Brewed by Adnams
Style: Old Ale
Southwold, England


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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   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. It’s 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. What’s 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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
greenmanalishi (568) - Leicestershire, - OCT 10, 2011
Malty caramels, raisin, milk, bit of liquorice spice, but still blander that I was hoping for, and I’m not sure it was in the best condition off the cask.

Parmenion777 (380) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2017 Pours a reddish brown colour with a small beige head. Aroma is malty with some vine fruit and an earthy nuttiness. A malty taste, dry in the mouth with a nutty flavour and more dryness in a fruity finish. One pint is enough for me.

SG111 (2140) - New York, USA - DEC 17, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2017 Tap at Spoons, carrickfergus. Pours amber color, big nitro tan head. Aroma is caramel malt, bit nutty. Flavor follows. Nutty and malty. Bit flat and kinda nitro body. Not good.

john44 (3456) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2017
Cask at The White Horse Old Ale Festival, Parson's Green in Nov 2017 - Dark reddish brown in colour. Slight head (little room). Malty; toasty malts, caramel, nutty. Fruity; dark fruits, plums, raisins. Lightly spicy. Hoppy; moderate hop bitterness. Sweet-bitter fruity malty throughout. (2017-11)

allmyvinyl (11177) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 11, 2017
Cask up the White Lady. Pours clear red-brown with a thin beige head. Light fruity aromas, dark berries and faint chocolate. Taste is more on the chocolate side. Faintly nutty. Can't beat a good cask mild! Wish I had time for another.

SarkyNorthener (5012) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2017
[email protected] Matthews hall, Walsall. Dark brown beer with medium tan head. Aroma of dark malts, light liquorice and a little nutty. Taste is nutty, dark berry, light toffee, dark malts and some stewed fruit. Decent.

Garrold (5826) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2017
Cask. Sole Bay Inn, Southwold. Clear, deep, ruby red. Foamy, beige head. Nose has vine fruits. Some toffee and treacle notes. Hint of dried stone fruit. Taste is light, toffee sweet. Some dryness. Light body. Some stickiness. Dry, vinous finish. Fantastic condition, as you’d expect, next to the brewery. Nice one.

klm1 (1918) - Bled/SF, - NOV 19, 2017
Cask&draft at the source: pours deep redish brown with tiny foamy off-white head. Aroma: caramel, toasted toffee, hint of chocolate, dark fruit esters. Lifht to medium bodied, smooth texture, moderate carbonation (draft).

Grumbo (4255) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2017
Cask at The Bricklayers, Colchester. Pours very dark brown with a small creamy off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, moderate roasting, light hop, dark fruit and a touch of citrus. Moderate sweetness and medium bitterness. Medium body, oily texture, very soft carbonation.

erickok (6036) - 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)

Desverger (13692) - 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.

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