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


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RATINGS: 68   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2007
Cask at Twickenham Beer Festival 2007. Pours red copper colou. Small bubbly head. Nose of toffee and caramel. Some malt and hops. Sweet, sticky and hoppy and finishes quite bitter. Alcohol burn. Quite complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2007
Cask @ Twickenham BF. Copper colour with not much head. Alcohol aroma hits right away followed by a rich / sweet / caramel aroma. Taste is sweet / toffee / honey. Great barley wine. Smoother and more drinkable than I thought it would be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 30, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2008 A toast to Michal Jackson, 2007-09-28. Cask (Kitty’s, Helsinki) Wonderful sickly sweet rotting fruit aroma. Winey on the taste - white grapes. BALLS OF STEEL - this beer has more guts than most beers have beer. The taste accompanies the aroma, but had a huge bitter component too. The sweet rotting flavour’s the one that you’ll remember though - you will never be in any doubt this is made from a fermented mash. Warning - whole pints are, erm, dangerous.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muddyfeet (72) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Poured a shiny copper color. Very bright. Rather retentive head that held up well. Nose was bursting with peppery heat and perhaps a bit too strong. The alcohol was perhaps a bit too much. It wasnít really being cut by much at all. Some malted toffee was able to break through and that aspect was raher enjoyable. Some mild wood tones that came across more as a sourness. Overall, just a tad out of balance with the alcohol. This beer makes me think it would be better as a late night scotch or toddy. Personally, I think I prefer milder beers pumped from a cask. This one was a bit too much and he wood didnít do all that much to balance it out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 19, 2007
The one that tip me over the edge! Half pint gravity fed from the cask at the Ealing Beer Festival, poured a cloudy light brown. A strong malt and alcohol aroma. Not surprisingly a strong flavour, with plenty of plums coming through on the malt. Was good to sip on at the end of the night - though fortunately this was the last.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (21585) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 3, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2011 Nice deep amber colour,Very sweet and strong, at first clawing but grows nicly if savoured as you should at 10% cask at bow ... deep amber orange .. light dry hop nose ..soft sweet syrup ... juicy hop ... stick at 3.4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (9581) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2007
Cask conditioned gravity dispense at Merton Winter Beer Festival 17-02-07. I was expecting a darker looking beer but it actually poured looking more warm golden , tasted much smoother than I expected and nothing like the 10% monster that it was, yes there was a sticky sweetness to it but overall it was dangerously drinkable and at the end of the Saturday night I found myself quite easily slipping one of these down.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Gravity, Merton BF. Gold with a small fine layer of white. Quite a bit of sulfur, some caramel aroma. Feels like there is something pretty under there, but the barny thing is kind of in the way. Rich rustic corn flour malt. Very delicate and smooth. How could there be 10% abv in here? Unfortunate aromas distract from an otherwise rather drinkable barleywine. (Looks from Glennís notes that the aroma must have mellowed a bit by Saturday. Ah well.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (13227) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2007
Cask conditioned at Merton Beer Fest 07. Copper coloured with bubbly white head. It had to be done, it was there so it had to be conquered, and quite pleasing it was too. Thinnish initially but then an instant alcohol burn on the tongue, but this is balanced with some mid roasted malt and a mildly fruity finish. A pleasing lack of medicinal note, one of the better big uns.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (3003) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Cask pull at The Map Room, Chicago. Brassy brown color with a thin but bubbly head. The smell betrays little of whatever is concealed within, just a thin (that word again) hint of crystal malt. The taste tells all, however. The fruitiness of a nice long warm ferment, some caramel malt with a bit of toffees, apples and grapes. A warm alky burn thatís somehow gentle at the same time. Some pretense of sherry, back by floral or fuity hops. Difficult for the novice, but fascinating to beer geekdom.

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