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Brewed by Hogs Back
Style: English Strong Ale
Farnham, England

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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Seasonal - Chritmas. Year round bottle conditioned.
First brewed shortly after the foundation of the brewery, OTT is a very rich, dark ale. We use 4 different malt styles - pale, crystal, chocolate and malted wheat - each of which has a unique character. Local Fuggles hops added at various stages during the boil enhances the beer’s depth. Old Tongham Tasty is named after the village where we brew in a farm on the edge of the Surrey Hills. Its complexity drinks ’like a festival of different tastes on the tongue’ - at least that’s how it was described after a lengthy sampling session.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2009
Cask Handpump at the GBBF, Earl’s Court 07/08/2009 Fruit and roast aromas. Dark coloured smooth on the palate and strong in alcohol with a little dryness in a crisp and bitter lasting roast malt finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (9145) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2013
Bottle at home, from Waitrose Sunningdale, 31/08/13. Dark mahogony brown with slightly reddish hues and a good sized light tan head. Nose is bready malts, dark fruit tones, light cocoa, dates, sticky toffee pudding. Taste comprises cake mix, bready malts, treacle toffee, dates, muscavado sugars. Medium bodied with a little bite, fine carbonation, sweet fruity tang in the finish. A most decent old ale, I’d happily return to a bottle of this as a winter warmer ... IF ONLY I COULD DRINK A BEER I’VE ALREADY HAD BEFORE WHICH I CAN’T BRING MYSELF TO DO ANYMORE ... AAAAAAAArrrrrrrrghhhhhhhh

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (8927) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JUN 16, 2007
Bottle: Very, very dark reddish-amber coloured, small fluffy tanned head; shy but complex aroma, composed of toasted malt, sweet fruits, coffee and liquorice; robust bitter-sweet flavour, medium bodied; sweetness in the fruity, coffeeish finish. a fine stuff.....

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2006
Bottled. A dark brown beer with a purple hue and a small tan coloured head. The aroma has notes of plums and sweet caramel together with a little licquorice. The taste has more dark fruits together with a little chocolate malt and a feel of oil or petrol. A nice tasty fruity, quite full-bodied beer

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoritzF (8562) - Bochum, GERMANY - APR 30, 2012
(bottle) Dark brown colour with a ruby shine and a beige and short foamy head. Moderately roasty malty aroma with notes of chocolate, caramel, liquorice-spice and a whiff of dried fruits. Roasty bitter flavour, medium bodied with a modest carbonation. Hearty roasty malty base with hints of molasses, caramel and dark chocolate, accompanied by subtle fruity notes towards the moderately dry and bitter hoppy and roasty finish. Very tasty indeed. 04.VI.07 & 11.III.12

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (8546) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2012
50cl bottle shared by Dutchdrebus. Very dark brown, almost black color, small to medium sized beige to light brown head. Smell malts, leaves, raisin, plums. Taste malts, plums, raisins, lightly bitter. Long fruity and lightly bitter finish. Medium body, medium carbo.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (8205) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 16, 2009
One-third pint ale dispensed on gravity at GBBF 09. Nice and clean, devil-black body. Smell of dark fruits and mild roasted malts. Jam-like flavour with fruitcakes and prunes supported by sweet, black malts. Well rounded aftertaste with rather low impact of alcohol on the palate (Earls Court, 07.08.2009).

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (8180) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2002
A very dark beer with a rich biscuit malt body along with smokey toffee notes - one for bonfire night perhaps. There is also a slightly vinous character. This is a little thin in the mouthfeel but still pleasant.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (7872) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 22, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein kupferfarbenes Bier mit ordentlicher Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, nussig, würzig, leicht alkoholisch. Geschmack röstmalzig, fruchtig, würzig, Karamell, nussig.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2008
A Mes rate: cask at Baker St. ’Sporks.
Thick tan head settled to nothing in about a minute and refuses to come back no matter how much I aggitate it. Fantastic colour though. Almost opaque rich dark amber. Slight off smelling sourness in the aroma spoils the really good earthy malt underneath. Flavour wise, this is lovely stuff. Drinks like a lightish barley wine. Good citric notes, chunky earthy malt with a pronounced sweetness and a glorious tangy feel, almost an old ale like sourness. If you hold it in the mouth it’s almost watery citrus but it’s all about the finish. Awesome sweet and sour blend. Loads of tangy fruit, chewy sweet alcohol and a really pleasing barley wine type character. Late hops but no bitterness round it off really well. Damn good stuff and certainly the best I have had from Hogs Back.


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