maeib (8598) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, - MAY 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask conditioned handpump Clachan London 03/05/13. A near black beer with a whitish head. Pretty good. A dry roasty aroma. A little sweetness in the mouth with more burnt roast. Nicely drinkable. A good all round Old Ale with good sweetness.
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gravity Half Pint at Battersea Beer Festival 2014, London in Feb 2014 - Dark Brown in colour. Malty; toasty malts, coffee, chocolate. Fruity; dark fruits. Hoppy; slight earthy hop bitterness. Sweet malty fruity balanced by slight hop bitterness. Very drinkable.
Finn (4033) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 24, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Fra cask på Peacock, Nottingham 25 Jan 14. Gyldenbrun. Høyt tett, skinnende hvitt skum med gardinlacing. Svakt syrlig fruktaroma. Innholdsrik smak. Rabarbra. Frukt. Avslutter litt tørt.
Sockamania (43) - - NOV 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Incredibly malty beer with a bit of a caramel tinge. A pleasant winter beer to have.
downender (6151) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On gravity at Swindon Beer Festival, 24/10/2013. Medium brown with a slight, off-white head. Chocolate, rich dark fruits, brown sugar and a gentle finish. Very drinkable.
berkshirejohn (4395) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at the Bird in Hand, Knowl Hill. Reddish chestnut with a scummy head; aroma of drinking chocolate; soft, silky, sweet chocolately taste; then a dry finish with a robust ground coffee bitterness and some lingering fruit. Full of flavour.
harrisoni (13248) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask gravity at SIBA BF SE 2013 Tonbridge Rugby Club. Deep ruby clear colour lasting beige. Looks the best today and drinks the best too. Proper old ale. Lots of dark fruits good more than solid malt hoppy balanced finish.Good beer. On hottest day of the year who would have thought that an old ale would be the best beer of the day.
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Raisins and dried cherries make quite the fruit cake impression for this Old Ale, as roasted malt angles join earthy, leafy hops and their bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy slice of foam sits atop the deep amber.
-The flavours are surprisingly intense for a 4% brew, which lowers drinkability.
-This is a tad too sweet for my liking.
-The flavour profile is very memorable.
-The tiny bubbles are comfortable; this is a well-kept cask.
On cask at The Black Friar, London.
jackl (4312) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ The Elephant & Castle, Kensington. Deep reddish brown pour with a tiny head. The nose is rich cocoa, chocolate, light earthy coffee. Sweet marzipan and pain au chocolate. The taste is more cocoa, biscuit, red berry. Burnt toast. Pretty light, soft body. Overall, solid.
AshtonMcCobb (2353) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask @ the Haymarket Bar, Edinburgh. Pours dark amber going into brown with a nice head. The nose has distinct chocolate biscuits with a hint of ginger. The taste has more of the chocolate and ginger biscuit thing. The palate is medium bodied with a big crunchy texture and a balanced finish. Overall, my first beer from this brewery and I’m pretty impressed.