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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England

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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2014
Cask Half Pint at White Horse Old Ale Festival 2013, Parsons Green, London in Nov 2013 - Black. Very Malty; roasty malts, honey, chocolate, coffee and caramel. Fruity; dark fruits, citrus peel. Hoppy; earthy hops. Sweet roast malty throughout with slight bitter hop edge and dry finish. Lovely beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (6296) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2013
(Cask at White Horse, Parson’s Green, London, 24 Nov 2013) Black colour with frothy, brown head. Malty, roasted, spicy nose with chestnut honey, caramel, liquorice, vanilla and hints of peat. Malty, fruity taste with notes of caramel, chocolate, espresso, liquorice, chestnut honey, dark fruit, vanilla, hints of oak wood and a certain spicy bitterness in the finish. Full body, with some sweetness coming through. Very complex beer with gentle hints of bourbon wood shining through. I prefer the original version, but this was very nice too.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (2144) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2013
Cask at White Horse Old Ale fest 2013, Parsons Green, London. A black coloured pour with a thin beige head on top. Roasty, malty, coffee aroma. Tastes roasty, malty, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, slightly sweet. Incredibly rich, nice one from Thornbridge.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (7452) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2013
Cask at White Horse. It pours jet black with a medium tan head. The nose is rich roast, toast, vanilla, sherry, wood fudge and marshmallow. The taste is rich roast, wood, spice, alcohol warmth, honey, vanilla, fudge, iodine, earth, decent bitterness, cocoa, medicinal notes with a dry, warming finish. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Good depth of flavour. A rich, indulgent beverage.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dEnk (4052) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 14, 2013
Draft @ Borefts. Aroma is iodine, roast, vanilla, liquorice and more. Flavour is roast, oak, vanilla, chocolate. Very creamy and long lingering. Awesome.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Martinus (3063) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - NOV 13, 2013
Black as night, red hue, beige head. Bourbon aroma, sweet honey, vanilla and chocolate. Sweet flavour, vanilla and wood. Full body, finish honey, bourbon and vanilla. Nice brew!
(From draught @ BBF V, Bodegraven 2013)

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Inbreak (2432) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 27.09.2013, cask @ Borefts:
No head. Aroma is neutral, dark malts, oak, thinner, spices. Taste is very dry, dark malts, oak, licorice, alcohol, cardboard, hay, grass. Longlasting bitterness, very dry mouthfeel. So disappointing!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gEUS (1267) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 23, 2013
Draught at BBF13 - pours thick & oily, black with a small light beige head. Very smooth beer with sweet malts and roasty notes, tiny fruit hints and a small alcohol burn. Like the original a bit more though.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (9975) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2013
Tap at Borefts ’13, 27/09/13. Light black with a thin tan covering that dissipates edgeward. Nose is roasty, herbal tones, hint of cocoa, light spice. Taste comprises oaky woody notes, subtle bourbon, dark chocolate. Full bodied, fine carbonation, sweet finale. Decent barley wine, the bourbon is well integrated.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (16117) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2013
27th September 2013
Borefts Beer Festival 5. Day 1. Opaque dark brown beer with a residual pale tan head. Palate is smooth and a little dry. Slightly perfumed dark malts. Little alcohol spice. Minerals. Light dry finish.


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