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Brewed by Davenports (prev Highgate) (HWBC Ltd)
Style: Old Ale
Walsall, England

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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Pasteurised bottle.
A firm favourite with the customers who have fond memories of the days when this beer would be “mulled” using a red hot poker, to enhance it’s aroma. It is brewed using pale, crystal and black malts with a little high maltose syrup. The beer’s natural sweetness is balanced using Progress, Fuggle and Golding hops.
Tasting notes: A warming aroma with hints of chocolate, fruit and malt gives way to a complex full palate of chocolate, fruit and liquorice. The finish is long and the overall impression is of a superbly crafted, smooth and well-balanced beer, which many will testify is deceptively strong.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (34222) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2009
Bottle 500ml.
Clear dark brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy malty, roated, caramel, chocolate, toffee. Flavor is moderate sweet with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20090813]

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (30689) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2009
50 cL bottle. Pours dark brown with a minimal red note and a small off-white head. Aroma is dark malty and slight roasted. Subdued fruity, roasted and bitter flavoured. Solid roasted note. Mild fruity and yeasty flavoured finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29081) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2011
Bottled. A deep red beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of malt and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and bread, leading to a dry and bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2009
Bottle 50 cl. Clear, dark reddish brown with a dense light brown head. Aroma of wood, nuts and burned caramel. Medium body, nuts, wood and overripe fruit. Light bitterness in the finish. Quite sophisticated. 130809

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
joergen (20545) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2009
Bottle at Papsø. Hazy orange brown coloured with a small beige head. Sweet aroma of caramel, dried fruits and berries with notes of overriped fruits. Sweet flavour of caramel, dried fruits and overriped fruits with oxidized notes. Sweet finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20217) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 6, 2008
Bottled. Deep rubyish brown colour with big thick creamy brown head. Aroma is fruits, candy, chocolate, along with some roasted notes. Flavour is milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts and some candyish notes in the background. Also some mild notes of licorice. Sweet roasted malts and fruits in aftertaste. Very tasteful and wellbalanced.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
omhper (19194) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2008
Bottled, thanks oh6gdx! Very dark brown, creamy head. Aroma of apples and molasses. Sweet and fruity with medium body. It’s sloppy and empty with some edgy metal and not nmuvh else. Poor.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (13935) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 1, 2007
dark almost black,liquorish/blackcurrent nose, caramel sweet flav, rich dark and sweet

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (13215) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2008
500ml bottle from Sainsbury. Some good chewy malts on aroma. On cask this is a real favourite of mine. Some smoke, some laid back liquorice. It is an unusual style that I must admit I like very much. It’s just got interesting flavours that you don’t get in other beers. Slight sour edge to the molasses on the end but then some more rich malt. Bit of a stunner.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (12333) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 5, 2008
Bottled (BB 12/2008)
Dark ruby color, good creamy tanned/brown head. Toffeish, nutty-hoppy and slightly roasted aroma. Toasted malty flavor, some sweetish notes of vanilla, in the finish also licorice. Smooth mouthfeel. In the aftertaste hoppy bitterness. Nicely balanced brew, feels bigger than its ABV and is quite British. Differs from normal Old Ales, more like a milk/sweet stout or a porter.


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