Brewed by Adnams
Style: Old Ale
Southwold, England


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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
This is a mild ale style beer brewed with East Anglian pale ale and Crystal malted barley and Boadicea hops. Its dark red/brown in colour with an aroma of caramel and nutty chocolate. The toffee and chocolate also come through on the palate along with hints of red fruits, all balanced by a smooth bitterness. A traditional speciality winter warmer with flavours of fruit, malt, roast grain, and a hint of caramel. Whats the story? Old Ale is based on one of Adnams oldest beer recipes which dates back to to 1890. It was crowned Champion Beer of East Anglia 2013 by Camra.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
erickok (5834) - Leuven, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2016
Glowing red brown body, nice. Brown and berry malts. Not thin, but soft surgery body, quite slick actually. Light spice taste, decent brew, nice alternative. (Half pint on cask at The Castle Inn Cambridge)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Desverger (10568) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2016
[email protected] Bar, Copenhagen - dark amber to brown with a beige head. Sweet and toasted malty with notes of dried fruit, sweet caramel and toffee sweetness, cocoa, sweet malty into the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ulrikolsen (571) - DENMARK - DEC 6, 2016
[email protected] Pours deep reddish brown with thick beige head. Aroma has malt with chocolate and dark caramel and some nutty aromas. Taste is malty with chocolate, nuts, dark caramel and some roasted notes as well. Finish is mild and dry with chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fin (10311) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2015
Cask handpump at The Eels Foot Inn, East Bridge, Suffolk. Friday Christmas Day 25th December 2015 Pours a chestnut colour, some bubbles skittering across the top. Not sure of the style but tastes like a mild to me those typical mild flavours come through, so caramel lightly malty and a bit thin. Its ok. A6 A4 T6 P3 Ov12 3.1

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
teorn88 (7632) - Rimini, ITALY - OCT 5, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2015 Cask at JDW WIQ, London. It pours a clean deep burgundy color with small beige head. Aroma is very light sweet malts and burnt sugar. Taste has more sugar malts and plastic, with light closing bitterness. Light bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, sub-par

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Majek (825) - Ząbki, POLAND - APR 4, 2015
Clear, amber colour with medium and quickly disappearing head. Moderate aroma of caramel, dark dried fruits and earthy note. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Low carbonation. Low to medium body. Its not remerkable, but decent ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheresthepath (2260) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2015
Cask at the Hope Tap, Reading. Chestnut-brown with a thick, smooth beige head and a light fizz. Chocolate up front and a some red wine. Growing oakiness and a lovely smooth mouthfeel. A little lighter than some old ales, which means that it goes down very easily- I could drink a lot of this. A little leathery dryness in the finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kerenmk (4644) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 14, 2015
Cask at Charlies pub, cph. Very dark brown with beige head. Coke, a little caramel and roast and nuts in the nose, mildly bitter, light body, no carbonation, and a little fruity aftertaste. Nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jfb (6131) - GERMANY - JAN 12, 2015
(cask) clear deep ruby colour with a frothy light-beige head. aroma of herbal hops and cardboard, quite yeasty and green, with a hint of earth and some dust. flavour is mostly roasted malts and cardboard, quite oxidized and sweet, with a hint of dark fruit, yeast and caramel. medium- to heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (11423) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2016 Cask at the bridge house. Ruby red caramel coloured pour with a lasting cream head. Atoms is Apple vinegar, caramel. Flavour is composed of apple, caramel, toffee, Apple, vinegar, tart apple. Palate is caramel semi sweet, moderate carbonation. Pretty fucked.

Mini Keg. A nutty brown coloured pour with a lasting loose mid tan head. Aroma is semi sweet, brown sugars, brown bread, jam of toast, raspberry. Flavour is composed of nutty malts, jammy fruits, little chalk, toasted malts. Palate is medium sweet, moderate to low carbonation. Semi drying finish.

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