Brewed by Palmers
Style: Old Ale
Bridport, England


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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (23671) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 16, 2008
Cask@GBBF2008. Deep brown colour, small brown head. Not really much of an aroma, mainly dark fruits and some earth. Flavour is mainly dry grass, dark fruits and some sour wood along with herbal notes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (15792) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2015 500ml bottle from the brewery. Deep ruby colour with lasting beige head. Spicy deep dark fruits on aroma. Some diacetyl, empty boiled sweet malt in mouth. Aroma isn?t great cos of too mcuh butter, in fact not great overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (20429) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2007
Cask @ Lamb & Flag, Oxford. Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head. Fruity malty dark fruit aroma. Sweet malty fruity dark fruit flavor. Roasted malty dark fruit finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quack-Duck (8921) - Down South, GERMANY - JUL 31, 2007
bottle. Dark colour, tiny head. Beautifully malty aroma. Fruity, hints of roasted malt and nuts. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2007
Bottle 500ml from Waitrose, Lymington, Hampshire. Pours a deep mahogany colour with a rich tan head. Sweet aroma of molasses and liquorice. Liquorice is very prominent in the taste, as is the sweetness. Has a hint of a brazil nut aftertaste, followed by a short lived bitterness. A full bodied ale but there’s not enough going on – no real complexity to excite the palate. Not to my liking but I can see why it might appeal to those with a sweet tooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxbeer (118) - ITALY - FEB 20, 2007
[Cask at New Inn, Gloucester] Dark brown, smooth palate, quite strong caramel flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
johndoughty (4587) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2007
Bottle. Dark and slightly sharp.Almost stout like with some nutiness.Reasonable and would drink again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (8699) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2006
Bottle picked up in Swanage, Dorset 20-06-06. Dark reddy brown in colour, there is some nuttiness as deScription suggests, but quite fruity and a little on the sweet side malt and hops also show well. A fine if not particularly enthralling beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonMoore (2033) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2006
Bottle. Chestnut coloured with a large light brown head. Burnt sugar, licorice, malts and fruit in the aroma. Flavours are complex mix of the same elements, more emphasis on the licorice, with some nice bitterness in the finish. Full bodied, smooth and moderately carbonated mouthfeel. i can see that some might find it a bit sickly sweet; but not me, very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9166) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2006
Cask Handpump at the Railway, Newton Abbot 05/01/2003 Black strong in alcohol and slightly fruity. Some bitterness in the finish.

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