Brewed by Robinsons
Style: Old Ale
Stockport, England


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RATINGS: 721   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Bottle: Filtered and pasteurised.
Changed from nip size to 330ml embossed bottle in 2006
First record of brewing in 1899.
Ingredients: British pale malt, crystal malt, small percentage of chocolate malt, caramel for colour adjustment. Goldings whole hops and small percentage of Northdown.
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rubbishystuff (1870) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2012
I quite enjoyed this. Wonderful malty minerally flavor. Some boozy warmth. However it was a bit too drinkable. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
islay (1245) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2014
11.2 oz. bottle, consumed on 12-17-14. Pours dark brown with a slight maroon hue and a small amount of beige head. Nice color but I would like to see more head. Tangy, bready aroma emphasizes English yeast. Clay and Play-Doh scents. Not so appealing smell. Bready taste features a licorice flavor as well as burnt prune. Bitter, plummy, toasty. Flavors of red grape and artificial grape. Somewhat bitter, medicinal, licorice-like finish and aftertaste. Not my kind of beer but not offensive. Medium body. Utterly forgettable palate effects.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Giochaurand (76) - FINLAND - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with low head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee and mushrooms. Full bodied with notes of spicy and roasted nuts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hanoi (455) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2014
Stunned to find this is unrated. Nose is very malty, slight licorice, very nutty, light dark fruits. Taste is malty, very fruity with plums, berry, raisins, leading to a touch of chocolate. Mouthfeel a touch thin. I don’t know if I’ve changed or the beer has, but it’s not really the Old Tom of my youth, I need to have it again on draft. It’s a decent old ale, nothing more. NB They need to knock the unattributed to ’World Best Beer’ thing on the head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
killroy (63) - BULGARIA - DEC 7, 2014
Dark brown color with creamy brownish head. In the aroma fruits, chocolate, caramel may be. Taste of malt and chocolate again, light sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MisoW (1760) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 4, 2014
Bottle at work courtesy of Matus. Pours deep brown color, beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, lightly bitter, coffee, roasted malt, chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jukkar (10) - FINLAND - NOV 30, 2014
caramel, earthy, woody, dark brown, minimal head, light sweetness, salty, lightly bitter, full body, flat, long finish. Very nice and strong ale. I liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cimbasso (234) - - NOV 24, 2014
From a 33cl embossed bottle. A very deep brown with amber head. Rich aromas of roasted malts, raisins, chocolate and coffee. The taste is also complex, with a mixture of flavours that are very mouth-filling. Chocolate, prunes, raisins, liquorice and leather are all there and plenty of hop (Goldings?) flavours also. Long dry finish dominated by coffee and hop flavours. ’The World’s Best Ale’ is says on the label. Mmm...certainly an English Classic....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ctiry (94) - CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 23, 2014
Dark reddish liquid with creamy head. Nutty to fruit aroma. Taste of roasted malts and some heavy red whine. Little sour. I enjoyed the aftertaste more than drinking the beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oleguerito (1) - CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 17, 2014 does not count
Smells like iron and some piece of cloth to dy dishes with. Looks brilliantly dark, bottle has charisma. Taste uberheavy in the beginning, then drinkable and then very fine. Worth it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mithe (935) - Opava & Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 13, 2014
(Bottle 0,33l)
Aroma : Sweet, fruity, light chocolate, light cherries in rum, light wine-like.
Appearance : Clear brown color. Minimal light brown head.
Taste : Medium sweet, light sour, fruity, light alcohol.
Palate : Medium-full body. Sticky texture. Bitter, light warming finish.
Overall : Sweet, warming, unusual.

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