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Brewed by Downton
Style: Old Ale
Salisbury, England

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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Osprey87 (2028) - WALES - 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 (2923) - 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 (3238) - 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 (911) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rob_D_UK (869) - Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
Pours a solid black with an off white head. Chocolate malty smell. Taste is also chocolate malt with a hint of bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjsint (917) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2013
Cask @ Falcon, Clapham Junction. Very translucent dark brown. Chocolate malt dominates aroma, with slight citrus. Bitter taste, slight powdered chocolate flavour. Ok but doesn’t really justify high ABV.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (2370) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2013
Cask@lychgatetavern, wolverhampton. Brown beer with large white head and good lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate. Taste is dark chocolate with Orange peel. A very nice ale.

3.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Egg4Goff (19) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2012
Cask; Lescar, Sheffield; a huge blast of chocolate on the nose; a deep, clear brown with a deep foamy head; unsurprisingly it tastes of chocolate orange but it is dark, bitter chocolate not cloyingly sweet, a bitter hop aftertaste helps balance nicely; a bit thinner than expected for a beer so strong, therefore dangerously drinkable; worth seeking out.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2012
Cask conditioned handpump Scarborough Leeds 14/11/12. A chestnut brown coloured beer with a tight white head. There are certainly chocolate and orange aromas and flavours as promised. Has a nice warming body too. Does what it says and does it well. Tasty.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brief_smile (110) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2012
Cask @ Nation of Shopkeepers, Leeds. Deep ruby colour. Chocolate digestives, cocoa powder and a hint of Cointreau on the nose. Sweet hot chocolate, dark malts and syrupy orange in the taste. Smooth, oily mouthfeel. A bit odd, but certainly well executed.


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