Brewed by Stonehenge
Style: Old Ale
Salisbury, England


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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask: Seasonal - Winter. Previously regular.
Brewed at OG 1048 and ABV 5.0%. A delightful, warming, dark porter type ale, with a roasted malt taste and a hint of liquorice surrounding a developing bitter flavour. Very appealing to the eye.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tombyars (1512) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 12, 2011
First tasted this in the Waterside Beer Festival, Seamill in August 1995. Cracking colour of black mahogany with ruby amber highlights and a buff tan head. Burnt black toast aroma. Smooth mouthfeel and good lacing. Dark malts give a coplex range of flavours with roast grain, milky coffee, dark chocolate, molasses and dark berry fruit. Aftertaste is dry with spicy hop resins. Finish is very moreish with smokey flavours combining well with roast malt notes. A cracking old ale and worth seeking out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2011
Cask Conditioned Handpump Moon On The Square Northampton. A near black coloured beer with a good tan head and lacing. Sweetish in the mouth with liquorice flavours. Very malty. A tasty true to style old ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (11836) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 25, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2011 Cask (St Urho’s, Helsinki, Porter & Stout Days 2010) (7:5:8:5:15=4.0)
Black, bready head. Lovely gently roasted-to-burnt aroma. Lovely smooth palate, full, and a touch milky. Carbonation low. TAste is a beautiful gentle toasty roast. Perfect to session, simply delicious.
Rerate: Cask, 4th day (Kitty’s, Helsinki) (7:4+:8+:4:14=3.7)
Capers. Dark. Some spicy baked apple retronasals. Super roasty. Smooth and soft. Both heavy esters and rich roasts in finish. Super porter. Not quite as good as last time, but still a super quaffable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 17, 2010
Cask Real Ale 0.25L glass at St Urhos Porter days. Pale beige long lasting head. Mild nose. Dark reddish black colour. Slightly sour mildly smokey malty taste. Some hints of licorice. At the end hoppy bitterness. Not very smokey. Average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tdtm82 (1404) - Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2009
A very solid old ale-stout. Really well balanced. Coffee; roasted malts and chocolate. A lovely winter brew. Consumed on tap in the Queen’s Head, Chelmsford. A fantastic beer I will look out for in bottle conditioned. Keep it up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7262) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2009
(Cask at White Horse , Parson’s Green, London, 28 Nov 2009) Dark brown colour with brief, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of dried fruit, liquorice and a touch of smoke. Malty, slightly roasted taste with coffee, toasty malt and dark bread. Mellow bittersweet finish. Above medium body, smooth mouthfeel. Well balanced and tasty. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11651) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2009
Cask @ YNWA, Kolding. Pours a nice, deep, chestnut brown with a small, creamy, light-brown head. Aroma is sweet, lots of fruity plums, some milky chocolate and light smokiness. Low carbonation, fine mouthfeel. Flavour starts out with a tartish fruity edge, but soon settles as a sweet, malty beer with peity, chocolate and roasted tones. Long, lingering, spicy and smoky aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (7253) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2009
Cask-conditioned at the Royal Oak, Bath 3/1/09. Dark brown with a slight tan head. Aroma of coffee and milk chocolate. Flavour started with some sweet, creamy chocolate before a touch of smokiness and some spice. The finish was pleasantly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheresthepath (1876) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2008
[on draught at The Retreat, Reading] Creamy head; smells like an ashtray. Smoke remains in taste, but is mellowed with smooth creamy coffee and a hint of licquorice. Aftertaste smokey and a little spicey. For me this was one of the nicest English pints I’ve yet tried, but for others it’s possibly a "love it or hate it" one. As a smoked beer, it was certainly far better than a German Rauchbier I had the same night.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2007
Counting house. Aroma is sweet roasty malt, vanilla and hints of esspresso. Taste is sweet roasty malts with hints oif smoked malt to start with, but a bit too bitter, however as it warms the palate becomes smooth and very dirnkable with some tart rich fruits and spicey notes.

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