Brewed by Palmers
Style: Old Ale
Bridport, England


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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Cask; Regular. Also available in pasteurised bottle.
Strong, complex and full of deep distinctive flavours. A rich fruit cake flavour from roasted malt. First brewed in the 1940s, this prize-winning dark strong old ale has a loyal following among real ale connoisseurs.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBishop (56) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2016
Bottle at home with the folks in Wales. This is rather nice and despite its strength is incredibly moreish. Nutty aroma and taste of caramel. A real winner.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeardedAvenger (442) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2016
Cask at Prince of Wales, Farnborough. 21/06/16. Vague earthy aroma. Dark and deep looking but not much to the beige head. Smooth with a slight bitter edge to the dark chocolate taste. A nice old school pint.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JKaranka (57) - Cardiff, WALES - MAY 14, 2016
Pours a dark brown with pale tan head. Bright with dark ruby highlights at the edges of the glass. Aroma is molasses and rye bread. Inviting rummy note. Taste is malty but drinkable. Good body but not too heavy. Molasses, stwed fruit and fruit cake are pronounced. Moderate hops blend with a hint of roast in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full with long lasting aftertaste. Malt and bitterness remain for a few minutes. A good beer that sets itself apart from boring strong ales. This must be a direct descendent of Old Burton ales. Special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (9810) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2016
Cask at the Stockbridge Tap. Pours clear ruby brown with a thick creamy head. Aromas of demerara sugar, double cream, fudge. Taste is more of the same. Creamy texture, sweet finish. Decent old ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ForlornHope (439) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2015
Cask at the Wheatsheaf, Titchfield (Fareham). Dark brown, almost black in colour. Aroma of licorice and roasted malt. Not much sweetness on the initial taste but lots of bitterness. Flavours of burnt malt, nut and some red fruit. Finishes dry, but rich and satisfying with a nice hint of warming alcohol. Reminds me of a Belgian dubbel in some ways. A great example of a winter/old ale, a style that seems to be dying by degrees in the UK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (17944) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2015
Gravity dispense at Pigs Ear 15, 04/12/15. Rich chestnut brown with a decent beige cap. Nose is dark fruit rinds, light spice, earthy, dark malt, toffee. Taste comprises fruit cake, dark malt, spice, dried plums, light tobacco shreds. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, drying close. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gary (1931) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2015 (Cask @ RopeMakers , Bridport , Dorest) .This beer is by far Palmers best in their otherwise turgid and mundane low-boost offerings !. It helps that I dig the Old ale style and that maybe the other beers they brew sucking ass makes this shine more than it otherwise would do. Old Pecuiler was one of my first beer loves when I was twenty , I seldom drink it now but any chance to drink an old style ale Im intrigued . A burnt purple colour that looks bruised and blackcurrant shaded .. The nose is a bit subtle, chalk , , fresh yeasty cask accent suggesting living organism that reminds you its a living beer , caramel , licorice but its a surprisingly mild smelling . If the nose is shy the flavour aint ...A powerful deep rich character is in-ya-face ...A roast bitterness interacting with a tart raisin fruit texture that twists the palate in the name of complexity . It finishes dry with burnt licorice , smooth and creamy . A complex , interesting , flavoursome ale !

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Osprey (7132) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2015
Bottle shared at Chrisos. Dark reddy black, still, small foamy tan head. Aroma is chocolatey, soft roasted malts. Body is medium, soft carbonation, slightly foamy. Taste is biscuity, toffee, touch of booze, earthy finish with a light bitterness. Alright.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Desverger (9664) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2015
[email protected] and Ruths Pre-GBBF 2015, London - dark brown pour beige head. Aroma and taste is sweet malty, some caramel, toffeish, dark fruit, some nice spice action. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aniela (4215) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 24, 2015
Bottle at Chris and Ruths pre-GBBF tasting 2015. Clear deep amber beer with an beige head. Malty caramell fruity a bit vinous aroma. Malty caramell fruity citrus flavour.

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