Brewed by Thwaites
Style: Old Ale
Blackburn, England


on tap


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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
Bottle (330ml): Filtered and reseeded
Ingredients: Maris Otter, Pearl and Crystal malts; Fuggles and WGV hops; Thwaites top fermenting ale yeast.
"A delicious mellow beer with chestnut hues and smooth finish."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosenbergh (10360) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 15, 2012
330 ml bottle. L2009. BB 08/01/13. From bierzwerg.de.
Hazy mahogany colour with tiny tan head. Mild aroma. Vinegar? Flavour is vinous with lots of sourness. Smooth sweetish malty body. Fruity hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ReV2 (171) - Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2012
Poured with a creamy head before going completely flat. Sweet, malty and very sour. Should it taste like this? I think I may have bought a bad batch, I’m sure it wasn’t as sour the last time I had it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamesie1857 (1954) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2012
Gravity at Manchester Winter Beer Festival 21 January 2012 - let down by a dull looking pour, but salvaged a bit of pride with a good hit of alcohol in the taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madquacker (1112) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - SEP 8, 2012
Reddish hue then sweet raisens and fruitcake. Quite nice. The high ABV is well disguised.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheCametron (2347) - CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 14, 2012
Bottle. Smells like rubber. Pours Orange Amber with a white head that disappears then reappears at the swirl of the glass. Sweet and cake dough like flavour but that rubbery taste is there all the way. Some liquorice as well. Ill balanced though. Basically poor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
imdownthepub (13227) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2012
Bottled, 330ml from Waitrose, Headington, Oxon. Tawny chestnut with off white, explosive, head. Difficult pour due to the refermentation but got it just right. Classy smooth beer, some port like characteristics, rich with a spicy but not spiced hoppy flavour. Lasting, more Belgian Ale than Old Ale to me. Really very decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (9423) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - JUL 31, 2012
(bottle, 33cl) Cloudy, amber to copper colour with a medium-sized and slightly tanned foamy head. Sour and slightly sweet cara-malty aroma with notes of dark and red berries and a tinge of leather. Mildly bitter and slightly sour flavour, medium bodied with a soft carbonation. Moderately toasted malty taste with caramel and vinous fruity notes, accompanied by a tinge of vinegar; bitter and vaguely sweet malty finish with berry-fruits, caramel and a touch of vinegar in the aftertaste. A likeable and mildly sour Old Ale. 21.VII.12

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (5616) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Bottle. Nose lightly fruity and sweet, some yeast, caramel. Pours a dark rorange, cloudy (at least because of my poor pour) with a short, quick tan head. Light-medium body. Taste is very sweet and really very tart, alcohol pretty well mixed in but there are some stronger sherry notes and the warming doesn’t come until later on. Treacle in the aftertaste, some nice mellow roast throughout, and brilliant, positively iridescent sparks of fruits and berries (including the surprise black currant, which is just brilliant here). A wine person would call this seriously jammy. And it is. Can see this being divisive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Idiosynkrasie (6404) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUL 20, 2012
330ml bottle. Cloudy amber colour, some chunks floating around, with small, collapsing, minimally lacing, off-white head. Toasted malt aroma, explicit alcoholic note. Taste has a fruity tart note, decent malty undertone with a grainy touch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mile (3809) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 17, 2012
Bottle. Dark amber, hazy, small to average and fully diminishing head. Moderate, malty and sweetish aroma, some caramel with light sourness, some dark fruits and light alcohol. Body is medium, malty and sweetish flavor, some caramel and sourness, light dark fruits and light alcohol. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish, some caramel with light sourness, light fruitiness, alcohol. Caramel sweetish strong ale - too much alcohol in the finish.

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