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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
eriebrewingco.com

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
Ratings:
284
Reviews:
133
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
15.76%
 
 
Wants:
9
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37
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Reviews by jhicks12:
Photo of jhicks12
4.35/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice Wee Heavy that is certainly heavy. Pour a nice vibrant red brown with a dark tan head. Nice malt aroma with notes of fig, plum and a bit of an alcohol sting. Hides alcohol well and is drinkable for a wee heavy. Will be a nice beer to cellar and let age and revisit in a year!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JDW4195
4.4/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a 10% beer that drinks like a lager. Be afraid, be very afraid. It's awesome.

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Photo of TwoHeartedMale
4.09/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: very dark amber almost brown. thin whitw head.

s: all i can smell is a p.b. and jay with some sort of sour red berry zuckercorn.

t: sweet and sour red berry. sometimes i say straw then the next sip i say razz. its very sour and i think that its the only thing that could make it a wee heavy.

m: med carb but very sweet and sour and that rides on for a while.

o: this beer is a scotch ale??? my white behind!!! this beer is sweet and fruity with a sour aftertaste, if it were up to me this beer would be under flanders but i didnt brew it so ya....

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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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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 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 oberon
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After being out in the insanely windy and blustery weather of wny today I was looking forward to having a big warming malty brew this let me a little dissaponited.Poured into a standard pint glass a rich deep amber with a touch of tawny hue a nice tight formed one finger slight off white head atop,lighter aromas than expected for such a big beer some molasses and rown sugar with a touch ogf gummy fruitiness.I was really suprised at how basic the flavors were note very much malt complexity,starting out uneventful with a little dryer woodiness finishing with some molasses and brown sugar sweetness just as simple as that.As the beer warmed the alcohol showed itself more but didnt really lend anything to the beer except for maybe bringing the drinkability factor down a little.Eh not terrible just basic in my mind.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Jason
2.72/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

No modest froth here, it comes right to the top of the glass. Ok retention and the clarity is bright. Fruity aroma with a dried biscuit dusting in the nose. Creamy smooth mouth feel, full bodied. Hit of harsh solvent alcohol after each sip, caramel and bready maltiness is there but clouded by the hot alcohol. Hops are minimal. Dry finish with more lingering alcohol heat.

I'm not even sure if age will do this beer any good. Its far from being horrible but it is a chore to sip, it has headache written all over it. A bit too attenuated, hot and fruity for the style.

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Photo of tigg924
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: minimal head, cloudy, dark reddish-brown in color, sediment is noticeable, medium carbonation

Smell: toffee and caramel

Taste: toffee, caramel malt, earth, some floral hops in the back

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy body, sweet start with a bitter middle and a less bitter end, moderate carbonation

Overall: I like this one, but it is a sipper. It has a nice combo of earth and sweet malt. I wish I would have picked up more than just a single.

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Photo of HeyYoMar
4/5  rDev +14.6%

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 WVbeergeek
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served last night off the cask at Piper's Pub, talk about excellent cellaring. These guys are pouring proper pints. Hug foaming khaki head completed with a smooth creamy texture, body is deep ruby garnett semi clouded. Smells tart with some underlying fruit and raisins. Very malty no real hop presence maybe just a little bit of earthiness. Flavor was okay a bit hot with alchol excessively sweet with malt flowing from every angle. Tart grape and raisins flood the palate as well. More earthy hops blended well. Mouthfeel is creamy silky smooth low well done carbonation, the mouthfeel is money. Drinkability overall is okay but the twang and loads of malt didn't completely agree with me, this is the same brew that went through some name changes but it's been around for quite sometime.

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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 mrosenfeld32
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tallfellapgh
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of jferrara35
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Beer21
4/5  rDev +14.6%

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

I have to admit that right up there with Abbey Ales, a Scottish Ale is my favorite style. Having sid that I had high expectation for this brew.

Based on the best SA's the color is about right id a little too translucent. The head is way to thin and aroma a little on the subdued side.

The mouth is close to the standard but could use more body and the finish is on the right tracj with a nice maltiness but just under standard.

Overall, this is a good US version of the style but best reserved for those being broken-in to moe developed brews

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

( Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a deep dense walnut brown body with red highlights at the base of the glass. There is a thick sticky tan head of foam and a sea of microbubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The smell of dry dark caramel malt with biscuit malt notes has a light graham note in the finish.

T- This beer has a dry dark toasted malt flavor with a light cream taste to it. There is a coffee malt note in the background and a good light roast bitterness to the finish. As the beer warms there is a cidery note in the finish with a hint of hops aswell.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with no alcohol heat until the beer is pretty warm and a even then the alcohol is pretty mellow.

D- This beer has a nice full malt flavor that is well blended and smooth with a supporting bitterness that grows as it warms. The cidery quality added a bit of interest to the finish and was not off putting.

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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 DCHritz
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of porterguy41
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of dacrza1
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Ol' Red Cease & Desist Wee Heavy Ale from Erie Brewing Co.
3.49 out of 5 based on 284 ratings.
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