Brewed by Palmers
Style: Old Ale
Bridport, England


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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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 14/20
Fin (8256) - 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 (2007) - 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 (9162) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ungstrup (30171) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2006
[Cask at GBBF 2005] A red-brown beer with a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of roasted malt and over ripe fruit, but also hints of sulphur. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of prunes and over ripe fruit, leading to a roasted bitter end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2005
Cask conditioned, GBBF 2005: Fruity aroma. Malty, sweet body. Great hoppy bitterness in the finish. A powerfull beer with good complexity.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2005
Cask@Twickenham Beer Festival. Woah, sweet sticky butterscotch all over the place. Lots of caramel. This was too sweet and for me, lacked depth of character, too one dimensionally sweet, and almost sickly .

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2005
Not really very strong for a strong ale, I felt this was leaning towards old ale territory. Rich tawny/red colour. Quite dark. Distinctly woody with dried fruit (prunes), treacle toffee caramel and a big licorice hit in the flavour. Some vinous edges and a touch of tartness on the finish that produces a sweet and sour overall effect. All these elements are subtly present in the aroma but they come to the fore and combine convincingly on the palate. Not sure this was the ideal beer for the hottest day of the year, but quite impressive nonetheless. Cask (handpump), Three Horseshoes, Burton Bradstock.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (11282) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2003
Cask Conditioned at The Anchor, Seatown, Dorset. Deep chestnut colour with tan head. This is a heady alcohol licorice flavoured beer with a fruity warm mouthfeel. A sipping beer to be savoured.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SilkTork (5398) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2003
Cask, Claret Free House, Near Croyden. Darkest russet brown with cappuccino head. Initially nasty cheap hand soap floral aroma but becomes more woody and raisin like as drink progresses. Sweet stout flavours with a mingle of liquor. Mmm, this grows in flavours - moving into Imperial Stout territory. A damn fine ale, beautifully served - slightly warmer than previous two drinks in the same pub, as appropriate for a beer of this style.

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