Brewed by Burton Bridge
Style: Old Ale
Burton-on-Trent, England


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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Cask: Occasional.
Old Ale
Originally brewed for the now defunct Thomas Sykes pub in Burton on Trent
Ingredients: Pale malt; invert sugar; Target hops
Colour: Straw. Nose: Almost sherry esters. Taste: Very warming, winey

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
The_Bish (1123) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2012
Paul says I love you. No nose he says. Gurd: marzipan. My arse............. oh god why....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (13722) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2012
Cask at Wandsworth Beer Festival, March 2012. It pours hazy golden-amber, with a thin, bubbly white head. The nose is cake, toffee apple, spice, booze, cinnamon, vanilla and wood. The taste is varnish, dough, pear, melon, cinnamon, nectarine, honey, caramel, over-baked cake, with a warming, syrupy finish. Full body, soft carbonation and syrupy mouth-feel. A bit boozy, but good beer nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tombyars (1661) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 12, 2011
Tasted this barley wine at the Paisley Beer Festival in April 2003. Cask, gravity dispense. Clear pale mahogany in colour with a slight white open head which quickly disappears. Strong sweet sherry fumes in the powerful alcoholic aroma. Surprisingly thin texture in the mouthfeel and non existant lacing. Powerful pale malt base leads to a strong booming mouthfeel of liquified christmas cake and sherry trifle combined. Very sweet tasting notes include full moist maltloaf, sultanas, cherries, figs, dates, honey, golden and maple syrup. Could hardly detect any hop resins in the aftertaste as this heady brew steamrollers into the warming alcoholic finish with intense notes of sweet sherry, mead and drambuie all clamouring for attention. A superb barley wine in the old English tradition. Well worth seeking this gem out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BillyCheer (5) - - FEB 4, 2011 does not count
Pulled through a swan-neck without sparkler. light orange gold amber with a thin white head. Sweet without being cloying or heavy, light bitterness. Easy drinking, creamy without any roughness. Cordial fruitiness like a mouthful of melted wine gums, lifted by smooth honeyed alcohol. Drinks with the ease of a very smooth LB Port.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (13872) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Cask. Minimal white head atop clear amber body. Aroma is sweet, cotton candy, mango, some acetone, orange. Taste is sweet, cotton candy, orange, some mango, light alcohol. Sticky full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tommann (3567) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2010
Cask gravity at the Dudley Winter Beer festival. Pours amber with no head. Aroma was sweet and spiced dark fruit with some alcohol and mint. Sweet start, with Christmas cake fruit and spice to start. Some spice on the finish with warming alcohol on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (20104) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2013 Gravity cask at Wandsworth Halloween Beer Festival, 2010. Pours a rich, ruby-amber with a faint, filmy head. Aroma is rife with alcohol, along with some malts and light fruits. More booze in the flavor, with some nice sweetness in the forms of caramel and honey coming through. Medium to full in body with light carbonation and plenty of warmth. Finishes with lingering alcohol and some caramel maltiness. If you straight up love the taste and feel of alcohol this beer will get your juices flowing. (3.5)

Bottle at the Croydonia Tasting - East Croydon. Huge thanks to Paul for sharing this beer, which was a vintage c. late 1970s. Pours mostly clear amber with a fine, white cream head. Nose of spruce, wood and aged fruits. Medium sweet flavor with notes of honey and lightly tangy fruits. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Sweet finish with more tangy and subtly juicy fruits, some dry wood. Good stuff. Has aged very, very well. Certainly better than the fresh example I had previously. (3.8)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tdtm82 (1701) - Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2010
Gravity Cask, Wandsworth Halloween Beer Festival 2010. Labelled under Thomas Sykes 3p. Not sure where the 3p is from but if that should be a new entry than please merge. White lacing; amber-hazy colour, flowery, typical sulphuric Burton water aroma, barely and grapefruit. Taste is Peaches, grapefruit, very bitter, sweet malts, caramel, berries, barnyardy flavour, stringent doughy yeast, epicly full bodied and a dry and berry-like finish. Finish is quite long and this is incredibly hard to drink quickly. A proper barely wine. Drunk way too quickly which I regretted later on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4330) - SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2010
Pours dark amber with small off white head leaving some lacing. Aroma of alcohol, fruits, caramel, sweet and a bit like red wine. Flavor is lovely fruity and sweet, alcohol definately, full bodied and lean like velvet. Palate feel is perry velvety and full bodied. Finishes sweet perry to start with turning to a biting tart bitter hoppy long lived (still there after 5 minutes) aftertaste. Great!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (8339) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2010
Cask-conditioned at the Staffordshire Beer festival, Seven Stars, Bristol 6/10/10. Reddish amber in colour with no head. Sweet, toffee and red fruit aroma, with some alcohol evident. Flavour was very sweet, with red currant jelly, crystallised oranges and jam, before a burning alcohol finish. Good.

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