Brewed by WJ King
Style: Old Ale
Horsham, England


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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Cask; Status uncertain. Also available Bottle Conditioned.
This award-winning dark brown Old Ale has an intense dry, coffee and slightly smoky aroma. There’s a delicious and satisfying mouth feel of silky viscosity before the taste of coffee and molasses covers your taste buds. The aftertaste of liquorice from the malt and slight spice from the relatively light use of hops complements the preceding flavours very well and forms the perfect end to this beautiful beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (12635) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2011
Bottle shared at CPK. Clearish brown pour with a faint head. Light roast and fruit in the nose. Prune and raisin. More ripe, dark fruits in the flavor, lightly sweet, not too bitter. Medium in body with average carbonation. A little tangy on the finish, fruity, faintly roasty. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11303) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 24, 2012
Cask @ Charlies Cph.
Pours dark mahogany with a small, staying, creamy, beige head. Aroma has lovely chocolate, light roasted and good hazel notes. Lowish carbonation, impressive creamy mouthfeel - especially for the ABV. Flavour is sweet, cocoa with hazel syrup, light coffee and chocolate. A bit short-lived in its finish, but with okay malty dryness. Fine beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (11071) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2012
Cask. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Dark red-amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy spicey aroma. Moderate bitter wonderfull flavor. Dark spicey fruits. Long moderate biter finish. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (11000) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2012
cask at charlies. Clear very dark brown, smooth light brown head. Faint but distinct roasted dry malty aroma. Flavor is roasted malts, faint charcoal, rye sweetness, tasty flavorfull english stout

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (10874) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2013
Cask conditioned at Merton Winter Beer Fest ’13. Dark brown to chestnut with cream head. There is a sharp, fruitiness to this beer, quite tangy with an additional nutty flavour. Some dark roasted malt notes, coffee, chocolate in addition to liquorice. Later a slight tartness comes through. Reasonable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (10587) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2012
Cask dispense at the Half Moon, Windlesham (Feb ’12). Pours a dark mahogany brown with a thin beige / off-white head. Chocolate, roasted malts and dried fruit aroma. Well balanced flavours in the taste, molasses, dried fruits, a little spice, slighty musty tasting, biscuity and roasted malts in the background with a hint of chocolate and coffee. I enjoyed the mouthfeel of this beer, carbonation quite moderate with a slightly burnt/smoked flavour in the aftertaste with a sour edge. Overall a very pleasant winter beer that warms the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (9818) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 21, 2011
Cask (GBBF2011, Wed)
Darkish brown, with a small head. Slightly musty aroma. There’s some wet sheep in the mouth, and I guess in the aroma too when you look for it. Roasted and slightly coffee-like finish, but also very grainy. Alas the spicy biltong dimished our ability to taste this one, which is a shame, it’s a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7877) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2013
Cask Gravity at the Green Dragon, Croydon. It pours deep brown with a small off-white head. The nose is earth, roasty, toast, cola, dark fruit, blackcurrant and strawberry jam. The taste is bitter-sweet, dark fruit, berry, treacle, liquorice, wood and light bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Nice fruity character. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2004
Now this actually comes on like a genuine old ale. Very dark black. The woody aroma with hints of lactic sourness immediately strike you and there is some bitter chocolate in there too. Palate is much the same, with some sour notes on the finish. Excellent, chewy, complex stuff. Cask (gravity), London Drinker beer festival.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2008
A Mes rate: gravicask at Twickenham beer festival.
Mahogany red with a good beige head and in decent condition. Strange but pleasant aroma. Full of Devonshire clotted cream and marzipan with a rich malt base and plenty of tobacco. A similar flavour but with a strong smoky character. Lots of charred wood, boardering on ashy but not quite. Wow, this is almost rauchbier smokiness, especially in the finish. Pleasing dried fruit and pipe tobacco finish. Lots of character. A very good old ale though not exactly what I would call true to style.

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