Brewed by Robinsons
Style: Old Ale
Stockport, England


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RATINGS: 876   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Bottle: Filtered
Changed from nip size to 330ml embossed bottle in 2006
First record of brewing in 1899.
Ingredients: British pale malt, crystal malt, small percentage of chocolate malt, caramel for colour adjustment. Goldings whole hops and small percentage of Northdown.

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Psytron (2444) - Turku, FINLAND - MAR 7, 2012
Dark brown, clear. White head. Oily, almost greasy. Aroma of licorice and tea, also a faint of chocolate. Sweet.

ganache (6029) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2012 Bottle BBE Jun 13, appears to be my 75th rating from England, according to RB. Nose is very sweet and sticky, heavy malt loads with dark pitted fruit, some cherry under the folds of plum, molasses, very heavy wine. Pours a dark ruby with a slightly crumbly tan head. Taste is dark and swirling (and surprisingly dry), loaded with chocolate and tarry molasses, vinous but bubbling with throat-scratching hops and a hard-bop roast not undone by its burned edges. Viscous full body is crisp and lightly airy, warms with a Port-like finish, though very dry. There’s alcohol here, yes, but it prefers to bestow nobility and shuns its baser instincts. Quite a Kater in the making with this Old Tom; now rub his belly.

Countbeer (6591) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2012
Bottle: Medium to bigger vast sticky fluffy creme head, on top of a dark ruby colored beer. Smell barley, oatmeal, meal, some hops and flowers, molasses and apple syrup. Taste autumnal herbs, barleys, caramel, toffee, some hops, bitter, malts, soap, fruit like prunes, light raisin, light floral. Aftertaste is a mix of barleys, malts, bitter and dark fruits. Low to medium carbo, watery mouthfeel, medium to lightly fuller body and a watery/creamy texture.

stravale (3088) - Co. Westmeath, IRELAND - MAR 4, 2012
Bottle from Asda
Dark caramel..clear..tan frothy head that dissipates to rim around glass
Aroma - rich dark caramel malts...dark fruits...raisins...hint of port..vinous..some spicy hops
Taste - rich dark quite sweet malts...dark fruits...raisins...spices...bit of liquorice...slight hint of chocolate...hint of sherry..vinous...background of bitter hops...quite complex...the alcohol is quite noticeable
Palate - soft to medium carb...mouth coating sweet malts...medium to full body....quite viscous texture...smooth. Finish - warming alcohol...sweet fruity dark malts...bit more bitterness in the tail
Overall - This is a smooth dark malty spicy vinous ale...perhaps a little less complex than similar ales at the abv...I’d love to try this cask!

elosop (454) - SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2012
Pitch black w hint of ruby, little foam on top. Spicy, chocolate/licorice taste. Somewhat bitter semi-long aftertaste. A bit too demanding for me.

ComradeK (1256) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2012
330ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with chestnut highlights. A moderate-sized light beige head lasts reasonably well, but does not leave a huge amount of lacing. Caramel, cream and pecan pie notes create a sweet but quite attractive aroma. Very faint herbal hops soon vanish under a truckload of sweet malt flavours. Pecan, butterscotch, creme caramel and Vienna coffee notes give it a very smooth, sweet body which lingers pleasantly into a long finish. Perhaps "World’s Best Ale", as claimed on the label, might be a stretch, but this is nonetheless a very fine beer, great for those with a sweet tooth. I can see why it’s been around since 1899 - I wouldn’t mess with it.

culchiem (4098) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 22, 2012
Bottle. Dark amber with a thin head. Aroma of light bitter coco. Flavour has strong bitter chocolate with a warming alco feel. Palate is almost spicy

Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Pours a dark shade of amber with an off white head. Deep chocolate on the nose which leads to a surprising show of restraint on the palate. Effervescent mouthfeel with a heavy dose of malt and an excellent use of the chocolate. Accentuated with some caramel and toffee.

iammarc (385) - Inverness, SCOTLAND - FEB 15, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours dark, chocolate head. Licorice, roast aroma - very light notes of raspberries? Thin cocoa taste, plenty alcohol. Nice.

Thomasalias (320) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 13, 2012
0,33l bottle from Beer Bier, Budapest. Clear dark ruby color with off-white head. Chocolate, sweet roasted malty odor, complex harmony aroma with alcohol, chocolate, caramel and sweetness. Medium sweet taste. Medium body with creamy texture and average carbonation. Long chocolate, sweet malty finish. Very delicious beer, harmony of chocolta and roasted malt. It’s deliciously sweet. Nice ale.

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