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 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SilkTork (5451) - 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 17/20
Gary (1733) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2015 (Cask @ RopeMakers , Bridport , Dorest) .This beer is by far Palmers best in their otherwise turgid and mundane low-boost offerings !. It helps that I dig the Old ale style and that maybe the other beers they brew sucking ass makes this shine more than it otherwise would do. Old Pecuiler was one of my first beer loves when I was twenty , I seldom drink it now but any chance to drink an old style ale I’m intrigued . A burnt purple colour that looks bruised and blackcurrant shaded .. The nose is a bit subtle, chalk , , fresh yeasty cask accent suggesting living organism that reminds you its a living beer , caramel , licorice but its a surprisingly mild smelling . If the nose is shy the flavour aint ...A powerful deep rich character is in-ya-face ...A roast bitterness interacting with a tart raisin fruit texture that twists the palate in the name of complexity . It finishes dry with burnt licorice , smooth and creamy . A complex , interesting , flavoursome ale !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (11963) - 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 (4029) - 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 (5991) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vladivostok (354) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2015 Much darker than I’d imagined but plenty of caramel and licorice notes, not a huge hop flavour but you wouldn’t expect it in an Old Ale anyway. A good winter/end of session beer. The name won’t please the anti-hunting lobby and really doesn’t suit the beer but for all that I do like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7513) - 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.

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