Oak-Aged Ebenezer | Upstream Brewing Company - Legacy

Oak-Aged EbenezerOak-Aged Ebenezer
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Brewed by:
Upstream Brewing Company - Legacy
Nebraska, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Reneejane on 01-01-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by northaustin:
Photo of northaustin
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

#1350 of 1521 brewed in august 2007 bottled in september 2008. 9.1% abv

pours a thick black with a brownish head. minimal lacing.

smell is intense oak mixed in with various spices and a hint of alchohol.

has a slight sourness to it but is well balanced with the sweetness of the chocolate malts. a nice bite.

stings the palate in a good spicy way. a few itty bitty floaters in mine but they only enhanced the flavor and experience.

this one is very drinkable. my dad brought it to me from the brewery when he went to omaha. if i was near this beer i would try to have as many different variations of it in my cellar as possible.

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Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle #1279 of 1521 sept 2008

750ml corked and caged poured into a tulip. The brew appears a very dark chestnut color with khaki head atop. A brilliant looking brew.

Aroma is wild: lemony lactic, briney, vinegar and cherry. Chocolate roast, grain elements and oak.

Taste has plenty of brett character thats earthy and leathery with mild tartness, pitted cherries, oak, must and chocolate grain.

Medium in body with modest carbonation. A very unique brew that blurs the lines of flanders and old ale.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Caged/corked 750ml bottle split on a cool Sunday afternoon with my wife to a pair of snifters. Huge thanks to RedHaze for sending this last winter.

'Special Bottling' with a handwritten back label:
Approved: blue signature, impossible to read...
Bottled In: "SEPT 2008"
Brewed In: "AUG 2007"
9.1% Alc/Vol
#677 of 1521

A: Corked released with a modest 'THUP', carbonation gusher waited a few seconds to unleash; minimal loss, thanks to quick glasswork by the missus...but be warned. Pours a murky orange-brown, though the haze tends to settle out to a clearer 'bourbon' color and consistency over time. The initial head of fizzy tan (2-fingers) loses it's aggression and settles to a creamy, never-fading cap that replenishes with each sip or swirl, leaves dabs of lace.

S: First sniffs showed strong oak and a hint at sour/paper oxidation. With some warming and relaxing, spiced gingerbread and dark chocolate accents creep in. Herbal hops, with a whiff of cherry puree.

T: Like the aroma, first taste (maybe 10 minutes warming outside the fridge) seemed overly oaky and a bit tart. With warming, more chocolate emerges and a fruit leather tang. Woody char is subtle, never get too sweet.

M: Feel is creamy, with an effervescing carbonation and a lasting earth/spice bitterness. Dull tingle grows on the tongue, a touch of tartness pulls the cheeks. Acidic tang comes and goes.

D: A nice, warming sipper with plenty going on to keep interest throughout. It was nice to see how this opened up once it warmed and the carbonation waned. The 'Imperial Stout' moniker was a little misleading, as the transformative oak-aging and heavy spices made this more 'Strong Ale' or 'Winter Warmer' in my book. Very glad to have tried this...my first taste of 'Nebraska' is a winner.

PS: Thank God for my laptop's cache, or I'd have lost this review to the big BA server glitch...

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Photo of nickd717
3.13/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle, probably infected.

Deep amber color with a nice off-white head.

Really funky aroma with loads of brett, sweet malt, oak, and dark fruits.

Flavor was overly funky and sour with some caramel malt and oak, but otherwise a bit unbalanced and unpleasant.

Nice smooth mouthfeel with a medium-full body. A little acidity there.

Overall, not too enjoyable. Drinkability is below average.

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Photo of kerry4porters
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Reneejane
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wowzers. We had the beer brewed in September 2006 bottled in August 2007. It was aged in oak. It tastes significantly different from this year's Ebenzer Spiced stout. It tastes like a fine wine and a beer all in one. The beer has a champagne cork that popped like champagne and it was full of carbonation. The beer had a thick frothy brown head. It has retained pretty well, leaving lovely lacing down the side. I think it's bottle conditioned. The beer is black. The smell is of fruit and herbs. The first taste is a bubbly experience. It tastes of wine and malt and yeat. It's tangy. It finishes with a smokey maltiness at the end. It lingers sweetly. This is one of the best beers I've had and well worth the price. It would make a nice gift for a real beer lover.

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Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Up for review is a 750ml, hand numbered bottle of Oak Aged Ebenezer from Upstream Brewing Company. The barrel aged stuff I've had so far from these guys has been spectacular. And this is no exception. Tart fruits, oak and wine are dominant. Well balanced. Clean body drink swell.

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Photo of mentor
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, thanks to Malcolm for the opportunity. Bottle 1188/1521. Pours a light brown head over a mildly hazed dark brown liquid. Smells brettanomyces sour and lactic. Dusty chocolate and mild vanilla.

Tastes light chocolate, dry cherry, mild brett sour, and tamed oak that isn't intense, but does persist. Dry overall with tannic bite working into the alcohol. Md light body seems less because the beer is so dry. Wonderful drinkability.

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Photo of koopa
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

750ml bottle #1190 of 1521
Brewed August 07'
Bottled September 08'
Consumed November 09'

Appearance: Pours a brown with orange corners and shows a 2 finger dirty khaki to light brown crown that shows loads of retention and lace.

Smell: Oak barrel, chocolate, roast malt, brett and a minor sour note. Perhaps a dash of black anise but the sweet oak barrel takes the edge off of it.

Taste: Loads of oak, a dash of black anise, and some chocolate malt. Not as vinous as I was expecting based on the other reviews.

Mouthfeel: Extremely carbonated and full of tiny lush bubbles...I'd assume bottle conditioned from what I'm seeing here. On the light side of medium bodied.

Drinkability: It's fairly tangy and has a strong abv but the carbonation and bottle conditioning helps.

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Photo of Crosling
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750. Dark brown colored beer. Complex nose of funk, sour cherries, oak and chocolate. Really complex flavor profile. Chocolate, sour cherries, vanilla with a vinous barrel character. Basically an Oud Bruin/Sour Brown. Strange, but delicious. Very, very nice ale.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Oak-Aged Ebenezer from Upstream Brewing Company - Legacy
Beer rating: 90.9% out of 100 with 11 ratings
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