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Brewed by Loddon
Style: Old Ale
Reading, England

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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.13/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Seasonal - December to January.
Brewed using the ever popular English Goldings with the addition of Fuggle Hops, pale and dark malts, with a small amount of invert sugar, combine to form a rich, smooth traditional dark ale.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2014
Cask Pint at Wibbas Down (JDW), Wimbledon, London in Jan 2013 - Dark Brown in colour. Malty; roasty malts, caramel. Hoppy; some hop bitterness. Fruity; hints of fruits. Quite dry. Bitter roast malty throughout. OK. Drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (9507) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 7, 2013
tobacco aroma, snus-like. massively appley RNs. not a heavy palate, but not light either. sweetish malts, very nice dry earthy bitterness. Looks great, dark and an extremely sticky bready head, lots of lacing, more than markku’s guinness - thanks! Very nice old ale, has all of the mellowness you’s want, lots of roast. even a touch of burntness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beersiveknown (3158) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAR 31, 2013
Cask@ bridge house JDW.
Dark copper, fluffy off-white head. Sweet caramel malt and stewed plums on the nose. Full bodied, with slight burnt sugar astringency, sweet malt, earthy hops, long creamy finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Osprey87 (1958) - WALES - MAR 19, 2013
Dec 2012 - draught - strong rum start with a milder finish. Quite well rounded, but not overly nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (3003) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - FEB 10, 2013
Cask by handpump at West Kirk, Ayr - clear brown, thin off-white head, sweet malty aroma, caramel, bit of spice, high carbonation

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnRMurdoch (3359) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 10, 2013
Cask @ The West Kirk JDW. Dark chestnut brown colour, reasonable head. Dry caramel malt aroma. Treacle caramel malt flavour. Smooth with sweet aftertaste. OK but nothing special.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tombyars (1396) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 9, 2013
Tasted this in the Salt Cot , Saltcoats (JDW) in February 2013. Cask, handpump dispense. Crystal clear pale mahogany in colour with a thick creamy off white head. Faint aromatic aroma of parma violets - but hard to detect. Superb creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malts give a robust maltloaf flavour with date fruit evident. Strong earthy hop resins give a balanced aftertaste. Finish is smooth and malty with juicy plump raisins and soft toffee notes. Reminded me of Arkells Kingsdown Ale, a decent Old Ale and well recommended.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
wimpyjoe (4339) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2013
A limited edition according to the pump label. Deep golden in colour, slight head. Fairly sweet aroma, not a high bitterness but a lovely texture.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (7183) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2013
Cask at Bricklayers Arms, Putney. It pours clear amber with a medium off-white head. The nose is wood, leather, dried fruit and touch of toast. The taste is wood, leather, leaf, red berry and subtle varnish, with a long dry finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. A pretty tasty and well-integrated old ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (11634) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2013
Cask at Hamilton Hall, JDW, London. Pours clear, dark amber with a foamy, tan head. Leathery fruits on the nose, suggestions of burnt leaves. Light to medium sweet flavor with more dry, leathery fruits, berries, earthy and leafy bitterness, some toasty brown bread. Light bodied with fine to average carbonation. Dirty, earthy bitter finish, more dried fruits, purple grape skins, berries. Decent offering.


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