Heini's Good Cheer | Roundabout Brewery

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Brewed by:
Roundabout Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by Nichols33:
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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 kbuzz
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Score revised to reflect the 2015 vintage...gave the 2013 a 3.something (can't remember exactly)...but basically, the 2015 batch is significantly better than the original Roundabout batch. Never had the CBW version and somehow missed out on the 2014 batch ...

Score revised to reflect 2016 vintage. Shit gets better and better.

Not going to edit score again, cause it's still awesome, but wanted to add a note that the 2017 vintage was very similar to 2016. Maybe slightly behind the 2016, but certainly not by much. This is very much now clearly an annual must buy.

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Photo of just_in
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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 ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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 hansenm72
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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

Photo of Brown120
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 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 brentk56
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearnce: Pours a clear mahogany with ruby highlights; a hard pour creates a rocky head that leaves a few strands dripping from the lip of the chalice

Smell: Caramel, oak, cocoa and vanilla, with a soft Bourbon undertone and a touch of dried citrus peel

Taste: Caramel and dried citrus peel, up front, with oak, cocoa, vanilla and Bourbon tones developing, in the middle; the bitterness builds, somewhat, after the swallow, but the finish is more about the malt bill and the warming impact of the Bourbon barrel

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Though the website recommends that cellaring be limited to less than six months, looking at where the previous ratings have come in relative to mine, I wonder whether the cellaring recommendation should be for at least six months; with almost 11 months under the belt this beer is drinking very nicely and is among the better Old Ales I have tasted; the Bourbon treatment is very effective here

Thanks, kbuzz, for the opportunity

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014 - 9.4% abv. Drank this one at about 60-some degrees.

For a reason that I cannot recall I missed the 2013 release of this. Glad to get another chance to have a go at it.

This beer pours very dark. It's about as dark a shade of brown as you can get. The head was very lively and cream colored at first, but it fell to nothing rather quickly.

To be quite frank, the first thing that struck me about the nose was how much it smelled like blue cheese. Thankfully I like blue cheese. That fragrance, as minimal as it is, seems to come and go. The beer tastes sort of like a maple syrup thing a bit. The rest of the profile is fairly boozy. Smooth feel. It's a nice drinker, but it seems a little young...for an old ale. Oh the irony. I will rest on my other bottle for a bit longer and see how it ages. (I am thinking at least a year would do it better. Maybe even two to three.)

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

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

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Heini's Good Cheer from Roundabout Brewery
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