Drake's Apple Brandy Barrel Olde Ale

Drake's Apple Brandy Barrel Olde Ale

Rated 3.343 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Drake's Brewing Company

San Leandro, CA, United States

Style:  Old Ale

10.2% Alcohol by Volume

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This is an Old Ale that was brewed in Sept 2005. It has been aging in a barrel which housed an Apple Brandy from our friends at St Georges Distillery for 11 months.

ID: 25945 Last updated 10 years ago Added to database 14 years ago

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Overall Rank7650
Overall Percentile83.4
Style Rank72 of 208
Style Percentile65.4
Lowest Score3.0
Highest Score3.9
Average Score3.600
Weighted Score3.343
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • ZYTHUM 289 reviews
    rated 3.9 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    sampled on 11/20/09. 6oz bottle with mitch. barrel aged series #3. pours a hazy medium brown color. thin film of a head. aroma is big oakiness, apples, brandy, malty. taste is caramel, malty, a little sweet, light apple peeking thru. body is medium. woo! thanks for sharing this mitch!

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 3.7 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Sampled on 11/20/2009. This old ale pours a slightly hazy brown color from a 6oz bottle. Little to no head present. The aroma is wood, brandy, apples and malt. A medium bodied old ale. The malts are caramel, fruity and slightly sweet. The hops are herbal. The apple flavors are in the background with a nice malt backbone. Nice balance of wood, brandy, oak and malt. I seem to remember that these were not carbonated when they were bottled. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 3.8 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Suprised to see after having this at least 5-6 times that I haven’t rated it. Opened my 2nd to last nippper last night and it’s in fine form still.

    The aroma is clearly sweet smelling, with an obvious apple angle to it. Wood, wet paper, caramel, brandy...but very sweet smelling. Flavor is suprsingly minerally/tart-like. Caramel, toffee, a bit of wood and apples but nothing is really overpowering. Sublime might be a nice word because it’s so easy to sip and enjoy and just let the day go bye. Not the greatest from Drakes by far, but very tasty.

  • JOHNC 1186 reviews
    rated 3.0 13 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    For a special edition beer, this really did not have a lot going on. It pours a murky brown color with very little head or carbonation. The nose had quite a bit of apple in it. The mouthfeel was dry and the flavor was fairly neutral.

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