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

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RATINGS: 97   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonMoore (1840) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2006
Bottle conditioned. Near black with a slimish creamy beige-ish head. Aroma is sweet slightly roast malt and dark fruit. Taste is the same, plus some nice hops in the finish. Very smooth and creamy, medium to full bodied. Very well put together ale; really excellent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (13144) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2008 500ml bottle from Cask & Cask, Tonbridge. So this beer will put me as king of this brewery. I have fallen in love with this brewery’s stronger beers. I love them. Very dark brown and ruby with thin beige head. Chocolate malt is wonderful, somewhat milky with dry malt and more milkiness on end. Alcohol keeps it interesting. It’s like drinking 70% dark chocolate with a glass of full fat milk. Nice but not wonderful. 3.8/5.0 Re-rate Cask gravity at Red Lion, Snargate Summer BF 08. Lovely. Dates, choc, molasses, treacle, but not syrupy, still dryish. Bit of spice, nutmeg. Smooth, not harsh. A kind of treacle sponge cake with nutmeg. Fantastic. I love this.

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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Bottle from the Real Beer Shop in Chichester. I detect a hint of plum, chocolate, coffee, some roastedness and it seems like a good balance of flavors. The carbonation factor seems low but this is a very tasty beer that I enjoyed each sip of. I wish we had these beers in the US!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (13920) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 14, 2008
Bottle at home ... Deep deep black thin off white head ... light coffee roast nose ... deep rich raisin tones with some sour plums ... roast toffee malts but more as a base upon which the fruit is based... sweet tart green raisisn finish... wonderfully complex.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vaiz (3257) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sharkydodson (152) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - MAR 8, 2014
intensive caramel and fruity aroma... full body... the taste of caramel malt, dark fruits toast with shades of spices... aftertaste is dry with some sweetness...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (3844) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle. Black with a small head. Malty and a similar dry feel to a stout. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5156) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2005
Bottle from the brewery shop. Sampled alongside a nice beef stew with dumplings. Pours with little carbonation and no head. If Hogs Back are really going to bottle condition they need to prime the bottles first, as these almost flat ales might turn bad, even if they are quite delightful when fresh. Very dark ale with hues of red. Aroma is sweet and fruity (banana) with a touch of roast and apparent alcohol. Flavours are sweet and nutty with banana like esters. Notes of chocolate, roasted malt. Smooth, lovely. A bit oily


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