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Loddon Hocus Pocus

Brewed by Loddon
Style: Old Ale
Dunsden, England


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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.13/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hippoman (520) - Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2016
Cask a The Water House (JDW), Durham, £2.09/pint. Very dark brown beer with a foamy, cream-coloured head. The nose isn’t great and has basement notes, a lot of booze and some sweet malts as well as biscuit and over-ripe dark fruits. The taste is largely bitter and boozy. It’s an unsubtle ale that bludgeons the tastebuds and tastes all of its 4.6% ABV. Some bread, brandy and plum flavours do little to improve it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (5387) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2016
Cask pint in my local Wetherspoons on 8th Jan 2016. Deep chestnut body with a decent head that gave some impressive lacing: malts rule the brew throughout. Semi-sweet with a dry finish. Didn’t pick up any ’old ale’ style flavours and aromas. Decent enough even if it didn’t feel like an ’old ale’.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teorn88 (5132) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2014
Cask at WHOAF 2014, London. It pours a light brown color with a medium beige head. Aroma is malty, nutty, with notes of toasted bread, roasted malts, dark fruits. Taste is medium sweet with notes of roasted malts, bread dough, caramel, nuts, milk chocolate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, tasty

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (12180) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beersiveknown (4654) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (4850) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2013
Dec 2012 - draught - strong rum start with a milder finish. Quite well rounded, but not overly nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (4187) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnRMurdoch (4042) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tombyars (1512) - 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.

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