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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4172) - Frisco, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Backlog rating, thanks to many great ratebeerians. The smell is cardboard, dusty, malts, fruits, and ok. The look is amber, off white head, and clear. The taste is clear, malts, fruits, and alcohol.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
annunz123 (881) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2013
Caramel, nuts, and a little metallic tinge in the aroma. Taste is sweet and malty. Lots of alcohol and a little bitterness in the finish. Good, but not great.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Scrapersnbeer (1491) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 28, 2013
One last winter beer for the last day of February, aka the cheapskate month. "The Sworn Enemy of Cabin Fever" and oddly on a shelf next to Berkshire’s Cabin Fever at the store. Dark roast aroma of brown sugar, plums and such. Dark cherrywood color. Gaahhh...the flavor is like wet fur and sour berries you might find on a prickly vine. Syrupy consistency that would be fine if it weren’t so sweet. Not for me.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
conway (1636) - - FEB 17, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with a fluffy off white head, dissipating quickly to some nice lacing. Nose is a little weak but some roasted malts are apparent. Taste is also a lot of roasted malts but also adds some dark fruits and just a touch of hop bitterness to close. Nice soft palate. Tastes awesome but the other elements are holding it back from being great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2462) - 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 (1110) - 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 (2233) - 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 (11612) - 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 (4559) - 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 (612) - 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.


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