Old Chimneys Reviews




madmitch76
3.3
Old Chimneys Scarlet Pimpernel
PAJ16th August 2016
Level 42 Bottleshare. Thanks to Paul. Clear amber beer, thin pale cream colour head. Palate is light and dry, decent fine carbonation. Sweetish malts. Mild floral mid. Ripe fruits and dried fruits. Little orange peep. Floral spicy finish. Decent bitter.

Monday, August 22, 2016

nimbleprop
3.3
Old Chimneys Horn of Plenty
33cl bottle from CGarvieUK, which was admittedly a bit aged. Happy to give this a go. Pours a glowing ruby amber with some lightly lacing, white head. Nose has orange rind, some pine, honey, a little candy, some port. Flavor follows, a bit weak and a little cardboard, some mild port/brandy, honey, sticky pine, heavy dried citrus. Sticky finish.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

DuffMan
3.6
Old Chimneys Red Admiral
RBSG 2016 shared at the Grand Tasting after-party in the hotel lobby. Bottle, 2013 vintage. Hazy orange amber, sweet caramel and marzipan, vanilla, boozy finish.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

teorn88
3
Old Chimneys Scarlet Pimpernel
Bottle shared at the August Level 42 tasting. Thanks to Paul. It pours a clean copper color with small off white head. Aroma is sweet malty with raisins and malts. Taste is also sweet malty with more notes of malts, caramel and biscuit. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, decent
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Leighton
3.6
Old Chimneys Scarlet Pimpernel
Bottle shared in CW - thanks to Paul. Pours mostly clear Amber with a creamy topping. Leafy hops in those, light toffee, toasted biscuit. Light to medium sweet flavour with more toffee, earth, mild leafy bitterness, toasted grains. Lei bodied with fine to average carbonation. Decent balance on th finish, some dried fruits. Nice.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

mR_fr0g
3.3
Old Chimneys Scarlet Pimpernel
Bottle shared on Level 42 15/08/2016. Thanks to Paul for this one. A amber brown coloured pour with a halo of light tan head. Aroma is jammy berries, cakey n malts, nutty, toasted. Flavour is composed of toasted malts, nutty, raisin, cakey, mineral. Palate is light, chalky, highish carbonation. Good. Lingering jammy fruits.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Scopey
3.5
Old Chimneys Scarlet Pimpernel
Bottle picked up at the brewery. It pours rich amber - brown with a medium off - white head. The aroma is wood, varnish, toasted nut, earth, leather and light spice. The taste is crisp, bitter, wood, leather, caramel, damp leaves, spice, chewy action and dried fruits with a dry, woody finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Nice old school esb.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Theydon_Bois
3.1
Old Chimneys Scarlet Pimpernel
Bottle at Level 42 Tasting, thanks to Scoopey, 16/08/16. Chestnut brown to amber with a decent beige cap. Nose is nutty, light fruit esters, biscuit. Taste comprises fruit cake, brown sugar, candied fruit peel, brown bread, biscuit malt. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with light bitterings. Adequate for style.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Mesjasz
4
Old Chimneys Red Admiral
Aromat słodki, karmelowy, dużo beczki i nutka whisky oraz śliwki. Smak słodki, miodowy, karmelowy, suszone owoce.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

nimbleprop
3.8
Old Chimneys Red Admiral
33cl bottle pours a murky, brick red with some sudsy, off white head. Nose is zippy with booze and brandy, cherry, fruit cake, raisin. Flavor is interesting, a little fortified wine, brandy, light booze, bubblegum, cherry, candles. A little astringent on the finish.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

seymour
4.5
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
Thanks for sharing, Greg! 275 ml brown bottle, 2012 Vintage. Near-opaque brown, reddish at the corners, spritzy beige head of tiny bubbles, somewhat lasting with nice lacing coating the glass. Some yeast sediment from bottle conditioning. Rich malty flavour, burnt caramel, medium roast coffee, dark chocolate, toasty and a little roasty, a little sticky but not cloying, just the right amount of toasted oak impression. The bitterness balance comes from a cool combination of English hops and charred grain. Full bodied, moderate carbonation, a little leathery oxidation, long-lasting. Ridiculously delicious, one of the greatest beers ever.
Thursday, August 04, 2016

Scopey
3.3
Old Chimneys Great Raft Bitter
Bottle (lot no 032, BBE 06.2017, 4.1%) from Old Chimney. It pours hazy amber with an orange hue and medium beige head. The aroma is bitter - sweet, rich wood, old leather sofa, caramel, toasted nut and a touch of orange marmalade. The taste is bitter, wood, twig, earth, dirt, leather, light spice and orange peel with a dry, earthy finish. Medium body and average carbonation. Decent enough bitter, but no game changer.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Scopey
3.5
Old Chimneys Hairy Canary
Bottle (lot 991, BBE: 04 2017, 3.9%), picked up at the brewery. It pours lightly hazy golden amber with a sturdy, medium white head. The aroma is fresh, fiery ginger, lemon zest, bread and cereal. The taste is crisp, bitter, spicy ginger, lemon, toasted grain, cereal, bread and soda water with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate, lively carbonation. Nice balance to it. Does what it says on the label and pretty well. Refreshing.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

JStax
4
Old Chimneys Red Admiral
Bottle shared at RBSG. The beer is a hazy brown with a beige head of foam. The aroma has dried nuts and toffee. Sweet and dry taste. Bigger body and moderate carbonation.
Friday, July 22, 2016

Garrold
3.7
Old Chimneys King Alfred’s Cake Baltic Porter
Bottle. Cotteridge. Very dark, cola brown. Thin, dense, lasting, tan head. Nose has fruit cake. Fruity yeast. Some chocolate truffle. Light roast. Some ripe pear. Taste is vine fruit sweet. Fairly dry. Light, roast bitterness. Medium body. Fair bit of vinous tang dries things out. Vinous, cakey sweet finish. Not a favourite style, but this drinks tasty and smooth.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

jtclockwork
3.9
Old Chimneys Red Admiral
Bottle - pours amber white head - nose/taste of scotch whiskey, oak, dark fruit and caramel - medium body
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

djd07
3.5
Old Chimneys Red Admiral
Bottle at the RBSG Lobby Share. Pours a hazy copper with no head. The aroma is whiskey, wood, dark fruit. Medium body, caramel, raisin, boozy finish.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Ferris
3.7
Old Chimneys Red Admiral
Bottle - Big toffee and caramel notes with wood. Cloudy copper. Dark Woody, almost cedar and toffee. Very nice.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Travlr
3.6
Old Chimneys Red Admiral
Bottle, hotel beer at RBSG Pittsburgh 2016. Murky amber brown color. Aroma has vanilla, caramel. Taste is smooth, only slightly boozy, sweet.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

jcwattsrugger
3.8
Old Chimneys Red Admiral
275 bottle @rbsg-pbrgh after GT hotel bottle share. Disappearing offwhite-amber. A-whiskey, caramel med malt. T-follows.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Strykzone
3.5
Old Chimneys Red Admiral
Sampled at rbsg. Very murky opaque brown. No foam. Complex barrel notes with whiskey. Berries. Hot. Orange zest, dark fruit. Big.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Scopey
3.5
Old Chimneys Golden Pheasant
Cask at the Mill Inn. It pours clear gold with a medium white head. The aroma is bitter - sweet, floral, honey, grass, biscuit and cereal. The taste is smooth, mellow bitterness, white bread, porridge, biscuit, grass, hay and a touch of spice. Medium body and soft carbonation. Well rounded and easy drinking. 7, 3, 7, 3, 14 - 3.4. Update - cask at the brewery. Fresher and more bitter. Rather nice stuff. 3.5
Friday, July 15, 2016

Scopey
3.4
Old Chimneys Military Mild
Cask at Mill Inn. It pours darkest brown - black with a small beige head. The aroma is earthy roast, liquorice, treacle, umami, dried berry, fruit compote and malt loaf. The taste is dry, roasted malt, toast, earth, coffee, mild fruity tartness, quite light, blackcurrant and raspberry pip with a dry, earthy finish. Light body and soft carbonation. A decent fruity mild.
Friday, July 15, 2016

Habanero
4
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
Bottled. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, notes of berries anddark fruit notes. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry and slightly bitter. Excellent Impy. 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Monday, July 11, 2016

madmitch76
3
Old Chimneys Walnut
27th June 2016
Bottleshare on the England Football team night of shame! Thanks to Leighton. Almost opaque brown beer, tidy pale tan head. Palate is airy and semi dry. Smooth malts, mellow dark character. Mild spice into spicy esters. Light semi dry finish. To be frank, a typically okay beer from this brewery.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Boutip
3.9
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium size dark brown foamy head with some retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with nice black chocolates notes is pretty awesome. Taste is a nice mix of chocolate malt with light roasted malt with limited oak presence that rounds off any rough edges to this beer. Body is full with oily like texture and medium carbonation with no apparent alcohol. This is pretty quintessential English style stout with smooth flavours and easy drinking notes and without any extreme cloying flavours.
Wednesday, July 06, 2016

gregwilsonstl
4.2
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
2012 vintage. Dark brown. Nutty. Like a big, thick brown ale. Thick. Oak. Thx BlackHaddock. Shared w Seymour celebrating new gig. Considerably different the impy’s that im used to, more nutty.
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Biroholik
3.5
Old Chimneys Good King Henry
Warka do: 10.2017
Kolor: Czarny jak bezgwiezda noc, nie przepuszcza żadnym promieni światła.
Piana: Ciemny, bardzo ciemny beż, wpadający w brąz. Piana tak jak na załączonym obrazku składa się głównie z dużych i średnich oczek. Z siłą wodospadu opada w dół nie pozostawiając praktycznie żadnych śladów na szkle. Obrączka kilkumilimetrowa oddziela ostatnią warstwę piwa. Szumowina niezbyt trwała i szybko kurcząca się.
Zapach: Początek dość burzliwy. Zaraz po zrzuceniu firmowej czapeczki - lekkie przegazowanie. Na szczęście po chwili piwo uspokoiło swoją porywczą naturę. Aromat budują ciemne słody, subtelna paloność, deserowa czekolada, kakao i minimalna nutka ciemnych owoców.
Smak: Smak tworzą owoce lasu: jeżyny, czarne jagody i borówki amerykańskie. Od czasu do czasu przewija się akcenty słodów palonych. W kontrze do owocowej podstawy stają nuty kakao, melasy i gorzkiej czekolady. Paloność wraz z ogrzewaniem zwiększa swoją intensywność, przechodząc pod koniec w popiół. Po paru chwilach uaktywniają się także orzeszki ziemne, a wraz z nimi słony posmak w ustach. Kawowy kwasek raz po raz pokazuje swoją wytrawną stronę. Goryczka średnia, do wysokiej. Pełnia średnia. Zdecydowanie brakuje tutaj słodkiej przeciwwagi. Alkohol chwilami drażni język i podniebienie powodując ich zdrętwienie.
RIS jak RIS - może jak na angielskie standardy OK, ale jak na moje średnio-słaby trunek.
Wysycenie: Średnie.
Podusumowanie:
Cena trunku Ł5.20 (Ok. 30 zł.). Myślę, że w tej cenie w UK można kupić dużo lepsze RIS-y. Przypuszczam, że wersja leżakowana mogłaby zrobić furorę. Piwo ma potencjał, jednak wymaga odpowiedniego leżakowania. Bardzo spodobała mi się tutaj nietypowa dla RIS-ów sugestia leśnych owoców (jeżyny, jagody, borówki). Niekoniecznie przypadła mi do gustu wysoka paloność, popiołowość i nazbyt wysokie wysycenie. Król Henryk może się podobać, jednakże na mnie nie zrobił aż takiego wrażenia. Oceńcie sami jak wpadnie w Wasze dłonie. Wasze zdrowie!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

mR_fr0g
3.5
Old Chimneys Walnut
Bottle shared at Leighton’s place, 27/06/2016. Many thanks to Leighton for this one. A mahogany brown coloured pour with a loose beige head. Aroma is nutty malts, earthy brown bread, twig, tangy red berry. Flavour is composed of bitter toasted nutty malts, brown bread, hints of liquorice, bitter tangy woodland berries. Palate is semi sweet, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy. Nice.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Theydon_Bois
3.4
Old Chimneys Walnut
Bottle at Bespin, thanks to LKS, 27/06/16. Rich mahogany brown with a decent beige swirl. Nose is chocolate, orange peel, light spice, bourbon biscuit, dark malts. Taste comprises toffee, biscuit, light cocoa, earthy, dark malts. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with light hop bite. Decent offering for the style.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Scopey
3.5
Old Chimneys Walnut
Bottle thanks to LKS. It pours dark brown with a decent beige head. The aroma is bitter - sweet, brown bread, malt loaf, cocoa, treacle, toast and cereal. The taste is bitter - sweet, malt - driven, toasted grain, earth, wood, leather, toasted nut and cacao nibs with a drying, toasty finish. Medium body and average carbonation. Decent.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Leighton
3.7
Old Chimneys Walnut
Bottle shared in W2 - sourced from Eebria. Pours deep brown with a creamy, tan head. Lightly roasted malts in the nose, toasted biscuits, faint cocoa and caramel. Medium sweet flavour with rich bready malts, more toast, toffee, mild scorched earth. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Nicely balanced finish, more of the same, toasted biscuit, faint dried fruits. Really enjoyable beer.
Monday, June 27, 2016

RichTheVillan
3.5
Old Chimneys King Alfred’s 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 Alfred’s 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 Alfred’s 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 Alfred’s 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 Alfred’s 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 Alfred’s 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 Alan’s 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