Brewed by Downton
Style: Old Ale
Salisbury, England


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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rob_D_UK (1369) - Madrid, SPAIN - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjsint (2326) - Cambridge, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (4055) - 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.

   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 (7063) - 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 (2778) - 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 (4751) - 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

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