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New England Brewing Co.

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English Old Ale
4.23 | pDev: 5.91%
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 31 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Dragginballs76
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours deep mahogany color with off white head, not much lacing.

Aroma- Caramel, oak, smoke, chocolate, tobacco, very complex aroma smoky and sweet.

Taste - Smoked meat, dark chocolate, tobacco, leather, caramel and charcoal. Hints of dark fruit plum and raisin.

Feel - Medium bodied well carbonated just a hint of dryness.

Overall - a really great smoked beer, wonderful flavors.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours dark brown and murky like a thick cider with a big foam head.

The taste is fruity sweet and malty with oak and barrel on the finish.

Overall, a nice little beer. This tastes better cold than at cellar temp.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Unnumbered 375ml bottle into a Gandhi-Bot tulip. Huge thanks to head brewer Matt for sending this to me, and for erstwhile brewer James for brewing such a tasty beer!

A: Black body with russet highlights and a voluminous head of extremely fine tan foam. Retention is good, lacing spotty but substantial. Frothier than expected for a the style, but visually arresting.

S: Piquant smoke is right up front, mixing spicy char and fruity woodiness. Vanilla and spice notes from the barrel follow close behind, and a deep inhalation delivers some chocolate, licorice, dark fruit, and tobacco aromas as well. Extremely complex and inviting.

T: Opens with delicate dark fruitiness - raisin, cherry, and overripe grape - and opens up into rich wood, smoke, spice, and vanilla. The finish is long, warming, and intensely oaky. Terrific interplay of malt, smoke, and barrel - flavorful but never unbalanced, complex but never confusing. Terrific.

M: Fairly full-bodied and a bit sticky, but with an (over) abundance of effervescence. A bit much, but luxurious in its excess.

O: This is a delightful beer, as it manages to deliver huge flavor in several different distinct capacities without having any one of them drown out the others. Well done!


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Photo of Jwale73
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 22/375. Pours slightly darker than mahogany with a rocky two-inch, cream-colored head that dissipates into a frothy cap revealing a textured band around the edges. Nose is malty with a hint of smoke - and a sweetness beneath. Taste consistent with nose - smoke is more apparent, but it comes off a little artificial. There's also a suggestion of cherries in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with an even carbonation. All and all - a decent beer. The smoke adds an interesting element to beer, but comes off a little artificial. I wouldn't recommend this beer from cellaring.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a deep dark leather brown color. a big three fingered head of frothy tan colored foam forms. strong retention and leaving behind a large frothy lacing. very hazy and completely opaque. some yeasty concretions settle out on the bottom.

Smell: some smoke and a light meatiness. sweet malts mostly caramel and toffee some dark fruit. rye whisky with no alcohol bite.

Taste: opens with a light meat taste but quickly moves on to sweet malts. caramels and toffees just barely peep through before a smoke flavor rolls through and takes over. the back end is full of rye whisky along with slight notes of dark fruit. little to no alcohol.

Mouthfeel: light and silky. some lingering smoke but not too much. somewhat prickly carbonation.

Overall: an amazing take on the style. great notes of smoke that balance nicely into the style with smaller notes of sweetness. the barrel flavor is great but takes a supporting role to the other things going on. a must try for smoked beer and old ale fans alike. but drink it now, this one may hold up but it doesn't show much potential to improve.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a deep mahogany to chocolate color with creamy tan head of 1.5 cm that remains through out the sampling and is clingy on the sides of the glass after each sip.
Aroma is rich malty notes with some deep whiskey note and a bit of vanilla. The smoked malt is buried but there in the background. Not really any peppery hot booze notes and certainly no hop notes.
First sip reveals a silky smooth texture and very fine carbonation, physical traits are smooth and enhance the drinkability.
Flavor is similar to the nose and I get smooth whiskey notes with a bit of vanilla and some dry toothpick notes on the finish. The smoke doesnt show up much at all on the flavor.
I do get a little bit of booze on the finish but it isnt really hot or moves this to a sipping beer. I really enjoy this and I am glad I have a second bottle in the cellar. This quite a fine beer and I hope it isnt the last time this beer is made by the crew at NEBCO!

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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 31 ratings