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Village Brewer Old Raby Ale

Village Brewer / Brew Twenty2
Brewed at Hambleton

Style: Old Ale
Darlington, England


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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Cask; Regular.
Previously 4.6%.

Rich-tasting dark ale with complex balance of fruit, malt, caramel, and some bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (20929) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 1, 2015
Gravity cask at St Albans beer festival. Clear deep amber color. Aroma of dark berries. Taste is fruity caramel. OK.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2015
Cask (gravity dispense) at the Bricklayers Arms Yorkshire Beer Festival, 25 February 2010. Looks nice - red with a loose but lasting light beige head and very good condition. Butterscotch aroma. Also some doughy malt. Better on the palate but still a hint of butterscotch. Otherwise tart berry fruit. Fairly sharp mouthfeel but diacetyl lingers and rather spoils things.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (9677) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2015
Cask, Leicester Beer Festival 2015. Amber brown with an off white foam. Aromas are stewed apple and pear with hints of toffee and woody , floral notes. Apple skin with minerals and dusty yeast. Flavours are sweet toffee with earthy apple and soft spices. Yeasty with woody notes. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gegwilson (3033) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2014
Cask in Number 22, Darlington. Pours ruby with a cream head. Fruity with toffee and green fruit. OK

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vipinvelp (3677) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2014
Clear dark orange with small lacing foam head. Aroma is bit smokey. Taste is complex mixture, some bitter, some fruity notes. Bittersweet aftertaste. (Darlington 201404) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danlo (2396) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dynamiteninja (1807) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2013
Cask at Number 22, Darlington. Thin off white head. Ruby mahogany body. Malt, fruit, oak, chocolate, black malt. Bittersweet and tangy. Dry finish. Warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (12917) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tombyars (1579) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2011
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.

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