Old Yankee AleMarch 1, 2010 Pawcatuck, CT
Cottrell Brewing Co.
Available: CT, MA, RI
Besides their own line of beers, Cottrell brews beers onder contract for Newport Storm, Narraganset and Trinity Beer companies.
Original gravity: 1050
Sweet, malty and silky, but not heavy. Reminds me of butterscotch ice cream topping and pecans drizzled with caramel, along with some plum emerging on the finish. An interesting diversion, but too sweet for me to drink a lot of it.
- John Hansell
Rich and sticky sweet butterscotch is about all I can smell in this reddish-orange brew, although there may also be hints of candied orange and other fruitiness lurking beneath. On the palate, I can’t get past the cloying and toffee-like sweetness, even when I get a mild taste of the hoppiness that evidently also forms a part of this ale’s flavor profile. In the finish, some bitterness finally rises enough to take the edge off the sweetness, but not quite enough to expunge the memory of liquid candy.
- Stephen Beaumont
John Hansell writes about beer, wine and spirits. He is the creator, publisher and editor of Malt Advocate, a magazine for the whisky enthusiast.
Once described as “beerdom's Brillat-Savarin,” Stephen Beaumont is the author of five books and countless articles on beer, spirits, food, travel, and how it all goes together.
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