Arbor Old Knobbley

Formerly brewed at Arbor
Style: Old Ale
Bristol, England


on tap


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.26/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask; Occasional. Also available bottle conditioned.
Named after a famous 800 year old oak tree, our award winning Old Knobbley is an interesting and well balanced dark ruby old ale. Crystal, chocolate and black malts are added to the mash to create a complex malty flavour with hints of coffee and chocolate. Several additions of Fuggles, Challenger and East Kent Goldings hops in the boil produce a lingering hoppy finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (5204) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle. Black with a small head. Malty with chocolate and coffee standing out.Medium body and left lots of lacing. Very pleasant and lives up to the high standards this brewery sets.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2012
Cask, Bree Louise, London. Swarthy dark brown looks. Notes of dark malts and coffee in the beak. Malty flavour with some roastiness and dark fruits. Lacking balance and on the thin side of the tracks. Didnt really dig this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (7355) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Bottle @ home. Deep reddish brown with a medium burnt orange head. Attractive. The nose is of chocolate covered nuts, roasted malt, notes of coffee and dry wood. Some hazelnut spread. The taste is coca cola, some chocolate and dried grass. Hints of oxidization. Some tobacco and mild tinny mineral. Mild berry. Medium body. Active, biting carbonation. Overall, the taste is a bit of a letdown after the inviting pour and aroma. Not bad, but this bottles probably seen better days.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (22702) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 10, 2012
bottle at Cropredy 2012 ... dark brown ... thick tan bubbly head ... soft sweet malty coffee nose ... sweet fruity plum toffee roast ... light bitter malts ... little bitter coffee ... nice but lacks a little body

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (23756) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2012
28th May 2012
Craft. Clear dark red brown beer, small off white head. Smooth light palate, semi dry. Mild carbonation. Mild malts with a trace of dark toffee. Crisp mild dark fruits. Neutral finish. Fine but a little dull.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
evergreen0199 (3199) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2011
Cask at Euston Tap, London. A dark brown/amber coloured pour with a small beige head on top. Malty aroma. Tastes malty, caramel, dark fruit, some coffee detected. I couldnt get on with this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (13596) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2011
Cask at CP&K. It pours deep ruby, with a decent beige head. The nose is smoke, bonfire, oak and earth. The taste is oak, wood, nut, earth, astringency, caramel, roasted malt and tangy dried fruit (raisin, cherry and plum), with a big dry finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (19883) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2011
Cask at The Craft Beer Co., London. Brown pour with a light head. Dark fruits and roasty malts in the aroma. Hints of cocoa. Light sweet flavor, nice roast, slightly dusty dark malts. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Dry roast finish, some burnt sugar, cocoa. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2011
Cask conditioned gravity dispense Northants Beer Festival 2011. A near black coloured beer with a near beige head. Dry and malty in the nose. Chocolate, licorice and coffee in the mouth. Very dry. Bitter coffee. Very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2008
Cask at Oxford BF ’08. Copper. Heavy, hairy malt aroma. Sweet malty taste, and definite fruitiness. Some bitterness: the overall effect quite rough, crude and tasty.

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