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Ol' Red Cease And Desist | Erie Brewing Co.

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Ol' Red Cease And DesistOl' Red Cease And Desist

Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of ujsplace
3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic.

This brew is a deep copper, near brown in color with an off white head that quickly fades to a thin, wispy layer with no lacing.

Smells of big caramel and roasted malts.

Tastes of sweet roasted caramel malts, baked bread and a nutty flavor along with a mild bitterness that has a fresh brewed tea-like flavor. Finishes dry with a fairly well hidden alcohol presence.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel that has low carbonation.

A good wee heavy. Would like a bit more flavor, but this is a solid brew.

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Photo of magine
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams tulip/pint glass.

Brew pours a caramel brown color, has no head. Only a ring of lacing. Head is off white. Looks decent.

Can smell malty caramel malts, sweet bisquit malts. Has a dark fruit perhaps in there as well. Smells pretty good.

Brew tastes sweet and malty, caramel, chocolate/toffee notes. And a bit nutty. The brew is a little thin in the mouthfeel when compared to other big wee heavy's. Dry aftertaste, no bitterness to speak of. It is a good tasting wee heavy though.

This is a rather ho-hum wee heavy in the flavor department. But it tastes good and is drinkable, dispite the high alcohol. Good stuff.

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Photo of brewcat
2.97/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a beautiful red, mahogany with little head. Aroma kinda had me in a recoil at first nose. Can't quite place it but it's bad. I'm guessing this is an old oxidized bottle, however, there's something odd beyond that. Diacetyl maybe. Maybe I'm just not a fan of the style. The flavor is actually quite nice though. Loads of malt with caramel, brown sugar, figs, dark fruit dominate that seem to balance well with the bitterness.

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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 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 divineaudio
3.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

pours a gorgeous, deep cherry wood hue with amber highlights. forms a thin, coarse head that disappears quick. no lace whatsoever.

smell is sweet with toffee, carmel and lots of fruit. i'm getting grape and plum with the slightest bit of spice coming through. taste follows nose with strong, sweet carmel malt flavor, followed by a little hop bitterness. alcohol content is barely noticeable.

medium bodied with some bite from the co2.

a pretty solid beer overall and fits the style. drinkable enough to get you in trouble as the 10% doesn't hit you til the end of the glass. probably would buy this again in the future.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I like the bottle Ol' Red Cease and Desist has a pretty translucent red body with amber fringes. The white head is small and disappears pretty quickly.

The aroma has a lot of sweetness, mostly toffee. Pretty one-dimensional.

Cease and Desist is highly sweet with toffee flavors. A bit of tobacco is in there too. Some alcohol warming in the finish. Not much going on to be honest.

The mouthfeel is very light and carbonated.

I like the label and the name, but I have to say I don't like the beer that much. Definitely a little bit of a disappointment. One positive is that I would not have guessed that this sucker is over 10% ABV.

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Photo of adamette
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. brown bottle given to me by my friend Bill. Thanks Bill. He told me that this beer got this name since it used to be "Red Rider Ale" or something similar and the company that makes the "Red Rider Bee Bee gun" sued them for copyright imfringement. "Inspired by the Long Arm of the Law" printed on the left side of the label. There is a large gavel pictured on the front as well. Poured into my Murphy's Irish Red pint glass.

A translucent but dark red/brown under a nice, silky smooth very light brown head. Minor strings of carbonation rise up from the bottom and there is a curtain lacing on the inside of the glass as I sip. 4.5

S Kind of a dark "red" ale if you will, some medium roast malt and a warmth of alcohol is there. A little bit basic of a smell to me. 3.5

T/M Tastes of a strong, smooth amber wash over me with a definited warmth of alcohol as well. I am a bit surprised that the taste is not more flavorful meaning that it has strength (10.1% ABV mentioned on the label) and it has the amber taste which is good but not much else. It is a surprisingly one dimensional beer to be really honest. Feel is on the big side with its big ABV and creamy nature but I really thought that it would be even bigger. 3.5

D Fair due to the high ABV but also the less than impressive taste and feel. 3.5

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Photo of bamadog
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 2/11/10 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a great mix of copper and ruby; starts with a solid 1 and 1/2 finger slightly off-white head with good retention that slowly fades to a firm and even skim on the surface; body has great clarity and moderate carbonation; only occasional spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Very faint caramel malts with a slight bit of graininess; smell is quite weak.

Taste: Nice and sweet maltiness really owns the palate in this beer and it is balanced out with some solid dry and cracked graininess; very simple overall, but doesn't really strike me as a Wee Heavy as the flavors aren't qite as deep and roasty and it's missing the smokey peatiness; still a fine tasting beer though...

Mouthfeel: A nice body that is moderately thick and chewy; carbonation is very present in the viscous body and keeps the palate tingly; solid and dry stickiness is left on the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: Doesn't really match the style well at all, but I would definitely drink this again, the ABV feels pretty manageable for being 10.10% too.

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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 josefnewsong
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this ale a little bit ago but if my memory serves me it was better than the review average would suggest. It's a nice beast of a beer from Erie, and I distinctly remember intense floral qualities and caramel stickiness with a bit of alcohol warmth. I would definitely get this again.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade from steelersxl, thanks man! Dark red color, no surprise there, decent head and lacing, looks good. The smell is not like any wee heavy I've had its not peaty or smoky just very malty. The flavor is not bad at all but again it tastes more like a strong ale or red ale than a wee heavy as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of Drew966
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ol' Red Cease and Desist pours a dark reddish brown with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is malty, maybe a touch of fruit. The flavor is very malty, hops are nowhere to be found. Unlike some other reviewers, I didn't notice any alcohol. I enjoyed this one, your mileage may vary.

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Photo of mullenite
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Glassware - Over-sized Brandy Snifter

Appearance - Very dark reddish-brown in color with a one-finger soapy white head that settles in to a ring. Some lacing but nothing really note-worthy.

Nose - Smells like beet sugar, which is kind of strange. That's really the only aroma I'm getting out of it. If you've never smelled beet sugar before the best way to describe it would candied beets... There may be a little bit of caramel in the background but that could also be my imagination.

Taste - Very similar to the smell with the beet sugar/candy flavoring. There is a little bit of alcohol in the finish and a little bit of a caramel/roast aftertaste but it is predominantly sugary sweetness. Kind of messy but not really bad.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low carbonation, seems appropriate for the style.

Overall - Kind of confused about this one. It doesn't taste bad really, but it tastes... off. I can't imagine that this beer is supposed to taste like that. It's almost like an artificial sweetener. Weird.

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Photo of haddon
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a rusty red in the glass with a 2-finger head that doesn't hang around long.

S- very sweet smell with chocolate and caramel predominating. actually pretty nice. best part of the beer

T- malts, caramel and warm alcohol taste on the front. scotch flavor is present as well. bitter on the end but something a little off putthing by this bitterness. it's different. don't know if I like it or not

M- little syrupy with not much carbonation. sits a little heavy on the palate

D- this beer is missing something as a wee heavy. little too much bitterness with not the appropriate amount of malts to go along.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Corsedonk snifter. Pours a deep amber/brown with very little head. Head remains as a thin ring around the outside with light quick sliding lacing.

Aroma is very faint and light. Slightly sweeter notes, caramel. Very little fruit smell...apple maybe?

Flavor is also pretty light, but decent...at first. Flavor hits in a little stronger as it sits on your tongue. Some warm caramel notes, sweet malts, mild carbonation, a slight bitter backside. Can taste the scotch, which is pleasant and warming. Decent beer.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.96/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A – Nice, lacy, beautiful red color and eggshell head.

S – Cinnamon raisin bread, and slight peat.

T – Caramel, cinnamon raisin, well-hidden alcohol, malty peat, and a strange milk-like quality. It is interesting, but I'm not sure if I like it.

M – A slight syrupy consistency does not help this beer. If it were more dry and carbonated it would perhaps enhance the flavors.

D – I would not drink more than one, especially given the strange flavor, 10% ABV, and the syrupy quality inherent.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. Pours a deep garnet red with little head that dissipates quickly. Aromas are sweet with a hint of peat smoked malt trailing in. Taste is similar with a very sweet initial flavoring of malts but the slight oddity of the peat trailing in at the end. Feel is full bodied with an oiliness that lingers. Drinkable for the style as the ABV limits intake.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a snifter,nice ruby brown color.very little head.big caramel nose with hints of vanilla and figs.taste is somewhat caramelized fruity,finishes with hints of vanilla and a slight roasted flavor. overall pretty good. not sure if it's purely to style,but i like this beer alot for the cost. smooth mouth feel and pretty good drinkability.

this might not be the greatest wee heavy,but it's a good beer especially considering the cost.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the folks at Erie for the sample, I'll serve this at between fridge and cellar temperature in an oversize snifter.

Appearance- Well there's no question this beer looks huge... it pours hazy and viscous, like an old barleywine waiting to take its virgin breath after years in the cellar. The head rises a quarter-inch before hissing away, becoming nothing more than a sporadic film across the beer's surface. The color is a blazing cherrywood red.

Smell- Aromas of cherries and vanilla stream into the nose, with a layer of wood beneath it adding some depth. Boozy without being hot.

Taste- The initial sweetness is front and center, exploding with fruit and some woody notes that mask the enormous ABV. For the style, it is much more fruit-forward rather than being primarily malt driven... interesting, but not as complex overall. The final pour brings with it a better suggestion of the malt and hops.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The highlight of this tasting is the beautifully smooth, prickly texture that begins and ends with a gentle ebb tide. Full and round, it lends the essential feature that improves the unique character of the flavors.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid."

--Friedrich Nietzsche

Dusky russet red with orange peel colored highlights. A thick chunk of golden brown sugar colored foam appeared on the pour. The head has a whipped creamy texture and is doing a fine job laying down tattered sheets of lace. About half of it sticks in the end.

The nose is primarily caramel malty... and that's pretty much the extent of things. There's also a mineral-like quality that stops just short of metallic. Nor does it smell like this will be very malty sweet beer. Minimal appreciable alcohol is a minor plus.

Erie Ol' Red Cease & Desist (gotta use the ampersand) is not a stellar example of the style. The aroma does not lie. The beer is more bitter than sweet, which should never happen in a wee heavy. It's also still considerably metallic, like licking stainless steel. Here's hoping things mellow out once it gains a few degrees.

The vague outlines of a decent Scotch ale are there. Steely caramel dominates, followed by bitter tea leaves, a hint of orange peel, wood resin and a small splash of grain alcohol. It would be a craft beer crime if Pennsylvanians got the idea that this is how wee heavies are supposed to taste.

Warming softens things a little, but not enough. The mouthfeel falls in line with all the rest. It's too skimpy and the carbonation doesn't distinguish itself at all. More malt and more expertly buried bubbles would have helped.

This offering used to be called Red Ryder Big Beer. Apparently, those who hold the rights to the movie 'A Christmas Story' told Erie to cease and desist, since Red Ryder is the brand name of the air rifle that Ralphie wants so badly. Even if it isn't true, it's still an interesting story. I wish the same could be said of Ol' Red.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.81/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Samuel Smith Imp. pint glass. After pouring it retained about an inch and a half of frothy head with good carbonation. Deep ruby color. Very smooth sweet fruity esters. Biscuit like notes are pretty dominant in this malt bomb. No real hop notes. Alcohol is very noticed but it is still very pleasant to drink. In my thinking this is one of the better years for this brew.

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Photo of karmaghost
1.57/5  rDev -55%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bottle into a 16oz pint glass. I'm a huge fan of big malty beers, but this brew hits you with a taste of malty-ness followed by the dull, almost oily taste of alcohol.

I don't think I ever truly understood the meaning of "one-dimensional" until I had this beer. There are no back-notes, no lingering flavors, no aftertaste except for the taste of alcohol.

Erie Brewing Co. has some great beers, but this is not one of them. As I told my brother as I drank this, "it's probably one of, if not the, worst beers I've ever tasted." A disappointment indeed.

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Photo of maximum12
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Florida this past spring, so it's been sitting in the fridge for quite a while. Quick split of the twelve ounces before going out to dinner with friends!

Pours a lovely red with a smallish head that retreats quickly into a tiny bubble island. Smells good, rich malts & peat.

Cease & Desist is a rather classic example of the style. The underlying smokiness adds some interest & depth to the malts, & there's a touch of hoppiness in there too, adding a further layer. That smoke adds a touch of scotchcicity to it as well.

Nothing really distinguished about this brew, but a good beer.

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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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Ol' Red Cease And Desist from Erie Brewing Co.
3.49 out of 5 based on 268 ratings.
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