Old Fashioned
Wicked Weed Brewing

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Style:
English Old Ale
Ranked #20
ABV:
10%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,600
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 9.2%
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
178
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Wicked Weed Brewing
 
North Carolina, United States
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Notes: The bartender is always there for us, our reliable companion who deliberately crafts the perfect cocktail with every dash of bitters and teaspoon of simple syrup. It’s this spirit of precision and passion for the craft that has led to our Old Fashioned Ale. This cocktail-inspired beer is gently aged in fresh bourbon barrels with Montmorency and Black cherries, and finished with fresh orange zest, all painstakingly measured and mixed in the spirit of camaraderie. Muddle your cherries, but not your time.
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Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 178
Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look: very dark ruby. modest tan head.
smell: Rich nose with bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, and a bit of citrus.
taste: flavors meld together more than the nose. Something unique and full in the finish...I think it's the cherries.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is another great beer from Wicked Weed. I haven't had many Old Ale's but this one was great.

Look: cloudy brown with a thin mocca colored head

Aroma: bourbon, caramel, orange, some cherries

Taste: The taste is caramel, bourbon, cherries, orange, its tart, bitter, and sweet, a very nice combo.

Feel: medium bodied, light carbonation

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Photo of Beejay
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Been saving this for a special occasion, and I recently just on my 2nd RTCC Award.. so hurray!

A: A very deep brown in the glass, with a moderate tan head filled with frog eyes.

S: Big bourbon, with notes of vanilla and almond. A touch of orange and some luscious cherries in there as well. A bit boozy, but it comes out as sweet molasses.

T: A big boozy beer with caramel and molasses being overtaken by bourbon, oak, and vanilla. The orange and cherry are a bit hidden, but start to really shine in the finish. There is a long bourbon and caramel linger, followed by bright orange flavor.

M: Medium, but the thinned side of medium. Moderate to light carbonation.

O: For a theme beer, this one is pretty darn good. The orange and cherry are somewhat subtle. I'd like to say that I would like more, but I think if that happened it might be overbearing. I would like to see a thicker mouthfeel, but all in all it's a pretty terrific beer.

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Photo of ordybill
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear dark brown with a small tan head. the aroma is bourbon, fruit, brown sugar and alcohol. The taste is bourbon driven and is paired well with cherries and caramel.

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Photo of puck1225
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from draft into a snifter. Lovely, rich dark brown with a fluffy beige head and nice lacing. Rich vanilla and slightly boozey fragrance, very pleasant. Complex taste with vanilla, oak, bourbon, caramel and toffee. Very nice beer to finish the evening.

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: muddy brown, tan head, some bubbles
S: tons of whiskey and a cloying sweetness
F: good mouthfeel, medium body
T: bourbon, slightly tart cherries and some stone fruits
O: nice interpretation of the cocktail

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Photo of HipCzech
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: 12.7 oz bottle ("date bottled 09.27.16"), poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Murky, silty brown with a head of tan, creamy head.

Smell: Deep malty base (toasted grains, brown sugar, figs) with good barrel notes: vanilla, whiskey and oak.

Taste: Plenty more malt and bourbon barrel, but tart, fruity cherries and orange zest emerge to suggest the namesake cocktail.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, creamy feel and light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: Flavors don't entirely meld to result in an Old Fashioned flavor profile, but the added cherries and oranges still add nice fruit notes to a drinkable barrel aged ale.

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Photo of smcolw
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dirty, muddy brown where light passes along the edge. The head is small and dies quickly. It leaves no lace whatsoever.

Strong berry and brandy-like aromas. I get alcohol and fortified wine notes. Very much like a barley wine.

The body is thin but the carbonation is also muted. The initial sip has some richer and darker malt notes along with a solid hop presence. The malt certainly wins this battle as the swallow reverts to the alcohol with a dark cherry sweetness and toasted almond. The aftertaste is a combination of brandy, treacle, darker malts.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I do love a good old-fashioned cocktail, especially with a good bourbon. The flavors seems like they would meld well with beer. But with this ale, not so much. I mostly only got a raisin flavor, which is something I despise in beer. You definitely taste the booze with this one.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

when it comes to beers modeled on this cocktail, and there arent too many from what i know about the matter, the unequivocal king is the one brooklyn does, there really is no comparison in my opinion, and the battle rages for second best, where i suppose i am happy to designate this one to hold the spot for the time being. all the elements are there, the whiskey (especially in the nose), the fragrant and bitter citrus peel, and a hint of cherry too, sweet and syrupy, not not so strong it overtakes the beer. built like a barleywine or an old ale, it has a nice strong, almost quad type grain base, with some dried fruit notes there too and a nice rich foundation for the added ingredients. the strong alcohol is a necessity, and they have successfully not hidden it much. some wood and char here in the middle which is neat, and the citrus acidity lightens it up just a bit, not as sweet as it could be in the end. not as complex as others, not as true to the cocktail and highly refined as the brooklyn one, but drinkable as they go, something quite different, and one of the more interesting and enjoyable wicked weed beers that isnt sour. sure its expensive, but its a pretty dialed in brew, and worth picking up if this sounds even remotely good to you. i am really impressed with wicked weed right now, everything i have had from them lately has been sensational! keep it coming!

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Photo of teromous
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

It's a bit hard to read because of the label design but it says "Date Bottled 09.27.16"

Appearance: The body is a dark brown color similar to black tea. The head is this mix of white and light brown and it only really forms a film with some bubbles as a ring. No retention or lacing.

Aroma: It has a nice woody oak aroma with a bit of caramel.

Taste: It has a nice sweet caramel flavor with a bit of chocolate and a woody flavor in the middle. Just a light bit of char at the end. Excellent tasting beer. The chocolate flavor is very nice and it really rolls across the palate and blends into that woody character. There is a bit of a tartness at the end but I wouldn't be able to tell if it was a specific fruit tasting it blind. It does remind me a bit of taking a bite out of a fruit filled chocolate from a box but again it's hard to really pick out any of the orange or cherries advertised on the label.

Mouthfeel: It's very easy to drink but it has this decadent and luxurious richness on the palate. It's full bodied and smooth. It really works well for this beer.

Overall: Again I really couldn't pick out the cherries or orange other than the evident tartness but the beer has this excellent "chocolate box" flavor, or chocolate liqueur flavor which was excellent. I would definitely drink it again. I would also highly recommend it.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Sehkraft in Arlington, VA. Poured into a snifter.

Old Ales are one of my favorite styles, this beer has that oxidized taste but strays a bit too far from the style. A unique beer worthy of a taste but not a brew I would put near the top of my old ale list.

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Photo of jlindros
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Little creamy head, dark semi clear chestnut brown

Nose big sweet candy malt, toffee, caramel, orange peel, bitters, mild whisky and vanilla barrel, candi maraschino cherry little booze, brown sugar

Taste brings more sweet candy sugary caramel toffee etc, brown sugar, little whisky note and vanilla barrel, faint orange zest and maraschino cherry again, toasted brown malt and biscuity sugar cookie

Mouth is fuller bod, lemme rich creamy, lighter carb little booze.

Overall an interesting, not perfect.

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Photo of Pencible
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured an opaque mahogany with almost no head.
S: It smelled like toasted oak and and coconut and cherry cordial, with some caramel and honey and figs.
T: It tasted like toasted oak and coconut and chocolate and caramel, with some cherry cordial and figs. It had a clean sweet aftertaste with some alcohol warming.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a nice brew with complex and balanced scent and taste. The body was weak, and the finish was hot, so it was better to sip. Age would probably help mellow it out. Fresh was quite enjoyable, but not quite top tier.

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Photo of Dope
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No bottling date but released recently.

A: Pours an extremely dark brown but not quite black. Frothy light tan head that sticks around forever. Moderate foamy bits of lacing.

S: Bourbon, LOTS of bourbon. Heavy caramel and oaky vanilla. Hints of cherry.

T: Bourbon up front but not as crazy as the aroma would indicate. Caramel, charry oak and here comes the cherries. Nice sweet cherry flavor. Maybe oranges? It's probably my mind telling me there should be oranges or it's just really subtle. Bittersweet orange peel in the finish I'd say. Sweet, with lots of malty and bourbon goodness everywhere. Finish is pretty crisp with just a little bit of oaky vanilla and cherries lingering.

M: Heavy, lower carbonation. Pretty thick and smooth.

O: Nice take on an old ale. Definitely reminiscent of an Old Fashioned. Heavy on the bourbon with a decent bit of cherries and just a little orange. Smooth and sweet brew. Goes down easily and I can't complain!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nabbed a bottle at Table and Vine in West Springfield, MA.

BOTTLE: 12.7 fl oz. Brown glass. Branded black pry-off crown cap.

10% ABV. "Barrel-aged ale." "Brewed with oranges and cherries." Aged in bourbon barrels and brewed with montmorency and black cherries and finished with fresh orange zest.

APPEARANCE: Pours an opaque dark brown-black. Head is creamy and soft-looking, lasting a good 8 minutes (which ain't bad at 10% ABV). Thick and robust. Complexion could be better. Some light lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Not a great look, all things considered.

AROMA: Vanilla from the bourbon barrel is the first thing I notice, joined by exquisite notes of white oak, toasted coconut, and bourbon barrel goodness. There's some generic malty sweetness, and...well, that's it. No cherry, no orange zest. Just bourbon barrel notes - and excellently executed ones at that - but that's all there is aroma-wise. Smells nothing like an old-fashioned.

Aromatic intensity is above average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: The taste delivers on the bourbon barrel, with the aforementioned notes of vanilla/vanillin, subtle coconut, and barrel sugars coming through vividly.

The malty sweetness is there in the core of the beer, giving the bourbon barrel something to play with. A bit of caramel, some pale malt, maybe some amber malt.

There's nothing here hopwise. As for the orange zest? Maybe a bit, but it isn't the fresh citrusy flavour you'd expect given that descriptor; it's more in line with the synthetic orange you'd find in a grocery store's own-brand "hint of orange" chocolate bar. Cherry? I do get some gooey generic fruit, but it isn't recognizable as cherry. A bit of tartness, maybe, but not what you'd expect from montmorency cherries.

Alcohol warmth is evident.

I'm not sure what to say about it; it's staggeringly simple, barely approximates an old fashioned (and I doubt anyone drinking this in a blind tasting would even make a comparison to the cocktail), and lacks depth of flavour. I do love the bourbon barrel tones, but they overwhelm and eclipse the base beer.

Mouthfeel is somewhat soft. Smooth, wet, full-bodied, thick, chewy, coating, robust, overcarbonated. There's no natural harmony of texture and taste here, but the former suits the latter to a fair extent.

OVERALL: With impressive bourbon flavours but no real base beer for them to play off of, Old Fashioned ends up feeling like an empty shell of a beer and doesn't evoke its titular cocktail to any noticeable degree. I guess it's worth asking why - if they were truly after a beer that mimics an old fashioned - they didn't age this in whiskey or brandy barrels instead of bourbon. Wicked Weed is a brewery that has become well-known for its brettanomyces beers, and this isn't one of those. I'm really not sure what to call it, and I guess I'd place it in the catch-all "American strong ale" category since it doesn't adhere to conventions of much else. It's definitely an above average brew for its bourbon presence alone, but it doesn't succeed at its stated aims.

Not a beer I'd buy again - at this price or half of it.

High C+ (3.20) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of Apellonious
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7 fl oz bottle from 3/27/16 poured into tulip glass. Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a tinge of red highlights. Very thin lace that moves to nothing immediately. The nose is bourbon, caramel, cherries, and orange/citrus. The taste follows the nose, with an undercurrent of molasses and wood. The mouthfeel is dense, carbonation medium low. Overall, a great slow sipping cocktail mock.

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Photo of ksimons
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-appearance is a somewhat murky dark brown with a thin layer of tan head that leaves a slight layer of lacing around the top

S-aroma is of sweet caramel, bourbon, dark fruits, and some slight citrus

T-taste is similar to the smell with a bourbon and caramel backbone, dark fruits, and a light citrus finish. Drinks pretty smooth for a high ABV.

M-medium to full body and moderate carbonation

Overall very smooth and taste is delicious, tastes almost exactly like an old fashioned

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Photo of Damian
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12.7 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Date bottled: 04.05.16
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a medium brown and thinner in body than anticipated. A tight, frothy, finger-tall, khaki colored crown topped the liquid but it quickly fell to a thick bubbly collar. A few drippy streaks of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was bourbon, bourbon and more bourbon. Pleasant but very boozy and simplistic. Slightly sweet. Good amount of vanilla. Hint of brown sugar. The vanilla notes really intensified as the beer sat. A touch of cocoa came forth as well. By the drink's end, sweet cherry notes appeared.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose but more complex, and also much harsher. Super bourbony up front. Bit of citrus. Orange zest was noticeable. Hint of cherry as well. Moderately sweet. Somewhat spicy too. The beer finished quite hot. All in all, very similar to an actual Old Fashioned.

The mouthfeel was thin and fizzy, especially for a beer of this magnitude. The liquid contained a zippy, spritzy effervescence that seemed rather distracting.

While I am a fan of Old Fashioneds, I was hoping that this beer had a bit more nuance and subtlety to it. It almost mimicked the cocktail too closely. Three or four ounces definitely would have been enough, but a full bottle was quite overwhelming.

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Photo of Slack
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amber brown in color and translucent with minimal head and some lacing.

Nose is a bit boozy with orange and cherries. Some sweetness, some malt, and bourbon.

Taste is mild bourbon, booze, sweetness, mild orange and Cherry, malt, and booze on the backside.

Mouthful is medium and thinnish. Carbonation is medium high. Finish is sweet.

For a beer take on a liquor drink, this is pretty spot on. The booze is very much present but it blends nicely with the orange and cherries. The balance is nice and even better as it warms. Give it a try.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice tan colored head that has a nice cream texture that adds to to its attractiveness. The beer itself is an opaque dark brown color that has a nice smooth texture to it. It's pretty good to look at.

The smell is fantastic. It has a nice moderate bourbon note and a little bit of booze as well. The dark cherry note and malt notes come out as well as the orange peel note in the finish.

The taste is absolutely wonderful. It tastes almost exactly like an old fashion. The taste has a nice moderate bourbon note with a hint of vanilla that makes sure it's present and probably the strongest of the notes but doesn't overwhelm all the other notes. The second strongest notes are the sweet and dark fruit malt notes with a nice cherry syrup note to make it seem like you're drinking an old fashion. The taste also has as very light but still noticeable orange peel finish at the end.

The feel is very good. It's a nice heavy bodied beer that is extremely smooth and silky with a slight thinness; similar to the actual Old Fashioned. There is some light carbonation to give that silky feeling and some texture as well.

Overall, a very good beer and one worth getting if you can find it.

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Photo of thebeers
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark red black with a dense mocha foam. Eventually dissipates to leave a thick crown and a wisp of head across the top. Big bourbon aroma with cherry and orange rind that continues to the taste. Smooth mouthfeel with medium body. Delicious up front but sort of falls flat in the aftertaste with very mild, dull hop flavor. Still better than expected. Recommended.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours - Dark brown very thin tan head that quickly dissipates not much lacing.

Smell - Lots of bourbon, orange, lemon, dark fruit, plum, caramel, vanilla.

Taste - Getting brown sugar, vanilla, lots of bourbon and oak. Plenty of orange and lemon as well, plum and dark fruit.

Feel - Heavy side of medium body great carbonation very good consistency and just a hint of burn from the alcohol.

Overall - I was pretty amazed at how great this was, I am not even a huge fan of old fashioned but I love this!!

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Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark, opaque chestnut with a medium head that poofs. nose; caramel, light bourbon, light oak, light cherry, & light hops. taste; caramel malt, toffee, light oak, orange peel, brown sugar, light cherry, & citus hops. slightly boozy on the finish. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. a tad anemic overall from what i was expecting. ended up quite malty and toffee-y.

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Photo of Fantific
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle bottled in April 2016. This beer surprised me on many levels. It poured with half an inch of froth that faded quickly. The beer was incredibly complex, smelling in order of magnitude of bourbon, cherry, orange and vanilla. It had a lighter feel and more carbonation than most barrel aged high alcohol beers and was incredibly smooth. The taste was very complex and lingered in my mouth for quite some time. This beer will age well and despite the high price point, is well worth it.

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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 178 ratings