Brewed by Itchen Valley
Style: Old Ale
Alresford, England


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 2.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Maris Otter and Crystal malt.Progress hops.
A dark brown hoppy ale, bitter sweet with an aromatic nose.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (13708) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2012
Cask conditioned at The Lychgate, Wolverhampton. Chestnut with no head. Quite a fruity, vinous, tart beer, plummy but with a sourish edge. Quite difficult drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (18834) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2012
Cask at a pub in Covent Garden. London. Amber beer with an offwhite head. Malty fruity aroma. Malty flavor, some spices, dough, apples. Malty fruity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aniela (4215) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2012
Cask at Freehouse Pub, London. Amber clear beer with a offwhite head. Fruity, malty aroma with some caramell notes. The same in flavour with a bit nutty notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2009
Gravity at the Bree Louise, London. Dark red-copper with no head. Scent of berry fruit, dark chocolate and sugars. Well balanced, sweet on the end. Lots of roasted malts, a bit thin. Somewhat like red wine at times.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (9919) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2007
Bottle picked up at Wyevale Garden Centre, Bicester, Oxon, 20-05-07. Pours a fairly standard brown colour, sweet and malty aroma and similar flavour although really quite tasty with a little fruitiness and nuttiness in there also, a good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (22409) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 1, 2007
A ruby brown colored ale. with a sweet caramel malt nose, caramel swet sugery malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2007
Cask (handpump) at The Pommelers Rest (JDW), Tower Bridge, London, February 2007. Dark brown with a ruby tinge. No head to speak of - unusual for a JDW as they usually make full use of the sparkler. Certainly aiming at a Winter Warmer style, with some chewy malt and tart berry fruits, underpinned by a robust, earthy bitterness. The overall feel is rather bittersweet - an attribute that Ive noticed in a number of Itchen Valley beers - especially on the finish. A solid, perfectly decent but perhaps a little light and lacking in the richness of fruit that one might expect in a Winter warmer. Somehow lacked a little impact.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - MAR 1, 2006
(on bottle thanx MartinKubert)This must be one of those Old ale that are...odd. Nice dark orange color, no aroma at all and a sort-of fruity tase; apple and plum. Gets SO hard in the bitterness, real fast in the finish. A very ugly remake of a Sam A label and no rebel of mine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2006
Quite watery and thin. Some straw is noticable. Medium amount of bitterness in the finish. Quite ordinary ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (35682) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2006
[My 1000th English rating] An orange beer with an orange head. The aroma is malty with notes of oranges as well as a slightly dusty hop note. The flavor is sweet malty, with light notes of caramel, and again this slightly dusty hop note.

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