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:
236
Reviews:
55
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
11.92%
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
63
For Trade:
7
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Photo of OSRAY
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Very creamy and rich. Hints of whiskey on the finish. Strong beer indeed. Little carbonation.

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

Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice, deep reddish brown depth; chocolate, molasses, and—especially—raisin on the nose; good, plush, creamy-tan head, which lingers nicely in the tulip; the body is thick, but not unbecomingly so, and the bourbon notes really shine through: corn whiskey, woodiness, and velvety vanilla. Very drinkable, even mellow in its way, for an Old Ale—a nice melding of Old Blighty and Old Bluegrass, fresh and very obtainable in the Straight to Ale footprint.

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Photo of Jamato14
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GodlessInDixie
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect! Bourbon barrel-aged English-style old ale.

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Photo of Hayes86
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of snakebit8
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jim_Bag666
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Extremely tasty bourbon aged Old English Ale.

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Photo of ambruns1979
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jjauga
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bcm75
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of elektrikjester
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from an undated bottle purchased in mid-2014. My guess on a date for this beer is 9 months to a year. Green cap and not the newer Straight to Ale cap. Decanted into three glasses.

Appearance - Pours a clear dark amber that is just beautified when held to the light. Thin beige head quickly settles to a wisp of lacing that remains.

Aroma - Butter toffee, vanilla, cola, and cordial alcohol (think maple and a vague dried fruit flavor). In short, bourbon is driving the aroma here. Sweet, bready malts (think Wonder Bread) show up as the beer warms.

Taste - Very sweet with oak, vanilla, (again) cola, and a general bourbon profile dominating. Very refined, however. Sweetness from the malts follows (again, that Wonder Bread taste). Everything you'd expect from this style.

Mouthfeel - A tad bit syrupy, bit with a fair amount of carbonation.

Overall - Unobtanium is an excellent beer fresh, but the additional time has deepened its character further. I simply cannot believe this beer lingers on the shelves the way it does. A credit to the fine brewery that is Straight to Ale.

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Photo of jaymo18
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjgiant
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (no known date):
Beer pours a deep auburn brown, with a moderate amount of deep tan head. The head does last, though, thickly at the edges. The alcohol may prevent lacing. The nose is strong, dark to burnt sugar, and spice: biting like cinnamon or licorice or ginger.

The taste is more raisin and grape, plum even. The sugar notes are there, adding a cola-like flavor to the beer. The alcohol is present, but far from dominant. Carbonation is a tad strong, body is nicely medium-heavy. The beer changes a bit as it warms, a cherry or berry tartness comes out.

A very enjoyable beer, but one to be sipped and savored.

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Photo of HookemHoos
3.34/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EuphonicHops
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nicknackpaddywack
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I go between non-barrel aged Laika & 6-12 month aged Unobtainium for all occasions. Unobtanium Old English Ale takes Laika "gruel" to another level. But, don't spill either. Like molasses, if it dries on your clothes it will make your clothes STIFF ;-)

These beers make Goose Island's bourbon barrel [heroin addict Black Friday marketing] beers seem like Lite beer.

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

Great balance here. I don't know if you'd want to drink an 11.5% old ale without the barrel cutting down the sweetness. This pairs big fruity dark malts — lots of jammy berries and caramel — with dry, almost crisp vanilla oak notes. There's a hint of heat to remind you you're dealing with whiskey. Overall, a wonderfully executed beer.

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

Looks great

Smell of Deep oak, rich ripe cherries and dark fruit

Taste follows smell with a little caramel from the barrel aging, dark biscuity bread, and alcohol.

Mouth feel is disappointing. A little thin and a little over carbonated.

*Mouthfeel edit - after about 30 minutes it cooled down more, I poured the other half of the bottle, and the mouth feel seemed to not be so thin due to the carb calming down. Very odd but I'll take it since I enjoyed it much more.

Over all I wish I had got a couple more for aging. Looking forward to picking more up next time I'm down south. Very Nice job, StA.

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Photo of yergermeister
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of markjarema11
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of wynn87
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Unobtanium Barrel-Aged Old Ale from Straight To Ale
4.11 out of 5 based on 236 ratings.
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