tombyars (1453) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
First tasted this at the Paisley Beer Festival in April 1997. Cask, gravity dispense. Clear dark ruby in colour with a thin white head. Slight whiff of chocolate powder in the sweet malty aroma. Creamy texture to the mouthfeel and good lacing. Dark malts give a moist maltloaf base with molasses, dates and syrupy raisins. There is a slight dusty hop presence in the short aftertaste but this fades fast. Finish is malty with warming rich vinous notes of sweet sherry and treacle toffee. An excellent English Srong Ale and highly recommended.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, the Cockney pub. Labelled SUDDABY’s Auld Bob. Dark red-brown with a thick pillowy beige beige head. Nice lace. Dark malts in the background and plenty of hops (resinous, grapefuity). Long, highly bitter finish. Medium to full body. More "arrogant bastard" than old ale. Very good!
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
What a great ale! Chocolatey coffee nose and initial flavour. Pours dark ruby with little or no head. Taste is stunning - rich but fresh at the same time, with a balance of dark notes and sweet berry fruit all finishing with a lightly bitter caramel malt. One of the nicest english ales I’ve had in a long time.
RobBestwick (650) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
rich malty aroma, porter-like appearance, fruity, rich malt flavours, very full body, fairly dry finish, v good strong ale.
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2003
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Stale aroma, rich ruby colour and decent head. Earthy taste with fruit hints.