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


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RATINGS: 275   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Armando2112 (1) - - JUN 17, 2012 does not count
Amazing beer. One of the best in the world. Lovely taste and smell. Awesome to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
iCraig (32) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2007
Lovely dark beer, and very bright. Tasted of bonfire toffee, very pleasent and very moreish. Its a pity its not bottle conditioned.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zippermouth (35) - Newcastle, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2004
This is the big fellaw. Drunk in the pub. Often go over to the Lakes and have a few of these while we're there. Smacking ale. And an ale it is. Old fashioned and nothing wrong with taht.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobBestwick (684) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 23, 2003
Bottled, dark appearance, fruity nose, no head, blackcurrant tones

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
imawayforapint (17) - , Alberta, CANADA - AUG 9, 2008
Dark brown body, off white head thin and dissipates fairly fast. Roast grain, toast, bit of coffee and chocolate. Good mouthfull...none of your fizzy rubbish. A hefty pint, meal in a glass type of beer. bloody good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3545) - Radom, POLAND - MAR 17, 2012
licorice, earthy, nuts, bread, cough drop, butterscotch, bubblegum, red, sparkling, white foam, rocky head, light sweetness, very bitter, medium sourness, umami, full body, creamy, flat, long finish, bitter,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DIBBLE (102) - Worthing, West Sussex, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2015
Very dark, red tinted with off white head that coats the glass. Earthy nutty aroma. Good carbonation. Very easy drinking well balanced earthy malty flavour with herbal hop bitterness to finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonMoore (2024) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2004
Bottle.Poured a reddish brown colour, with moderate, shorish lived head. Malty, coffee aroma, sweet, malty and coffee taste, with bitter aftertaste, Creamy, slightly carbonated mouthfeel. Very good indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wheresthepath (1833) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2008 [500ml bottle from Asda, High Wycombe, 26/12/2008] Very dark for a bitter; tastes rich, warming and satisfying with caramel, toffee, coffee, & malt all coming through in equal quantities. Itís very smooth and easy to drink; this is my favourite beer yet, and itíll be a tough act to beat! [Re-rate 24/8/2008] This was originally one of my earliest ratings on this website, and remains my highest rating for a bottled beer. I thought I’d best check it out again to see if I’d over-rated it. so... I get a huge maltiness to start off with, leading into stewed fruit, cream, port, chocolate, caramel & coffee. Perfect balance of bitter and sweet, without any cloying stickiness on the palatte. It still tastes fantastic, and it still gets a top rating. Who needs bottle-conditioned beers?!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bembelembe (216) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 20, 2009
Brown-red body, medium head, low carbonated. Little creamy. Malty, strong coffee aroma. Chocolate, caramel, fruit, spices. Quite sweet (brown sugar). Has some carbonated sweet, light bitter, finish. Very very good.

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