Brooklyn Blunderbuss Old Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ffejherb on 01-19-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 48
Reviews by DannyS:
Photo of DannyS
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard pint glass, poured from my growler, filled at Community Beverage in Elmhurst, NY.

A - Just barely translucent rusty dark brown, no head save for a thin collar on the rim.

S - Coffee, dried fruit, molasses. A very robust and sweet aroma.

T - Unexpectedly sweet, showing off an impressive brown sugar and raisin character, backed up by bitter coffee and cocoa. Also slightly oaky.

M - The carbonation is low but peppy, lightening the weighty character or this thick brew. Syrupy, but oh so smooth.

D - Felt the alcohol on my first couple of sips, but as one goes, it mellows out. A great beer for sipping, though I'd recommend no more than one drink's worth.

Overall - A great choice for my first growler beer. Had this once before at the brewery itself, and I was just as impressed then as I am now. Another hit from my favorite local brewery.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a tulip glass, the beer was dark brown with red highlights. It had a fairly thick tan head and a good deal of lacing. Big malt aroma, sweet and fruity, with a little bit of floral hoppiness. Malt upfront in the taste, like a fig newton cookie. Noticeable pine taste, more than the aroma predicted. A mouthful of a beer.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at David Copperfields in NYC, several months ago and reviewed from the notes I just found. Pours mahogony amber, the slight head my pour arrived with was medium tan and left espectable strands of lace on the glass. Ripe fruit, malt and raisin infused nose, this is a flavorful and malty old ale, with notes of more raisins, dark grains of malt, toffee, whole wheat toast and mild alcohol poking up now and then. Pleasant sipper, but I doubt much if any of this special offering remains around to be tried, too bad. Quality stuff from Brooklyn.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn- Blunderbuss

A- Golden copper brown with a thick light lacing head.
S- Big sweet, typical English Maris Otter malt. Caramel/ toffee/ butter with brown sugar and dates.
T- Thick sweet brown sugar, caramel toffee Maris Otter malt, fruity dates and raisins, and buttery shortbread.
M- Thick with a sugary sweet malt body. Warm booziness and finishing off malty as hell.

Overall- Just big sweet malt throughout this 1, very English and warming.

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Coasters in Melbourne. Listed as an alt. Brown with white head, lacey. Served too cold but still tasty, waited to drink it. A bit of aroma. Aggessive carbonation, but taste held out. Drying. British Maris Otter, Crystal, and Chocolate malts Other,Willamette, East Kent Golding hops.

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Photo of scootny
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A somewhat soapy and largish head forms on a garnet brown brew of great clarity and no visible carbonation. Good retention as it fades slowly and the beer stays covered by light foam. Lacing is pretty good as well.

Smell is Burton-on-Trent pale ale gone dark. Very English. Toffee and dark fruits. Caramel and maybe a little chocolate malt. Burnt dark sugars. Whiffs of coffee mixed with a touch of sweet alcohol and mild light floral hops.

Taste is much like the nose. Big, dark, bready malt and dark fruits along with faint banana. Grape and apples as well. Toasted whole grain breads with butter and plum jam. Finish is mild and lightly hopped leaving a light tannic and a milky sourness. Just solid enjoyment. As it warms more layers unfold and the complexity of the brew increases. What alcohol you can detect is well integrated, almost invisible. Feel is finely carbonated. This keeps it feeling lighter than it really is as there is some heft to this brew, a light chewiness. A little light creaminess as well.

Drinkability is seductively smooth. The beer almost drinks itself.

A very nice beer for cold nights. A big bready, warming beer. Easy to drink for the abv. I found myself really enjoying it with some gusto and had to slow down. Goes beautifully with pot pie.

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Photo of bonbini26
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the brewery 02-13-09

Pours a rich ruby brown, with a 2 finger white/light tan head, with decent lacing. Smells of fig, malt, sugar. Taste is of sweet toffee, rich fruit, malts, and warming alcohol finish. Also notes of rasin. Mouthfeel is medium for an old ale, def. warming in the end, a sipper for sure on a cold winter night. Def. a brooklyn twist to this old ale, a little different than other old ales i've had. Almost like a strong brown ale with less carbonation. Worth a try

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Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of JoeBloe
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on cask at the blind tiger -
a good old ale on cask - nice, sweet aroma with a taste of dried dark fruit - smooth going down with very well hiddden alcohol -
probably at it's tastiest in this form(cask) - i'd love to do a side by side with one from the tap -

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Photo of auxiliary
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Amber color, nice creamy head with some lace on the glass.

smell - Whiskey, raisns, and malt.

taste - Very tastey, thought i was drinking a wine. Dark fruits, sweet malt. 8.2 %ABV.

mouthfeel - Medium-full bodiy.

drinkability - Nice sipper to sit back an enojoy.

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Photo of erosier
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a deep amber-brown color with a short and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass all the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts, vinous fruits, hints of caramel as well finishing off with a touch of hoppy bitter at the end of the aroma.
T: Tastes of nice sweet malty base, some caramel malts, some vinous fruits, and a nice bit of earthy hoppyness at the end.
M: Very smooth, thick, warming, heavy feeling. Nice for an old ale.
D: Pretty drinkable, I think the alcohol came through a bit in this one, but overall a well done beer.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at TND...
Appears a rich golden toned copper with a 2 finger off white head that slowly fades into a mild head of fluff. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, roasted nuts, cocoa, ripe fruits, raisins, and figs.
Taste echoes the aromas with flavorful raisins, cocoa, black cherries, notes of spice, and caramel.
Mouthfeel holds medium carbonation with sugary, nearing syrupy, with a warming boozineness that is more fit for aging. Stick this in a corked 750...please.

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Photo of selecter70
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lovely cask-conditioned ale that hearkens to the local countryside ales of the UK. Full & hearty with good flavor & un-noticed alcohol. Rich malts, roasted grain, grassy-hay must, raisin-molasses hints & grainy hop edge with wildflower. Cloudy brown with a short beige head but constant lace, this ale definitely gives one a sense of contentedness & fullness...a beer of character.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours reddish brown in color. Very translucent around the edges. Smell is toffee, some malt and just a bit of spice and hops. Taste is some more of this unknown spice that I just can't seem to put my finger on. A little more carbonation than I like to have in my old ales. Very easy drinking with only the slightest hint of alcohol. Pretty decent beer. I would have liked to see some more body to it. It was a tad thin, with not enough of the classic toffee and big malty flavor. A different take and still a enjoyable beer.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

at Bukowski's Inman Square. I asked for The Manhattan Project and this is what I got.

Dark burgundy with a thin, creamy white head--looks decadent. Half glass retention.

Aroma is fruity with caramel raisin and cherry oak standouts. Black forest cake malt.

Dark, sweet, fruit infused malt with toffee and raisin. Subtle, peeping alcohol and a light anis crisp at the end provide layered depth.

Good but I still felt underwhelmed.

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Photo of MrMonkey
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Ebenezers in Lovell, ME.

Poured a very dark brown with lighter copper highlights when held to the light. A two finger tan head faded rather quickly leaving minimal lacing. Perhaps served just a bit too cold.

As it warmed up, the nose had notes of raisins, prunes, a touch of caramel, and some piny, spicy hops.

Taste was much like the nose, with raisins, prunes, burnt brown sugar, molasses, and a bit of caramel sweetness. Finishes with a spicy hop bitterness. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Medium-bodied, well-carbonated mouthfeel.

Drinkable, but one is about all I need.

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Photo of marcpal
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

2/23/09 - On tap at Gramercy Tavern, NYC

A: Poured a deep amber with a lot of clarity. Not much haze of fuzz to talk to. Almost tan thin head that was fading after the first sip.

S: Very sweet, sign of a thick syrupy barleywine. Many a dried fruit here, pick it and its there from the malt backbone. The best aspect of the brew.

T: Wow, is this far thinner than I was expecting in the taste. Quite watery with a sense of hops in there. It is pretty fruity from the malts but not nearly what I had anticipated in the nose. Fairly substandard flavor and a bit of a let down.

M: Mad carbonation for an old ale- not the barleywine I was expecting. It needs more thickness and syrup to be true and it came off as watered down, hiding the abv.

D: Lighest abv tasting old ale I have ever had by far. From the other one-offs by Brooklyn, I was really let down. If I poured this from a bottle, I would have thought it was spoiled some. Good in that you can really drink several without feeling full.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this bad boy on tap at D's Six Packs & Dogz in Regent Square, Pittsburgh.

Poured a good deep brown/ruby mix with about half-inch of head.

The smell was of rich malt, with a pleasantly musty air about it. Almost like the olfactory equivalent of eating a marshmellow, if that makes sense (is "nosefeel" a thing?)

The taste was great, carrying with it some of the malty & boozy notes so characteristic of a barley wine, but without the intensity that warms & fills you up right away. I'm realizing I really like this about old ales -- they possess the essential qualities of barley wine without overdoing it. Just enough to impress & disappear after each sip, renewing itself instead of oversaturating.

The mouthfeel & drinkability were pretty smooth, gaining in strength as the beer depleted. By the end I was feeling good, reaching the finish line the same time as the beer (instead of halfway through as with a barley wine). I probably could've finished another, but one was plenty satisfying.

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Photo of RichThatchr
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tapped this one myself at Bellport Beer, just before the Blue Point Cask festival, so I had to have pint before pouring the growler I have now. In both tastes, the old brown ale style looked just fine in my glass with sticky lacing going down the sides. The growler exhibited a spider web of bubbles after the first pour, which I took to be a sign of freshness.

The dark brown ale with light brown sides displayed the scent of heavy malt and very little, if any, hops. There was also an interesting whiff of a butter or something like it that was a constant in the background.

The wave of malts in the first taste reminded me of the Scotch ale types, but the little snap at the end helped shape the unique taste. I enjoyed every taste as the lightness at the end slowly surfaced. I found this to be very drinkable.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on cask at Mugs, Brooklyn, NY

It was good. Better than the lager anyway. Dark reddish brown pour from the cask with a healthy head. Aroma and taste was of dark dried fruits and dark sugars, with some alcohol on the tongue. A bit strong, but still moderately drinkable.

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Photo of hopdog
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml 'Growler' acquired in trade with goldtwins (thanks!).

Poured a deep and clear orange/amber color (almost brown) with an averged sized off white head. Aromas of some roast, roasted caramel, chocolate, and some citrus. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, toffee, lighter citrus, fruity, and toasty.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a growler into a snifter. Pours dark garnet with ruby highlights and a thin ecru head.

S - Malty and that's about it.

T - Sweet and malty, faint spices and fruitiness in a sort of cherry/strawberry way in the finish. The alcohol percentage is very well hidden, but the taste is otherwise unremarkable.

M - Slightly thin bodied with medium to low carbonation.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown in color with a 1" head that slowly falls. Some spotty lace develops during the session.

Smell: caramel, brown sugar, and fruit sweetness is easy to detect.

Taste: caramel, black plums, raisins, brown sugar, and a mild bitterness is wrapped in a mild warming alcohol blanket. There is a hint of earthiness in the background. This is a nice malty ale.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is short and sweet.

Drinkability: this was a solid beer that I could have several pints of despite the higher alcohol levels. This one is worth seeking out.

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Photo of John_M
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with pretty good head retention and lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just a bit of brown sugar and chocolate. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, except the beer also has some sherry and nuttiness to it. Also, while the beer starts out as if it's going to be moderately sweet, the finish is actually pretty dry. Mouthfeel is a bit light and watery, even though the alcohol still manages to come through.

This is a nice enough beer, even though it falls off a bit on the finish. However, this is still a pretty solid effort, but as aged ales go, I can't say it's one of my very favorites.

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Photo of TheBlackMallard
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz growler provided by PEBKAC as an extra. I was temped to pour this into the Boot, but decided to go with a snifter.

Pours dark brown, almost black. A thick tan head of giant bubbles forms and disappears quickly leaving a nice lacing and a few stragglers on the surface. Smells of Coffee, Chocolate, and Dark Fruits. Tastes sweet and fruity. Plums, Currants, and Raisins. Finishes dry and kind of bitter. Syrupy with Medium-Low Carbonation.

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