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Brewed by Wadworth
Style: Old Ale
Devizes, England

bottled
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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned.

A classic strong ale handmade in Devizes.
Popular with discerning beer drinkers for over 40 years, this classic strong ale remains true to its original recipe - deep chestnut in colour, with a strong nutty aroma and a smooth robust finish.


Philym's rating

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philym (944) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, - FEB 21, 2014
Appearance: Clear ruby/brown with 2 finger thick ivory head. Aroma: Toffee, spice, peppery, butterscotch, mineral, subtle bubblegum, note of dried fruit. Taste: Low sourness, low/medium bitter and sweetness. Palate: Thick smooth texture, light/medium body, average carbonation, abrupt, slightly dry bitter sweet malty, fruity, spicy and butterscotch finish. Comments: Tasty and lace.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wimpyjoe (3565) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2014
Bottle from B&M, Halifax. Copper-red, next to no head. Bitter sweet ale with a slightly sticky texture that’s very drinkable for its strength. Sweetish nose.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (2925) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 1, 2014
500ml bottle from B&M bargains. Pours clear chestnut brown, thin white head. Aromas of toffee, nuts, slight metallic note. Taste is more of the same. Good creamy texture, sweet finish. Pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gren12345 (6) - - JUN 11, 2014 does not count
Nice and strong pleasant tasting with a satisfying aftertaste from someone who rejoices in the glory of lager but it’s not a lager at all. Makes no sense but it will do

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dynamiteninja (1478) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2014
Bottle conditioned. Thin cream head. Chestnut body. Nose is grass, sulphur, nuts, freshly baked bread, strong malt character. Sweet, then sour, with a bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rumproasts (2734) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2014
bottle. brown with small head. sweet toffee and light fruit with mild hops in the finish.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RichTheVillan (2509) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2014
Bottle at home; dark chestnut brown pour with a thin beige head, fruity aroma, taste is very sweet and fruit almost Xmas pudding like.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
solidfunk (3674) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Just malty with a hint of barrel. Not much more going on than that. Finished with light bitterness. Pours orange with OK head and lacing. Fizzy carbonation. Tap at Churchkey.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GoufCustom (771) - HONG KONG - MAR 3, 2014


500 ml bottle bought at Gorgeous Wine & Cigar in Yuen Long.

Clear ruby brown colour with thin trace of yeast sediments; One and a quarter finger head and crumpety light beige foam which last for 2 minutes; Excellent sticky lacing and active carbonation; Quite fragrant and sweet aroma of ale malt, with toffee, caramel, chocolate, sugar, light dark fruit, light cherry, light musty, light yeast and faint grass; Light sweet of light ale malt, with light tartness, light metallic, very light red fruits, caramel, light chocolate, soggy light bread, thin lemon and very light grass; Light body, thin and slick palate; Mouth feel is watered-down English Strong Ale: light maltyness, right tartness, light fruitness, good notes of toffee and chocolates. Otherwise pretty watery and empty. Hmm… Hoppiness is faint grassy nose, light lemon and grass taste. Very low-fi bitterness for abrupt semi-finish; Slightly dry after taste, very easy to mouth.

Comments: For most parts, this one seems to conform the to the style - nice dark colour, good head and lacing, sweet fruity aroma - but its taste is like a very diluted ESA, thin, empty and unexciting. Good for a chug at a bar, but not worthy for sessioning. Nah!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (14075) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 25, 2014
bottle at home ... copper ... thin tan head ... soft sweet blackcrrant ovaltine malt nose ... soft sweet blackcurrent fruits ... soft fruit roast ... it is what it is

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SilverfoX (217) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2014
from B&M light nutty aroma no head, tastes bitter with slightly sour overtones bit creamy and fizzy, its alright.


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