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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WeissGary (286) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 14, 2013
Cask. JDW Counting House, Glasgow, Scotland. Interesting beer, quite jamy upfront with a smokey finish, brilliant sweet and dark beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SilkTork (5450) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2015 Oct, 2002:JDW, Soho. O My God! It’s time to pack my vest and toothbrush, I’m off to the south of France for a heady affair with this deep, dark and delicious brew. [4.3]
March, 2004: JDW, Faversham. Still deep dark and delicious. [4.1]
JDW, Winchester. Nov, 2015. Hugely drinkable, and lots of flavour. Give me malt, slap it down by my side. [4.1]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (5987) - Tau, NORWAY - SEP 25, 2004
Cask at The Cricketers, Ipswich. Black colour, moderate roasted malts aroma. Flavour is all roasted and smoked malts with some faint vinegary sidenotes. Very nice.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (11818) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
prawlie (1319) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2011
Pint at the Old Manor in Bracknell. Decent light brown head on a black beer with red highlights. Nice chocolate malt aroma. Smokey hit on the palate but also some cooked chocolate malt. Very tastey. A cross between brooklyn chocolate stout and Sclenkerla rauchbier. One of the better UK beers I’ve had recently.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
worldbeertaste (1778) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2011
Dark chocolate brown colour and some red elements with a tan head. Smokey malt smell. Light body with a smooth creamy feel. Starts a little sweet and frutiy with a strong full chestnut taste with a slight chocolate roast. Smokey and spicy aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Don2711 (282) - - SEP 27, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2015 Peaty dark malt aroma. Ruby / black appearance. Coca with burnt chocolate taste. Also hint of licorice on the palate. Nice one though. Again I favour the dark ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (11947) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2003
Cask Conditioned at The Prince Regent, Whitchurch, Berks. Chestnut coloured with white whispy head. Burnt smokey aromas predominate and lots of highly roasted dry but smooth malt which ties the tongue into a bitter, charcoal beeriness. Very decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KnutAlbert (6398) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2007
Cask, Wetherspoon’s Hammersmith. Fine smokiness that is not overwhelming, more like a nice variantion on an ale. Smooth, refreshing, long lingering ashy finish.

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