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Burton Bridge Thomas Sykes

Brewed by Burton Bridge
Style: Old Ale
Burton-on-Trent, England


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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Cask: Occasional.
Old Ale
Originally brewed for the now defunct Thomas Sykes pub in Burton on Trent
Ingredients: Pale malt; invert sugar; Target hops
Colour: Straw. Nose: Almost sherry esters. Taste: Very warming, winey

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
ManVsBeer (6914) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2016
Pendle Beer Festival 2016. Golden-amber coloured. Extremely strong and spirit-like, with a dire taste - I was not the only person at the festival to feel this way about it, but given the decent reviews on RB it may not have travelled too well to the festival.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (4893) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2014
Gravity cask. Hazy orange, still, small bubbly white head. Aroma is sickly under-ripe orange, satsuma, banana skin. Body is light, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is sugar syrup, banana skin, gravy, caramel. Musty sweetness. Alcohol coming through noticeably. Itís OK - very slow drinking. A beer this big can get away with being over-sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (3364) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2014
Cask at The Grove, Huddersfield. 20.01.13. Clear golden colour. Thin, tight, lasting white head. Clementines, oranges, barley sugar, some ginger spiciness. Hint of pepper. All quite subtle. A slow burner. Lovely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TickerTerryDJ (633) - Redditch, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2013
Cask,hand pulled at Waggon & Horses,Halesowen.31st march.Amberish pour with minimal white head.Light aromas but some citrus and caramel there,alcohol too.Malt,caramel,fruit and some spice in the flavour.Alcohol well in evidence too but even so very easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (4270) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
Gravity at Birmingham Beer Festival 2012. Taste of almost nothing - maybe that means itís smooth?? Itís smooth. Pleasant, nectary, smooth. This is beguiling, it creeps up on you. I ended up liking it, but didnít admit so to my chums, who werenít impressed. In fact, they made me drink the remnants of their measures of the stuff, which at 10% may not have been the brightest move of my career.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
foxo82 (826) - Bromsgrove (via Leicester), Worcestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2012
Cask at Birmingham Beer Festival 2012. Aroma of banana and marzipan, mixed with trampís urinal. Youk could get drunk off the aroma. Ok but not nice enough for the 10% ABV when you think of all the quality Belgians at that strength. Sickly sweet with fruitcake.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
The_Bish (1123) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2012
Paul says I love you. No nose he says. Gurd: marzipan. My arse............. oh god why....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (10705) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2012
Cask at Wandsworth Beer Festival, March 2012. It pours hazy golden-amber, with a thin, bubbly white head. The nose is cake, toffee apple, spice, booze, cinnamon, vanilla and wood. The taste is varnish, dough, pear, melon, cinnamon, nectarine, honey, caramel, over-baked cake, with a warming, syrupy finish. Full body, soft carbonation and syrupy mouth-feel. A bit boozy, but good beer nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tombyars (1530) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 12, 2011
Tasted this barley wine at the Paisley Beer Festival in April 2003. Cask, gravity dispense. Clear pale mahogany in colour with a slight white open head which quickly disappears. Strong sweet sherry fumes in the powerful alcoholic aroma. Surprisingly thin texture in the mouthfeel and non existant lacing. Powerful pale malt base leads to a strong booming mouthfeel of liquified christmas cake and sherry trifle combined. Very sweet tasting notes include full moist maltloaf, sultanas, cherries, figs, dates, honey, golden and maple syrup. Could hardly detect any hop resins in the aftertaste as this heady brew steamrollers into the warming alcoholic finish with intense notes of sweet sherry, mead and drambuie all clamouring for attention. A superb barley wine in the old English tradition. Well worth seeking this gem out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BillyCheer (5) - - FEB 4, 2011 does not count
Pulled through a swan-neck without sparkler. light orange gold amber with a thin white head. Sweet without being cloying or heavy, light bitterness. Easy drinking, creamy without any roughness. Cordial fruitiness like a mouthful of melted wine gums, lifted by smooth honeyed alcohol. Drinks with the ease of a very smooth LB Port.

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