Brewed by Jennings (Marstons)
Style: Old Ale
Cockermouth, England


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RATINGS: 246   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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Bottle: Pasteurised.
A dark beer with a reddish tinge derived from the use of coloured malts, perfectly balanced with specially formulated brewing sugars and English aromatic hops. Contains wheat.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2005
(Bottle 50 cl) Very dark brown with a reddish hue and a tall and lacing head. Dark, malty notes. Markedly bitter with a discreet underlying sweetness. Has the sort of "ashy" dryness so often found in stouts which the beer closely resembles. Not bad, just not really up my alley. 141002

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2005
Bottle. Clear dark brown. Quite malty, marmite, whiff of smoke, roasted bread, logn balancing finish. Medium-full body, pleasent soft mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mik82 (34) - ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2005
Bottle from Morrisons.Best of the selection bought. A very good beer with roast and caramel taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GonZoBeeR (2818) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2005
Aroma:malt-chocolat,caramel.... appearance:dark brown,good tan head.... Flavor:good caramel flavor and bitterness...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Paskal (146) - La Prairie, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2005
Bouteille-Brune foncée, odeur de caramel ou de glaçace de gâteaux prononcée, mousse disspante rapidement, amertume, arrière-goût de caramel.--Bottle-Dark brown, fast dissiping head, amertume, strong caramilzed after taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2005
Dark brown with beige head that lasts well. Aroma was malty with hint of chocolate. Taste was slightly sweet but the bitterness seemed to arrive pretty early.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crockett (1002) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2005
Pours clear brown/red with a medium sized bubbly head. Nose of milk chocolate behind an even roast of dark bready malts and coffee. Some licorice, toffee, and burnt leaves. Rich and dry at the same time. A nice surprise, seems to have qualities of a few different styles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2005
clear brown, beige head. aroma of toffee, espresso, chocolate, roast and raisins. a bitter with some very stout-ish qualities. flavours of bitter chocolate, medicinal dried fruit, roasted coffee, dark bread and earthy hops. quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JUL 25, 2005
Bottle from Morrison’s. Dark brown. Aroma of toast, chocolate, dark fruit. Good body. Finish equally fruity and hoppy. Well balanced premium bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2005
Bottle from Morissons, High Wycombe - part of the pick and mix promotion. I don’t agree with this being classified as a premium bitter. Pours deep brown with a fluffy white lasting head. Strong, richly malty aroma of coffee, chocolate and tobacco smoke. Also in the nose is some apparent alcohol, biscuity malt and a metallic edge. First sip is rich and malty with almost sour notes, cigarettes (eww!), stewed coffee and no apparent hop character but a very bitter, slightly acidic finish. As I progress down the glass I begin to detect hints of fruit, malt sweetness and alcohol. Bold and flavoursome with many rough edges, this certainly is not the sum of it’s parts, and despite much promise it fails on many levels. Average, should have been a lot better, although it certainly does warm on you.

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