of gamblebc
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duffman79
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Unobtanium Barrel-Aged Old Ale from Straight To Ale
4.11 out of 5 based on 235 ratings.
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