Brewed with a blend of five malts and American hops, this well-balanced English-style Old Ale has fruit and raisin notes with a hint of caramel in the finish. Full-bodied and slightly sweet, this brew is the perfect ending to a fine meal or to enjoy on a cool evening.
Old Ben pours a rich amber color with plenty of carbonation. The tiny bubbles float up to the large cream and caramel colored head (reminded me of the foam on an espresso). The head eventually fades to a film with odd circular patches of foam. There are crazy amounts of lacing that cling to the side of the glass.
The nose smells of raisin, English malt and caramel. It reminded me of the cinnamon raisin bread I had for breakfast the other morning. Also, alcohol notes become very prominent when the beer is poured out.
This is a sweet and creamy beer! I tasted raisins in the foreground, with alcohol and a sun-tea like flavors in the backend. Thankfully the alcohol taste isn’t as overpowering as it was in the smell. As the beer warms, the flavors meld into a dangerously drinkable concoction.
Mouthfeel is creamy and it goes down smooth. There is a mild drying that occurs and leaves a carbonation-like tingle on the inside of my lips.
Old Ben is a tasty beer. It reminds me of a less overpowering Barley Wine. It definitely makes me want to try more Old Ales.
Overall: 7 out of 10
As an OLD ALE: 8 out of 10
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