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 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (47622) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 30, 2016

Cask (gravity) @ NWAF 2016, National Winter Ales Festival (2016), The Roundhouse, Pride Park, Derby, Derbyshire, England, DE24 8JE.

[ As Burton Bridge Thomas Sykes ].
Clear medium orange color with a virtually no head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, fruity malt, honey, alcohol. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet with a long duration, sweet malt, honey, alcohol, fruity. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat, finish feel is light to light moderate alcoholic. Goes down very good. [20160217]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (26415) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 11, 2006
Cask. Dark golden colour, not much head. Alcohol, fruit and berries in aroma. Strong alcohol and fruit in flavour. Quite extreme for being a cask ale, but then again very pleasant. Good beer to have if you sit down and have a chat with friends.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (24187) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2010
13th July 2010. Chelmsford Beer Festival. Clear amber beer. No real head - a few lonsome bubbles! Dry palate. Brandyish toffee with some orange marmalade. Some alcohol heat in the finish. A full flavoured beer but nontheless lacks something. Just needs another dimension to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (23624) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2010
Cask at Pizzeria Paradiso in Washington, DC. Golden color, 3-bubble head, great lacing. Aroma of caramel and pears. Taste is very smooth, sort of like a mild, with a subtle bitter edge. Brings back memories of the pubs of Norwich. Very nice indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (23284) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 3, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2011 Nice deep amber colour,Very sweet and strong, at first clawing but grows nicly if savoured as you should at 10% cask at bow ... deep amber orange .. light dry hop nose ..soft sweet syrup ... juicy hop ... stick at 3.4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (20611) - 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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (18028) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2010
Cask gravity at White Cliffs BF 2010. Orange colour. Some decent citrus, crystallised fruit which is quite nice. That is really drinkable. Bit of heat on end. Bit hot. Good crystallised fruits though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (17076) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 9, 2006
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Copper-golden color, small off-white head. Slightly alcoholic, berry-like aroma. Sweetish, even sugary ale with fruity notes. Very long, alcoholic bitter aftertaste. Berry also there. Cask ale to sip, slowly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (15575) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 30, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2017 Draught (Maypole, Cambridge) (8:4:7:4:15=3.8)
Rum and raisins, beautifully soft. Clear this time, and looks better for it. Lovely resiny finish. How on earth could I leave the pub without having some of this? Burton Bridge are such good craftsmen. This is going to beat any beer at the festival, which I now ought to go to. Always good to get some 10%-ers in as preparation for a beer festival, I find.
Rerate of: Draught (Kittys, Helsinki) (7:3:7:3:15=3.5)
Firstly, a toast to Michal Jackson, 2007-09-28. Slight mistiness or haze. Wonderful sickly sweet rotting fruit aroma. Winey on the taste - white grapes. BALLS OF STEEL - this beer has more guts than most beers have beer. The taste accompanies the aroma, but had a huge bitter component too. The sweet rotting flavours the one that youll remember though - you will never be in any doubt this is made from a fermented mash. Warning - whole pints are, erm, dangerous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (14228) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2007
Cask conditioned at Merton Beer Fest 07. Copper coloured with bubbly white head. It had to be done, it was there so it had to be conquered, and quite pleasing it was too. Thinnish initially but then an instant alcohol burn on the tongue, but this is balanced with some mid roasted malt and a mildly fruity finish. A pleasing lack of medicinal note, one of the better big uns.

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