Heini's Good Cheer | Roundabout Brewery

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3.95/5
Very Good
40 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Roundabout Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
roundaboutbeer.com

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,241
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
40
pDev:
12.66%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
4
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of Nichols33
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a moderately dark brown color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like wet oak, bourbon, raisin, chocolate-covered caramel, and slight oxidation.

This feels a touch oxidized, but it honestly works, as it adds a nice musty sweetness that plays well with the boozy caramel malt tones. There's some breadiness, and a big oak character, along with some light bourbon. This works well for me.

This is medium bodied, with a nice silky mouthfeel, and a surprising level of drinkability for the heft of this one.

I think this is my first beer from Roundabout, and it's an impressive one.

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Photo of billbeers
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajm5108
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep raisin brown, thinner head but it lasts awhile. Aroma is bursting with warm bourbon goodness (caramel, vanilla, oak) that compliments the toffee malt of the old ale wonderfully. Taste follows that same path - just great expression from the barrel without dominating the base beer, balanced and blended expertly, just hits all the classic notes (toffee, rum raisin cake, warm chestnut, bourbon caramel) with nary a flaw. Super-underated, if you like old ales seek it out.

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Photo of jlindros
4.51/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at the brewery, 2017 vintage

Little head, clear but darker ruby color

Nose big barrel, toasted and buttery oak, bourbon barrel juice, sweet malt, cocoa, caramel, toffee, so much buttery oak and barrel bourbon

Taste big sweet mal, buttery oak, sweet bourbon, candy, bourbon barrel juice, caramel, vanilla, toffee, dark fruits, little warming booze, esters, candy notes, soooo much awesome.

Mouth is big thick richer, some warming booze, decent carb

Overall incredible, I want to freeze this in the winter and skate on it, then thaw it again in the spring and drink it again.

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

UPDATE: opened a 2015 (2016) bottle,on 12/17/17. Beer honestly did lose a little carb. The body therefor became sloghtly more dense, but not syrup. The booze on this one wasn't as masked any more. Still had vanilla and stuff, but was HOT. interesting to have,the two comparisons.

This year's version. Three barrel blend. Also had the single barrel on nitro. Both were delicious. Remids me of a mix of Backwoods Bastard and Old Stocke Ale. hidden gem.

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Photo of KevBot89
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zonian1
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yancey82
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DeutschesBier
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dddddddd
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 at 2 years old

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Photo of Slack
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 Bottle

Deep Amber in color and clear on the edges with no head and minimal lacing.

Nose is malt, sweetness, raisins, and a bit of booze.

Taste is similar to the nose with sweet malt, caramel, raisin, and a oaky / bourbon like finish.

Mouthful is medium and a bit thin with low carbonation and lingering finish that is slightly warm.

A nice take on an old ale. The nose and taste are quite nice. Very sippable. The drawback is the mouthful but don't let that stop you. Great for a share, try it out.

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Photo of Brown120
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Omnium
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery
A. Clear amber red with a finger of white soapy head.
S. Toasted oak, sweet malt, caramel, cherry, spicy rye.
T. Sweet and smooth rich malt, nice boozer quality that's mild.
M. Chewy and clingy but smooth and rich, goes down so easy.
O. Really great old ale, smooth and rich

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Photo of Dogleg
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jbwimer
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of baybum
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rifugium
2.67/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Really nothing good about this beer. An oxidized mess.

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Photo of outoffocus
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cpetrone84
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a dark caramel color with a good bit of tan head. Nose has a slight touch of oxidation, not really a bad thing, lots of caramel and some rich dark malt, a decent bit of bourbon but not boozy. Still has a lot of caramel, malts aren't as rich, a decent amount of bourbon in back, again not boozy, but the flavors are a bit thin in the finish. Carb is nice and light, soft body, not overly heavy, decent feel to it.

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Photo of basickness
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just had this on tap and it was great. It's like a baby bb4d and i mean that in a good. Lots of bourbon and caramel.

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Photo of KJ2013
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of skaboom420
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmartinger
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Heini's Good Cheer from Roundabout Brewery
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 40 ratings