Brewed by Palmers
Style: Old Ale
Bridport, England


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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonMoore (2018) - 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SilkTork (5407) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (11384) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mr_h (3636) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - NOV 17, 2012
Cask by handpump at Three Judges, Glasgow - clear very dark red (near black), bubbly tan head, roasted malt aroma, sweet dark chocolate flavour, smooth, very easy to drink, nice

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (5728) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
a_cross (639) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2013
Cask at The George, Bridport; black, thin loose beige head; good roast malt aroma; tastes of roast malt, licquorice, red fruit; a gentle sweetness; smooth; some milk chocolate and booze on the sweet finish; classic stuff - a previous poster said ’mellow’ and they’re spot on; one of my favourite beers from my home county.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gary (1662) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2015 Cask @ The RopeMakers Bridport ,Dorset ; The only Palmers beer worth drinking as the rest in their catalogue of God awful beers are well fucken God awful , but when visiting my parents who have relocated to unsophisticated craft beer wasteland of Dorset - I drink this stuff ,and its pretty good as a compensation ! In a large dimpled jug - its got kinda ’old man’ beer vibes ... A nice palate , with rich winy notes , caramel, treacle , burnt toast , burnt licorice , a bit of raisin , dry burnt bitterness kinda lingers through ; Its a brooding dark brown/purple ; If youre in piss-ant Dorset , and in a shitty Palmers pub - get this ..the best of a bad bunch !

   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 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.

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