Brewed by Palmers
Style: Old Ale
Bridport, England


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RATINGS: 58   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
downender (7392) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2008
Cask-conditioned at the Bag ONails, Bristol 14/10/08. Mahogany coloured with no head and slight carbonation. Aroma of treacle, dark fruits with some earthiness. Flavour was very sweet, with more fruit, almonds and caramel. A rather vinous mouth feel and a short, bitter finish. Ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (6117) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 21, 2008
Cask at the GBBF 2008. Dark brown colour, nearly black. Very nice roasty aroma with notes of oak, raisins and fortified wine. The flavour is sweet, oaky and moderately roasty, nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (23917) - 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 (16053) - 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 (20883) - 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 (9060) - 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 (4619) - 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 (8857) - 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.

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