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

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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Reviews: 132 | Ratings: 283
Photo of Inpraiseoffolly
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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 -0.9%
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 woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
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 puck1225
2.91/5  rDev -16.6%
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 +16.9%
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 BB1313
3.37/5  rDev -3.4%
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 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 Slatetank
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I tried this from the bottle chilled- in a glass

The color is dark copper/bronze with good clarity and small tan head. The smell is malty with a slight mineral and gentle caramel aroma. The feel is mildly roasted with a light alcohol and mild sweetness with moderate carbonation and semi-dry finish.

The taste is okay but the yeast does not add much to the overall flavor with a caramel flavor in the malt and moderately high alcohol in the taste adding a medicinal quality. overall I was not really impressed with this however I may try it again to see if it has improved

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