Brewed by Palmers
Style: Old Ale
Bridport, England


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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mt_hall (181) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2012
Bottled. Very dark red/brown, with a head of small, light brown bubbles that disappeared quickly. Surprisingly little aroma. Rich caramel to start (though not at all sweet), and a dry/bitter finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ALLOVATE (2816) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31, 2012
Tried this one back in August 2011.
Produces up a fiery mahogany with a full and lasting, creamy off-white cap. Robust, malty, Milo and Ovaltine nose with inklings of smoke, burnt sugar, dried stonefruit and roasted grain. Sweet, toffee praline and chocolate malt start in the mouth; a touch of ginger and aniseed gives it a pleasant sharpness becoming earthy and mellowed in the tail. Very soft tannins show in the malty thick, milk chocolate swallow. Sweetens further as it warms. the body seems quite firm, rounded and generous with mild carbonation. Goes down with ease but is a little too sweet for balance. Still, not too bad!! (50cL, 22/02/12, Dart’s Farm, Topsham, Exeter, Devon)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombyars (1556) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 23, 2012
First tasted this in Coanes, Johnstone in August 1992. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear ruby red in colour with a thin white head. Nice malty aroma with mild butterscotch notes present. Thin but creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Dark malts give a moist maltloaf base with raisins and dates sweet in the mouth. Slight earthy flavour to the bitter aftertaste but this fades fast. Finish is sweet and malty with dry roasted nut flavours coming through in the palate. A decent English Strong Ale and reminded me of a strong version of Timothy Taylor Ram Tam! Very hard to find up here in Scotland and not as good as the Adnams namesake!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (3813) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2011
Cask at Twickenham beer festival. Deep red brown, demerera and wine on nose, vinous and sweet-souron palate. Good chewy toffee character then a herby bitter-sweet dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (19760) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 9, 2011
Bottle at Jens ... deep rerd brown ... big bubbly tan head ... soft rich dark toffee ... brown suger nose ... soft sweet roast ... little nutty ... dark suger malts ... light bitter ... bit too sweet and heavy

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (19541) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 14, 2010
From notes. Handpump. Clear dark brown, small beige head, medium lacing. Aroma of prunes and dates, Taste is watery, some fruit, but some metal as well. Average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2010
Cask handpull, The Old Green Tree, Bath. Very deep ruby appearing pitch under a tan slick. Slightly meaty burnt aroma with roast beef and Twiglet. Licorice dunked in Bovril; yeast extract and charred wood. Some very beefy undercurrents. Not convinced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2009
Bottle im guessing with mes, which judging by the timing on my rating pad would have been at my gaff with lucky ronnie. Alround rating: Coconut, buttery light wit, orange, bit of old cellar. Strange stuff.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2009
A Mes rate. Bottled from god knows where.
Dark ruby with a thin oily film. The nose gives away the fact that it is pasturised quite clearly. The flavour is still rather cardboardy. Quite fruity, some plum, plenty of malt. Just rather dull alround.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2009
Gravity at Cambridge Beer Festival 2009. Very dark with a scummy head on top. Caramel in the scent. Quite sweet but has a dry end. Slightly sticky in the mouth. Tastes of caramel and oranges. Quite nice.

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