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Brewed by Long Man
Style: Old Ale
Polegate, England

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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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This original dark beer has soft malt notes of coffee and chocolate that combine with a pleasant light hoppiness to create a rich, full tasting Old Ale of times gone by.


maeib's rating

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8598) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, - MAY 9, 2013
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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2014
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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Finn (4033) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 24, 2014
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.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sockamania (43) - - NOV 15, 2013
Incredibly malty beer with a bit of a caramel tinge. A pleasant winter beer to have.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (6151) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2013
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (4395) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2013
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (13248) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2013
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jackl (4312) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2013
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (2353) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 10, 2013
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.


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