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

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Added by jhicks12 on 11-20-2007

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Reviews: 132 | Ratings: 283
Photo of ryannecas
4.64/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Chimay chalice (my all-purpose beer glass)

Appearance: Amber/Red with a quickly disappearing head. Sticks around as a haze over the surface.

Smell: Caramel, plums, peat. Some alcohol is apparent.

Taste: Much like the taste. Pretty dry. Drinks like a good port.

Mouthfeel: Thinner and drier than I expected for a Wee Heavy. It certainly explains the 10% ABV.

Drinkability: A beer to be sipped slowly, but you can easily get impatient between sips!

Overall Impression: I wasn't expecting this to be good, but wow was I wrong. This is marked as a wee heavy, but it actually reminds me very much of Old Stock Ale and Fuller's Vintage Ale (Old Ales). Less peaty than Traquair House Ale, which was welcome. Dryness is maybe not to style, but was also welcome. This is now my favorite beer that comes in 6-packs.

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Photo of Katahdin
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful interpretation odf the wee Heavy. At 1st pour the beer does nothing to inspire you, just seems kind of run of the mill, although it does have an interesting almost maghonany like color sitting in the glass. It is with the first taste that you will fall in love with this beer. Very smooth and compelling flavor and an easy on the palate texture makes this an eminently drinkable "big beer" Not the type to have 3 or 4 a night, but a nice one to unwind from a stressful day and have in front of a nice fire.

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Photo of cichief
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at Frisco's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep red-amber with a nice thick off-white head.

S- Smells quite fruity and spicy, maybe a hint of nutmeg?

T- A big malty beer, the taste of ripe fruit and spice are prevalent.

M- Full bodied, very smooth and creamy.

D- A dangerously drinkable beer. At 10.10% this beer will sneak up on you!

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Photo of rmolledo
4.41/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a thick dark red with a combo of large bubbles and a tiny off white head that fades quickly.

S: Intense Malty Aromas. Strong Caramel, Chocolate, roasted, grainy aroma. It's as if your smelling the grains fresh out of the bag. No hop aroma.

T: Biscuity, Toasted, Dark Chocolate, Sweet Caramel. nice balance between hop bitterness and malt sweetness. More on the sweet side of things though, almost on the edge of too sweet IMO. a slight peated flavor.

MF: Thick, Creamy, low Carbonation. Slight alcohol burn.

D: A very nice scottish ale. This one is up there with Oscar Blues Old Chub in my book.

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Photo of karengarys
4.37/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this pours deep deep crystal clear mahogany. I slow pour, there is little foam, but the carmel colored cloudy bubble ring lasts and lasts.

this smells sweet and malty. Spicy. Sweetness is almost cane sugar sweetness.

Taste is very sweet, malty, smooth smooth smooth.

Mouthfeel is nice, creamy.

Finish is clean, with a hint of sweetness.

This is surprisingly drinkable. I'll have another.

...then I read the bottle. HOLY CRAP! This has over 10% alcohol in it!! I haven't had a brew with this high of an alcohol content hide the alcohol flavor so well! I just upped my ratings for small, taste and mouthfeel up .5 because this is an amazing feat! Most brews of this intensity - to me - taste like hairspray or wiskey. This one does not. It tastes like a scotch ale still.

Very good job Erie Brewing!

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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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Photo of perfectkaos
4.32/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

went to my distributor to pick up some great lakes christmas ale, but they were sold out, so my next pick would have been Erie's solid winter beer Red Ryder Big Beer... but alas the long arm of the law got to them and Red Ryder BB is no more.... in its place we've got Ol' Red Cease & Desist Ale...

pours a ruby color with a small head that quickly dissipates into a ring around the rim

smells of malt, spice and a hint of alcohol.

classic scotch ale taste to this one. bit of vanilla hints towards the back end, some alcohol taste, but i dont think it's overpowering. if not for the info on the bottle i woud never know this baby packed a 10.1% punch. (up from 9.5% of the Red Ryder)

Erie came through big on this beer. Great for a winter warmer.

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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 jballeng
4.23/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep red amber with a small, lasting head with moderate lacing.

Aromas of cherry, malt, brown sugar, and caramel. Slightly toasty.

Immediate metallic taste which leaves quickly followed closely by very smooth caramel and brown sugar notes followed by toasty malts and a huge cherry and pie crust, caramelized apples, slight alcohol (very slight for 10%), and other fruity esters, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Very smooth, very malty, quite sweet, and huge notes of autumnal fruits and spices make this a winner. Only drawback is that metallic taste at the beginning but that goes away very quickly.

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Photo of riversider76
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a redish brown with a thin tan head. Not much retention, byt decent lacing. Aromas is of sweet dark fruit, and butterscotch,with a hint of alchol.Body is medium,with som carnionation. Taste is of scotch wiskey,and sweet dark fruits. Excellent from start to finish!

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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 Knapp85
4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a really pretty looking red color with a creamy looking orangey head on it. The lacing was nice along the glass. The smell of the beer was sweet and malty, very pleasing aroma on this beer. The smell transferred perfectly to the taste where the peated malts meet with some caramel and brown sugar. The taste I found to be very very nice. The mouthfeel was smooth and kind of creamy, a little bit of carbonation working well on this beer. Overall this brew was worth trying on just about all levels in my opinion. I'm very surprised this doesn't have better reviews on here.

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Photo of grayburn
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I was quite surprised to see the low ratings for this beer, as I enjoyed it thoroughly and will certainly be picking up more the next chance I get.

She pours a light red hue with a largish head that stays around for a bit, but chooses not to waste much energy on lacing.

The smell and taste are malt forward, not quite as sweet as most examples of the style, but the caramelized goodness is there in force. That's about it, I hate to say one-dimensional, but I will, and in this case it really isn't detrimental.

The mouth is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, between this and the high attenuation, this beer is insanely drinkable. The bottom of the glass comes way too fast, as does the stupor that results from the ten percent punch.

I guess all thats left to say is that you shouldn't let the subpar ratings scare you away from this beer, or any of Erie's offerings for that matter, I have found them to be quite enjoyable.

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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 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 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 FickleBeast
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens snifter.

Pours deep mahogany with reddish hues around the edges and a small ring of foam that fades quickly. Aroma is very sweet, toffee, caramel, crystal malt - this is going to be a malt bomb for sure.

First sip is rather pleasant. Sweet, malty flavor, but it finishes surprisingly dry. Some hot alcohol pokes through, but it is smooth for 10% ABV. Hops are non-detectable, as they should be in this style of beer. The clean finish is both a positive and a negative. I like how this isn't cloyingly sweet, but at the same time, the thinner body allows the alcohol burn to come through a little more.

All in all this is a nicely crafted beer. Would get this again.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass. Picked this bottle up at D's in Regent Square, Pittsburgh. Found it on the shelf with the other featured fall/winter seasonal releases.
A: Clean and kinda clear in consistency, but a darkish amber/copper color. Two inches of smooth off-white head. Settles nicely and slowly. Lovely sheets of lacing down the glass.
S: Mix of sweet malts and floral/citrus hops. Overall quite warming and sugary. A pretty pleasant combination of caramels, orange, banana, and breadiness.
T: Calm and mild sweetness up front, kinda bready and chewy tastes a swell. The middle brings out some hop flavors, a bit more citrus in character, but still with noticeable sugars. The finish brings the caramel tastes to the front again. My only complaint is that the sugariness is a wee bit fake and artificial, almost too much. However, the hops seem to be just the right taste and there's just the right amount of them.
M: Calm and soft throughout. A bit of a sugary dryness and some artificial-feeling stuff, as mentioned in the taste above. However, no hint of the 10.1% ABV!
D: Considering this is 10.1% ABV, the drinkability is great. However, it's still 10.1% ABV, so hard to give this higher than a 4.
Overall, a solid brew, and one that I really enjoyed. Will look for this every fall/winter.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a small glass of this at George Keeley's on Manhattan's Upper West side. I'd never heard of this beer before and I liked it quite a lot. Very typical for a scotch wee heavy. Good aroma, great color, outstanding flavor. I will have this again.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonder if my palate was eschewed from earlier beer or if food pairing (pork) or just fact had on tap from aged keg but I thought this beer, while not as heavy as I expected a Scotch ale at 10% (which I still don't believe), was pretty good compared to others.
Retained a nice offwhite head over a copperish body with a strong malt smell and some minor hop profiling to go with it. Real smooth and creamy and easy to drink, there is a decent amount of caramel and chocolate sweetness along with hints of bread and roasted malt to balance and give it some dey aftertastes. There are dark fruit and herbal hops in the backbite as well. Not a fave of mine yet for some reason I couldn't put this sucker down and I really liked it.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.99/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a case of this brew on a recent shopping trip in PA. I am sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a pint glass.
The beer pours a clear chestnut with deep ruby highlights. A fizzy cola brown head of .5 cm foams up and fades immediately. Leaving only a thin edge layer.
Aroma is caramel and brown sugar, some booze and hints of vanilla as well.
Quite appealing for a wee heavy.
First sip reveals a very fizzy yet fine carbonation and average body that is just a bit thinner than I expected, could be due to the higher ABV% thinning out the body a bit. Not watery or anything, just thought there may be more syrup texture after the aroma.
Flavor is sweet malt with caramel, brown sugar, some dark fruit and maybe hints of candy rum.
The booze does warm a little on the finish. I didnt notice the booze at all when I drank one straight from the bottle. The beer is a nice drinker and has a good mix of flavors.
A decent wee heavy that has the kick and flavor for the style IMO.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice red-ish brown with a quickly disappearing head. No lacing.

Not much to the nose. Very sweet smell, some fruit and malt. I can't get too specific as I'm not too familiar with this type of beer. Smells good, but its faint.

I wasn't expecting much from the smell, but I was very impressed by the taste. It has a nice balance in the front, some malts and a little sweetness. The finish is a sweet fruity blast that subsides quickly back to malt. That's a nice effect that begs to be sipped again. A slight hint of booze, but not too much.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a thick, syrupy finish. Not too surprising with the sweetness, but it just makes you thirsty.

That little explosion of sweetness did it for me. I would definately drink this beer again. Not necessarily too many at once, but I will look for more. If I can find it.

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Photo of matty
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownish amber colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is fruity.Taste is fruits and sugar cane.Alcohol is very very well hidden.Smooth and goes down like cold filtered water.This is something that could easily sneak up on you if not careful.I would recommned and purchase again.

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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 Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 Bottle.

Pours a rich brown in color with a small white head and some lace. Aroma of cherries, malt and alcohol. Flavor is good, malt, brown sugar, vanilla, cherry. The staggering alcohol is deceptively well hidden. Some years have done a good job mellowing this one out. Smooth and full bodied, this makes for a good sipper.

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