General Lenoir's Old Ale | Howard Brewing Company

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General Lenoir's Old AleGeneral Lenoir's Old Ale
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General Lenoir's Old AleGeneral Lenoir's Old Ale

Brewed by:
Howard Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
General Lenoir’s Old Ale is a truly experimental recreation of a handwritten recipe dated 1795 by General William Lenoir. Brewed to replicate the ingredients believed to be used in the 1700’s this deep copper old ale has strong caramel and roast notes with a full body and moderate bitterness. With sweet malt notes that linger at the finish and hints of spicy yeast flavors we believe this 7.0% “strong” ale was made to fulfill the appetite of the hard working men and women of the land. Not the typical flavor of today’s ales, we hope this beer makes you think of what beer may have been like 218 years ago right here in North Carolina…Cheers!

Added by MasterSki on 06-07-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by oberon:
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3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bases on a 215 year old recipe.Pours an amber shade with a clingy full one finger slight off white head atop,the head sticks like glue as it settles ever so slowly into a frothy mass.Aromas are on the lighter side with some caramel and boozy fruit detected but again it's light.Flavors are yeasty with a touch of phenolic-like spiciness wich was not expected,a little bit of toffee and caramel sweetness is there as I drink more.The bottle label says "not like today's ales" and that is correct,a different beer that's not bad.

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Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Lugenbeast
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of kbuzz
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy amber in color and poured with a short beige off white head that quickly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a small collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of spruce are present in the nose.
T: Just like the smell, the taste has flavors of spruce tips along with hints of earthy yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink for an old ale and seems less malty compared to others in the style, but thus might have something to do with it being based off a 1795 recipe. Nonetheless, it is quite easy to drink.

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Photo of Irish57
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of 5thOhio
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When pouring I got a whiff of bready malt, but not much else. Appearance is a brownish red---or maybe reddish-brown. I didn't give it a good pour, so can't comment on the head but it had little lacing.

Taste is malty with a subtle dark fruit flavor, like plum or raisin, not really strong enough to get a good descriptor. Good bit of bitterness, more than I expected from an old ale. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation, but not as viscous as other old ales I've had. Not as boozy as other iterations of the style either. Slightly tart aftertaste lingers until the next sip when the malt and hops take over again.

Hard to judge since it's not a modern craft version of an old ale but taken from an actual 18th century recipe. Not a bad beer at all and certainly interesting to sample. Props to the brewers at Howard Brewing for giving us the opportunity to see what a beer from the past tasted like. Hope they do this again. I'd love to try it fresh on tap.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of REVZEB
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

General Lenoir's Old Ale from Howard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 11 ratings