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Bristol English-Style Old Ale



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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.15/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
Only available in 22 oz bombers and very limited. This very traditional ale is medium-bodied and singularly malty, supplying sweet caramel undertones and age-related character at every turn.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superdaveo (31) - Kansas, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Poured from a 22oz bottle at CCís last homestand of a disastrous season. Not much from the aroma. Punchy malt character kind of like a Laughing Lab on steroids. Caramel, chocolate and a touch of roast. A nice rich beer to drown my sorrows in.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (14671) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 27, 2014
Light brown, little bit of haze. Aroma is caramels and toffees, not to intense, and itís clean. All stuff I want out of an old ale. Taste is similar. The hop/alcohol balancing points are quite mellow but on point. Finishes balanced, with a sweet accent. Itís good - the best examples throw some extra nuance in there - Old Peculiar from the wood being my classic - but this is s tough style to nail and they did a pretty good job here. 4 7 7 4 14

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UncleKorm (1171) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2014
On tap at brewery poured clear brown hue w/ a medium creamy fully diminishing tan head. Moderate sweet malty aroma. Initial flavor is moderate sweet w/ a moderate bitter finish of short duration. Tastes are caramel, lightly toasted malt, and dark bread. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, and a light warmth in the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bytemesis (6003) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Bottle - thanks Eric! Pours clear reddish hazel with a small beige head and some lacing. Downhill from there, unfortunately. Aroma is grain, grass, corn, caramel. Flavor is the same, light plus sweet, light bitter, light astringence. Medium body, a bit boozy. Not so great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
crajun (1138) - , Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2013
bomber found in a crappy liquor store while working in COS. meh. caramel toffee aroma; very mild taste - light caramel/toffee and soap, mild hops. meh

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arminjewell (9207) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2012
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, Aaron says he has no idea where it came from but Iím pretty sure itís his. Pour is dark reddish brown with thin off white head, aroma has notes of biscuit, bread, some caramel and toffee, light floral and grassy hops, with a hint of yeast and earth. Taste is bready, caramel and toffee, hints of biscuit, some slight grass, earthy notes, some slight fruity touches but not much, finishing fairly bitter but some sweetness comes through.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
adnielsen (10367) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Bottle @ Danís house, courtesy of who the fuck knows. This was found in Danís fridge and no one knows who bought this fucking shit. Cloudy, dark orange appearance with a tan head. Soapy, floral, light citrusy, light toasty aroma. Tangy, orange/grapefruit citrusy, floral hoppy, soapy, bitter flavor. Not all that good but not horrible either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BritAlesRule (215) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2012 Pours a dark murky caramel color with a sturdy head somewhere between foam and cream. Nose is toffee and spice. Taste reveals American hops and caramel malts. Some sort of rye biscuity thing going on somewhere on the back end that Iím not too fond of. Medium mouthfeel with lingering hop presence. Probably could have benefited from some Golding or Stirling to give it more English character. Still, not a bad beer in the local brewerís stable. Iíll have to review the style further.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (7120) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2012 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off white to light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie), lightly to moderately hoppy (apricot), lightly to moderately yeasty (dough), with light notes of gum and grape jelly. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly unclean. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Re-rate, since the bottle I tried 7 months ago was moderately infected (rated that one a 2.0). This one isnít sour, thankfully. Lots of raw yeast odor, slightly dirty aftertaste. Still the typical clunky Bristol quality, but better than before.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RSRIZZO (1931) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2012
22oz bottle poured into an English Pint at 42į. Color is a nice amber with good carbonation and a thick, tall head. Aroma is a light sweet sugar scent. It has a lighter medium body that goes down with a crisp dry feel. Flavor comes in with mild roasted malt giving a touch of sweetness and toffee then some oak, vanilla and citrus shows, ending with a very light bitterness. After taste is dry with mild oak and a mellow roasted taste hanging on that gives a very faint coffee like taste on the very end. Overall this is a very good brew, nice flavors and easy drinking.

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