Brewed by Palmers
Style: Old Ale
Bridport, England


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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Cask; Regular. Also available in pasteurised bottle.
Strong, complex and full of deep distinctive flavours. A rich fruit cake flavour from roasted malt. First brewed in the 1940s, this prize-winning dark strong old ale has a loyal following among real ale connoisseurs.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
KyotoLefty (9388) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 17, 2015
Bottle nose is minerally chocolate and caramel. Thin, light, mineral and caramel flavor. Weak overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (6790) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2015
Bottle at Chris & Ruth’s pre GBBF shindig; clear burnished amber pour with a foamy beige head, aroma has dark fruits with a hint of caramel, taste has caramel along with raisins, some malt and Christmas spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (18322) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle at Chris and Ruth’s pre-GBBF tasting 2015. Clear deep amber beer with a small beige head. Malty caramel aroma, toffee, vinous, fruity, raisins, biscuits, some raisins. Malty caramel flavor, toffee, caramel, raisins, some citrus and grapes. Quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40811) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2015
50 cl bottle. Pours hazy dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted and breadish. Dry, toasted and light bitter. Roasted dry malty into the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cimbasso (771) - - JAN 15, 2015
Sampled as a Christmas Edition (Tally Ho Ho Ho) from a bottle purchased in Dorset (thanks Rachel!). Pours a dark brown with a thin head. Not much carbonation. Rich aromas, and a complex taste dominated by raisins and sugared dates. Good dry hop flavour to balance the sweetness. A little cloying, but a great winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MissPxx (959) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2014
Mild smokey aroma. Slightly sweet smelling. Quite spicey tasting with a hit of smoke. Gorgeous dark colour. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
evergreen0199 (3030) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2014
Cask at Watford Beer Festival, Watford, Herts. A dark brown coloured pour with a medium off white head on top. Rich, dark fruit, caramel aroma. Tastes rich, dark fruit, caramel, Christmas cake.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beese (2570) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2014
Cask stillage at The Watford Beer Festival 2012. Poured a deep ruby, with a rocky, off white head. Aroma of big malt, toffee and raisins. Roasted malt flavours, with dried fruit and biscuit. Finish was fruitcake, burnt sugar and spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wheresthepath (2139) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2014
Cask at Derehams Inn beer festival, High Wycombe. Deep amber with a thick creamy head and a light sparkle. A woody beer. A whole antique wardrobe full of old varnished wood in fact, with just a hint of toffee, chocolate and earthiness behind. As traditional as it gets, and sometimes that’s no bad thing. Possibly needs a higher abv to give it a bit more oomph and some more sweetness, but it’s a decent beer nevertheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (12705) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
Cask at the Claret, Addiscombe. It pours deep brown with a foamy beige head. The nose is wood, earth, leather, caramel, dried fruit and fruit cake. The taste is smooth, bitter-sweet, wood, leather, earth, light spice, raisin, caramel, light alcohol and varnish with a dry finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Well rounded. Decent.

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