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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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One of our favorites! This English Old Ale is brewed with the best English malts and hops and then aged to give it a deliciously smooth body and flavor. Mild roasty flavors compliment its malty sweetness. Definitely a great one for cold winter nights and to bring home in a growler! 42IBU


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2039) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Bottle from 2011. Pours a deep reddish brown color with a smallish yellow white head that shows moderate retention and minimal lace. The aroma is quite sweet with lots of caramel and brown sugar as well as a fair amount of dark pitted fruits and orange marmalade. Sweet dark sugary flavor is mixed with orange and dark sweet cherry and is cut with a touch of earth melanoidin and alcohol. Hints of smoke and roast round out the flavor nicely. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. I remember trying this fresher and it didn’t seem to meld well. With a bit of age on it this is a nice old ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CamdenD (1056) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 28, 2012
This one was quite good. Jan 2012 release. Could probably do with a bit more age. Good dryness as others have mentioned.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
puboflyons (1877) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 22, 2012
From the 22 oz. bomber stamped Bottled in January 2011! Aging this Old Ale has done wonders for it. The pour is a handsome looking dark brown with a modest head that fizzles to a ring but leaves a little lacing. The aroma is full of sweet malts, molasses, licorice, and yeast. The body is full. Mellower than some old ales thanks to it being 18 months old but it is upfront sweet with a mild bitterness hitching itself to the back. I liked it a lot.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (9935) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 27, 2012
Amber in color with a thin khaki head. Sweet caramel and brown sugar are about the only positives here. Maybe a touch of dark fruit. Otherwise, lots of cardboard. The flavor is fairly oxidized and cardboardy, too. A bit of toasted bread along with the caramel and brown sugar. Faint notes of raisin in the background.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4084) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 26, 2012
Bottle. Clear dark brown, with thin off-white head. Sweet malts (caramel and toffee), raisin, bread, and slightly roasty. A bit boozy, but it fits the flavors, so not a problem. Decent

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hamilton23 (599) - Alpine, California, USA - SEP 23, 2011
Poured from a 22oz bomber. Pours a dark brown with just a wisp of beige head. Aroma is roasted nuts and just a bit of alcohol. Taste is a roasted malt bomb with a bunch of vanilla and maybe just a hint of coconut. This is an interesting Old Ale, not nearly the sweetness i have come accustomed to with the style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (3408) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 22, 2011
22oz bottle in a shaker. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of lightly roasted malts, some floral hops, and hints of chocolate. Flavor about the same. Average texture. Not bad but could be better.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Bottle from the brewpub on 11/12/2010. Clear dark brown body with a small creamy tan head. Sweet chocolate and light yeasty aroma. Sweet chocolate, caramel, and light yeasty flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Date: 11/12/2010 Source:Maniac Caramelized sugars and maple syrup in the aroma with a hint of chocolate and vanilla. Earthy hops. Clear dark brown with a small white head. Flavor follows aroma with some nutty notes. Medium body and mouth feel. Medium carbonation. Finish is moderately bitter but smooth.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (7945) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Bottle shared by maniac. Thanks! Pours a clear dark amber color with a thin head. Decent head retention and lacing. Toasty aroma with notes of toffee, booze, apple, peaches and leafy hops. The taste is caramel, toffee, toasted malts, oats, some dusty notes and booze. Bristly mouthfeel, full bodied. Decent beer.


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