jcwattsrugger (12517) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2011
on cask-pours a retaining tight light tan head and copper/red color. Aroma is medium malt-biscuity. Taste is sweet medium malt-biscuity/roasty/caramel, secondary spice/fruit hops. anders37 (26878) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2011
Draft @ the brewpub. Pours a dark amber brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel aroma. Fruity sweetish malty caramel flavor with weak hints of dark fruit. Has a sweetish malty warming caramel and dark fruit finish. oldgrumpy (106) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2011
Not enough body and flavor to make this a good Olde Ale. For the style I was very disappointed. Lacks the nut and caramel. Too thin. Sorry Otto. Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2011
On cask at Zeno’s. Very mild nose. Light roasted malt with a bit of hop character - very, very mild nose. Dark coppery brown clear with thin creamy light tan lacing head. Light body with cask carbonation. Starts dry with mild malt notes, roasted grain. Very little hop bitterness to it. A light fruity character, but overall kind of muted in flavor. Smooth drinking ale, not complex but enjoyable. Can’t tell it’s 7.5%. FROTHINGSLOSH (8069) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2011 Sampled on cask at Zeno’s in State College PA this beer poured a dark brown color with a huge creamy tan head that lingered forever and left some lacing. The aroma was bitter and tart with light notes of vague fruit and caramel. The flavor was bitter and woody with light notes of cherry and nut. The finish was long, woody and had a touch of smoke. Medium body. Ok but a bit of a disappointment given the style.
jar72404 (426) - USA - APR 23, 2011
On cask at brewpub. Black with thick cream head. No aroma (faint bread?). Flavor is creamy caramel. Nice beer, though it tastes more like a Scottish ale than an English old ale. DiarmaidBHK (5672) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2011
Aroma has a faint hint of alcohol. It pours rub brown with little head. No hop action but not a lot of maltiness either. It’s advertised as a English style ale but it felt like it wanted to be Belgian. It wears it’s 7.5% well but it’s also pretty limp on the palate and it has a really thin mouth feel. I echo other comments that question what could be gained by putting this sort of beer on a beer engine. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2011
On handpump, at brewery. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber to brown body with a small creamy beige head. Lighter nose than expected, caramel sweetness, zero hops, a little light roast. The flavor is not especially intense either, a little weak and thin. Caramel, light toffee, minimal bitterness, some lingering toasted malt. Medium bodied with nice cask carbonation, but served a bit too cold for being on handpump. An OK beer, but far from standout. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 13, 2008
In short: A rich malted beer unsuited for its Cask serving (IMHO)ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2008
How: Cask at brewpub
The look: Clear mahogany topped by a very small beige ring of foam.
In long: Shy nose but surprisingly tasty. Medium full body with a whole lot malts. Smooth molasses and caramel, some single-malt/whiskey hints, some woody notes. Warming alcohol finish. Could have used more hops. Body felt lifeless even by cask standard. Alcohol was a bit too present. The beer felt heavy and I think that some carbonation could have lightened it up. This could potentially be a very good beer but the cask conditioning was not appropriate. Like a NFL defensive line player in a Mazda Miata, the cask was the wrong vehicle for this beer.
Cask @ Otto’s. Dark amber body with a small off-white head. The nose is sweet toffee, dark fruits, light cherry and a touch of smoke. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter with light roast, light berry, prunes, toffee and smoke. Medium body is very soft with light carbonation.