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 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 (18524) - 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 (8702) - 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 Glenn’s 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 (11962) - 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 (2934) - 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 that’s 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2007
Cask conditioned - handpump - Derby Winterfest 07. A copper coloured beer. The aroma has alcohol in abundance together with cream. It is quite sweet in the nose and almost sickly. The taste is thick and smooth. It is fruity and alcoholic. Touches of vanilla and very tasty. Just need to improve the nose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2006
Bottle. Bright nut-brown. No head. Taste and aroma is of old beer - meaning portwine, wet paper, cellar and some slight caramel. Flavor is quite thin and a bit watery with a light finishing bitterness. No carbonation at all
I had a Carlsberg Easter brew from 1964 the other day and it was pretty much the same flavor. If you’re into old beer this may be for you, but I must admit that I prefer my beer fresh.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2006
Cask Conditioned at the Royal Standard, Wooburn Common. Pale copper colour. Alcoholic, fruity and sweet aroma. Flavour is sweet fruit, syrupy with lots of alcohol upfront. Notes of raisin, plum and a hot alcohol finish. Drinks extremely easy for a beer of it’s alcohol content. Quite amazing beer, almost perfect for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miksu (5030) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - APR 15, 2006
Cask at Helsinki beer festival 2006. Copper color. Oily and thick aroma with toffee and tropical fruit marmelade. Heavy, bitter-sweet flavor and finish with fruity marmelade.

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