Formerly brewed at Emersonís Brewing Company (Lion Breweries - NZ)
Style: Old Ale
Dunedin, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
This is a traditional English old ale and very true to type. A strong beer, full bodied with an initial deceptive sweetness, but with hops enough to give a dry finish. It is definitely a beer to be savoured rather than quaffed. It slips down like velvet and makes an ideal partner for rich fruitcake and similar seasonal fare. Available August.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2002
Fruity, malty aroma no head. Sweet flavour finishes with intense bitterness, guess that means itís well balanced. Alcohol was well hidden. Simple bottle and label earns an extra appearance point.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jfm (1724) - Holbśk, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2004
Brown color with a slight off white head. The taste is full maltyness with a good sharp sweetness and slight alcohol notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (9505) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JAN 6, 2005
Hazy amber beer; faintly amberish head, quite stable. Vanilla, and a bit of ice cream with sweet chocolate, whiff of caramely hops (do those exist?) Thereís a hop flavour struggling to get out, but the caramely, toffee (with a dash of brandy) taste gets the better of it. Hop venges itself by shaping a bitterish finish, nearly metallic. Fruity character, oranges, figs, and "bitter melons" (but very, very little of those). A bit sharp MF, well bodied; certain slickness, appropriate to an old ale. Another good one from this NZL brewery. However, making a great old ale is a lot easier than making a great Pilsener. Easy on the hops, boys, not all has to taste like IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Savad (58) - Den Bosch, NETHERLANDS - AUG 20, 2005
A white head, which gets very thin, yet lasts. Leaves a good lace. Dark orange in color. Spicy aroma with pepper notes. Has cake and biscuit hints as well. A bit dry in texture. Soft, light-to medium. Lots of species in the flavor at first. Then gets bitterer. Hoppy, a bit sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - APR 6, 2006
50 cl bottle. Yeast at the bottom. Dark brown colour with a small head. Great aroma of sweet caramel, malt and hints of toffee and chocolate. Fine flavour of maltness and caramel with hints of hops, very tasty and with a great smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stefano (1972) - Thisted, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2007
Cloudy brown colour. Aroma is alcohol, red fruits, leather, caramel and sherry. Spicy flavour with some underlying malty sweetness. Floral hoppy bitterness. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (12921) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 23, 2008
Cloudy amber with a big off-white head. Excellent fruity aroma. Peach and orange dominate, along with pineapple, a little malt, and some alcohol. Sweet and malty, with plenty orange and peach. Not quite "very true to type" but a wonderful beer to sip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - SEP 13, 2008
Bottle.50cl. Right of the bat it has a nice aroma, dence and dark fruits, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour. Very good old ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Borresteijn (6490) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2008
50cl Bottle brought from N-Z by a collegue. Thanks Gijs! Dark amber colour, creamy off-white head. Aroma of caramel, some alcohol and hops. Flavour is initially slightly sweet, caramel, malts, some spiciness, going towards a nice dry bittersweet and slightly alcoholic finish. Medium bodied. Good stuff. Reminds me of a less fullbodied version of Great Divide Hibernation Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 18, 2009
2007 Vintage, pretty pleased to find it! Pours ruddy red/brown with a creamy head that seems to build from nothing. Nose has rich malt, caramel & toffee in abundance with apricot that you come to expect from english ale yeast. Palate is really malty but has plenty of carbonation so delivers a very creamy mouthfeel. Finishes with abv popping up and some hop spice. Would definitely recommend stashing some away for a few years. Is a completely different beer to what it once was, in a good way!

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