Portsmouth Mottly's Crew 20th Anniversary Old Ale | Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A hoppy Old Ale which was brewed with 20 malts and 20 hop additions made by 20 brewers specifically for the Brewpubs 20th Birthday.

Added by Bierman9 on 06-01-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by tigg924:
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4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

At the brewery on 6/19

Appearance: dark brown in color, clear, 1/3 inch head, low carbonation

Smell: dark fruit and toasted malt with spices

Taste: Wow. sweet caramel, dark chocolate, brown sugar, floral hops in the middle, tastes of cherry, nutmeg, and other spices

Mouthfeel: sweet start, bitter middle, spicy combination on the follow, medium carbonation, medium-light bodied

Overall: Wow. Wow. Wow. Once this beer warms a bit flavors just pop. A super complex brew. This may be my favorite from the brewery and that is saying something. It certainly blows every other old ale I have tried away. This one is a sipper you want to take your time with and absorb it all. Just an amazing beer and easily my favorite in the style. The alcohol is barely noticeable.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A home run with this beer!
I had it at lunch and dinner on June first, then again at the Saturday dance (didn't think it would last that long).
A dark red/brown color with a thick tan head and a lot of lace.
Sweet malt aroma, a little dark fruit. Nice blend of citrus and herbal hops.
Just about perfect taste. Sweet caramel malt, nicely balanced by the hops.
Medium-bodied. Never would have guessed it's ABV was 10%.
Very drinkable.

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Photo of phingdong
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of sethmeister
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap on Sunday 6/19 at the brewery.

Dark mahogany brown with a substantial oatmeal colored head. Sticky lace coated the glass.

Nose was herbal and piney hops, caramel, roasty.

Taste - raisins and toffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, caramel. Herbal and pine hop notes. A boozy dark rum flavor.

Mouth feel was velvety and soft.

Drinkability was fantastic.

A rich luxurious ale worthy of representing 20 years of world class brewing. Happy Birthday Portsmouth Brewery.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Served on tap at the Brewery while watching the Bruins Game 3 victory in the Finals. Poured into a 20th Anniversary Brewery tulip.

Appearance: Dark caramel brown in color. Poured a nice one finger beige head with good retention. Definitely looks like a big beer.

Aroma: Huge interplay of caramel and dark fruit malt notes and pine/citrus hops. The malt dominates the nose for me. Sweet caramel, plum and a biscuit quality all stand out. A bit bready. The hops are though. Bitter pine, mango and citrus are all there.

Taste: The hops have moved to the forefront here but not by much. Big pine and backing tropical fruit sweetness. Definitely has a strong bitterness to it. The malt is definitely there as well, although a tad overshadowed. Caramel and dark fruits add a nice gravity and heaviness to the beer. The malt is incredibly complex and nice, but a lot of that complexity seems lost to the hop bitterness. If I had to make a comparison, this reminds me a whole lot of fresh Bigfoot. I would definitely call this an American Barleywine over an Old Ale, but that's just like my opinion, man.

Mouthfeel: Big and heavy mouthfeel. Sticky and a bit dry need the end. Goes down smoothly for the ABV.

Overall, a really nice hoppy bold ale. I really enjoyed my glass, but one was definitely enough. I would really love to see this evolve with some age, but unfortunately bottles were not released. Definitely worth the effort to get to the Brewery and try.

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Photo of Philmagnifico
4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Imbibed during the 20th Anniversary birthday party on June 1, 2011.

Poured into a tulip glass, it was a beautiful brown with the gentlest reddish highlights and almost seemed to have an internal brightness. The head was creamy white, an inch thick and eventually faded into a nice cap.

The beer had a pervasive sweet, generous malt aroma with pleasant hop overtones that presented a blend of pine and citrus.

Great sweet malt flavor well balanced by the hops. Reminded me a bit of a quality sweet bread. The flavor finished long and lingered well on the tongue.

Presented a rich full body yet drank very, very smoothly. Left your tongue pleasantly coated yet the abundance of hops built on the back side of each sip and kept your mouth from feeling syrupy. Great balance on this point between malt, hops and alcohol.

I felt this was a very, very drinkable beer and was enjoyable both on its own and with both my meals (I came for lunch and dinner).

Tasted four times with consistent results.

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Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Bierman9
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stopped by for lunch today (11JUN11) with Alewife, and I was glad to find this offering still available. Was served about 10oz in a 20th B-Day logo-ed teardrop-style glass ($5.50).

Color was a cloudy, deep russet/auburn, topped by a creamy, smooth tan head of about 1/4". The foam lasted well and laced the glass quite nicely. Caramel sweetness is evident in the aroma, rich yet restrained, along with some floral hopping. Body is solid, easily medium-plus, and this elixir is quite smooth on the tongue.

Lots of rich toffee and caramel hit the palate, with subdued sweetness. Hints of dark fruit are present in a vinous sort of way. As for the hoppage, there's plenty, with floral action melding in with citrus and a rindy, resiny, earthy character. The hoppy aspect lingers long and well in this one, which really grew on me as I enjoyed a second, then third glass. Too bad it wasn't growlerable. Great job by Mott and his crew, as usual. Happy Birthday, gang!! Prosit!!

4.4 rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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Photo of jamescain
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 100th review!

Poured into a sniffer

Appearance: Dark brown with reddish hues and an off white head about one centimeter thick that fades into a lacing on the top of the beer.

Aroma: Sweet malt, roasted grains, figs, dark fruits, caramel, toffee, a touch of alcohol, and vanilla. There is wonderful depth in the aroma.

Taste: Raisins, figs, more dark fruit, caramel and a bit of alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel with a lingering herbal earthy finish and an alcohol warming sensation.

Overall: I’m glad I happened to be in New Hampshire during their 20th anniversary so I could try this one. I enjoyed the fact that this old ale was not as sweet as some other versions that I have had in the past.

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Photo of Truh
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Every time I walk in to the Brewery, it's like stepping in to the Dr.'s TARDIS - so many wonderful things are discovered inside,and by the time I leave, my senses of time and dimension are completely altered.

Rose colored, although on the deeper side, perhaps closer to mahogany, and a nice Friar Tuck gloving the 20th anniversary glass.

Has a punch of malt through the tongue, though not cloyingly sweet, with just a skein of roastiness to add some balance.

Its hop profile is difficult to pin down, not surprising given the number of hops in play, but again, it helps to balance the huge malt skeleton.

Thorn, up for the weekend to join Kumar, Jim and me in our ticker endeavors, claimed this to be better than Kate, and he may not be wrong.

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Portsmouth Mottly's Crew 20th Anniversary Old Ale from Portsmouth Brewery
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 12 ratings