Brewed by Springhead
Style: Old Ale
Retford, England


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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   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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   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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sarauckelman (243) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2015
On draught at Chippenham beer festival. Dark black with an almost gingery smell. Smoky with sharp bitter coffee notes. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vighals (1715) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - MAR 29, 2015
Mahognybrun klarmrg fingerhøyt kremete beige skum. Lukter brent karamell, røyklukt, vanilje og nøtter. Røkt smak, samt bitter brent karamell. Bitterheten sitter til avslutningen. Kort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nisse666 (4726) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle at Östersunds maltfestival cons 2015-02-28 Östersund AR: fruity, a wee bit thin coffey AP: pale dark brown, wee frothy white head F: caramel, dry, wee watery ie thin, wee chocolate, dry, wee dusty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mzaar (1924) - Varberg, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2015
Flaska. Mörkbrun öl med röda inslag. Dofter av rostad malt, röda bär, karamell och bränt socker. Smakinslag av rostad malt, medelmörk choklad, toffee och en lättare fruktighet. Mjuk och rund munkänsla. Mot det tunna i kroppen.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle from Morrisons. Poured a clear, dark copper colour, with a halo of white head. Aroma of light Belgian yeast, soft fruit and spicy hop. Dried fruit in the flavour, with caramel and toasted malt. Finish was grain, hay and apricots.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VictorStr (1586) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2014
Från systemet. Brun med högt skum, lite nötig, väldigt bra fyllighet för ABVn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
niquillis (1499) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2014
On cask at Congress, Longton. Pours black brown. Smoky, smooth old ale. Plenty going on, excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
olsvammel (3885) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2014 Sample at SBWF 2014. Nutty smell with some burned and roasted malts. Similar taste. Toasty. Re-rated on bottle from Systembolaget. Allot better this time, nice malty with roasted notes, chocolate and some light coffee. allot of flavour in the taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ALLOVATE (2540) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 9, 2014
Deepest brown and just shy of bright with a thin wafer of tannish foam. Rich nose reminiscent of strong mocha, dark chocolate, caramelised plum and fig, molasses, Bovril™ and Worcestershire sauce - lovely! Quite robust, flavoursome, meaty with a firm body and softly spritzy carbonation. Sweet front, treacly, chocolaty with plenty of dark stonefruit syrup coming into play. Quite rounded and penetrating with a length to it that is uncompromising. Delicious. Hints of cola, charred wood, chalky, mineral-like liquor, bitter herbs and roasted grain complete it. This is a wonderful beer. Feel like it’s one of those beers you just keep walking by and never purchase. Lovely drinking. A smashing ale! (50cL, BBE 10/14, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
edsspoon (704) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2014
Bottle - chestnut brown with a thin light brown head. Okay retention and fairly good lacing. Aroma is very nutty and chocolatey with lots of roasted malt. Taste is lots of chocolate complemented by hints of coffee and cocoa. Lightly spicy, with caramel, roasted malt and light bitterness to finish. Medium body, prickly carbonation.

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