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Brewed by Wold Top
Style: Old Ale
Driffield, England

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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   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.


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MatteoD. (137) - - JAN 4, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2013 Un bel cappello di schiuma beige, che scende rapidamente ed un aroma di luppoli e di pane tostato, al palato morbida e avvolgente, sulla lingua di avverte il luppolo, il malto tostato, un amaro persistente e piacevole. È’ la miglior birra della Wold Top Brewery che abbia bevuto! Ottima come dark Ale invernale! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Idiosynkrasie (3708) - 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 (10841) - 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 (2075) - 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 (7347) - 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 (3937) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Leighton (10683) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2013
Bottle at a ChrisO Tasting - London. Pours clear auburn with a light, bubbly head. Modest caramel and pine aroma. Pretty bland flavor, light sweetness, some leaves, light toast, faint caramel. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Fairly dry to finish with more leafy bitterness and light toast. Nothing special, really.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
fejez (37) - ITALY - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (14711) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2013
UPDATED: APR 26, 2014 1st January 2012
Clear deep red - amber beer. Tidy cream coloured head. Crispy dry palate. Dry malt with a little dark toffee. Typical astringent English bitter hop, next to no hop fruit. Dry finish with a trace of bubblegum ester. Too dry and harsh.2.4

23rd April 2014
Clear deep red beer, tidy cream coloured head. Palate is airy and a little soft. Modest fine carbonation. The malt is light and smooth and carries mild dark chocolate and tiny bit of roast bitterness. Light thin malt cream. Tangy fruits, whisper of cherry. Light coffee. Light finish with a mild bitter linger. Not bad at all and a big improvement on the previous time I had it.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rauchbier (3598) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle,from Williams Farm Kitchen, Hornsea. Deep red, almost black, thin but lasting creamy beige head and gentle condition. Bitter chocolate, roast coffee beans and a little vanilla in the nose, initial fruity dryness in the mouth becomes more chocolate sweet then coffee bitter with time, finish is dry and fruity and a little unbalanced.


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