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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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (6164) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2010
Cask-conditioned at the Market Porter, Southwark 14/10/10. Deep, ruddy brown with a slight tan head. Sweet, nutty aroma with some fruit and roasted malts. Flavours of berry fruit, wood, chocolate and charred malts, before a decent bitter finish. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2004
Cask@Twickenham BF. Lovely smoke, woody, roasty old ale. Nice touch of winey acidity in the finish, nice dry finish, really enoyed it a lot.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5179) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2005 March, 2004: Gravity @ London Drinker Fest. Black with scarlet fringes. Big black chocolate aroma - very black. A full soft mouthfeel. Slightly sour woody notes. Very tasty. Full of character.[3.4]
Jan, 2005:Bottle Conditioned. An attractive dark beer bordering on a stout but with an interesting edge of refreshing acidity. [3.4]

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (5155) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAY 25, 2012
Bottle from Beermerchants.com. Pours dark ruby, like Coke with a tiny off-white head. Aroma is vinous, coffee. Taste is moderate sweet grapes, a light sour note appears after the frirst sip, liquorice and spices, lingering all the way to the end. Soft carbonated. Thin and watery mouthfeel

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Miksu (4938) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 14, 2012
Cask at GBBF 2011. Dark reddish brown color. Toffeish malty aroma with licorice. Sweetish toffeish flavor with plenty of licorice. Rounded and mellow. Tastes old but I would not say it is positive in this case.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (4402) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2011 50cl bottle from the Home Brew Shop, Aldershot. Dark brown, almost black, in colour with a billowing tan head; malty aroma; malty flavour with some smoke, caramel and pear; dry, burnt sugar finish.

Cask at the John Logie Baird (JDW), Hastings. Deep chestnut brown, sweet and caramelly with a dry slightly smokey finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (4379) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Gravity @ Wandsworth Common Halloween Beer Festival. The pour’s deep brown with a tiny off-white head. The nose is deep nutty earthiness, some chocolate and sweet syrup. Toasted brown bread and caramel. The taste is toasted leafy tobacco, some prune and dark fruits. A bit of spiced pumpkin cake and runny toffee. Chocolate malts. Medium body, smooth. Overall, a fairly flavorful effort. Solid stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wimpyjoe (3561) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2013
Not quite black, but very dark red with a small bubbly head. It could easily be mistaken as a porter with its roasted malts which ooze of chocolate and coffee in both aroma and taste.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
mike_77 (2985) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle conditioned - Aroma quite sour with some wine notes and yeast. Flavour has some full and fruity malts but also some light sourness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2006
BCA (from Southwick Brewhouse, BBE May 06). I’ve been experimenting with leaving bottle conditioned beers to condition after opening for an hour or more. This was left for two hours before sampling which I think added a real smoothness, not quite cask ale but nice. Dark with reddish glint. Earthy woody malts with pleasing hoppy bits which quickly fade. Quite dry with interesting acidity to the finish and some roasted complexities. Light bodied but full. Relaxed but very tasty and I would love to try this on cask.


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