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Brewed by Downton
Style: Old Ale
Salisbury, England

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RATINGS: 53   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stravale (2075) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (2816) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kiwianer (3339) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dogbomb (940) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (7142) - NUNEATON, Top 13, 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.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kermis (4945) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deanso (5189) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2012
cask at the Walsall beer festival 2012. Almost no head. Clear dark amber pour. Pretty nice.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
madmitch76 (14744) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2012
8th December 2011
Pigs Ear. Clear dark brown beer. Good sized pale cream coloured head. Light smooth palate. No carbonation. Dry. Very dry! Smooth dark chocolate - powdery. The fruit is saccahrin sweet and is err - apple! There is a little orange as well! Dry finish. Too dry and way to appley!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6713) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2012
Cask at Wandsworth Beer Festival, March 2012. It pours deep amber-brown, with a decent white head. The nose is Terry’s chocolate orange, caramel, toffee and chocolate digestive biscuits. The taste is caramel, chocolate, charcoal, roasted malt, leather, wood, ash and orange Jaffa cake, with a dry finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Not nearly as sweet and sickening on the taste as you might expect. Good balance. I liked it a lot.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (10275) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2012
Cask at Bree Louise, London. Dark amber beer. almost no head. Malty chocolate aroma with fruity notes. Chocolate flavor, citrus and orange notes, hoppy, some spices and with licorice.


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