Old Boy Ale | Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Old Boy AleOld Boy Ale
113 Ratings
Old Boy AleOld Boy Ale

Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by canucklehead on 08-21-2012

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Ratings: 113 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by leaddog:
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark copper with a finger width of white head.

Smell - Nutty aromas, chocolate malts, slight leafy/musty hops.

Taste - Hit with the chocolate malts, then with the leafy/musty hops and a touch of dark fruits.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light-to-moderate carbonation.

Overall - A decent ESB by Parallel 49. The chocolate malts are a different take on the style. Could use a better balance of hops and malts, as I find it is more malt-heavy. I have to agree with some of the other reviewers that this seems better suited for the English Brown classification.

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More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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2.12/5  rDev -40.4%

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3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DFLB
5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The 9th beer in the anniversary celebration of my beer posts is a Canadian import. Old Boy is a Classic Ale crafted by Parallel 49 Brewing Company.

The air of the beer smells like chocolate. The scent comes across nutty. The yeast used is slightly sour and the sour is experienced in the finish. Willamette hops are used to brew this beer and compliments the malts used. Alcohol content is 5%.

The flavor of chocolate malt is tasted from start to finish. Crystal malt offers an accent to the chocolate experience. Toffee is sensed and deepens the rich finish.

The beer has a pleasing nutty characteristic. Almonds are noted and adds its complexion to the body. Hazelnut plays a wonderful tone upon with the malty presence.

This brew has a watery quality to it. The water is a huge feature and makes this beer incredibly easy to drink. The water brings out the almond flavor.

Old Boy is classic for its malty formula. The beer is considered a brown Ale and the chocolate malt is dominate to apply this character. Hazelnut and almond are a surprise. Hazelnut is more prominent and the almond plays second violin. The watery composition makes this beer very refreshing and drinkable. The title "Old Boy" may sound boring, but this classic Ale offers more to the palette.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml, corporately embossed bottle, another single from my craft six-pack from a heretofore unfathomable Whyte Ave booze purveyor. A Mr. Peanut parody, obviously involving a pint glass, holds the fort on the actual label.

This beer pours a clear, dark ruby amber tint, with two fingers of tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which renders a decent string of broad webbed lace around the glass as it eases its way out of existence.

It smells of biscuity caramel malt, some further toffee nougat, a subtle oily nuttiness, and soft earthy, leafy hops. The taste is lightly toasted bready caramel malt, some mild crackery biscuit notes, further indistinct bar-top nuts, a slight twinge of bittersweet chocolate, and more forest floor, somewhat herbaceous hops.

The bubbles are fairly restrained in their ardor, the body a solid medium weight, and rather smooth by any measure. It finishes on the sweet side, the dark bread, toffee, and roasted biscuits basically lording it over those punk-ass, underachieving hops.

A decent enough ale, with a hell of a lot more to recommend it as an English Brown Ale, than the current ESB designation, a style otherwise close to my heart and/or palate. Anyways, approach this as the former, and you will be adequately, if not pleasantly, satisfied.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - clear deep brown, finger of head slowly settled at a half finger covering, no significant lacing
S - very nutty with some caramel and light dark fruity notes
T - big cashew and almond nuttiness, mild notes of caramel and brown sugar
M - biggish body and very creamy, finishes full
O - this is definitely better characterized as an english/nut brown rather than ESB, and in that light it makes a rich malty treat

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4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into an English pub glass. The appearance was a nice looking hazy dark brown color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute leaving some light messy lacing here and there. The smell started off with some nice nutty smooth to caramel toasty and toffee combining and allowing a light coffee to blend nicely. The taste was mainly sweet and allowing a nice roasted nuttiness to blend nicely. There’s barely any aftertaste but a sweet nutty finish running about. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs nicely as there’s a good somewhat creamy smoothness over my tongue. Overall, for an English Brown ale this one is really good. I’d definitely have this again.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of souvenirs
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reviewed December 4, 2016. Poured from a growler fresh from the brewery today.

A: Dark brown with a couple fingers of beige head.
S: Roasted grain. A little bit nutty.
T: Roasted grain, fairly mild.
F: Crisp.
O: A solid easy-drinking beer. Classic.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.9/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 355ml bottle. Pours a brown-orange colour with a thin head. The nose is all about cereal malt notes with hints of chocolate and coffee. The mouthfeel is pretty soft and smooth. On the palate there are chocolate, grain and cracker notes with a slight bitterness on the finish.

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Old Boy Ale from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 113 ratings
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