tombyars (1511) - Saltcoats, - MAR 13, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I just love this beer, it embodies everything I like about Real Ale. Been drinking OP since 1980 and my dear old father-inlaw managed to get my local Wetherspoons in Saltcoats to stock it as a regular, well done Jimmy! How many pubs in Scotland can say they do OP as a regular? The best examples of dispensed Old Peculier do come from the Masham brewery and other hostelries in North Yorkshire. One of my best ever pints came from the Black Swan, Bedale in June 1987. Cask, handpump dispense. Tasting notes on this pint. Black ruby in colour with ruby highlights and a tight barley white creamy head. Thick rich mouthfeel with a delicious creamy texture. Full bodied with dark malts and roast barley evident. Complex malt combinations giving multi layered flavours. Slight hint of black coffee, roast barley grain, syrupy dates, raisin fruit, treacle toffee but black molasses do dominate overall. Slight prickle of earthy hop resins give a short bitter aftertaste, short in intensity. Malt returns in the sweet finish with big vinous notes of syrupy prunes, muscovado sugar, vinous oak cask and treacle flavours. One of the few ales to remain more or less consistant with the passage of time - long may this continue. This is an all time classic Old Ale and I recommend that you find yourself in one of those North Yorkshire country pubs and drink a bit of nostalgic history.
redders1974 (510) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Much like the bottle plum figs great stuff on rap at the railway greenfield
tbonde (261) - DENMARK - SEP 17, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl from tap@Homan in pint glass@approx. 6 degrees C (too cold - got better as it heated up). Pours dark ruby with decent off-white head with sufficient retention. Sweet smell of dark fruit and malt with a slight metallic twinge. Taste of Christmas Cake, though the sweetness is kept well in balance by the malt. Caramel, notes of plums, coriander and brown sugar. Rich, but unfortnately with that slight, metallic edge coming in in the aftertaste. Somewhat watery mouthfeel with pretty high carbonation. Interesting, but not my kind of beer - and if it hadnít been for the metallic hint, I would have rated higher
KansaiBeerLvrs (3564) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at The Ship Tavern, deep mahoganey brown with an elegant malt aroma. Smooth nutty, caramel malt flavor without being overly sweet. Good.
zimbo (809) - SCOTLAND - MAY 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
More black than ruby, this is an appetizing looking pint but is let down by a compromising malt and bitter quality that they both cancel each other out resulting in a pretty non deScript core with no joy. This should be much better.
mkam (322) - POLAND - APR 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From tap. Pours dark amber with a creamy head. Aroma of caramel, raisin, malt. Taste is sweet, malty, caramel with a bitter finish.
Baramba (448) - ITALY - APR 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask @ Doolin. Dark ruby with thick off-white head. Plums, barley aroma, sweet flavour of malt, caramel, notes of chocolate. Bitter creamy finish
VRobertovich (37) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2015 A dark, dark ruby ale, with a beautiful creamy head. Indulgently thick, with aroma of caramel, chocolate, raisin, and dark fruit; balanced ever so finely with a spruce-like hop, matched equally in the taste. A truly beautiful pint, especially on a country pub on a winterís night.
Mr_Pink_152 (2451) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Dog and Duck near Edwinstow. Deep Amber colour with a crush white head. Aroma has caramel, fruit, a touch of pice and roasted malt. The taste is sweet with a bitter finish.
mighty_meadow (304) - Kilwinning, SCOTLAND - DEC 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Auld Brig in Irvine
Dark, intense flavour. Fruits especially raisin. Bit of licorice. Quite a thick mouthful. Delicious to the end. Canít believe I have resisted trying this until now.
HenrikSoegaard (12047) - Randers, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught. Frothy White good mostly lasting head. Nice red amber colour. MOderate malty and light hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter slightly spicey flavor. Some raisin and Woody notes. Average moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate.