Brewed by Downton
Style: Old Ale
Salisbury, England


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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Cask; Occasional.
Originally offered as a Christmas special, this old ale has proven to be a favourite all year round. Distinctive chocolate and orange flavour notes work excellently against a rich, hoppy background.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finn (6895) - Troms, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2016
Fra cask/gravity p Plymouth CAMRA Beer and Cider Festival 24 Sep 16. Mrkebrun. Lavt luftig skum. Kraftig appelsinaroma. Myk munnflelse. Smaken blodappelsin med en anelse sjokolade. Trr avslutning.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Swaroga (2164) - Gdańsk, POLAND - DEC 1, 2016
50cl bottle. The beer has a light brown color with small head. Aroma is dried tea with some dark dried fruits, toast bread and little zest. The beer has just slightly more carbonation then a regular real ale pint. Its thin and watery. Theres a bit of spicy hoppy and sulfury aftertaste. Not a good one but again...better then a corpo-lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (11731) - Troms, NORWAY - OCT 10, 2016
Gravicask, shared with Finn on the second day of Plymouth Camra Beer Festival 2016. Clear brown coloured body. Filmy layer, scattered lacing. Roasted dark chocolate malty nose. Malt-fruity taste of dark chocolate and roasted citrus peels. Soft in the mouth, Easy to drink. Satisfying (24.09.2016).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichTheVillan (7324) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2016
Cask at the Wellington; clear dark mahogany brown pour with a creamy beige head, aroma has some plain chocolate and some caramel, taste has chocolate malts, hint of orange, some spice and sweet caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Towey1989 (2228) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2016
Cask at The Leeky Tap, Leek. A slight hazy brown colour with a medium off white head. Aroma of caramel, bready malts, slight chocolate, a little orange and subtle spicy hops. Taste is similar of caramel, bready malts, slight chocolate, a little tangy orange and subtle spicy hops. Medium bodied and an oily texture. A dryish, caramelly, orange bitterness in the finish. Not a great deal of chocolate but enough tangy orange flavour to make it interesting. A rich, malty beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ManVsBeer (9200) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2016
Cask @ Calans, Hebden Bridge. Copper-red with a small glow. The chocolate orange is light, lingering, with a malty nose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (8520) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JUL 1, 2016
Cask at the Wellington, Birmingham. Poured a clear dark brown with a thin long lasting off white head. The aroma is unsurprisingly chocolate and orange. The flavour is moderate sweet with a big rich smooth chocolate orange, light spicy hop, light alcohol liqourice bitter palate. This really is like drinking a Terrys Chocolate Orange. Awesome!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sarauckelman (478) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2016
Clear red/brown with no head. Incredibly strong chocolate/orange aroma. Tastes just like a Terrys Chocolate Orange. Light bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mr_Pink_152 (4362) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2015
Tried at the White Bear, Tewkesbury. Deep brown to amber colour with a cream coloured head. Aroma is light chocolate and fruit, no orange for me. Taste is a bit too citrus and chocolate for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresthepath (2229) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2015
Bottle that Dad shared with me, originally from the Grumpy Goat in Reading. Huge gusher but swift action meant I saved nearly all of it, and the dark brown beer and beige head that escaped matched my Mum & Dads kitchen carpet well enough that no harm was done. Some mineral flavour up front is initially outputting, but is fortunately soon replaced by chocolate, lightly roasted malt and oak. Theres no trace of the orange other than a little juicy sweetness behind the mildly dry finish. Grew on me quite a bit after the unpromising start, not a bad beer actually.

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