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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ober (2812) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (11372) - 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).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
peter48er (185) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2009
Bottle conditioned 500ml @ home. Ruby coloured, not heavily carbonated,with a small off white head. Strong flavour of malt with some vanilla and a little liqourice. Alcohol quite noticeable on the tongue. A very easy drinking ’old ale’ type of beer which went down extremely well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
essexcalf (172) - Essex, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2012
Bottle. Dark red-brown, almost opaque. Light brown head, persisting only round rim. Sweet, rich, winey, spicy, choccy, dark fruity aroma - toffee, molasses, fruit cake. Rich, dark flavours, dried fruits, spice, chocolate, lightly roast, raw brown sugar tasting malt, ever-present fruity alcohol (dessert wine or dark rum), hint of banana or vanilla maybe? Would probably go well with a pudding - pretty rich and not easily quaffable, but not sickly either. Almost flat. Medium body, slightly oily, smooth. Decent bitter balance with some dryness, but mainly sweet residues on the aftertaste (medium duration). Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (5612) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2012
Bottle @ home. Quite black, some redness shining through, head quickly gone. Smells sirup, sweet, malts, plum. Tastes coffee, malts, sweetish, slightly roasty, some chocolate. Low carbo, quite a full body for its abv.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2011
Probably couldn’t drink too many of these but enjoyed the one I had. Dark body short head, dark fruits on the aroma with the same in the taste as well as some chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoritzF (9448) - Ottobrunn, 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (17245) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21680) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2015
Bottle from the source. Clear dark brown color. Aroma of baking brownies. Taste is boozy cocoa and coffee. Decent.

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