Sierra Nevada Wood-Aged Old Ale

Sierra Nevada Wood-Aged Old Ale

Rated 3.350 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Chico, CA, United States

Style:  Old Ale

8.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Old Ale is a blend of Imperial Stout aged eleven-months in oak bourbon barrels, and our malty Scotch Ale. This black beer has an intense aroma of roasted malt with pronounced vanilla and toasted coconut notes from wood aging. The flavor is smooth and bittersweet, with hints of caramel, toffee, and mocha. This full-bodied beer is filled with deep, rich, and warming flavors tailor-made for wintertime enjoyment.

ID: 37710 Last updated 10 years ago Added to database 11 years ago

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Overall Rank7540
Overall Percentile84.1
Style Rank70 of 211
Style Percentile66.8
Lowest Score4.4
Highest Score4.4
Average Score4.400
Weighted Score3.350
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.4 11 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    i'm calling this an old ale only because that's what the brewer is calling it...it's actually a bourbon stout/scotch ale hybrid, and whoda thunk it would be this stinking good. THE best SN beer I've ever had. you can smell and taste the bourbon, but it is subtle in its vanilla & oak character. the stout comes thorough just enough as well to make a far better beer than the scotch ale alone. even though that beer is 3/4 of the total, it is not the dominant factor in aroma or flavor. smooth, expertly blended...aroma and flavor of vanilla, oak, bourbon, chocolate, and a touch of sweet malt, peet, and hops. after a week (that's right...a week!) in the growler, it may have been even better. more chocolate comes out. kinda reminded me of a beer close to old viscosity in it's complexity, with a touch of bourbon. great beer! bottle this guys!!!

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