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Ol' Red Cease & Desist Wee Heavy Ale | Erie Brewing Co.

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Ol' Red Cease & Desist Wee Heavy AleOl' Red Cease & Desist Wee Heavy Ale
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Ol' Red Cease & Desist Wee Heavy AleOl' Red Cease & Desist Wee Heavy Ale

Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jhicks12 on 11-20-2007

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Photo of superspak
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but has a bottle manufacture code of 8/31/2014. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep ruby red, light copper/brown color with a small fairly dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, pear, apricot, red apple, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, and toasted biscuit; with light notes of nuttiness, roast, peat smoke, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, pear, apricot, red apple, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, and toasted biscuit; with light notes of nuttiness, roast, peat smoke, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Mild herbal/grassy hop and roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruit, cherry, pear, apricot, red apple, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, leather, tobacco, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Minimal dryness. Light-medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Pretty thin for the ABV, but not bad. Minimal warming alcohol for 10.1%. Overall this is a nice scotch ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the big ABV. This had some nice well rounded yeast/malt complexity and balance between the two. Just not as richly flavorful and full bodied as it should have been for the style. A nicely enjoyable offering, and good style example otherwise.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

DATE: April 15, 2017... OCCASION: having enjoyed a great Easter Saturday, Shan and I begin binging on old Arrested Development... GLASSWARE: Corsendonk tulip... pours a dark ruby body full of effervescence... a single-finger, thick white head that sits stoically... first hints of aroma are sweet caramel and toffee, butterscotch, whiskey, leather and faint floral suggestions... in a word, quite complex and promising... first sip is big but not overpowering, lasting but not intrusive... exhibits liveliness at the teeth, but really sinks its teeth into the throat with heavy maltiness... bourbon, caramel, sweet toffee, and raisin make for a boozy, sweet medium-bodied sip that is a meal in itself... too much of a medicinal impact for my liking...a fan of the genre to start, this is thin and wine-like in its presence... big, bold, yet belying its 10.1 ABV... one I would gladly drink again, but not one I would buy again...

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Photo of Inpraiseoffolly
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

It's not fair to compare this to a Belgian trippel...the geniuses of that country have had a thousand years to perfect their nectar of the gods. This,however, is a nice American ale in that style. A little rough ,not as refined but bursting with malty fullness and a great combination of dried fruitcake fruits and yeasty bread dough. -enjoy it for what it is ,America is making a huge amount of good and daring beers based on their European forebearers.Some are horrible some mediocre, some are home runs, try them all and be glad;the best will survive .Thanks Erie brewing for a flavorful tasty choice, and for not just for making the millionth version of an ipa (yeah you make an ipa too,who doesn't? ) It's good, affordable (15 dollars for 22 ounces for some of the heavenly Belgian trippels) but watch out ,high ABV. Cheers(yeah, I know theyre calling this a Scotch Ale,but it tastes like a trippel made with darker malts and a little barley sugar to me. .can we call it a Scottish -Belgian? ...just kidding)

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Photo of tone77
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze/amber color with very little head to speak of. Smell is mild, some bready malts. Taste is bready malts, alcohol, dark fruits. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall ,a bit boozy, but a pretty good beer.

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Photo of bb-magic
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jschwamb
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kwa357
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This will be my first entry for New Beer Sunday (Week 625), which I am referring to as New Odds & Sods Sunday, since they are beers that do not fit any remaining horizontals in the Bottle Backlog inventory.

From the bottle: "enjoy erie brews".

Let us hope that I enjoy this one more than the Bros did! Having Pop!ped the cap, I wanted to see what kind of head I could create & what sort of retention it might evince. The answer was a finger of foamy, tawny head, but the retention was fairly low, reducing to mere wisps. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was quite sweet with a syrupy, berry-like quality. Interesting. I swear that I smell raspberries! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very malty, loaded with a cereal sweetness, underlain by a light raspberry flavor with a slight grassy bitterness. It was not bad, per se, but it was far too sweet for my taste. Finish remained sweet, but fortunately not cloying. It was also a rather dangerous drink in that its relatively high ABV was hardly noticeable. It would be quite easy to simply quaff this one down & not glance back. Phew!

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Photo of Satorn
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puck1225
2.91/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Red brown color with little head and lacing. The smell is faintly malty. The taste is subdued with some sweet maltiness. An ok beer.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a custom shaped pint glass: color is copper, fairly transparent, head is very, very light tan, with fine bubbles, some lacing.

Smell is bready, some biscuit, then transitions to light fig and aged fruit, subtle booziness as it warms.

Taste is similar with a bready front, some light biscuit and crackers, aged fruit in flavor of figs presents, some caramel and a touch of peat. Some light bitterness begins to present itself.

Mouthfeel is pleasant for a beer that is 10+% abv, minor carbonation, some lingering sweetness and a light lingering bitterness.

Overall I find this to be an excellent beer, moderately malty, maybe out of the style it claims or just on the lighter and less syrupy/malty side. Either way clean flavors, great malt presence and excellent drinkability.

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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
2.74/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of White_Whiskey
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AJmon13
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Muss42
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kbrown
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.14/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BB1313
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a deep hazy mahogany with ruby hues; fluffy light tan head that falls leaving nice bubbly retention and solid lacing. Some sediment/floaties in the mix. The aromas have alot of different characteristics. Lots of caramel, toffee and chocolate. Cherries and dark fruits are there. Malts do their thing. The flavors are pretty clean. Lots of dark fruits. More cherries along with some plum and raisins. The caramel and toffee is there, but doesn't come off as sticky. Solid malt backbone. It's not too sweet and has a subtle bitterness. Slightly earthy. There's a subtle warmth, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Alcohol seems well hidden. Mouthfeel is thin and on the lighter side of full-bodied with active carbonation. This makes for a nice sipper, but it's smooth and easy to drink. Dangerously drinkable.

This is a solid Wee Heavy. It might be slightly rough around the edges, but it's enjoyable stuff. Not bad.

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Photo of Griggsy
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ONUMello
2.87/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle, no obvious freshness date poured into a tulip
A: Red with a 1/2-finger head
S: Fairly muted; some malt and sweet notes
T: Over the top with malt up front then a sweet/cloying finish with nothing in between
M: Full-bodied, quite sweet, noticeable alcohol
O: Couldn't finish this. Just not enough to justify the booze/calories

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Photo of Mrmeatloaf
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of schoolboy
3.02/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a tough style. It is often too nasty to be good. This would be one of those. I've not been terribly impressed with Erie brewing in the past and this didn't really improve things.

It opens redder than I remember any of these being. The aroma is a funky sweet yeasty smell. Almost ammonia. Interesting.

The taste is tough to take. There is the dark bitter malty taste with the funky fruity yeast taste. I associate these with an imperial red or a nasty wee heavy, so I think the taste is not too far off the mark. The aftertaste is a tangy nasty feel as well.

This brew is not recommended except to earn one's man-card. For that purpose it is recommended.

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Photo of pizzanuts
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

To much malt.. not enough character... fits Erie

Right between greatness

This is definitely worth a try if you see it on tap... not worth the bottle

Make sure you have some one to talk to whist consuming, as this beer will not entertain

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Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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