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Duchy Originals Organic Old Ruby Ale 1905

Brewed by Wychwood (Marston’s)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Witney, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 226   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Bottle: Filtered.
A deliciously robust, rich blend of hops and malt, including an English barley first used in 1905 called Plumage Archer. This traditional ale is lovingly brewed using barley from selected organic farms, including Duchy Home Farm at Highgrove.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sound67 (695) - Offenbach, GERMANY - SEP 16, 2016
Bottle, 500ml (Waitrose). *** Colour: Reddish chestnut colour, medium-sized, clreamy off-white head. *** Nose: Caramel, floral hops, a hint of red berries. *** Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly creamy; not watery at all. Medium carbonation. Taste: Again caramel and floral hops, more pronounced red fruit and a slight sugary sweetness in the background. Same towards the middle, finish is toffee, and floral notes. Mildly sweetish aftertaste of red fruit and caramel. *** Impressions: Above-average ruby ale/ESB with nice fruity touches and a good balance of hops and malt. More depth than I expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Halfling_4132 (87) - Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2016
Appearance: Clear copper in colour, small caramel head. Aromas: Malt, toffee/caramel, apricots and cherries, palate: flat, watery, light bodied. Taste: Dissapointing! Malt and caramel- but it’s a very simple taste. Overall: smells promising but bit of a let down to be honest. Wouldn’t call it a ruby ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjsint (2328) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2016
Bottle from Waitrose, drunk at home. Light honey brown, clear, with large beige head. Floral, malty scent. Very simple but pleasant. Tastes sweet with some sulphurous bitter/sour flavours at the end. Not great but passable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hammy78 (961) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2016
Bottle. Pours a copper colour, huge white head with a slight reddish tinge, lots of lace. Nose is not very good. Tastes malty and a bit bitter. Not that good, but drinkable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rand (1490) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 10, 2015
Bottle 500 ml from Daou. Amber with an average head. Aromas of cereals, barley sugar, caramel, white fruits. The taste is malted, bread, earthy bitterness, almond, sweet apple and ripe apricot, black tea. Smooth and creamy beer, sweetened and herbaceous.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DandyWolfFloyd (1034) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2015
Aroma - sweet malts, light toffee, dark sugars Appearance - hazy golden amber with an off- white head. Taste - is dark fruit, malt, toffee, and brown sugar Palate - medium body, moderate carbonation, dry finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuedmaster (345) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 2, 2015
Spicy aroma, tangy hop bitterness, toasted, bready malt flavors and soft, rounded mouthfeel. Nice color of hazy, ruby amber, with a slight white head that leaves lacing. A tasty British ESB with traditional earthy, herbal flavors, slightly above average. Low carbonation, smooth finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrNosha (1678) - Baden Württemberg, GERMANY - OCT 21, 2015
500ml Flasche. Kastanienfarbenes Bier ohne nennenswerten Schaum. Röstmalz und Karamell Noten. Im Geschmack verbrannter Zucker, trockenobst.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cimbasso (741) - - OCT 6, 2015
Amber colour with a good off-white head. Little aroma. The taste is rather sweet, dominated by a caramel flavour from the malt. Rather thin. Some hop flavour from the Plumage Archer hops used, but not particularly flavourful. I'm surprised that, at 5% ABV, there is not more flavour. Not particularly harmonious, unfortunately.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mateuszk (2022) - Poznań, POLAND - AUG 27, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear amber with small head. Aroma of malt and caramel. In taste very sweet, medium bodied with very low bitterness. Weak, malty sweet, one dimensional beer.

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