Brewed by Greene King
Style: Old Ale
Bury St. Edmunds, England


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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Cask: Special - JDW Spring festival 2010.
Hops: Challenger and First Gold.
This beer is usually available in bottled form only, but has been brewed in cask form, for the first time, exclusively for the Wetherspoon real ale festival. It is dark in colour with a rich, inviting aroma and a complex flavour, with hints of fruit cake and caramel emerging before the sweet pleasing finish.

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Keeper's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Keeper (253) - Milano, - AUG 31, 2012
Clear amber brown color, frothy, good lacing,light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, spicy, whishey. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration.

john44 (3101) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2017
Cask Pint at Wibbas Down (JDW), Wimbledon, London in Apr 2010 - Dark Reddish-Brown in colour. Malty; toasty/roasty malts, caramel, toffee. Fruity; slightly sour fruit. Hoppy; some earthy hops. Malty fruity throughout. Much better than I expected. Drinkable. (2010-04)

thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2012
A - whiskey with dried fruit A - dark brown with lasting head T - light sweet and alcohol P - full and soft O - decent

tombyars (1702) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2011
Tasted this in The Esquire House, Glasgow (JDW) in April 2010. Cask, handpump dispense. Crystal clear ruby in colour with a thin creamy buff head. Deep plummy fruit notes in the lingering malty aroma. Silky smooth creamy mouthfeel and good lacing throughout. Complex mixed malts gives a vinous clootie dumpling flavour to the booming mouthfeel. Rip figs, smooth caramel, maple syrup and moist raisins give a rich sweetness into the aftertaste as hop resins struggle to be located anywhere in this. Sweet alcoholic kick of rum to the banoffee pie and golden syrup finish. An excellent ruby ale and highly recommended.

fonefan (49369) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2010

Cask (handpump) @ JDW - The Paramount, 33-35 Oxford Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, England M1 4BH.

Clear medium to dark amber brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, spicy, dried fruity, glue notes, light to moderate hoppy. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, dried fruity, phenol. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20100425]

madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2010
12th April 2010. Clear red brown beer. Light toffee caramel malt. A little orange and nuts in the undertone. Nice enough!

DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2010 1. Cask Handpump at the Square Bottle JDW, Chester 10/04/2010 Some fruit aroma. Mid dark brown coloured a little rich and sweet on the palate and fruity with a hint of dryness and bitterness in a malt finish. 2. Cask Handpump at the Paramount JDW, Manchester 25/04/2010 Floral aroma. Mid brown red coloured with some alcohol present. Fruity with a hint of bitterness in a full malt finish.

bobinlondon (1295) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2010
Hand pulled cask at The Moon and Sixpence (JDW) Hatch End. Mid brown with a lively off white head. Far too sweet for my liking with less hops than I’d expect in a mild! Cloyingly sweet.

MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2010
A Mes rate. Cask at Baker St. ’Sporks.Rich mahogany colour with a thin beige head. Rich and fruity and rather tasty. For all our collective hatred of GK they still pull one out of the bag every once in a while. Good biscuit malt base with lots of caramel on top and a lick of grassy hops in the finish. Well made and enjoyable but until GK pull their finger out and do things properly (realeasing Suffolk Strong in its unblended parts should be the very least...) then call still cock off, the set of twunts.

DanielBrown (4502) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2010
Hand pulled at the Figure of Eight, Birmingham. Dark, with shafts of bronze. Nasty. Berries, licorice, sourness. Don’t like licorice. Tastes like a strong ale gone wrong. Probably full of subtle flavours, but the initial flavour kills me - like walking into a hot room, where everyone starts shouting at you.

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