danlo (691) - Durham, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Number Twenty-2, Darlington. Dark brown amber colour, foam beige head leaving lots of lacing and aroma of malt, yeast, roasted notes. Taste is very malty caramel, with roasted, chocolate, biscuit, raisins, coffee and a light earthy bitterness. Smooth warming mouth feel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry nutty aftertaste. Quite drinkable.
dynamiteninja (1293) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Number 22, Darlington. Thin off white head. Ruby mahogany body. Malt, fruit, oak, chocolate, black malt. Bittersweet and tangy. Dry finish. Warming.
imdownthepub (9201) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask conditioned at Coventry Beer Fest ’12. Dark brown with cream head. There is a rich malty body, decent roasty, bready notes, some sourness, yeastiness, sour plum hints. Old Ale is a good characterisation for this, smoothed with a boiled caramel flavour. Reasonable.
tombyars (1271) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Just loved this dark ale, make no bones about it - this is a traditional English style "old ale" packed full of good Scottish flavour! Sampled this at the Paisley Beer Festival in April 2000. Cask, gravity dispense. Dark ruby red in colour, creamy head with a rich fruity aroma and smack of dark maltiness. Thick complex creamy mouth feel, evidence of dark malts abundant in the mouth. Sweet tasting with seductive creamy butterscotch flavour laced with black molasses and juicy syrupy raisins. Fantastic combination for us sweet toothed Scots!! Struggled to detect any evidence of hops at all but never impaired the overall flavour - does it affect your barley wines? Malt and fruit notes continue well into the dry vanilla oak finish. This ale was on top form and well appreciated by the festival drinkers. Highly recommended.
DJMonarch (9160) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask Stillage at the Swan Inn, Stone 20/07/2001 (As Hambleton Old Ruby Ale ABV 4.8%)
Ruby coloured and earthy with a yeasty finish.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2012 On cask at Cloisters. Pours a ruby brown colour with a thick light tan head. A malty aroma of Weetabix, chocolate and caramel. Mildly bitter with similar flavours. Moderate carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Nice lingering roasty malt.
Sigmund (4540) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at the Number Twenty-2, Darlington. Very dark brown colour, creamy beige head. Both aroma and flavour are excellent blends of malts and dark ripe fruits, also hints of caramel and nuts, nice bitter finish.
Beershine (5178) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Warm brown; scant head. Aroma is pretty buttery, but in a cake and cookies manifestation. Slick palate is creamy but not offensively so. Nice cakey malts. But buttery.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 17, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
@ Stockbridge Tap, Edinburgh. Dark amber. Heavily toasty aroma. Toasty with a slightly chocolatey accent, and a hint of butter.
patrick767 (3235) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
cask at Bow Bar - Pours dark amber-red with a lasting off-white head and an aroma full of caramel malt. The flavor is really sweet, a little too sweet in my opinion, with caramel and a little hops. It’s light to medium bodied.