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Ol' Red Cease And Desist | Erie Brewing Co.

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80
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125 Reviews
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Ol' Red Cease And DesistOl' Red Cease And Desist
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jhicks12 on 11-20-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
266
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
23.5%
 
 
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Reviews: 125 | Ratings: 266
Photo of ONUMello
2.87/5  rDev -17.8%
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 schoolboy
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
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%
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 jmdrpi
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, no date

pours a slightly murky dark reddish brown color, thin head. nice rich malty aroma. taste is slightly sweet, but not cloying. body is medium, but sticky feel.

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Photo of barczar
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage, so score set to current average, though I like it a lot better than that.

Aroma is a pleasant mix of raisins, dates, plums, sherry, and toffee.

Flavor reveals a sweet, nutty malt backbone, with an initial pop of tart cherry that fades rather quickly. As it warms, more prune character emerges, but all that's left in the finish is a mellowed sweet, toffee malt.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this deserves just a little more credit than its getting. thanks to my dad for surprising me with this one. tons of booze on it, holy cow, strong even for a style known for being strong. you dont often see these up over 10% abv, and its not all that well hidden here, definitely a bit hot. a nice amber color on it, and rather clear, maybe a shade or two lighter than is normal for the style. not much head though, and thats a precursor to my main critique, which is that this beer is almost totally flat. it needs to move a little, and it doesnt, even a small bottle gets heavy as a result. its also a little sweeter than i like. less of the earthy peaty thing going on, no smoke at all, it lacks depth in the grain bill, instead producing a rather unilateral caramel malt effect, which makes it overly sweet. i like the yeast though, and i like the way it warms up, showing a little bit of hops there. its definitely a step below the best beers these guys make, and probably a couple steps behind better examples of the style, but for the lover of sweet strong ales, this one is sure to please.

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Photo of GlacierSapien
3.91/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Boozy...but delicious, quite a strong scotch ale but smooth and caramelly. Rich and tasty, who cares if its a little boozy...the caramel balances it quite well and makes a dangerously drinkable booze bomb.

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Photo of classixIII
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This one is apple way out front smell and taste at first. Then bread and some darker fruits much like a bunch of other winter ales. Almost too sweet and are they sure this is 10% ABV. Not a big fan, probably won't have again.

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Photo of Brenden
3.01/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This one is a medium red with brown hues, shining with a bright flair in the light. An off-white foam is creamy and compact with pretty good lace.
My initial thought is that this smells like an apple juice or, more accurately, cider. Some darker malts do emerge with time. It tastes that way, too, mostly fruity with a bit of bread and some toffee-like sweetness. In the flavor, this gives way to an overall sweetness, some molasses and overripe red fruits moving toward a somewhat odd note in the finish.
I don't know what to make of the feel. At the same time it seems there are thick malts, only in the mouthfeel and not the flavor, it's also light and a bit too bubbly or spritzy.

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Photo of GregJ
3.07/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Smells of sweet malt. Light but distinct smell/flavor of raspberries and caramel. A boozy bite on the tongue and in the throat. Very dry in the palate with a bit of a bitter aftertaste. Not bad for the high alcohol content.

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Photo of Mikus
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Medium brown/ruby in the light, clear appearance, very little head. 'Soda carbonation'. Light nose, bit of ssweetness, fruity esters present. Slightly sweet to taste, bit of smokiness coming through. Thin mouthfeel. Overly so. Bit of a cloying aftertaste. Could be richer, heavier (get it ?). Missing piece is the mouthfeel. I feel like my homebrewed Wee Heavy was stronger after the first try...

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Photo of lwillitz
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A - shallow/quickly-receding khaki head over a somewhat murky body of orange amber; high amount of visible carbonation

S - quite malty; caramel, dark fruit

T - bready malts, caramel sweetness, dark fruit notes (raisins and plums), touch of peat

M - slick full body, high carbonation, some alcohol warmth (less than expected from 10.1% abv)

O - Ol' Red Cease & Desist is a decent brew, but many superior Wee Heavy Ales are available.

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Photo of Suds
3.14/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A clear, reddish-brown liquid...the head is thin. Overall, the beer is unremarkable in appearance. The aroma is a little malty, with some caramel and toast notes. Full in body...it hides it's ABV. The brew is a little one dimensional and flat. It could be so much more.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a deep clear brown, light reddish tint around the edges. Off-white film for a head.

Smells of light biscuit malts, hint of caramel.

Biscuity malt flavor with a hint of caramel sweetness. Some light cane sugar sweetness too.

Medium to full body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

A descent high abv ale with a good malty flavor. The worst I can say about it is it is a little boring. Hides its strength, goes down easy enough. If you can get it for the right price, it's worth trying as a money-to-abv value. Otherwise, there are better beers and it's not really very true to the style.

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Photo of MikeWard
2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

Thick Reddish brown coloring, decent head to start, which soon evaporated. Very little lacing

Smell was pretty much sweet and malty, no boozy smell, despite the 10.10.

Taste was...well, pretty weak. Sweet, again with no strong alcohol taste. Didn't seem like I was drinking a high abv beer.

Mouth was decent and thick

Overall, an okay beer, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of chinchill
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

undated12 oz bottle served in a Piraat snifter.

Appearance – Pours a mahogany color with a small and short-lived off-white head. The head left only a sparse spots of lacing.

Smell – Lightly sweet and moderately boozy. Some notes of baked bread and fruits, with a touch of peat smoke.

Taste – Starts quite sweet with caramel, caramelized sugar, and some breadiness. Some smoke works into the taste, becoming peaty in the finish. A boozy, beer liqueur character.

Mouthfeel – Medium+ body; low carbonation; moderate alcohol harshness and warmth.

Overall – More boozy then desirable, even for 10% ABV. Relatively fruity as if a somewhat Belgian version of the style.

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Photo of Dodo2step
2.8/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

P- Wegmans

A- light cola like look to it with no head and no lacing.

S- fruity aroma with a biscuity maltness on the back end. nothing too much to write here.

F- a bland fruitiness that is like plum or date. bready malts that tastes outdated.

M- smooth and creamy and this is probably the best part of the beer.

O- not a good wee heavy and i would only try this in a pinch. It gets better as its gets warmer. not a good sign.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.07/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed from bottle, may edit review if I try it again when I have my proper glassware. Smell is low-key malts and booze. Taste is smooth and malty at first, finishing hot and boozy but still smooth. Not a bad beer overall, although I assume with all the low reviews it's not a good representation of the style.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Pours a copper color with the tiniest white head. The head was gone in a flash to give almost no lacing.

Smell – The smell is heaviest of caramel and toffee overall giving the brew a sweet smell. Mixed with these aromas is a good presence of booze as well as some lighter notes of malt and smoke.

Taste – The taste begins big of a bready and sweet base. The breadiness is of a wheat and biscuit flavor with the sweet being largely of caramel. As the taste advances flavors of toast and cherry come to the tongue. Bits of smoke and toffee also work their way into the taste and when combined with the rest, as well as a big dose of alcohol at the end, leave a boozy sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The beer was thick in body and lower in carbonation. Great for the flavors of the beer as it really allowed for the boozy and sweet flavors to sit and linger on the tongue.

Overall – An all right brew, but a bit more boozy then desirable, as it makes it quite difficult to sit, sip and enjoy.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrives a deeply reddish brown with a small head that drops to a faint film pretty quickly.
Smell is malt, sour, oak, light spice and caramel. Nicely balanced.
Taste is exactly the same, malty, oak, a fruitu note I cant identify and a touch of sour and spice and a sweeter caramel note. Great balance.
Full bodied, rich and smooth. Light coating on the tongue. This is even better after it warms up for 30 minutes. A much better beer than the Brothers think apparently.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: no head really on a amber with copper hues clear body.

S: caramel, wood, toffee, soy, canned corn and peat malts.

T: lots of canned corn in this flavor. caramel, wood and peat are minor players. Its like drinking the corn juice out of a can of corn. Brown sugar and candied fruits late in the finish. The alcohol is extremely well hidden though.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. nicely smooth.

Overall: I just couldn't get over the canned corn aroma and flavor. It distracted me and effected this ones drinkability. Maybe mine was infected?

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, woody, caramel, and a small alcohol presence.. In the taste, woody, with notes of caramel, it starts with big alcohol but fades quickly. A small alcohol bite but mainly smooth with a medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry woody and alcohol like aftertaste. A nice woody presence and nice alcohol that fades out.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Hop House (not the cleanest lines, here goes... )

Deep red, very little foam which receded with speed. No lacing to speak of (gotta be the glassware)

Caramelly aroma with a roast malt overtone. Boozy and rich. Pretty sweet-smelling.

Upon first taste, nice dessert-like malt sweetness with a touch of caramel, maybe marshmallow. The booze levels are a tad heavy for the abv, but still nice and wooly. The hops are way in the background, but finish drier and spicier. Nice yeast strain, slightly nutty and fruity. Persimmon, cherry, definite brandy-like taste. Good stuff. Love to try a bottle.

Slick and wet. Not enough carbonation. But, all in all, above-average.

One o'my favorites from the brewers in Erie.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice deep amber color with an off white head that settles down to a thick lace. Nose is big and boozey; lots of vanilla and toffee. Some alcohol is present on the nose as well, but in a good way, stings the nostrils as a scotch ale should.

HUGE body. Taste is smooth and malty. Incredibly malty with well blended flavors. No tongue confusion going on, just some well balanced goodness.

Lots of dark fruits with a big bready character and a subtle hop finish lends this beer a really smooth balance.

I'm down with this.

Also, couldnt detect a trace of that 10% abv

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It seems that Erie Brewing Co. does a great job of taking the world's classic beer styles and simplifying them into just beer, or just non-descript American ales. They taste fine but are void of the true authentic flavors of those styles because its easier to brew convenient beers with convenient ingredients and convenient techniques. Truly authentic examples takes care that's just not displayed here. This Wee Heavy speaks to much the same.

Ol Red Cease and Desist becomes a malt-forward, caramel sweet ale but not without the mild hop bitterness of pine and earth. Slight bread crust flavors blend into toffee richness but without the supportive complexities of toast, developed malt taste, any slight grapey esters or smoke variety that often makes Scottish Ales both distinctive and gentlemanly. Somewhat distracting buttery notes and ill placed bruised apple taste distracts from the otherwise one-dimensional caramel sweetness. A long-lasting sugary sweetness surplant the malty-dry finish as the predominant lingering memory in aftertaste.

This Wee Heavy is a fine beer, but its no more a Strong Scottish Ale as it is an ambiguous American Strong Ale, Barleywine, Imperial Red... or pick another strong beer. Tasty for a session perhaps but the beer just doesn't know what it is.

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Ol' Red Cease And Desist from Erie Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.
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