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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%
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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Embrouille (2835) - SWITZERLAND - APR 2, 2012
Bottled 50cl. Malty buttery aroma which is reminiscent of earthy hops. Caramel throughout. Medium to full bodied. Decent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (2820) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2009
Bottle from Waitrose in Staines. Deep brown coloured ale with a lasting off white head. Fruity, caramel, roasted coffee and malt. Very drinkable and one of the better offerings from Hogs Back Brewery.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2009
Cask @ GBBF 2009. A black colored beer, with a thick small beige head. The aroma of roasted malts with chocolate, bittersweet. The taste is malty with chocolate and some dark fruits, like raisins. The aftertaste is dry bitter with some chocolate and notes of sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gegwilson (2791) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle from the hog’s back brewery shop in Tongham. Pours deep mahogany with a small tan head. Flavours are sweet with fruit cake, sherry and something a little woody. Maybe just a slight vegetable note, but otherwise very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Bottle: Brown with a thin off-white head, plums, dark malts and coffee in the aroma, medium bodied with soft carbonation, rich flavor with a long aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Davros (2611) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 13, 2011
Pours black with a small tan head. Nose shows chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, prunes, golden syrup, brown sugar and bready malt. Pretty nice stuff. Similar flavours with lots more roasted malt, chocolate, golden syrup and sweet, sugary dried fruit. A bit cloying, and there’s an off-putting chalky/doughy note. Body feels a little watery.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2004
Bottle. Fleeting taste of chocolate with first mouthfull which rapidly disappears to leave liquorice flavours which develop into a complex burnt, treacly taste. Very viscous and satisfying but begins to cloy towards the end. Well worth a try but a whole bottle is a bit much.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joe19612 (2446) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours a black colour with a thin white head, rich malty aroma with some winter fruit, the taste is bitter with fruit with a short dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Cask at GBBF 2009, 4th August 09 & also at the Bricklayers Putney, 5th Oct 09. Ruby dark brown with some white head. Strong initial flavour of blackcurrant cordial and then a rich caramel & honeycomb taste. Full, slightly oily palate that coats the mouth. Better to have a half than a full pint.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 19, 2006
Poured from the bottle, dark brown with a filmy tan head. Strong vinuous aroma, dominating some fruit and malt in the background. Some vinuous qualities in the mouth as well, the malt is definitely chocolate, with some tarty fruit in there as well. This is very good.


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