Brewed by Jennings (Marston’s)
Style: Old Ale
Cockermouth, England


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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
Cask: Regular
An award winning beer, a strong, satisfying ale, wonderfully warming and full of complex flavours, which create an intriguing beer of great character.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SnowyChainsaw (4) - - JAN 15, 2013
a dark reddish brown ale with roasted and caramel notes. balanced, creamy, and easy to drink dispite the high abv. lovely

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlueZi (2) - Exeter, Devon, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2017 does not count
Deep, dark ruby colour. Thin but rich and creamy off-white head. Heavy lacing coats the glass. Subdued aroma reveals little. Taste rich with malt, tangy bitterness, heavy profile of stewed fruit, toffee, chocolate, wood fire, first sweet then moderately bitter for an overall balanced character. Luxuriously thick body but surprisingly quick finish making this a very moreish pint. A good strong bitter that warms the veins but it could be said there is too much going on to fully appreciate, at least to this neophyte.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Don2711 (430) - - FEB 13, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2017 Ruby appearance with creamy head. Aroma burbon biscuits. Taste prunes plums chocolate caramel. Quite like Christmas pudding. Good strength . Sweet. Really nice. Nice balance

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (4375) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2016
On tap at the lion and snake Lincoln. Deep ruby colour with a cream coloured head. Aroma prunes and plums with caramel and chocolate. Taste mainly sweet. Thick body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (7405) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2016
Cask HP at The Crosse Keys Bishopsgate as Jennings Sneck Lifter. Easy to find a bottle, but cask can be evasive. Dark brown, opaque, an orange hue when held to light, foamy tan head. Aroma is toasted teacake, currants, mechanic’s toolbox (not a euphemism). Body is smooth with light carbonation. Taste is Christmas pudding, raisin cake, bourbon biscuit, resinous, some toasty ash notes. Great balance. A different beast to the bottled version. Very drinkable for style. Surprised how much I enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenkiGonzo (1091) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 15, 2015
Draught at Linen Weaver. Dark mahogany with a soapy head. Liquorice dominates the aroma. Flavour has some nice burnt notes, quite dry and bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
theprof (713) - Nottingham, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2015
Cask. Dark chestnut with white top. Aroma of biscuit malts. Taste of caramel, syrup and dark fruit, dates, prunes. Full bodied with a lasting coat to the palate. This used to be a rare treat in my Lancastrian youth when real ale was scarce and it still pleases even if it is less exceptional. All I lacks is a winter night and an open fire.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cunningham (7389) - Halden, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2015
Appearance: Unclear amber-ish color with a nice tan head.
Aroma: Toffee and fruity.
Palate: Medium body. Tad sweet with an ok bitterness. Soft carbonation.
Taste: Toffee, fruity, bready and mild roasted.
Overall impression: Nice tasty ale when you get bored with all the dull blonde and bitter cask ale.
Personal stats: On tap at J.J. Moon’s in Tooting/Wimbledon, England

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (9949) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2015
Cask at the Lord Rosebery, Scarborough. Pours clear dark brown, cream coloured head. Aromas of treacle toffee, caramel. Taste is more burnt toffee. Medium body. Astringent on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Towey1989 (2240) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2015
Cask at Potters Bar, Meir Heath (Marston’s) A clear ruby brown colour with a medium off white head. Aroma of roasted malts, toffee, raisin, dark fruits, a little toast and some liquorice. Taste is similar of roasted malts, caramel, raisin, dark fruits, some spicy cherry, liquorice, subtle coffee and some woody, earthy hops. Medium bodied and an oily texture. A toffee sweetness with a earthy bitterness in the finish. The best beer from Jennings. A warming, malty old ale, nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
prawlie (1534) - ENGLAND - APR 20, 2015
On tap in a pub between Hull and Beverley. Tasty dark ale, with a nice appearance and aroma. Quite decent tipple.

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