Improved Old Fashioned
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Rye Beer
Ranked #11
Ranked #4,131
4.14 | pDev: 7.97%
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
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Notes: Here at Brooklyn Brewery, we are, of course, beer people. But we are also “drinks people,” and many inspirations come to us out of the deep and wondrous world of cocktails. While surely invented earlier, the modern cocktail emerged in the 19th century. The original—the ur-cocktail, if you will—was the Old Fashioned. A deceptively simple drink consisting of whiskey, sugar, and bitters (stirred, not shaken), usually with a bit of citrus peel, a good Old Fashioned remains a thing of austere beauty. By the 1860s, some bartenders, Jerry Thomas (aka "The Professor") chief among them, became household names in America. A mixologist (believe it or not, the moniker is actually old) looking to make a name for himself would often make a change to an existing cocktail, perhaps adding absinthe, or curaçao, or a dash of maraschino liqueur. This new version would be rakishly referred to as “improved,” as the upstart barman fervently hoped to eclipse his predecessor.

Well, we’ve gone this idea one better. We have “improved” the Old Fashioned by making it into a beer. Witness our strong rye beer, suffused with various spices and peels! Wonder at its long blissful rest in WhistlePig Rye Whiskey oak barrels! Marvel at its clever infusions of bitter gentian root and enticing botanicals! And then enjoy, as you are greeted by the silky spice of rye, the firm herbal bitterness, the brightness of citrus, and the sweet warmth of oak. Sit in your favorite chair, surround yourself with your favorite people, and imbibe this, our latest Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment. We can nearly guarantee that you shall feel that your day has, in fact, improved.

Style: Barrel-aged rye ale with botanicals & bitters

Malts: Glen Eagle Maris Otter, Canadian 2-row, Weyermann Rye, Fawcett Rye, Fawcett Crystal Rye

Additions: Demerara sugar, Belgian candi syrup, bitter orange peel, lemon peel, nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, bitter gentian root, cloves, and aging in WhistlePig Rye whiskey barrels

Hops: Perle

Yeast: Our House Ale Yeast

Original Gravity: 21° Plato
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with a slightly translucent tawny color capped by a thin head; a few dots and dashes of lacing

Smell: Toffee and citrus with nuts, crusty bread and cereal tones; hints of fortified wine

Taste: Toffee and crusty bread forward with flavors of orange pith, maraschino cherry and pine; hints of fortified wine and whiskey with peppery rye adding spice

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Like the name says, Brooklyn has taken the concept of an Old Fashioned cocktail and improved it

May 12, 2019
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Jsalz21 from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've been aching for this one. BQEs apparently have a reputation for being amongst the best out of Brooklyn, and I am already a fan of at least one. Considering this one is from 2016 but 12.8%, I have no idea how much time spent sitting on the shelf is going to effect it.

Poured into a snifter, it looks a handsome reddish brown and leaves more lacing than I expected. Head retention is expectedly low otherwise. Creates a red hue when struck by light through the glass, which is always cool in my humble opinion.

The aroma of this beer is bonkers. Straight bonkers. Popping the cork, it smells bourbon-y and inviting. Keeping it in the glass as I type this, the smell is reaching out to me already. A strong scent of bourbon and vanilla meshes with botanical (almost herbaceous) character. Blindfolded, it would be pretty easy to mistake this for a actual Old-Fashioned, minus the boozy whiff of the liquor.

Upfront, it confronts you and goes into a botanical/ slightsweet orange flavor that is somewhat mellow. Assorted spicy flavors are the dominant ones, along with the pronounced ABV. After awhile the booziness can get repetitive, but its uniqueness makes up for it slightly.

This feels like a cocktail, if slightly more mellow. Spicy, with strong alcoholic character, an an aftertaste to match it. Any malt here is keeping it just harsh enough to mimic the sensation of the cocktail. In it's own way, I find that impressive as heck. Still, it has enough burn to mimic bourbon thru what i suspect is a combo of ABV and spiciness.

I am actually a giant fan of this. More than I thought I was going to be. Of course, an old-fashioned is my go to when the bar is woefully under educated when it comes to beer, and everything that makes that cocktail challenging and interesting is encapsulated in this beer, with the exception of its lacking in orange flavor. This is definitely a beer where an 7-8 oz pour is necessary as well. Spicy rye and botanical character gives it a festive aroma, and its slight sweetness is nice. It catches up to you very quickly, and the aroma just demands another sip.

Sep 07, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grill in Burlington, VT. This was poured into a flared tulip. The appearance was a dark malty brown color with a thin rimmed glaze of one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Moderate slim white lacing sticking and then sliding down into the beer. The smell started off with Christmas spices of allspice, ginger, clove and nutmeg. Light cocoa, coconut and even some subtle coffee bean sweetness blends in. The taste was basically sweet and spicy with a gentle roast underneath. Light sweet to spicy aftertaste. Slight spicy finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Spicy harshness isn’t overbearing - good use. Overall, this was a rye beer? Oh, uh....sure, okay, fine with me because I'd still have again. Pretty nice.

Jul 18, 2017
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JamFuel from Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Mule Bar in Winooski.

Pours a brownish red with a soft, dense foam.

Smell is very herbal and sweet, with orange, ginger and Gammeldansk dancing around.

The taste is heavy and herbal. Lots of nutmeg and cinnamon, a hint of licorice, and a lot of alcohol. Finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel is thin and softly carbonated.

I know what they were going for here and they nailed it. It is very much a cocktail in a beer. It's just a bit too heavy for me, as I couldn't finish the 8 oz pour. Very good, but in small quantities.

Mar 14, 2017
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've always enjoyed these beer tributes to cocktails, and the Improved Old fashioned is one of the better ones. To me, it certainly captures the nuances of the cocktail with the peppery rye notes, the wisp of citrus and botanicals on a solid background beer that harmonizes everything. Most enjoyable!

Mar 04, 2017
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"The simple, beautiful Old Fashioned emerged in the 19th century as one of the first "cock-tails" : Whiskey, sugar, bitters, & a bit of citrus peel. Mixologists who put their own spin on such classics often rakishly referred to their versions as "improved." We "improved" the Old Fashioned by making it into a beer. Brooklyn Improved Old Fashioned is a strong rye ale, aged in WhistlePig Rye Whiskey barrels & infused with bitter genetian root, botanicals & citrus. Enjoy the silky spice of rye, herbal bitterness, bright citrus & sweet, warm oak." Brewed in the style of a Rye Beer with Botanicals added, aged in WhistlePig Rye Whiskey barrels. Available in one-off 750ml. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, frothy head of a pale tan color over a very hazy caramel brown body with abundant sediment in tow. Retention is below average and there is no visible lacing. 3.25

(Smell) Aromatic blend of rye bread malts, caramelized syrups and fermented fruit sugars with the potent sharpness of aromatic bitters, spicy licorice and remnant of citrus peel. Very true to the cocktail, and nicely balanced. Potency is moderate/high. 4

(Taste) Largely follows the aroma, with slightly more emphasis on malt body- very rich caramel syrup and rye bread body with the thickness of molasses, subtly accentuated by the WhistlePig Rye barrel aging, providing subtle whiskey remnant and delicate oak tannin character. Slightly less emphasis comes through from the garnish, from the bitters to the citrus peel, which is the most lacking. This isn’t a crucial blow to the drinkability or overall impression of the beer but keep things slightly flat and ordinary in comparison to the aroma. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, moderately viscous, chewy, smooth, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly sweet over aromatic bitter and bitterness. Alcohol presence is modest and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) I’m largely impressed by how nicely this cocktail carries over to a beer, with a nice delivery of rye body and rye barrel aging to smooth out the rough edges. I found the aroma a notch above the flavor as it had a nice presentation of bitters and peel, both of which were toned down much more and lost a bit of balance in the flavor as a result. Overall, Improved Old Fashioned is an enjoyable beer and certainly one-of-a-kind in its category. Its hefty price tag may limit your mileage, or even your will to try it, but I can say this is one of the better 750ml. experimental releases of the past two years from this brewery, and worth a fair stir (not shake).

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Improved Old Fashioned

Feb 02, 2017
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911CROFT from England

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped and corked bottle into a large snifter. Paid £21.99 for a single.

Pours an opaque, dark chestnut body, which transforms to a bright crimson when held to the light, and allows plenty of fine streaming visible carbonation to be observed. A thick, foamy, two-finger in height, light tan coloured head slowly reduces to a thin film and collar, leaving behind plenty of sticky, soapy lace.

The wonderfully unique, complex and aromatic nose initially comprises of sweet, rich, toasty malts. Lightly spicy rye, soft brown sugar, caramel, toffee and Belgian candi syrup, lead above pronounced raisin, fig, date and maraschino cherry sweetness. Nutmeg, ginger and clove spices follow, while bitter orange peels, traces of vanilla, oak and whisky become perceptible towards the back-end. Taste roughly follows suit, adding greater botanical and barreling presence to the latter half. Light caramel and toffee profiles lead above an abundance of rich and warm toasted malts. Yeasty dark fruit sweetness gradually builds with plenty of raisin-like character and subtler impressions of fig, date, prune, plum and apple. Mid-palate, sweetness peaks with maraschino cherry and vanilla, before traces of a spicy rye backbone and oily citrus peels begin to provide excellent balancing bitterness. Towards the back-end, herbal and earthy warming spices join lingering orange and lemon peel, as notes of clove, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and gentian root give an Angostura bitters-like impression. In the mouth, a rich, viscous, oily full body paired with an appropriately low amount of soft, fine carbonation give a wonderfully slick and smooth feel. Towards the back-end, rye whisky barreling adds further spice and woody, earthy complexity. Wet oak, earth, leather and traces of warming alcohol linger for an age, finishing semi-sweet, but drying the palate with enough mild astringency to encourage frequent sipping.

Overall this is an incredible beer. Smooth, complex, flavourful and unique, it masterfully integrates toasty malt, spicy rye, fruity yeast, zesty citrus, herbal bitterness, woody barreling and whisky warmth into a perfect interpretation of an Old Fashioned. At 12.8% ABV it drinks ridiculously easily, drawing you in by revealing new flavours and depth with every sip. At £21.99 a single, it is by no means a cheap drop, it is however, without a doubt, the best beer I’ve ever had by Brooklyn Brewery, and probably worth every penny. Recommended.

Jan 03, 2017
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very deep amber with minimal head. Aroma is fantastic - they absolutely nailed that "old fashioned" smell. Lots of herbal notes - mint, tea - with orange zest and a kiss of nutmeg, and the whiskey component smells fresh and not just aged oak aromas. Incredible.

The taste is a little less authentic and a little more cloying, but still good. Boy does the cinnamon & nutmeg really come out in the body, but it compliments the rye. You still get that herbal taste though it is more supporting, and the orange is a nice underlying note, but it ultimately borders on a Christmas beer / winter warmer with that heavy spice. Not that it is a bad thing, just after that transporting aroma I was hoping for more of that cocktail flavor. The bourbon note is noticeable and very Kentucky smooth.

All of the pieces of the old fashioned is there, but it fails to necessarily fool you. What it does is provides an unique beer with some really distinct flavor which while maybe being a little less than the sum of its parts is still a great beer. I'm all for experimentation, and this one definitely sticks the landing even if the flight is turbulent at times.

Dec 06, 2016
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spacecake9 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a muddy brown color with a small white head.
S - The aroma is spices, cinnamon and clove, with some alcohol.
T - A little sweet. Some orange peel. I really like the rye in this beer.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - An interesting, unique beer. I've never had an old fashioned but now I need to try one.

Dec 03, 2016
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iheartmyTHO from Georgia

3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a bit too sweet / malty for my preferences. The botanicals also give it a bit of a funky flavor. Drinking this beer, cold, straight from the fridge is not recommended. It makes it taste terrible. But once the beer warmed up, it did become a bit more drinkable. The citrus and botanical flavors are prominent as well as the alcohol.

Not a terrible beer, but I feel like it would have been tastier if the alcohol content wasn't quite so high.

Oct 09, 2016
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Pours murky brown, thin white head, lots of lacing. Candy caramel aroma, touch of booze. Sweet taste, caramel, Rye, mild spice and wood. Thin to medium slick feel. This was better than I expected.

Oct 09, 2016
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Pencible from Virginia

4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured a nearly opaque mahogany with some thick tan head.
S: It smelled like sweet orange and toasted oak, with some caramel and raisin bread and honey, and a bit of spicy rye and cinnamon.
T: It tasted like honey wheat raisin bread, with some sweet orange peel and toasted oak and spicy rye and tart bitters. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste with some alcohol warming.
M: It was very thick with a little carbonation. Huge chewy body.
D: This was a great complex brew with delicious and balanced scent and taste. The body was great, but the finish was a little hot, so it was better to sip. Would likely mellow with some age. Very nice!

Sep 15, 2016
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ksimons from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-slightly hazy mahogany color with a thin layer of cream colored head that leaves a bit of lace bubbles around the top

S-really smells like an old fashioned with orange, whiskey, some spicy rye, and dark fruit sweetness

T-taste is similar to the smell with a rye and whiskey base, orange, some bitters, and what tastes a bit like cinnamon in the finish

M-medium to full body and crisp carbonation

Overall taste is almost exactly like an old fashioned except for the carbonation, really different but also pretty delicious

Aug 13, 2016
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DaveBlack from Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: One of the few times when I notice he look of a beer as a positive or negative; in this case negative. murky brown, very little head.

S: Spices, phenols, nutmeg, cinnamon, citrus, over-ripe fruits. To be honest, it smells like mulled cider only a little more bready and boozy.

T: an Old Fashioned in beer form. Cherry, rye, and orange with a sweet, malty background.

M: heavy body, almost chewy.

O: I was skeptical, but Brooklyn delivered. Great beer, if you like an old fashioned. Very sweet, and definitely made for sipping; I wish that I had someone to drink this 750 with because it is a lot of beer for one person.

Jun 29, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

nobody is making beer like brooklyn is. this is so advanced, the rest of the world dreams of making a beer this good. true daddy level stuff right here, a strong rye beer designed like the cocktail aged in some of the best rye barrels out there, this was worth every penny and cannot be recommended highly enough. brownish amber in color, a little sticky viscosity, some woody haze, a puffy tan head, regal to say the least. it smells like heavy rye malt, maple syrup, odd botanicals and spices. citrus peel for certain, even the label tells me that much, but something else here too, almost pickled, woody from the barrels yes, but also something else earthy, not quite sage or allspice, its hard to place, even ginger notes to the nose, root beer, lots going on here on top of the rye whisey and rye malt, which are both robust, and i definitely get a little of that bitters thing like the cocktail would have. the flavor is hugely robust, loaded with rye whiskey flavor, wet oak, vanilla, white pepper, tangerine zest, fusel booze, birch syrup, molasses, its amazing how much it tastes like the cocktail, just in beer form, but the transition is perfect, and this has to rank among the best beers of all time. brooklyn gets up to some heady stuff, and this might be in the front of the pack. treat yourself, this has no equal in the beer world...

Jun 18, 2016
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a lowball glass (aka an Old Fashioned glass)
no bottling dates

A: Pour is dark mahogany brown, murky to the point of being opaque, moderate sized tan colored head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves lots of lacing. 4.5

S: Tons of spice, lots of clove, lots of coriander. Pretty significant cherry and orange. Whiskey notes are noticeable, but not harsh. They absolutely nailed the aroma, I love it. 4.75

T: Taste has more beer characters than the aroma which was pure cocktail. There’s bitterness upfront, lots of whiskey characters, pretty spicy, some clove and orange. 4.25

M/D: Medium body, carbonation is on the moderate to high side which reminds you its a beer, tastes of booze in the whisky sense, but ABV is generally well masked. Drinkability is very good. 4.25

O: Excellent beer, I really enjoyed it. I think they did a very good job of pulling off a beer version of an Old Fashioned. I will say that I prefer Westbrook Fisticuffs, but considering that was a very limited release that likely will never be made again, I think this is a great substitute. Well done. 4.5

Jun 07, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap in Asheville.

Not great looking, with a murky brown body and a bubbly but durable head.

Smells boozy, appropriately I suppose, and very sweet. Hints of over-ripe soft fruits. Complex flavor with clear and prominent but mild alcohol and a lasting, boozy aftertaste.

May 21, 2016
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oberon from North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I must say I have never had an old fashioned...but I love me some rye whiskey and rye based beer so I ger it a whirl.First off a great pour,a chestnut brown with a billowing creamy beige head that leaves two rinngs of lace as it settles into a frothy mass.'Botanicals and ginger-like spice stand out most in the nose,not sure what gentian root is but there is a 'rootiness' that screams ginger and nutmeg to me over top of mild spicy rye.Very smooth and on the fuller side in the mouth,it glides down pretty easy.It took awhile for me to warm up to the flavor profile but once I did I 'got' it.Botanicals and vanilla mixed with spicy rye malts,with cinnamon,big clove, and nutmeg really coming thru in the finish.Wow there is alot going on here,it deserves high marks just for the complexity it gives off even if it's not the best tasting brew.

May 15, 2016
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look: mostly clear, dark, orange-brown.Not much of a tan head but lingering lacing.
smell: aromatic spices, citrus, vanilla oak toffee.
taste: Much like the nose up front. The barrel and rye spice assert themselves in the finish. Interesting and satisfying brew.

May 14, 2016
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very cloudy brown with a very thin head. The aroma presents cherries, maraschino liqueur, orange peel, and clove. To be brief - it does smell like an old fashioned. The flavor starts with a strong flavor of orange peel, as well as cherry, vanilla, and the unmistakable angostura flavor - that combo of gentian and cherry bark and clove. To be brief - it taste like an old fashioned. The mouthfeel offers almost mo carbonation, but rather simple silky smoothness. Overall I have to say the achieved exactely what they were going for - it tastes remarkably like an old-fashioned - and this is coming from someone who has made quite a lot. It was cool, but even sharing the beer it took me a long time to finish - maybe a 12oz release would have been better.

May 08, 2016
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Brooklyn chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy brownish orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of off white head that quickly fades away.

Smell: A spicy, boozy, and fruity aroma with a scent of rye whiskey, spices, and orange peel. Upfront barrel scent of rye whiskey, oak, vanilla, and wood. Spice scent of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and coriander. Fruit hints of orange peel and lemon. Sweet hints of candied sugar. Malt hints of caramel, rye, grains, and biscuit. A really nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy, fruity, and nicely boozy taste with notes of rye whiskey, spices, and orange peel. Barrel notes of rye whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Big spice presence with notes of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, and coriander. Fruit notes of orange peel and lemon. Sweet taste of candied sugar. Malt notes of rye, caramel, toffee, grains, and biscuit. A pretty good complex taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and somewhat sticky. Alcohol heat is smoothed out pretty well.

Overall: A really nice Barrel Aged Rye Ale. Good mix of rye whiskey barrel, spices, and fruit flavor. One of the best in this series from Brooklyn.

May 06, 2016
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice creamy head that dissipates fairly quickly. The beer is a nice clear brown color that looks pretty nice and appealing. Other than the head, the beer reminds me of an old fashioned.

The smell and taste are pretty good and definitely bring to mind an old fashioned. Despite being a strong rye beer, the rye is interestingly mute and weak compared to the other notes. At most, there is a hint of the spiceness from the rye. The strongest notes seem to be the bitters and the herbal bitterness from the bitterness. There is definitely a strong ginger note in this beer that is supplemented by the rye. The orange peel citrus is moderate compared to the other notes but still manages to make itself known by standing apart from the ginger. The bourbon note is fairly noticeable and mixes well with the ginger in the taste. However, it is a bit more mute in the smell.

The feel is a heavy beer but with a smooth, silky thinness to it. The biting carbonation almost makes it feel like an actual old fashioned but still more strongly resembles a beer.

Overall, a pretty good beer and one of Brooklyn's better experiments. While it's not exactly like an old fashioned, it definitely comes close to capturing the various characteristics of the original drink.

Apr 30, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/3/2016. Pours hazy very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge lemon/orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, peppercorn, ginger, coriander, cherry, raisin, plum, apple, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, vanilla, spicy rye, whiskey, toasted oak, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, spices, fruity yeast, and whiskey barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge lemon/orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, peppercorn, ginger, coriander, cherry, raisin, plum, apple, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, vanilla, spicy rye, whiskey, toasted oak, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal bitterness and oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, peppercorn, ginger, coriander, cherry, raisin, plum, apple, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, vanilla, spicy rye, whiskey, toasted oak, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, spices, fruity yeast, and whiskey barrel flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness. Light dryness from spiciness as well. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish, and minimal booziness. Overall this is an outstanding spiced strong ale style! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, spices, fruity yeast, and whiskey barrel flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the huge ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Apr 17, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a dark-ish amber color, with a small head, and no lacing.

This does really smell astoundingly like an Old Fashioned in beer form. Smells like orange peel, rye whiskey, coriander, caramel, and oak. I also get some herbal aromas, too- I'd guess from the gential root, whatever that is.

This is the rare barrel-aged beer that's actually better a bit colder. As it warms, it becomes quite boozy, like a very strong Old Fashioned, but colder, it tastes like a really well mixed cocktail in beer form. The orange peel and rye whiskey come through the strongest, with a nice spiced character, both from the rye and the cinnamon and coriander. There's a bit of creamy vanilla, and some oak, with just a hint of caramel. It's definitely a cool concept that's executed well.

This is medium bodied- I wish it was a little bit thicker, possibly. It's pretty drinkable, but gets less so as it warms up.

This is probably the best BA beer I've had from Brooklyn, restores my faith in them a bit.

Apr 15, 2016
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Jaygrant1387 from South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Old fashion made into beer... Feels like this should be poured over ice and served in a highball glass. Amazed that you can get these flavors from the brewing process.

Apr 14, 2016
Improved Old Fashioned from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 122 ratings