Niagara Olde Jack Strong Ale
Niagara Brewing Company

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Strong Ale - English
3.62 | pDev: 8.29%
Niagara Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada
Retired (no longer brewed)
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mrmanning from Canada

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mahogony body, initial 1 inch head, which eases off into a thin and delicate spiderweb of lace resting atop the body. Aromas are splendid. Roasted malt, campfire cooked nuts, and sweet brown sugar. Taste is bitterroasted nuts, smokey malts, and molasses. Slight coffee essence as well. Watery, but smooth all the way from start to finish. Mild bitter bite on entire palate.

Once again, Niagara Falls Brewing Company hits the mark. Balance of all aromas and flavours coming together in unison. I can already tell that Olde Jack, will one day be one of my olde favourites. Well done!

Dec 07, 2006
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tgbljb from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at 'The Beer Store' on trip to Tweed, Ontario. Poured a bark brown color with moderate head that quickly fell to a thin coating. Smell is a trace of caramel. Taste is sweet and maltish with a good feeling in the mouth. Not a bad beer, one is enough.

Jul 18, 2005
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I also had this on tap at the Angel Inn

Pours a deep mahogany color with red glints. An eggshell head lasts for a little while, leaving plenty of lace on the glass. The aroma is of dried fruit, unmalted barley, a wiff of hops and a wiff of alcohol. Theres a strong chocolate malt flavor, it must be the dominant specialty malt in this brew. Theres also a husky flavor and some subtle fruit esters. Hops are very minimal and only slightly bitter.

The major flaw with this beer is the alcohol. It is way too strong tasting for the ABV, and Ive noticed this everytime Ive had this beer (3 times). Theres an alcohol spicyness that lingers in the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied and thick tiny carbonation bubbles. Worth a try.

Dec 23, 2004
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mattcrill from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Olde Angel Inn

Appearance: A cloudy brown to carmel color with a creamy tan head. This beer leaves creamy lacings all the way down.

Smell: Spices first...cinnamon and nutmeg. Very appropriate for this time of year. A strong malt presence is noted as well.

Taste: Follows the smell. Crispy, spicy, and sweet malt. Almost reminiscent of pumpkin or spiced oatmeal. A very mild tea-like hop finish clings to the palate.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. That's what gives me the impression of something like oatmeal or pumpkin pie.

Drinkability: Pretty easy and smooth.

Another good beer but something that I wouldn't look for again. Glad I tried it once.

Nov 16, 2004
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vitesse from Georgia

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served from 12 oz. brown bottle with excellent gold leaf around the cap. very nice presentation!

pours a dark dark dark brown color. no light getting through this bad boy. slight tan head that dies fairly quickly.
smells of coffee and carmely flavors. almost no hop aroma. alcohol isn't noticable.
taste is very very stout-ish. extremely roasty malt flavor is right there...i was expecting something a little more biscuity, though. still it's a nice roasty, malty english-style ale.
mouthfeel is fairly thick. i'd say this is a more "stout" beer than guinness.
i recommend this one for stout lovers.

Oct 20, 2004
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Wintermute from Canada

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off white head. Poured a nice head but it disappeared very quickly. No head remained by the end of the glass and no lace was left behind on the sides of the glass.
Chestnut brown liquid with a slight amber tint. Clear, but not brilliant.
The smell is all malt. In fact, there is so much malt that it has a mild unfermented malt smell. There are also some faint roasted or nutty smells in the malt character. Only the very faintest of hops smells.
Medium body, with good mouthfeel. My first impression was that it was a bit watery, but I think that may have been something else because that impression went away very quickly.
The taste is also all malt. The unfermented malt is also there in the taste. The roasted or nuttiness is there in the taste too. There’s more hops in the taste than there is in the smell, but the balance is on the malt side and other than to say it has hops I can’t really distinguish any particular hop characteristics. It has a surprisingly dry finish considering how malt it is. A little bit of the maltiness is left behind on the tongue after a while.
It’s a pretty good beer. A little malty for my personal taste. I liked the previous incarnation of Olde Jack better.

Sep 25, 2004
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DrJay from Texas

4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, very deep red-amber colour topped by a thin lace of whitish foam. Roasted malts and unmalted roasted barley make up the bulk of the aroma. Beautiful roasted smell, but not much else is there (either that or its difficult to pick anything else out underneath the roasted). Roasted is much lighter in the flavour, with malty sweetness making an appearance. Nicely balanced hop bitterness. Dry at the finish, but not as astringent as the aroma would lead you to believe, and some sweetness and roasted flavours linger. Medium carbonation and body with a decent smoothness of texture. Overall, a nice malty, roasted beer.

Sep 12, 2004
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baiser from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown with ruby highlights, a small but persistent off white head.

Smell: Roasted malts, toasty.

Taste: Roasty, caramel, nutty, some fruit. Initially, sweet malt flavour, then balanced with a slight hop bitterness. Some coffee flavour too.

This is a smooth, medium bodied beer that goes great with food. Quite a nice beer.

Sep 09, 2004
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pootz from Canada

3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep chestnut color with a 1finger sand colored, frothy head which reduced to 1CM cap that rode out the drink. Aromas of subdued nuts and caramel. Mouthfeel is meduim bodied with accets on carmelized malts which give a mildly syrupy impression because of the oily texture (very nice) while the hops take a back seat...finish is surprisingly clean and you can taste the hops afterward...another nice mellow brew from NFB

Jul 25, 2004
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.22/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color, reddish tints, with a small, quickly disappearing head.
Aroma is woody, airy, but mostly vacant...nothing here, folks, nothing to smell, move along.
Crisp bite, initially, on the palate, then, poof! she's gone!
Slightly fruity, but ultimately dry, flat, bland, medium-bodied, just a touch nutty...does nothing...boring, sad...delivers nothing of what you'd anticipate from an "old ale" of any stripe...utterly forgettable.

Jul 08, 2004
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IronDjinn from Canada

3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The last of my latest batch traded with northyorksammy, and my second sample from Niagara Brewing, although I'm not sure how they could ever top their Eisbock. Comes in a 341 ml brown bottle, gold foil on neck and cap, with a gold, white and brown label.

This a very attractive ale, a clear deep chestnut with a thick off-white head on the pour that recedes to a thin cap. Aroma is somewhat mild for the style, sweet biscuity caramel malt with the slightest trace of hops. Flavour seems subdued as well, same malt profile as the aroma, but the sweetness prevades the whole time, no real appearance of the hops. It's a very smooth drinker though, would make a nice winter sessional, but pretty average for the style.

Jun 12, 2004
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tavernjef from Minnesota

3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with Feloniousmonk recieved from northyorksammy -
Color is a dark golden brown with flashes of clear amber hitting the edges. Small cap of dark ivory foam dawns teh top for a brief stay until it fades down to a hazey skim which remained present for a good portion of the glass and the lace is spotty. Smell ain't much for an Old Ale, slight dull hay smell and small bit of chocolate and caramel. Taste is a bit slow to progress, some caramel and chocolate make a bit of an appearance over a slight, very dull hay-like hop stingeyness, no bitterness though. Feel is smooth and quite light, a shy body under medium overall. Drinkable but lacking a good amount of depth, body, structure, length, and taste. Meager at best with an averageness one shot over par.

Jun 10, 2004
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Sammy from Canada

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

FIne beer. Cloudy brown colour. Nicer with some tasty food. Sweeter than hoppier. Somewhat bitter with a hint of spice and flavour of peat moss like a mild scotch. Some carbonation. A bit heavy feel. Bit of dry bittersweet aftertaste.

Better than average brew from Average brewery

Apr 22, 2004
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: An attractive deep amber brown with a caramel tawny head, leaves specks of lacing. Aroma: Caramel malts dominate here maybe a touch of hops. Taste: A husky graininess to it, but the malt sweetness does take the reins and sets this beer straight all malt here no real hop characteristic, but tasty. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied decent carbonation can't complain. Drinkability: Decent session amber ale, I wouldn't classify it as an old ale though just not enough beefiness.

Feb 18, 2004
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ElGuapo from New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark brew, brown with some amber notes. Head is lacking and dies a bit quick. Aroma is very faint with some hops and a little roasty aroma to it.

A medium to full bodied brew with a fairly simple flavor. It has a good malty flavor that is well-balanced with hops. There is a subtle roasty flavor that gives it character. Smooth and very drinkable.

May 31, 2003
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Ahhdball from Ohio

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to catch the brew master on all the reviews for this beer, he was great! I came in from out of town and even on an off day he was more than happy to give me and my friends a tour and afterwards we sampled all his available ales.

The Olde Jack poured nutty brown with a slight head on it. Full bodied, strong and sweet. He hit right on the money with this brew. Intensely bitter at first but was soon beaten by the malty sweetness. Excellent mouthfeel and great finish.

Jan 20, 2003
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allboutbierge from Austria

4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on Tap at casino Niagara this past weekend. Attractive ruby tint to darker body. Flavor had a background nibble of hops while forefront of taste was predominately smooth, balanced, and mellow malt. Pleasant mouthfeel due to light carbonation and slightly heavy body, almost chewy. Very drinkable.

Dec 29, 2002
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sponberg from New York

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark garnet reddisg/brown with a cream colored head, hangs on pretty well.

A slightly smoky, malty aroma leads to a malty, peat-smoked flavor that is hugely enjoyable. Very round - the whole mouth gets a hit of malt with some fruitiness (plum? black currant?) appearing mid-sip. There are some bittering hops that show up in the finish, almost as an afterthought.

And if you think this is good, you shoulda tried the original Olde Jack recipe - it was 6.3% and nigh on a perfect strong ESB in flavor. Uncle Joe from Petticoat Junction was on the label, too.

Aug 18, 2002
Niagara Olde Jack Strong Ale from Niagara Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 19 ratings