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Brewed by Downton
Style: Old Ale
Salisbury, England

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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Occasional.
Originally offered as a Christmas special, this old ale has proven to be a favourite all year round. Distinctive chocolate and orange flavour notes work excellently against a rich, hoppy background.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ManVsBeer (8490) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2016
Cask @ Calans, Hebden Bridge. Copper-red with a small glow. The chocolate orange is light, lingering, with a malty nose.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (7419) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JUL 1, 2016
Cask at the Wellington, Birmingham. Poured a clear dark brown with a thin long lasting off white head. The aroma is unsurprisingly chocolate and orange. The flavour is moderate sweet with a big rich smooth chocolate orange, light spicy hop, light alcohol liqourice bitter palate. This really is like drinking a Terry’s Chocolate Orange. Awesome!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sarauckelman (382) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2016
Clear red/brown with no head. Incredibly strong chocolate/orange aroma. Tastes just like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange. Light bodied.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mr_Pink_152 (3565) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2015
Tried at the White Bear, Tewkesbury. Deep brown to amber colour with a cream coloured head. Aroma is light chocolate and fruit, no orange for me. Taste is a bit too citrus and chocolate for me.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresthepath (2097) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2015
Bottle that Dad shared with me, originally from the Grumpy Goat in Reading. Huge gusher but swift action meant I saved nearly all of it, and the dark brown beer and beige head that escaped matched my Mum & Dad’s kitchen carpet well enough that no harm was done. Some mineral flavour up front is initially outputting, but is fortunately soon replaced by chocolate, lightly roasted malt and oak. There’s no trace of the orange other than a little juicy sweetness behind the mildly dry finish. Grew on me quite a bit after the unpromising start, not a bad beer actually.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SaintMatty (6734) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2015
500ml Bottle - Dark brown with red tinges and a foamy head. Malt and hints of cocoa and orange in the aroma. Malty and slightly tangy taste with roasted malt and some noticeable yet not particularly strong notes of chocolate and orange.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (5930) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2014
Gravity cask. Very dark orange (pretty much black), big foamy white head with huge bubbles. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste has biscuity malt, very subtle Terry’s chocolate orange character, finishes a bit watery.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (5151) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 15, 2014
On cask at the Haymarket. Appearance - opaque black with toffee shades. Nose - very subdued chocolate and orange but pleasant malt aroma. Taste - definitely chocolate and the orange is there in the background. Good biscuit note. Palate - medium bodied with a creamy texture and a fairly fresh finish considering. Overall - a pleasant ale.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beersiveknown (5001) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 13, 2014
Cask@haymarket
Dark brown, beige head. Lots of chocolate, not souch orange, fairly dry and thin. Could be better.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olliejobbins (1578) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2014
Pint from cask. Pours very dark brown almost black. Aroma of roasted malts, orange and a little chocolate. Nice smooth taste and you can taste the chocolate orange. Really nice.


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