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Wold Top Shepherd’s Watch

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Brewed by Wold Top
Style: Old Ale
Driffield, England

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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Bottle: Seasonal - Winter
A rich dark Ale, ideal for keeping the chill of Winter at bay. The roasted barley and pale chocolate malt give a deep red hue, the hop combination of Progress, Styrian Goldings and Cascade give bitterness with a soft spicy yet fruity edge, resulting in a winter beer that is well balanced, with an underlying maltiness, and a subtle fruit aroma, excellent with Yorkshire Parkin, Christmas Pudding, Rich Fruit Cake and Mince Pies.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (18915) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark amber ruby color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel aroma with weak hints of dark fruit. Fruity malty spicy caramel flavor with weak hints of dark fruit. Has a fruity malty caramel and weak dark fruit finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ManVsBeer (5477) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2015
Bottle from Booths, Media City. Darker clear copper-red with a thin head. There’s grain, malt and a hint of chocolate in its nose. It’s not as stated in its taste but there’s a good sweetness running throughout its character.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
geepy (5) - ITALY - JAN 16, 2015 does not count
Bottiglia 50cl. Colore marrone scuro, schiuma non abbondante e mediamente persistente. Al naso sentori di malto, caramello. Aroma decisamente dominato dall’amaro dei malti tostati. Scad. 08/2015

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (4702) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2015
500ml bottle: BBE Aug 15, poured at home into a vase shaped ’Old Speckled Hen’ badged glass on 7th Jan 15. Dark ruby body with an off-white, thin blanket of foam. Malty nose with a rich promise of candid and hedgerow fruitiness; which appeared in the flavours, once you sip the brew. Mild spice touch to the beer: one of the better Winter/Christmas beers I have had the misfortune/chance to try over this 2014/2015 period.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Garrat (1303) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2014
Bottle.Black and ruby small head,aroma of dark malt blackberry,alcohol and wood,taste is malty roasted coffee dark malt,date and alcohol,dry

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Idiosynkrasie (4669) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAY 29, 2014
500ml bottle. Clear, deepest ruby red colour with small to average, thick, frothy to creamy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, beige head. Malty, fruity aroma, hints of cherries and red berries, cautious hints of milk chocolate, a cherry-peppermint mixture like the correspondent ’Fisherman’s Friend’-sort (of course with considerably lower intensity), decently spicy background with a touch of succory. Taste is spicy, malty, slighty roasty, fruity hoppy hints of red berries are afflicted with limited assertiveness. Not unbalanced, but neither strictly ’horizontal’ on that scale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (12921) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2014
Bottle from Alesbymail. Clear dark brown with a lasting beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit and a little roasted malt. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 070514

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stravale (2424) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - FEB 23, 2014
Bottle from Ales By Mail [240214]
Dark ruby, clear, bubbly white head
Aroma of fruity caramel malts, fruit cake, slight spicy hops, dark fruits
Taste of caramel, dark fruits, dab of spicy hops, fruit cake, touch of raisins, some bitter English hop, toasted malts, malty fruits, quite complex
Palate - soft carb, medium body, oily, smooth. Finish a little dry, fruity caramel malts and bitter English hops in the linger
Overall - Sort of a cross between an ESB and an Old Ale. Not bad at all.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fin (8181) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Jude & Baz (cheers) consumed Friday 31st January 2014. Pours almost black, a bit smokey, a little tiny sourness most noticeable on the nose. Its ok but nothing exciting, a little tart fruitiness. Ok. A6 A3 T6 P3 Ov12 3.0

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (4209) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2013
Bottle. I really enjoyed this one.Dark brown with a small head.Malty and warming. A real winter warm that is recommended.


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