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


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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 3, 2005
Bottle. Brown colour with a small baige head. Light roasted malty plum aroma and taste. Medium body and a sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 29, 2005
Dark ruby with small ligth bron head. Aroma has hints of roasted malt and sweetness. Bitter sweet taste with some roastedness. Nice and smooth

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marsiblursi (3045) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2007
(Bottle) Pours deep dark red. Light roasted, dry-ish aroma with with some fruits and bitter cocoa. Dark malt flavour with some raisins. Light sour with a dry finish. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joe19612 (2005) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (15770) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2008 2008-01-29, 6-3-6-3-12=30
Dark brown color. Aroma of chocolate and caramel. Good body strength, good mix of caramel and chocolate malt, with some sweetness and strong bitterness, in the end there is a rising roasted malt. Quite good.

2003-04-17, 6-5-8-4-15=38
Dark amber color. Some roasted malt aroma, a touch of carbonic gas in the nose. Full mouth, beautiful roasted malt character, well balanced by the body structure, some sweetness (only 6%ABV for an OG of 1066), malt, caramel. Beautiful; with some fruitness would be perfect (such as Henry’s, Crouch Vale Crackling...).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mjs (4976) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 20, 2010
(Cask at Bricklayer Arms, London) This beer was dominated by berries. It wasn’t really unpleasant thing but it made me wonder whether something had gone wrong either in brewing or during conditioning. In any case: alcohol was quite hidden and sweetness was bit too much present. Bitterness was quite low and could have been stronger so that it would have cut the sweetness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOBBDrinker (66) - - MAR 14, 2013
A strong dark beer ideal for winter, it really does warm you as you drink it but it’s strength is not transferred into the taste. It has a strong coffee taste with hints of caramel and a slight bitterness but generally smooth. There is a smoked malt and coffee aroma, with only a small head it is a still a brilliant beer from Hogs Back!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Nuffield (3740) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daniele (6056) - ITALY - SEP 23, 2007
scura poca schiuma non molto persistente giusta poco gasssata decisamente maltata tostata buon corpo

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