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


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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5541) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2002
Has the distinctive Hogs Back bitter hops taste, but well matched here with a stout like roasted barley flavour. There is a port like fruitiness in the background which adds depth and complexity to a very satisfying dark ale. In style this falls somewhere between a stout and an old ale. A good example of a British strong dark ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2007
Bottle. Deep brown colour. Aroma is quite medicinal, with light roasty notes, caramel, earthy malt. Palate is sweet and then bitter, with alcohol notcied. Roasted malt, caramel. Slightly metallic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (5187) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 11, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown with a small light brown head. Roasted malts, fruits, some sourness and coffee aroma. Berries, some yoghurty sourness meeting coffee and burnt malts flavours. Relatively thin texture. Original, though I am not 100% convinced that the sour fruits marry that well with the roasted malts in this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2009
Bottle@Home. Sweet aroma with licorice and all kinds of dark dried fruits. Very dark brown, light brown head, good lace. Very sweet, licorice, laurel, light bitter, herbs, quite complex. Medium to light body, lightly warming. Flavourful, low drinkability due to the herbs, quite complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (4981) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle. Black with a small head. Malty and a similar dry feel to a stout. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichardGretton (4639) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2006
Bottle. Almost black beer with a gentle head. The aroma is milky and chocolatey and the flavour is quite vinous, dry, bitter and slighlty roasted. Overall a nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bullit (4428) - Burgos, SPAIN - JUL 2, 2011
Bottle from Burg Bieren. Dark brown colour, tan head. Aroma of caramel malts, some fruits and spices. Flavour is caramel malts, toffee, spices, some fruitiness. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vaiz (4258) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 19, 2012
Bottle at home. Black pour, thin tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts and licorice. Flavor is bitter dark roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, licorice and a spicy finish. Nice balance and very well drinkable. Great brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Nuffield (4065) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 30, 2002
I have now had quite of few of the Hogs Back beers, and I am getting rather pessimistic about their brewing. This one has some nice features, such as the roasted and nutty flavors. However, as with other beers by this brewer, I feel that it disappoints by letting it down in a big way in some particular dimension. Slightly syrupy appearance, cola-like carbonation, although flatter in the mouth. Very soon into the beer, the sweetness dominates with negative consequences. Imbalanced flavors lead to a sour face, sometimes because of the sweetness. And once it goes completely flat--which happens all too quick--it becomes very difficult drinking. (my 100th beer rated for July 2002--a simple landmark for some people, but a personal best that is likely to stand for some time).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a small beige head. Aroma was fruity and malty. Taste was quite enjoyable; some sweetness, liquorice and fruit, as well as a fair dash of chocolate. Could have had more bitterness.

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