Brewed by Greene King
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bury St. Edmunds, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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Available filtered and pasteurised in 500ml bottles.
"Old Bob is a noted strong premium ale. Only the finest East Anglian pale ale malt and fuggles hops are used to create this full-bodied, rich and spicy beer."
A Ridley’s beer, brewed at Greene King since late 2005.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
GregClow (2937) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2006
Bottle shared with a bunch of folks at DougShoemaker’s Decemberfest 2006 - courtesy of Jon. Clear, bright amber with a small white head. Aroma - skunky. Damn. When will these UK brewers learn to stop with the clear bottles? Once the skunk clears a bit, there seems to be some decent malt notes. Same goes for the flavour - it seems like there’s a nice little ale in there, but the off-flavours just kill it for me. Too bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2006
Bottle. Clear orange with a small white head. Skunky aroma accompanied by bread and oranges. The flavour is quite light, malt-accented, and skunky though not nearly as much as the aroma. Meh.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
blankboy (6400) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2006
Bottle shared with the gang at Decemberfest 2006 -- courtesy of Jon. Pours a clear bubbly amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of UK hops, grain and sweet malt is unfortunately skunky -- damn clear bottles. Flavour of caramel malt and UK hops is also slightly off. Medium bodied. Probably a decent beer in here but if it keeps being imported in clear bottles I’ll never know.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2006
Bottle (500ml - clear). at Decemberfest 2006. Poured clear amber with a very small bit of head. Pretty nasty aroma of funk/skunk, sour papery cheap caramel malt, wet grain. Tate - sour; slightly skunky, with stale grassy hops and some brown sugar malt in the aftertaste. Dull body, sticky and moderately carbonated mouthfeel ... this might be a decent beer in a BROWN BOTTLE.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Radek Kliber (6573) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 14, 2006
Bright amber, sparkly, bright white porous top.
Aroma: medium pale malts, grainy character, light hints of alcohol.
Medium bodied, light bitter touch with malty base. Clean ale, a bit simple. Slightly thin hoppy finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2006
500ml Bottle @ Decemberfest 2006: When will breweries retire clear bottles once and for all? What purpose do they serve? Here we have a beer that, by the ratings that precede mine, I can assume is quite good. Unfortunately travel to Canada via clear bottle is not conducive to high ratings. Poured copper, very little head. Aroma is tons of skunk, and if you strain, some basic hops and malts. The flavour is very bitter and hoppy, with hints of caramel malt behind. I can tell it would be great if allowed to be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (4897) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2006
UPDATED: APR 26, 2007 Bottle: reddish amber with an off-white head; malty aroma and taste; very full in the mouth with some fruitiness and with a touch of pepper on the finish. A well-constructed old ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (8005) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2006
Bottle picked up at Morrison’s, Bridport, Dorset. For a filtered, pasturised beer this really was very good. Poured reddy brown colour, aroma was predominantly malty and sweet, taste was also malty again bit sweet but very flavoursome with nuts and fruits also swishing around as I said very good GK beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2006
I bought a bottle of this stuff from my local Morrison’s. I was expecting it to be average as the bottle looked rubbish; well, I was presently surprised! It was a gorgeous ruby brown in colour, and had a distinctive sweet, but chiefly malty taste. It reminded me a bit of Speckled Hen. Nice. Good Old Bob!!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (10974) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2006
Bottled, pasteurised, 500ml, Aged 2 yrs. Ruby colour with white head with a very slight pink tinge. This bottle was brewed at the old Ridleys Brewery, so hopefully in the near future I can compare it to a GK version. This is soft and smooth silky with a warm alcohol note. The malt dominates with a sweet, sherry like fruity flavour. The finish is short. In all an accomplished beer without hitting great heights.

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