I try to cover a wide variety of styles in my beer reviews on Hoppy Boston, but there are some obscure styles that have slipped through the cracks. In a few cases, they are beers I don’t really care for, you won’t see many reviews of hefeweizens or rauchbiers, they just aren’t for me. In other cases, there aren’t very many versions of the style available locally. A good example is the English old ale, a higher alcohol and aged version of the pub-standard mild ale. Old ales tend to be malty, rich and gain extra character from the barrels they are aged in. It seems like a style ripe for interesting American takes, but it has been mostly ignored by the US craft beer movement. One recent local example is They Reminisce Over You, an old ale aged in rye whiskey barrels from Honest Weight Brewing in Orange, MA. This seemed like an interesting combination, so I quickly grabbed a bottle to try. Honest Weight They Reminisce Over You is available for a limited time in 500 mL bottles.
Honest Weight They Reminisce Over You pours deep copper with a massive off-white head. The aroma features some rich malt along with some boozy whiskey. The malts lead the flavor, notes of brown sugar, caramel, bread dough, and plum. The barrel aging adds complexity along with hints of vanilla, oak, spice, and a little sweet alcohol. There is minimal hop character present. They Reminisce Over You is a full-bodied sipper but isn’t overdone at 8.5% ABV. The finish is rich with some lingering malt and whiskey flavors. This is an excellent beer, flavorful, complex, delicious. I might need to seek out a few more old ales. Hoppy Boston score: 4.75/5.
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