Unobtanium Barrel-Aged Old Ale | Straight To Ale

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4.16/5
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241 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#2,048
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
241
pDev:
11.78%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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79
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Ratings: 241 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of NCCIndy
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GTJayG
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
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 -2.9%
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 -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duffman79
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of parris
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of T_Hass
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the hound in Auburn. Poured into a tulip. S surprising amount of head for an old Ale. Beautiful khaki color. Smell is sweet, reminds me of a Bruery beer. The taste... I wanted this to be good but it's too cloying for me with a slight bitter/black licorice flavor on the end. I could barely finish this. A little less sweet and this beer has got a lot of potential.

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Photo of krome
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of devilfluff
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Iamjeff6
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

About half of a shared bomber bottle.

Lovely red-brown body with a very good head.

Lightly sweet with lots caramel and toffee. This is a bit boozy, mainly in the aroma, and it has pronounced bourbon barrel effects in the flavor. Still, excellent whisky barrel effects and overall excellent aroma and flavor.

Overall: easily the best beer I’ve had from this brewer, and one of the best old ales I’ve ever had.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really taken by surprise by this beer. This brew so well represents all the things that are wonderful about bourbon. Bold and approachable with so much complexity and character. Almost looks like bourbon in the class with just a quarter inch of head. Sweet and creamy with the right amount of spice and dark fruit. Excellent overall.

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Photo of zekeman17
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rspauldi
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jnorris404
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Justalittlebitfluffy
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jadjunk
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No label information. Unobtanium is brewed in the style of an English Old Ale. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

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

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, frothy tan-caramel head over a densely hazy burgundy body. Retention is below average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.25

(Smell) Raisin, fig and plum syrups, light candied sugar, some mild tanginess and undertones of delicate bourbon barrel aging, lightly toasted oak and trace vanilla with some calm but detectable booze. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Many of the aforementioned fruit and candied sugar characters from the aroma, very profound, plus some malt complexity of caramel breads and a touch of light roast, finishing on a light fruity tanginess with some bourbon barrel character, a nip of sharp alcohol. Enjoyable, but a bit untamed and slightly gruff. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, modestly syrupy and slick, mildly grainy and medium dry. Carbonation is medium, generating a light frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is moderate for the style, medium/heavy overall. Alcohol presence is medium+ and there are no off characters in this style. 3.75

(Overall) It's an enjoyable ale with a lot of yeast and fruit character and complexity, but add in the complex sugars, malt bill and bourbon barrel characters plus booze and it becomes difficult to tell the components you like in this beer from those you don't. The alcohol bill is quite discernible in this ale, and the results may vary. I found it a bit too busy and gruff to be truly enjoyable but might consider sampling a fresher batch in the future to be sure (I have as of yet to see bottling dates on these bottles, so I am not sure how old Straight To Ale's ales are). 3.75

Straight To Ale's
Unobtanium Old Ale
3.72/5.00

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Photo of tbryan5
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

FINALLY hitting one of my long time wants. Big thanks to @gpharris for sending this beer (and many, many others).

A- Pours a dark brown with little to no head.

S- Alcohol, huge dark fruits. Plum and raisins. Pretty sweet on the nose.

T- Wow. The alcohol is surprisingly subdued on the palate for such a big beer. Very, very good!

M- Low, low carbonation. Slick and coating.

D- A big beer but surprisingly drinkable. A definite sipper but I don't want it to end.

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Photo of mattreitz49
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FriedSlug
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into a Duvel tulip. It had a nice tan thick head but left minimal lacing in my glass. The color is a deep reddish brown that allows minimal light to pierce the depths but it has nice clarity. It smells like raisins, prunes, booze and massive amounts of honey. It tastes the same with a pleasing sweetness that is countered by a hint of bitterness that lingers on the tongue at the end. Such a great beer. So glad I was able to try this.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle poured into a wine glass. Deep amber body with a medium khaki head. Nose is dark fruits and booze. Bourbon. Tastes really sweet. Brighter fruits, but still fruity. Bourbon in the back end. Heavy sugars in this one. Well carbonated and very sweet. Way too sweet for me.

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Unobtanium Barrel-Aged Old Ale from Straight To Ale
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 241 ratings
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