Brewed by Downton
Style: Old Ale
Salisbury, England


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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (6111) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2012
Cask @ The Bricklayers Arms. The pour’s deep brown with a tiny off-white head. The nose is strong sweet lactose, hot chocolate and plenty of marshamallow sweetness. The taste is lactose sweetness, kinder bueno, rich cream and cocoa. Just a hint of citrus hoppiness on the long, smooth finish. Velvety - in very nice condition. Overall, as a novelty this works quite nicely! Sweet flavours, sure, but very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stravale (2567) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - SEP 12, 2012
Cask @ Haymarket, Edinburgh 060912
Dark ruby, clear, off white think head, good lacing
Aroma - soft milk chocolate, dark malts, soft on the nose
Taste - soft chocolate dark malts, slight fruity tang. slight hint of bitter zest, not really getting the orange, somple flavour, easy for 5.8%, bit 1 dimensional tbh
Palate - soft carb, medium body, nice smooth malts. Finish - smooth soft dark malts, vague soft bitter linger
Overall - OK, bit low on flavour though

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (4028) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - SEP 8, 2012
Cask by handpump at Haymarket Bar, Edinburgh - clear red / brown ale, good creamy tan head, chocolate aroma, good temperature, dark chocolate / orange flavour, prolonged chocolate aftertaste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 12, 2012
The head is medium, body brown-red. It smells chocolate, sweet creamy pudding, a bit orange. The taste is bitter, orange, chocolate. Interesting and not bad. 11/12/11/11/-/11

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dogbomb (1117) - ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2012
Cask at Great British Beer Festival. Dark rusty beer with a thick bubble top. Lots of chocolate on the nose with a slight orange. Thankfully that orange comes through in the mouth and melds with the chocolate to produce a winner. Middle of the beer is nice and bitter but the finish is sweet. Yum.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (7882) - NUNEATON, TOP, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2012
Cask gravity, The Crown Summer BF, Nuneaton, 02/06/12. Deep ruby fringed briefly with beige. Boozy, Cointreau with background roast nose. Flavour of unsubtly spiced witbier, concentrated, scattered with burnt toast. Rubbery hints. Kind of works.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kermis (8083) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2012
Cask at Walsall Beer festival. Light aroma of chocolate orange, and also in the flavor with some malt. A bit thin and watery though.

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