Olde Ale | AleSmith Brewing Company

Olde AleOlde Ale
BA SCORE
4.02/5
200 Ratings
Olde AleOlde Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally brewed in 2005 as the first in our annual Decadence series, AleSmith Olde Ale follows the tradition of classic British-style Old Ales. This rich, malt-forward ale showcases soft notes of currants and dried fruit along with complex dark sugars, all of which are balanced by a subtle bitterness derived from the addition of traditional English hops. AleSmith Olde Ale is ready to be enjoyed now or it can be aged upwards of twenty years to further enhance its amazing depth of flavor. A hearty ale designed to please Bacchus himself!

Added by notchucknorris on 07-14-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,218
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
200
pDev:
9.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
23
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 200 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of tdm168
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of rawfish
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

With a nice mahogany color, it boasts a light, sweet brandy taste combined with a bready butterscotch aroma and dried fruits with a slightly dry aftertaste. Nice, rich mouthfeel. This is like Atwater Brewery’s Teufel Wiezen Doppelbock, but very less nutty and bready and more fruity and slightly bitter, with butterscotch and dried fruit in the taste.

UPDATE: I recently tried another bottle and it tastes slightly, yet plenty different than the previous one I tried. It has a deep, creamy mouthfeel with the apricot sorbet and deep caramel brandy flavors with just enough scotch booze. There is also an aroma packed with every high alcoholic spirits you can think of (e.g. whiskey, brandy, sake, etc.), and it meshes together in harmony! This is turning into another class by itself, even rivaling their own Barrel Aged Numbskull!

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Photo of NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liamt07
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Grinky
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamFuel
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of champ103
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I do not see a bottled on date, but I bought this in July 2015.

A: Pours a dark brown, with ruby red around the edges. At first a dense, light tan head forms with good retention, that eventually recedes to a ring that sticks throughout. Plenty of lace is left behind as well.
S: Toasted and caramel malts. Raisins, brown sugar. Some booze, which is appropriate for the style.
T: Big malty sweetness, brown sugar, raisins. Caramel malts, fusel alcohol. Maybe a bit to much sweetness along with a slightly rough alcohol character. Obviously to style, but a little unrefined at the moment.
M/O: A full and sticky body. Moderate carbonation and resiny. Big, thick and heavy. While a good sipper, the heavy handedness of the sweet malts, alcohol, and big body takes its toll.

One of my favorite styles, and AleSmith always does big English styles right. Even so, I think this is a little rough around the edges. I very much enjoy this, but I think more time to mellow out would do wonders. I will be sure to get more bottles to put away for a year or so.

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Photo of brewduder
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kbwalters
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of QuakeAttack
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the 750 ml bottle in a Delirium snifter. This FINE old ale pours a muddy brown with mahogany highlights, a moderate head of light tan foam that dissipates to a thin layer and a thick ring, and spotty lacing. Nose of toffee, walnuts, strong booze like rum notes, brown sugars, and dark plums. Flavors are a wow factor with brown sugar and some dark cherries fading into a toffee middle and nutty background. A mild hop note is on the back; lightly herbal, that blends with a strong rum flavor on the back with just the right hint of burn. Slick, full, and creamy mouth feel features moderately light carbonation.
Begs for a warm fire or an evening night cap.
A winner from a great brewery!

Cheers!

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Photo of dcmchew
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of parintele
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sosopogi
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluejacket74
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle (labeled as "Olde Ale"), bottled on 02/26/14. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky reddish/brown color with about an inch beige head that stuck around a little while. There's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and malty, the brew smells like toffee, dark fruit (plums, raisins), caramel, brown sugar, and some nuts. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of rum-like booziness, red grapes and currants. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy and coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was pretty good, I think I'll have to pick up another bottle soon!

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Photo of dddddddd
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaymo18
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HunterSBeerson
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stortore
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ML bottle into a snifter. Bottled in March, 2014.

Pours a deep, hazy amber, with a medium head and not much lacing. Smell is of purple grapes, plums, malt, caramel, dates. Taste seems a little more malty than the nose. Still a good amount of grape, some plums, figs, raisins, caramel. Maybe a little molasses and toffee. Smooth for the ABV, almost creamy. Well carbonated.

Pretty classic Old Ale, right at the top tier for the style. Great flavor, very enjoyable. Definitely one to go back to.

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Photo of jooler
3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Too strong of an alcohol taste for percentage

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Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Olde Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 200 ratings
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