Old 76 Strong Ale | Madison Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Madison Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by sponberg on 10-14-2002

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by Augustiner719:
Photo of Augustiner719
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank out of a growler into a pint glass.

Appearance: Nice dark reddish amber colored beer with a nice full 2 finger head that has excellent lacing coating the glass.

Smell: Nice dark malty aromas with hints of fruits comming through. Peaches and dark caramel came through with hints of spices.

taste: its a nice full bodied beer that has a strong malty fruit prescence. Its not boozy at all and has a nice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: thinner than i would have expected from a "strong ale" Not a bad texture but i would have expected a little thicker, filling mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I drank the entire growler in a sitting and would have liked another. Its a nice smooth drinking beer that doesnt have as much alcohol as its name states. I would have again.

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Photo of ddean
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Color is highly unusual though maybe not appetizing: dark copper, like a mix of Guinness, a copper ale, and a red ale. Nice frothy head.

Not terribly fragrant to my nose. I mostly get the alcohol, some dark malt.

A nice, full body with a hint of smokiness. Lots of malt and alcohol with medium hops. Would make a great beer with cheese or red meat.

Smooth and silky, worth savoring.

This is currently my favorite beer from Madison's, but like a Rauchbier, it is a kind of beer that I only want one glass of when I go. Too heavy and malty for a full growler. I tend to prefer sharp tastes like wheat beers and IPAs when volume is involved.

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Photo of sponberg
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep garnet in color, with a somewhat thin head.

Aroma is toffeeish, earthy, and smoky-malty. An earthy maltiness, reminiscent somehow of mushrooms, is present, along with a toasted, smoky maltiness, some fruitiness (plums, figs) and a very silky smooth mouthfeel - no hops to speak of, except for a hint of bitterness. A large, chewy, dark ale, perfect on a fall day.

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Photo of mctizzz
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice looking transparent burnt red color. Carbonation could be seen rising to fill a thin bar pour’s kind of head. Lacing was stringy and spotty. The smell starts off with some cherry to apple - like sweet fruitiness. Light tobacco rounds it out. Dried woodiness here and there. The taste was mainly sweet through the fruits. Tobacco and woody edges lead into the background. Dry sweet fruity aftertaste leads into a quick dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs light. Overall, this was a pretty good English Strong ale that I would have again.

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Photo of akorsak
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a growler of Olde 76 filled earlier today at Madison Brewing in Bennington, VT.

Appearance: The ale is a brown color, hazy with a small ring of head.

Smell: The ale has a bit of alcohol in the nose but alefruits really dominate here. As I sniff it, plums keep coming back into my head.

Taste: The ale has a strong malt backbone on first sip. As that fades, fruity flavors emerge, giving the beer a whole new dimension. The finish is long and hides the higher abv well.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is good, but the stronger tastes are a little much at times.

Drinkability: I have a growler and that is a bit too much. Try a pint or two but no more.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one in their sampler from the restaurant. The drink had a dark amber-like color with some decent lacing. The aromas were pretty good with some fruity overtones, malt and some slight earthy hops. A good taste as well: somewhat malty with a grassy flavor wrapped in a roasty texture. The carbonation was good as well, giving it a good crispness and refreshing. Overall, probably one of the better drinks from Madison.

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Photo of mlefebvre7
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Dominic_Decoco
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bobzilla
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Madison brewing 3/21/08

Dark Amber color, and a light tan head.
Fruity bitterness with a mild sour smell and a little bit of hop flower note.
Some caramel flavors, bitter on the tongue witha smooth finish.
Similar to a pale ale, but the malt is more pronounced, and the hop bitterness borders on an IPA or ESB.

A good beer, maybe a bit strong for a session ale, but very drinkable.

-Had with their Venison Stew. Good combo!

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Photo of IBUBrew
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of patrick802
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Rifugium
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at the brewpub

Murky brown pour with a small off-white head that retained as a ringlet. Aroma of caramel malts and some dark dried fruits; a little boozy. Flavor was mostly dominated by dark fruits and apples, lots of apples...whether it was an off-flavor or what they were shooting for, I don't know. Secondary flavors of caramel malts and fusel alcohol. Meh. Medium body. Not bad, but not worth going back for either.

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Photo of JohnnyForeign
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sulldaddy
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a growler of this beer during a recent visit. I am sampling a cold brew poured into a snifter. The beer pours a deep clear mahogany color with barely any lite passing through A thin and slightly frothy beige head foams up and fades to a sturdy edge layer.
Aroma is some sweet malt with brown sugar and caramel and hints of roasted malt. I also get some earthy hops buried in the background.
First sip reveals an average body with very fine and tingly carbonation.
flavor starts with sweet malt, caramel and some chocolate and brown sugar, fairly mild flavors until some roasted malt and earthy, grassy hops come through on the finish. The lingering flavor is roasty and tastes pretty good.
Not sure of ABV, but I sure dont detect any booze heat or taste, so could be well hidden. This is a solid beer, that I enjoy, only default is I wish it were a little bolder in flavor and body.

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Photo of KGilmour
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of johnnnniee
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewpub
Pours a clear reddish brown color with a smallish tan head that dissipates almost instantly. Smells of cherries and other dark pitted fruits, alcohol and a plastic phenolic in there as well. Taste is a mix of cherry syrup and alcohol on top of a malty backbone. Medium to thick body, light carbonation, sweet sticky mouthfeel. I had high hopes for this one, but as has been my experience with Madison brewing thus far this beer is OK but nothing special.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At Madison, a better dark beer choice than the Porter is definitely the 76.

Pours dark translucent caramel brown, a bit of carbonation. Smells of heavy malts with a bit of nuts in the back. Taste follows with a moderately sweet malts, some light hops to back it upl, nuttiness delicately surrounding the flavors. A better, although not great beer, at Madison. I was not overly impressed.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of bjohnson
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They called this their "dark amber"

A: Poured a dark amber color with a one finger white foamy frothy head. Good lace left behind.

S: Aromas of caramel malts and dark fruit with a slight metallic smell in there also.

T: Tastes of caramel malts with a malty bitterness that follows. Almost tastes as if it had been aged in a Jack Daniels barrel. Full bodied with an undertone of dark fruit.

M & D: Mouthfeel is good on this offering. Bitterness led me to believe there were hops although I couldn't detect any. Smooth and drinkable with a full bodied kick that puts a grin on your face.

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Photo of albern
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a growler to go when I was at Madison BC. I did ask the bartender about the ABV of the beer and he mentioned 7.5 ABV, for what it's worth. The beer right out of the growler had a pretty funky cheese aroma and the taste was a bit off. Once the beer settled, the head was quite frothy and the aroma became more of a caramel English Pale malt. Much better. The beer had to settle in but once it did it was decent. I was getting lots of caramel notes, some brown sugars as well, with very little ABV. It was a fairly creamy brew, medium bodied, the aftertaste was slight. I will re-review this next time I'm at Madison BC so I can sample this right out of the tap.

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Photo of mitch3114
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Wrexali
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of buffcityx
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Crackblind
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Grabbed a growler from the brewpub. Pours dark brown with a very thin head. Flavor is pretty malt forward with some alcohol notes. Isn't the best British style ale I've had but isn't too bad either. I'm glad I picked it up, especially at $10 for a growler fill.

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Old 76 Strong Ale from Madison Brewing Co.
3.58 out of 5 based on 33 ratings.
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