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Brewed by Oakleaf
Style: English Strong Ale
Gosport, England

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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Cask; Seasonal - December until it runs out. Has appeared at other times of year. Also available bottle conditioned.
Strong, dark and rich, yet surprisingly drinkable for a beer of its strength. A substantial beer that should be treated with caution!


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2006
Cask Conditioned at Ealing Beer on Broadway Festival, 2006. We had this and two milds on the table and they all were fairly similar, the alcohol in this was very well hidden and this didn’t seem an awful lot stronger but did have more body. Dark malts and lots of caramel, but not very interesting.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DJMonarch (9162) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2006
Cask Handpump at the Crescent, Salford 27/02/2004 Dark red coloured strong in alcohol and fruity cherry flavour. Smooth lasting finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2006
BCA (from Bottles of Botley, BBE Aug 07). Very lightly conditioned. Mahogany coloured. Lots of rich and well balanced flavours. Light chocolate and cold coffee, brown sugar, malts and faint raisin aromas. The bare minimum of hops and a not quite sweet taste not cloying and pleasantly sippable.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SilkTork (5375) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2003
Gravity fresh @ Pig's Ear Festival, East London. Murky red brown. Raspberry and banana aroma. Soft mouthfeel going toward watery. Like watered down marmite. Wet vanishing finish with some soapy notes. Spiesy reckons I down-rated this because I had it immediately after the No. 1 Barley Wine - I reckon he's just sore because he can't tell the difference between a masterpiece and an average strong ale!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2003
Gravity @ the Pigs Ear, London , 2003.
Crystal clear, rich, smooth, brown. Malt and alcohol blended nicely. This was drunk at the start of a session at SilkT’s insistence with the Museum, No. 1, barley wine. I wisely tried this first so as not to unnecessarily bias my palate. Probably not as good as its pier but lovely all the same. Strong long palate.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (11197) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2003
Cask Conditioned at The Waggon & Horses, Halesowen, W.Mids. A dark brown winter warmer, sweet, treacle with warming fruit character. Nuts & spices, raisins and sultanas. Sweet alcoholic finish.


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