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


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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Cask at Wandsworth Common Halloween Beer Festival, 30th Oct 09. Heavy, cloying amber brew. Strongly alcoholic - it numbs your lips! Honey and a hint of whisky on the nose. Flavour-wise it’s not as intense as you’d expect at this strength.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7262) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2009
(Cask at White Horse, Parson’s Green, London, 27 Nov 2009) Amber colour with brief, off-white head. Malty, fruity nose with dried fruit, apricots, molasses and treacle. Malty, fruity taste with notes of dried fruit, apricots, orange marmalade and a slightly bittersweet finish. Full body, fairly sweet and rather vinous with warming alcohol towards the end. Very nice winter warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
malrubius (2243) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Time to catch up before BCTC. On tap at Spuyten Duyvil big beer fest. Orange with ring head. Caramel cinnamon bready aroma. Caramle spice cinnamon spice english hop. Cloying. Bitter finish. Ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Cask at Delaney’s. Clear amber. Thick off-white head. Buttery aroma of simple sugar and cookies. A tad stale smelling. Nice mouthfeel, cask pull. Quaffable low carbonation. Interesting flavor profile is herbal, spicy, some alcohol, sweet in places and dry in others. Smooth. An intriguing drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011
Name: Thomas Sykes Old Ale
Date: March 21, 2009
Mode: Firkin
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: cloudy rusty orange, frothy beige head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, light floral hops
Flavor: sweet and fruity flavor, generally light but full of flavor, nice depth on the fruityness, orange and apricot, just a hint of bitterness but the sweetness is pretty well restrained, hint of spicyness, light bitterness in the finish, hint of alcohol at the bottom of the glass
Overall: a light barley wine but really nice with the depth of the fruityness

Name: Thomas Sykes Old Ale
Date: October 13, 2011
Mode: firkin
Words: mac mcgee
a little earthyer with less sweetness,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2009
On cask at Max’s In Baltimore. Poured a nice orange golden color with a frothy thick white head. Aroma was fruit, peaches, nectarines, a little citrus as well as some light caramel. Flavor was more peaches and light fruit. Alcohol was pretty strong in this one. Pretty nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4602) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Appearance: Pours a hazy, orange-amber body with a full inch of off-white foam on top that lasts until the very last sip. Smell: Honey-glazed toffee with a handful of fruitcake crumbles and a tot of white wine served on the side. Taste: Sweet blend of honey and toffee candy washed down with some Sauvignon blanc. Short-lived fruitiness. Herbal hops with a medium bitterness. The alcohol component in this one is rather boisterous, occasionally delivering some hotness. Long, dry finish with a sweet, winey taste. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation. Just a touch sticky. Drinkability: A decent English-born cask ale, but, I must say, one pint was more than enough for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jzzbassman (1525) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Cask @ Brick Store Pub. Big sweet fruit aroma, with a bit of pepper, and a lot of alcohol. Flavor was moderately bitter and hot, with some toffee...enjoyable on cask until the end which was a weird metallic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (3036) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Cask at the Chelsea Pier Cask Ale festival. The aroma had a wierd metallic quality, along with some malty sweetness. The color was a brownish yellow, usually pale for an Old Ale or a Barley Wine, white head. The flavor has a malty, fruity quality, with some alcohol coming through. The finish is sweet, with very light hops noticeable. Not bad overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Cask at Spuyten Duyvil. Dead appearance. Sweetish flavor but with a chemical astringency. Loaded with cyanide and formaldehyde. A buttery mess. Very hard to drink.

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