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


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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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 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 (5681) - 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 (9175) - 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 (12600) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2006
Ruby brown with a fully diminishing white head. Very good sweet and malty aroma. Flavour is also malty with slight notes of honey. Hops make their presence felt in the finish. Low carbonation gives a nice texture. It is a shame these will be the last bottles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (13530) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 24, 2006
Deep amber color. Vanishing head. Lightly spicy, malty aroma. Seems a unique aroma. Not at all thin; a malty sweetness that is not cloying. The hops are present, but the malt persists to the finish. It’s really nice. Sad if the GK mob really have killed it. However, they are putting out a lot of ales, including Ruddles County, so let’s not go too hard on them. Apparently Old Bob cask is still produced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ALLOVATE (2816) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2006
Could this surely be retired if the bottles I tasted were fresher than another just imported, and could GK’s dream of total world domination be apparent; gasp, splutter!!!<!-- br -->
Anyway, this turned out to be a good, honest quaffer that hit the spot on a sunny autumn Sunday. Pours a bright, deep tawny copper with a thin, soapy white head that left minor lacing. Pine needles, stinging nettles, tart dried fruit and cinnamon blend into the intriguing waft that alofts the glass. Its creamy in the mouth and dominated by earthy and richly floral ’Fuggles’ hops plus an array of estery fruit tones that give it a ripe, tangy blend that, with aid of dark malts, make for a woody, nutty and tight, vinous palate. I love Fuggles hops and a beer like this showcases why they are the perfect Noble hop for aroma and flavour. Some nuttiness dies off into an earthy, tangy and floral finish that was refreshing as well as filling. Body is medium, somewhere some bottled British beers never manage to enter, yet sadly the carbonation is gassy and annoying but short-lived giving it more oomph late into drinking. If it’s retired I’d be sad, but available bottled stock tell a different story. A nice quaffer. (50cL, 28/11/06, Jandakot Liquor)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3070) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2006
Lovely reddy amber body with a good size, lasting white head. Inital whiff of caramel that was quickly replaced by dried dark fruits. A hint of smoke in the taste but mainly the dried fruits featuring the most, also a bit nutty, malt, medium body with a long finish. Enjoyable!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KnutAlbert (6593) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 13, 2006
Beautiful amber ale, large rocky head. Rich malty taste, fruity bitterness in the finish. A fine beer!

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