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Brewed by Springhead
Style: Old Ale
Retford, England

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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Cask: Regular, and Bottle: Cold filtered.
A dark smooth beer with a rich aroma and taste of burnt toffee. It is brewed with traditional English ingredients but in the style of Belgian Trappist beers.


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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BantamSpirit (18) - - DEC 31, 2012
Drank this at the Bees Knees at the Springhead Brewery itself. This could be my lounge! Couldn’t wait to taste it but spent a few seconds on the smell...caramel, chocolate, toast, earthy, vanilla. the opened my eyes and had a look...black, clear, tan foam,. Then the first mouthful...medium sweetness, lightly bitter.... full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, The best at the brewery...but my opinion!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AshtonMcCobb (2115) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 24, 2014
Bottle from the brewery. Appearance - dark chestnut with some copper tinges. Lovely head. Nose - toffee going into liquorice. Taste - burnt toffee as the description says. Maybe honeycomb and chocolate biscuits Palate - medium bodied with a crunchy texture and a nicely balanced finish. Overall - good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (2166) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 23, 2014
500ml bottle courtesy of Ashton McCobb. Pours dark red brown, thick, long-lasting off white head. Aromas are nuts and toffee, light chocolate. Taste is sweet, but with a light herbal bitterness. Clean finish. Best I’ve had from here.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2014
Bottle - Dark Brown in colour; hint of red. Malty; roasty malts, burnt toffee, some chocolate, smoke, hints of coffee. Fruity; dried fruits. Hoppy; slightly earthy hops. Sweet-bitter roast malty toffee and fruit throughout with a slight sour edge. Very drinkable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mr_Pink_152 (267) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2014
500ml bottle from Doddington Hall Farm Shop. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aromas of burnt toffee and dried dark fruit. Flavour is thin and a touch watery. Reminds me of a mild.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vipinvelp (1885) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - MAR 20, 2014
Clear dark ruby, brown with light brown lacing foam head. Aroma is cold coffee with little sweet tones. Tastes liike coffee toffee with little bitter notes. Lasting little bitter aftertaste. (Velp 201403)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mr_h (2434) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JAN 25, 2014
Cask by hand-pump at Society Room, Glasgow - clear deep brown, good creamy head, toffee, roasted malt aroma, excellent film of lacing, coffee, dark malt flavour, good carbonation, dry malty finish

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niall73 (1052) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2014
Cask at wetherspoons, Streatham Hill. Pours dark brown with a thin off white head. Aroma is nutty with a lot of toffee. Medium body, mild carbonation. Sweet hazelnut and caramel with some choc in there too. Something you'd expect to find in a box of quality street. Dies have a hint if cherry sourness at the end. Not my cup of tea but tasty enough. OK. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (2253) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2013
Bottle. Dark red brown with n off-white head. Aroma of dried fruits and burnt sugar, a little chocolate. Light-bodied. More chocolate in the taste than suggested by the aroma, dried fruit, singed toffee.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ComradeK (922) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - SEP 17, 2013
500ml bottle. Pours a clear deep ruby, with a smallish off-white head, which lasts well and leaves a little lacing. Faint leafy hops and hazelnut aromas are dominated by strong burnt toffee. Leafy, slightly fruity hops up front give way to strong burnt toffee and savoury hazelnut in the mid-palate. A touch of espresso bitterness joins these flavours in the finish. Whilst burnt toffee is the dominant characteristic of this beer, its more savoury flavours keep it nicely in balance, making for a pleasant old ale.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thebeerdude (29) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium off-white head, aroma rich with nutty malts: caramel, coffee, toffee, chocolate. Sweet malty taste much the same with a lasting lightly bitter finish, smooth and creamy but not enough to compare to real Belgian styles.


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