Old Chimneys Reviews




RichTheVillan
3.5
Old Chimneys King Alfredís Cake Baltic Porter
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; dark opaque brown pour with a bubbly light tan head, aroma has dark fruit and some light roast, taste has dandelion and burdock pop, dark fruits, some liquorice, roast finish.
Tuesday, June 07, 2016

SarkyNorthener
3.4
Old Chimneys King Alfredís Cake Baltic Porter
Bottle shared thanks to richthevillan, cheers Rich. Black beer with residual head. Aroma of licorice, roasted malts and banana. Taste is licorice, roasted malts, dark cherry and some tar. Decent.
Saturday, June 04, 2016

muydeemer
3.7
Old Chimneys King Alfredís Cake Baltic Porter
Aroma: dark fruits, vanilla, plum in chocolate, dark cake. Appearance: Black, solid yellowish head, disappearing relatively quickly. Taste: Sheer sweetness going through bubble gum finishing with dark chocolate hints. Palate: Slightly fizzy, full-bodied, long finish.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Smithld1
3.7
Old Chimneys Good King Henry
As below cask in the rake via the cellar. Lovely drop. Raisins, alcohol, stewed fruit. Quite a treat.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

evergreen0199
4.2
Old Chimneys Good King Henry
Cask (cellar run) at The Rake, Borough Market, London. A very dark brown/black coloured pour with a thin beige head on top. Rich roasty, malty, chocolate, coffee aroma. Tastes similar, rich, roasty, malty, chocolate, coffee, a little caramel, soft and sweet. This was incredibly easy to drink, a quite marvellous Imperial Stout.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Hansen
4.3
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
Black beer. Has a light-brown head, diminishing. Heavy complex aroma, lightly roasted, chocolate, raspberries, solvents and lightly cider-wood. Harmonic.
Sunday, May 08, 2016

MacBoost
4.1
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
275ml bottle. I guess since the Brits have small cocks, they make smaller bottles of beer too. Anyway, I chugged the entire thing in under 5 seconds. It was roasty, oaky and thick. Pretty tame. THANKS RICH!!!
Wednesday, April 06, 2016

rood
4.7
Old Chimneys Good King Henry
Nose is molasses, figs and chocolate malts. Taste is a wonderful counterbalance between sweet (mollasses, sugar), bitterness (hop, bitter chocolate malt) and umami (leather). Reminds me of Black Albert in the good old days. A perfect beer. Gimme more gimme more!!!.Thanks berntholer for sharing
Friday, April 01, 2016

Mjp12
3.9
Old Chimneys Good King Henry
Poured from the bottle, leaving all the sediment behind in the bottle. Rich coffe, chocolate and licorice notes on the aroma. Lots of sweet dark fruit in the flavour, but there is enough bitterness in the finish to make you come back for more.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

ABT_S54
3.7
Old Chimneys King Alfredís Cake Baltic Porter
Dark grown with a light tan head which fizzes and dies down slowly to a small ring of froth around the edge of the glass. Not much going on in the aroma with maybe hints of cocoa and coffee if pushed. Taste is upfront sweetness with a banana-like bubblegum flavour giving way to a slight dryness which is nicely gauged and balanced. A good solid effort but as only my second Baltic Porter it is not the best or as good as Good King Henry. Overall not as complex as I expected with the cake moniker but nice enough.
Monday, March 28, 2016

digitalviking
4.2
Old Chimneys Good King Henry
Beautiful labeling and beautiful beer. I got a really big head because I think I overcarbonated it. Mostly molasses and bubblegum aroma. Really good stuff.
Monday, March 21, 2016

Zita
3.6
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
light sweet toasted aroma,black, brown foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, long finish,
Friday, March 18, 2016

HenrikSoegaard
4.1
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
Bottle 2008 Vintage. Frothy White fair mostly deminishing head. Black colour. Heavy malty and moderate hopy aroma. Heavy bitter nice flavor. Chocolate and coffee notes. long moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate.
Friday, March 18, 2016

Garrat
3.7
Old Chimneys King Alfredís Cake Baltic Porter
Bottle.Pitch black with little head,aroma of fennel earth and dark fruits,taste of dark chocolate,red wine,liquorice,dark fruit with herbs and alcohol,long dry finish.
Thursday, March 17, 2016

fletchfighters
3.5
Old Chimneys White Admiral
275 ML bottle Thanks to Owen for sharing Murky orange brown, good ruby hue to this. Off white head, falls to a collar. leaves strips of lacing. nose is banana creme pie, graham cracker crust, candy sugar and creme soda. Slightly sweet nose but it works. Very enticing. Taste is an assault of banana. Very forward and upfront. Little bits of vanilla wafer with the banana cream pie in the taste. Interesting beer, a bit full on as really a dark dunkelweiss but with a lot of character.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

fletchfighters
3.4
Old Chimneys Red Admiral
Thanks to Owen for sharing 275ML bottle Murky orange brown color, off white head that falls to a nice collar. Good ABV legs and good lacing. Looks thick. nose is a bit of Christmas spice. Orange, nutmeg, almonds, walnuts but notes of wood and whisky. Changes more to like an Irish creme in a way. Gets a little oppressive as it warms up. Taste is very fruity and nutty. Typical English BW, very nice. Good notes of barrel and whisky. Gets a bit odd as it warms up and the liqueur part kicks in. Kind of overpowers the beer in a way. Still nice but liked the other parts of the beer a lot more.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

BeerLuvver
4.4
Old Chimneys King Alfredís Cake Baltic Porter
Bottle from Beautiful Beers. Pours very dark chocolate brown with healthy head and tight head. Frothy head remains throughout. Scent of liquorice, pear drops, fruity herbal and boozy. Flavour is a smooth soft mouthfeel. Again lots of liquorice, milk chocolate, boozy and pears. Big fruity flavours from the yeast? Superb beer and extremely drinkable. One of Alanís best.
Friday, March 11, 2016

markextrae
4.4
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
2011 vintage bottle got shared at my local bottle shop, out of nowhere, one top want. poured a pitch black colour with a beige head on top. nose is filled with roasted malt, so much roast. deep sweet bakers chocolate, sweet dark red fruits, still some bitter ground coffe, sweet chocolate covered raisins. slight vanilla sweetness, charred oak, tobacco, amazing smooth mouthfeel. lovely. and from england! amazing stuff
Friday, March 04, 2016

bytemesis
3.7
Old Chimneys Good King Henry
Bottle - thanks Santa! Pours opaque black with a medium creamy brown head that lasts and laces well. Aroma is licorice and roasted malts. Flavor is lots of anise, molasses, some cocoa, roasted malts, hints of tobacco. Quite sweet and medium bitter. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. A little high on licorice for me to truly enjoy.
Sunday, February 14, 2016

Beersiveknown
2.9
Old Chimneys Redshank Strong Ale
bottle at home via eebria
acidic red fruit and toffee apples on nose bright amber with beige lacing, slick and thick, very sweet, fruity malt led, demerara sugar and quite boozy with higher alcohols some solventy notes...tough going tbh.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Beersiveknown
3.4
Old Chimneys Barbastelle
2014 vintage bottle from eebria
fruity chocolate, sticky, sweet, very highly carbonated dark brown with pale beige head, fruity, warming a little licorice, quite earthy savoury in finish

Sunday, January 03, 2016

BlackHaddock
3.8
Old Chimneys Good King Henry
1st Rate of 2016: 330ml bottle (Lot 825 BBE 10/2016). Poured into a Westmalle chalice just after midnight early hours of 1st Jan. What a great way to start a year. Drank with a íDouble Deckerí chocolate bar, really worked. The deep malty brew with itís chocolate and coffee flavours were complimented by the sweeter, lighter confectionary and it was a fitting nightcap to an English tasting session I held with myself throughout New Years Eve cumulating with this fine Imp Stout. Would have preferred the head to be deeper and richer, but that is a small consideration compared to the overall enjoyment of such a flavoursome beer.
Thursday, December 31, 2015

Scottishchris
4.4
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
Catchup rate. Pre-load prior to Jonski lunch (make of that what you will!). Bottle via eebria. 2013 vintage. Ok so this is the big one. Everyone raves about it, so it had to be done. Black, brown head. Big malty chocolate fruity coffee. Full thick body, soft fizz. Boozy but well hidden until you get up. I think it is the subtlety that gets this one the rates - not too full on, just really good and complex. I did like it a lot and very happy to share it with the main man.
Thursday, December 31, 2015

madmitch76
3.2
Old Chimneys Red Stag
15th December 2015
Bottleshare at Chez Smith. Thanks to Dan. Clear amber beer, good cream colour head. Palate is airy and semi dry, mild fine carbonation. Fluffy dry malts, some creamy sweetness. Mild spice. Little ripe citrus. A mild bitterness builds through the light semi dry finish. Okay.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Niller
4.7
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
Bottle shared with Desverger. Many thanks Reuben. (2011 Vintage). Pours pitch black with a brown head. Aroma and taste is roasted malts, chocolate, dried fruits, coffee, oak. Full body. Very smooth on the palate. Soft carbonation. Smooth finish with alcohol notes. Very delicious.
Sunday, December 27, 2015

spycow
4.4
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
Had the pleasure of trying this a few times over the last few years. This is quite the beer. The aroma of a good english stout that is black as coal. Taste is rich, thick and chocolatey. Hits your palate with this a big punch of a stout but doesnít feel or taste like a 11% stout. Look forward to trying this again. Cheers!
Saturday, December 26, 2015

Desverger
4.6
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
Bottle thanks to Ed, shared with Niller, Hammel, DK (2011 Vintage) - inky black coloured pour with thin tan head. Aroma and taste is sweet and roasted malty, big bold chocolate notes, some dark fruit, soy, some subtle burnt malty sugar notes, so smooth and luxurious on the palate, wooden oaky nuances, subtle vanilla trace into the finish. Outrageously immense. Love it,
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Scottishchris
4.1
Old Chimneys Red Admiral
Bottle via ebria. Crystal clear rich red, good white head. Nutty sweet caramel apple, wood. Thick, oily mouthfeel. Spice and oak chips, sweet woody caramel. Hefty and good.
Sunday, December 20, 2015

mR_fr0g
3.6
Old Chimneys Red Stag
Bottle shared at Leightons place, 14/12/15. Thanks to Daniel for this one. Nice reddy amber coloured pour lasting cream coloured head. Aroma is toffee cakey malts, red berry, cranberry, semi sweet, Flavour is composed of little solvent. Flavour is nutty toffee malts, red berry, little spice, mineral. Palate is semi sweet, moderate airy carbonation, grainy.
Sunday, December 20, 2015

The_Osprey
3.3
Old Chimneys Red Stag
Bottle shared at Leightonís. 7.2% BB Sep 2016. Red, lightly sparkling, foamy tan head. Aroma is redcurrant, varnish and alcohol. Body is medium to light, tingly carbonation, a touch foamy. Taste is sugary, tangy fruits, apple skin, dry finish with plenty of alcohol showing up.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Leighton
3.5
Old Chimneys Red Stag
Bottle shared in London - big thanks to Daniel. Pours clear, glowing amber with a creamy, off-white head. The nose has dried fruits, bread, a little English yeast. Medium sweet flavor with bready malts, light toffee, toasted biscuits, dried berries. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet and bready on the finish with notes of butterscotch, light leafy hops, more leathery berries. Very tasty.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Scopey
3.3
Old Chimneys Red Stag
Bottle big thanks to Danny. It pours clear deep brown with a thick yellow-white head. The nose is woody, varnish, leather, caramel, dried fruits, earth, raisin and fruit cake. The taste is bitter, woody, leather, caramel / caramel, bready, raisin, toasty, dried fruits and spice with a dry, woody finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Boosty strong. Not bad.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Theydon_Bois
3.4
Old Chimneys Red Stag
Bottle split at the Bespin cloud network, thanks to Danny, 15/12/15. Reddish amber with a decent beige covering. Nose is sweet malt, cream soda, caramel, light booze, fruit loaf. Taste comprises sweet toffee, toasted brown sugar, biscuit, fruit loaf, orange rind. Medium + bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok Stronge.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

GlasgowTAD
3.5
Old Chimneys Red Stag
Pours crimson with a light-brown/beige head. Aroma is caramel, slight vanilla and strawberry jam. Taste is strawberry jam sweet, medium hoppy bitterness, slight caramel and slight raspberry tartiness and sweetness.
Friday, December 11, 2015

BlackHaddock
4
Old Chimneys Parnassus
500ml bottle from the brewery, poured into a UK pint sleeve at home on 11th Dec 2015, some 5 months before itís BBD. No sediment left the bottle, so I got a lovely clear amber bodied beer with a full white foam blanket on top. Perfumed, floral nose, interesting aroma all round. The taste has a semi-sweet malt front with a deep hop based depth that takes over mid-sip. Complex and different, a beer to sip, not to rush or gulp. Very, very pleasant in deed.
Friday, December 11, 2015

Scottishchris
3.3
Old Chimneys Red Stag
Bottle via eebria. Deep ruby, clear with disappearing whitish head. Fruity malt nose. Medium body, a bit sticky but generally dry. More dried fruits and some hops. Fine.
Saturday, December 05, 2015

rood
5
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
2012 bottle. Pours thick. In aroma a lot of cacao, brown sugar, muscovado. In taste beautiful sweet cacao, nice bitter from the black malts but like in a good espresso bitter, muscovado, minerals, salty, and a beautiful earthy flavour. No barrel effect perceived. The beer is beautifully balanced. Very very nice in palate, nice balance between sweet, salt, bitter and velvet mouthfeel. One of the best RIS Iíve drank ever ever. Thanks berntholer for sharing this great one.
Thursday, December 03, 2015

Scottishchris
3
Old Chimneys Black Rat
Bottle via eebria. Pours like a Coke. Fruit and light milky coffee nose. Medium body, lively carbs. Malts, coffee. Dry finish. Fine but not my thing.
Sunday, November 29, 2015

Scottishchris
4
Old Chimneys Good King Henry
Bottle via eebria. Pitch black, thin brown head. Coffee, chocolate, molasses. Full body, thick mouthfeel, good carbonation. Sweet Demerara sugar and some liquorice. Long finish.
Saturday, November 28, 2015

Scottishchris
3.5
Old Chimneys Barbastelle
Bottle via eebria. Pitch black, tan head. Chocolate and roasted malts. Medium body, good carbonation. Cocoa powder, dark choc, dark fruit. Long bitter finish. Tasty.
Friday, November 27, 2015

Scottishchris
3
Old Chimneys Scarlet Tiger
Bottle via eebria. Murky chestnut, no head. Fruity malty nose. Medium light body, low carbonation. Fruit and nut malts. Sweet caramel and bitter finish. It's fine but not my thing.
Friday, November 27, 2015

Scottishchris
3.3
Old Chimneys Brimstone
Bottle via eebria as mixed case. Lightly hazy gold, small white head. Bready and fruity lager nose. Medium-full body, good fizz. Full fruity pilsner taste, abv showing. Decent.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Douberd
4.4
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
(Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve) Re-rate, bottle 275 ml at home, from an IP trade with BenH, thanks Ben! Vintage 2012, served into a snifter, ABV 11% Same appearance as previous rating, totally black with a finger of thick, dark brown head, with great retention. Aroma of vanilla, cheddar, wood, roasted malts, whiskey, faint alcohol. Much better taste than previous bottle, the soy sauce has gone, instead lots of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, notable alcohol, liquorice, whiskey like itís barrel aged, cheddar. Full body, nicely carbonated. Fantastic, once again, even better than the previous bottle. Bottle 275 ml from a trade with cgarvieuk a couple of years ago at Borefts, vintage 2010. Served into a snifter, ABV 11% Black as the night colour on the body, absorbing all light and thick as motor oil. One full finger of thick, dark brown head sitting on top, with great retention. Aroma has lots of vanilla, alcohol, wood, roasted malts, soy sauce, light liquorice. Taste is sweet but not cloying, lots of roasted malts, coal and ash on the finish, vanilla, hints of alcohol every now and then and as it warms up but otherwise well hidden, soy sauce, plums, dark fruits, faint chocolate. I could just keep writing, the more it warms up the more it reveals. Thick, full body with good carbonation. Amazing, even at 5 years old. 9-4-8-4-18=4.3
Sunday, November 15, 2015

SilverfoX
4.1
Old Chimneys Amber Porter
bitter chocolate and vanilla aromas, dark amber body with white lacing, rich chocolate and very smooth excellent.
Sunday, November 15, 2015

SilverfoX
4.4
Old Chimneys Red Admiral
banana, oak, tobacco and whiskey, dark brown with a white frothy head, dry fruity rum flavour, full bodied and delicious with no hint of it strength
Sunday, November 15, 2015

s_hartshorne
4
Old Chimneys Red Admiral
Back log rate 2nd Midlands tasting. Brown ok head. Aroma is vannila oak sweet malts taste same some whiskey warmth some alcohol. Nice syrupy body. Good stuff.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

gowdy
3.5
Old Chimneys Arrowhead
Taste of a bottle at Craigís. A bit cloudy. Maybe a touch thin. A red hint in colour.
Saturday, November 07, 2015

anfractuosity
4.3
Old Chimneys Red Admiral
Aroma - Lovely warming whisky aroma, with notes of dark fruits Appearance - Slightly cloudy dark ruby in colour, dark cream coloured head Mouthfeel - Lovely warmth from the whisky. Moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy head. Flavour - Strong whisky flavour. Taste of caramel, toffee from the malts. Light bitterness in the aftertaste. Malt forward, as suitable for the style. Very enjoyable. Wish I had more bottles.
Friday, November 06, 2015

Garrold
3
Old Chimneys Black Rat
Bottle. From Eebria ages ago. 9 months out of date. Clear, very dark red. Big, bubbly head, that settles into a lasting film of tan. Lots of fizz to this. Nose has ripe plum. Milk chocolate. Soft vine fruit. Some earthy, charred wood to it, too. Taste is dry. Very earthy. Loads of fizz. I must say I donít like stouts with too much fizz. Finishes mostly dry. Ok. Should have drunk this a year ago, so I canít be too unkind.
Sunday, November 01, 2015

Beersiveknown
3.2
Old Chimneys Horn of Plenty
2014 bottle at home from the brewery via eebria
opaque dark toffee brown with offwhite lacing, sweet demerara sugar, orange peel and a touch of pine. rich sticky, warming, nettley, pithy, jagged jarring raspy finish. warming, slightly minerally malt led with hefty dose of hops.

Sunday, November 01, 2015