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
oh6gdx (23655) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 11, 2006
Cask. Dark golden colour, not much head. Alcohol, fruit and berries in aroma. Strong alcohol and fruit in flavour. Quite extreme for being a cask ale, but then again very pleasant. Good beer to have if you sit down and have a chat with friends.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (14782) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 9, 2006
Copper-golden color, small off-white head. Slightly alcoholic, berry-like aroma. Sweetish, even sugary ale with fruity notes. Very long, alcoholic bitter aftertaste. Berry also there. Cask ale to sip, slowly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4700) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 9, 2006
(Cask@HBF2006) Slightly hazy amber with a small, big-bubbly head. Fruity, slightly alcoholic aroma with toffee hints. Fruity, sweetish, grainy-malty, slightly alcoholic and acidic flavor. Medium-bodied, quite carbonated palate with somewhat burning alcohol. A reasonably tasty, but alcoholic ale. Too strong for the body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichardGretton (4468) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2006
Cask@Burton Winter Beer Festival 2006. Amber beer with a malty and winey aroma, and a rich, sweet and dry flavour. Overall a plain strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9166) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2006
Cask Stillage at the Town Hall, Stockport 30/05/2002 Amber mid brown coloured and extremely strong in alcohol. Fruity flavours and a warming malt finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2005
Cask@Chelmsford Beer Festival. Unbelievably phenolic butterscotch aroma and flavour. The alcohol isn’t well masked t all. Too much sticky caramel and butterscotch, and way too much alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonMoore (2033) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2004
Gravity at the Swan in the Rushes, Loughborough. Dark brown and flat looking. But an excellent barley wine. Sweet and syrupy. Brown sugar, malty, smooth with an excellent mouthfeel. Great alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2004
Bright bottled, from the Thurrock Beer Festival.
Viscous, crimson, orange colour. A classic barley wine and style that all barley wine freaks would appreciate. Sweat and syrupy this strong beer laid it all out on the table. Strong bitterness and sweetness forced together in a single beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5450) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2004
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 June, 2004 Thurrock Fest. Soft, warm, sweet - but not heavy, and with a healthy balance of bitterness in the finish. This was getting all the attention at the Fest (well, from the half-dozen or so people who were there!) [4.0] . Bright bottle: Alcohol is more noticable, and some of the fresh flavours have slipped away, as has the gentle sweetness. Bitterness more strongly felt. [3.7]
Feb, 2010 White Cliffs Dover Fest. pale biscuit - rounded - core lavender - little hop pig. Good all round. Traditional. Nice. [3.2]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2010 Now this is a bit of a beast, for sure. You can sense the alcohol from a couple of feet away! Spirity, alcoholic aroma, counterpointed by strong elements of fruity malt. The alcohol hit continues through into the flavour and finish, but all sorts of other complex tones there as well. Very well made and balanced with a mouthfeel that is far less heavy than one might expect, thus drinks very easily. Unfortunately, no matter how I try, I cannot really get to appreciate that candy sugar finish that these strong beers tend to have. Maybe its because I do most of my drinking in a social atmosphere in the pub, rather than sipping at home. No doubt a real aficionado of the style would give it a couple more points. Handpump, Head of Steam, Euston, London NW1, December 2003

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