Old Chimneys Reviews




Mjp12
3.2
Old Chimneys Horn of Plenty
Bit of weird one this. If you drink it expecting a DIPA , you will be disappointed , there are hundreds of better examples out there. If you drink it "blind" , it comes across as a delicious old ale/ barley win , with a great hop / malt balance .
Monday, February 20, 2017

jamestulloch
4.4
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
Bottle (2014 vintage). Black body with a thin tan head that quickly fades. Faint lacing. Aroma of cocoa powder, brandy-soaked fruit, fudge, oak and treacle. Flavour of hazelnut, tar, prunes and sharp plum. The finish is peppery with a welcome boozy warmth. Medium to full body with a creamy texture. Light fizz. A sumptuous treat.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Svartvit
3.3
Old Chimneys Horn of Plenty
Bottle shared at the first post-Dean THT. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a white head. Grassy & fruity, peach, caramel, grapefruit. Medium sweet & bitter. Medium body, low carbonation.
Friday, February 3, 2017

kermis
3.6
Old Chimneys Horn of Plenty
Bottle shared at THT. Hazy amber with a small tan head. Aroma of light fruits, apple, caramel, orange and herbal notes. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Light medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Friday, February 3, 2017

sjogro
3.5
Old Chimneys Horn of Plenty
Sampled from bottle at THT Februari at "De Zuipschuit". Hazy dark amber with light thin head. Red fruit, strawberry, grapefruit, light caramel. Medium sweet and moderate bitter. Medium body and soft carbonation. Nice beer.
Friday, February 3, 2017

Maakun
3.4
Old Chimneys Horn of Plenty
Bottle at February THT. Slight hazy amber with small off white head. Peach, lots of sweet malts, caramel, lots of drying grass, quite herbal in the finish. Soft cognac and noticeable alcohol. Over medium sweet and bitter. Almost full bodied.
Friday, February 3, 2017

Svartvit
2.9
Old Chimneys Firecrest
Bottle shared at the first post-Dean THT. Pours a clear golden with a white head. Fruity, caramel, smells a little bit off, malty. Medium sweet, light bitter.
Friday, February 3, 2017

Maakun
3.4
Old Chimneys Firecrest
Bottle at February THT. Slight hazy darker golden with small off white head. Sweet tropical fruits, good sugary malts, light grain husks, apricot, quite some grass and herbs towards the finish. Medium sweet and bitter. Bit over medium bodied.
Friday, February 3, 2017

sjogro
3.3
Old Chimneys Firecrest
Sampled from bottle at THT Februari at "De Zuipschuit". Slightly hazy golden with white head. Sweet malts, spices, sugar. Over medium sweet and light bitter. Medium body. Sweet finish.
Friday, February 3, 2017

Davros IX
5
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
2011 vintage bottle on Christmas Day. This was like no beer I have drunk before. It looked beautiful and had a thick, oily, long lasting and pleasing mouth feel. The alcohol was forward, but in a good way. The flavours were malt, coffee, tar, chocolate, whiskey, port and brandy. Every sip was a different flavour, with a foundation of a velvet texture. A very long finish in my mouth. Yes, probably the best beer I have ever drunk in my life and it deserves that top score.
Friday, February 3, 2017

andrepintado
4.2
Old Chimneys Good King Henry
Bottle from beautiful beers. Color is dark. Head is thin and brown. Medium bitterness, light sweetness. Medium body. Very silky. Finish is long and medium dry. Medium carbonation. Aroma is wood, chocolate, vanilla, fresh herbs. Flavour is liquorice, chocolate, light coffee, light roasted, chili. Great beer!
Monday, January 23, 2017

GRM
3.7
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
Brown bottle, 275 ml, brewed on 09.11.2011, best before 09.11.2021, trade with scopey (thank you!), savoured on June 23 2016; eye: black, opaque, ring of brown head, slight lacing; nose: mace, roasted barley, slight vanilla, slight woody, slight coffee; mouth: mace, roasted barley, slight vanilla, slight woody, slight coffee, slight sourish, finale in chocolate-coffee with slight presence of alcohol, medium body, below-average carbonation, lightly vinous texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 275 ml, brassée 09.11.2011, meilleure avant 09.11.2021, échange avec scopey (thank you!), savourée le 23 juin 2016; œil : noire, opaque, anneau de mousse brune, très légère dentelle; nez : macis, orge torréfiée, très léger vanille, très léger boisé, très léger café; bouche : macis, orge torréfiée, très léger vanille, très léger boisé, très léger café, très léger aigrelet, finale en chocolat-café avec très légère présence d’alcool, corps moyen, carbonatation sous la moyenne, texture légèrement vineuse; en résumé : bien
Friday, January 20, 2017

john44
4.2
Old Chimneys Good King Henry
Bottle. Bought Dec 2015; BBE May 2017; Drank June 2016 - Opaque Pitch Black in colour. Good lasting creamy beige head. Good lacing. Very Malty; roasty/burnt malts, dark chocolate, coffee, liquorice, tar, vanilla, notes of brown sugar. Fruity; dark fruits. Hoppy; moderately hoppy. Sweet roasty (slightly burnt) chocolate and coffee malty and fruity throughout. Great depth of flavour. Dry slightly bitter roast malty finish. Enjoyed this a lot. Wonderful stuff. Terrific and complex Impy Stout! (2016-06-01)
Monday, January 16, 2017

AshtonMcCobb
4.4
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
Bottle thanks to allmvinyl. Finally, a chance to rate this historic beer. Appearance - opaque black with a lovely fawn head. Nose - intense dark chocolate, nuts, some toffee or burnt sugar, Taste - tonnes of dark chocolate, tangy toffee, some wood but well integrated. Palate - rich and well rounded with a long delicate taper off in the finish. Overall - lovely beer.
Monday, January 9, 2017

Inbreak
4.5
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
08.01.2017, 0,275l bottle (2013 vintage) @ home, courtesy of berntholer:
Nice brown creamy longlasting head. Aroma is rich and roasted, dark malts, whiskey, minerals, oak, leather, dark sugar, licorice, vanilla, grass, hay, dried dark fruits, seaweed, tar. Taste is rich and sour-ish roasted, dark malts, minerals, oak, whiskey, leather, paper, dark sugar, hay, licorice, sour dark fruits, grass, vanilla, tar, caramel, dried dark fruits, seaweed. Medium to longlasting bitterness, slightly concentrated, syrupy and dry mineraly mouthfeel. Very nice and lovely integrated mild whiskey touch. One the other hand, I’d love to have a bourbon edition of this beer...

Sunday, January 8, 2017

stevoj
4.7
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
Bottle from Colin. Absolutely superb! Sublime, mellow , catches up to you fast. Woody, sweet aroma. Taste is a melange is so many flavors, lovely textures, beautiful mouth feel. Heat creeps on you and slowly glows. Just perfect all around.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

BuckeyeBoy
4.3
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
275ml bottle thanks to Steveoj. Pours out black topped with a small tan head. Nose is great brown sugar chocolate some ash molasses. Taste is more of the roast malts molasses chocolate ash and a nice end. Very nice.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Scotty001
4.1
Old Chimneys Good King Henry
Poured deep dark brown, thick tan head. Aroma of a milk stout with liquorice and dark fruit. Full body, flavour as the aroma, sticky with a lingering sweetness.
Saturday, December 31, 2016

JK
3.8
Old Chimneys King Alfred’s Cake Baltic Porter
Bottle at the London tasting, October 2016. Thanks to someone for bringing this, I thought it was excellent. Dark brown color. big malt aroma, sweet, rich palate, some red wine, and yeast is noticeable as well. Rich and heavy.
Saturday, December 31, 2016

andrepintado
3.8
Old Chimneys Red Admiral
Bottle from beautiful beers. Appearance is murkey orange to copper to brown. Head is thin persistent and beige to brown. Medium sweetness, medium bitterness. Finish is long. Aroma and flavour is scotch, vanilla, caramel, hops, fruit, chocolate, liquorice, raisins.
Saturday, December 31, 2016

Korcz
3.3
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
Duże rozczarowanie. Brak czekolady, wanilii, kawy. Smakuje jak niezły Porter Bałtycki, dominują ciemne owoce. Niestety średnio :(
Friday, December 30, 2016

Ibrew2or3
3.8
Old Chimneys Red Admiral
Bottle pours with a murky deep copper body that supports a thin tan head. The aroma offers up reduced sugars, brown sugar, caramel and booze. The taste delivers sweet caramel, brown sugar, some mildly bright booze and some sweeter malts. The booze is well hidden creating a pleasing sipping experience. I’ll do more of this anytime.
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Jokestereo
3.8
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
Pours really dark brown with a brown head. Aroma; Oak, dark chocolate, dark berries, roasted malt, coffee, ash and a touch of whiskey. Flavours; dark berries, wet oak, coffee, dark chocolate and ash.
Thursday, December 22, 2016

AdmiralVernon
3.9
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
A: Dark brown/black coloured with a one finger dark brown head N: Ash, coffee, oak, dried dark berries T: Wet wood, coffee, liqourice root, ash O: Very nice mouthfeel! A bit of wet wood flavours, but still good.
Thursday, December 22, 2016

EdKing
4.1
Old Chimneys White Admiral
Bottle of the 2013 and 2015 picked up from the brewery. Very kindly retrieved from Alan’s archive. 2015 supposed to be better but they were both great. Colour is rich murky reddish to dark brown with an off white head. Nose is sweet barley sugar, candied orange peel, tropical fruit, orange marmalade, banana, slight yeast extract Marmite note, toffee, spice. Taste is rich, but not cloying, marmalade, candied orange peel, toasted malt grains, barley sugar, baking spices, Christmas pudding, caramel.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

mariuspoenari
3.5
Old Chimneys Black Rat
Shared at the December THT at deanso’s. Pitck black pour with a thin tan head. Notes of dried fruit, chocolate, roasted malts. Medium body, light carbonation.
Sunday, December 18, 2016

cgarvieuk
3.8
Old Chimneys Walnut
Bottle at home... Dark black.. Thin tan lacing... Soft sweet chocolate roast malts nose... Dark chocolate roast.. Soft roast malts.. Heavy chocolate roast.. Lightest nuttyness...
Saturday, December 17, 2016

Stuu666
3.8
Old Chimneys Walnut
Bottle at the hanging bat. Pours black, nose is liquorice, chocolate, nutty, taste is sweet, chewy caramel, nutty, chocolate.
Saturday, December 17, 2016

sjogro
3.5
Old Chimneys Black Rat
THT December at deanso’s, still. Black with light tan ring head. Dry roasted malts with sweetened milk. Light sweet and bitter. Thin body, low carbonation. Feels light and easy.
Friday, December 16, 2016

Scopey
3.8
Old Chimneys Goldilocks
Bottle thanks to the brewer at Old Chimneys - cheers! It pours clear rich gold with a thick, foamy white head. The aroma is sweet, spicy, banana, ginger, bubblegum, candy and a touch of orange perhaps. The taste is bitter, rich, underlying sweetness, banana, ginger, fiery spice, bread, light apple, pear esters, hay and some alcohol warmth through the finish. Medium body and moderate foamy carbonation. I really like the balance. Pretty unique stuff.
Friday, December 16, 2016

cgarvieuk
3.5
Old Chimneys Goldilocks
Bottle at home .. copper .. small whiote head ... soft floral orange fruit nose... soft sweet flroal fruit .. soft sweet fruits .. liogth caramel fruit .. soft fruit .. light juicy fruit ... ligth herbal banana fruit finsih
Thursday, December 15, 2016

Stuu666
3.2
Old Chimneys Goldilocks
Bottle at craig’s. Pours golden orange, nose is floral, banana, spicy, taste is juicy banana, orange, dry , herbal finish.
Thursday, December 15, 2016

Hanoi
3.7
Old Chimneys King Alfred’s Cake Baltic Porter
Bottle. Nose is molassus, dates, figs, treacle, hint of smoke. Taste is brown sugar, treacle, licorice,dates, hint of prune, walnut, roast. Blueberry, cola, fruit cake, chocolate, with soy and sherry notes in the finish. Mouthfeel is very full. I am confused by this, there is a lot going on, but it never takes off for me and goes beyond ’solid’
Thursday, December 8, 2016

Hanoi
4.1
Old Chimneys Good King Henry
Nose is fruity, fruit cake, subtle smoke, plums, raisin, oak, light coffee. Taste is dark fruits, blackberry, hint of cola, coffee, licorice, tobacco, hint of dark chocolate, light coffee, slight pepperiness. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. It’s a great imperial stout which leads with the fruity and licorice character of a stout rather than the chocolate and coffee bombs of many others. Fantastic .
Thursday, November 24, 2016

chrisGarvie
3.5
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
Chris rating 07/2014 ---bottle ---black ---orangy foam ---i can see myself in it --- beer --- little chocolaty nose ---.tangy and sour ... 7,4,5,2,9



Chris;s Rating Number 2---21/11/2016 --- bottle at home ---Black--- with little foam---slightly chocolaty nose ---chocolaty --- little bitter 7,4,6,3,15

The Rest of these notes are CgarvieUK old Notes

<br >the 2000 anniversary drunk 2013.... Deep brown... Thin tan head.. Soft roast... Deep roast.. Dark malts... Sweet toffee... Honey malts nose... Rich malts sweet toffee... Soft sweet toffee... Deep rich oxidation... Lightest soya... Dark malts... Complex and interesting 4.3

2011 ... deep black ... light head ...head dissappears .... soft sweet berries fruit nose ... big roast ... big berries ... deep roast ... fig and plums ... juicy roast malts ... soft sweet roast fruits little more alcohol ... softer smoother ... big oily body ... 4.6-------

-2011 drunk 10/13... deepblack ... small tan head ... deep roasrt ... chocolate malts ... big berries ... big oak ... plums ...soft chocolate nose ... soft smooth chocolate ... light alcohol ... mellow chocolate ... plums and cherry chocolate ... mellow soft and smooth ... deep malts ... coffee .. its so deep rich roast but smooth ... cracking 4.7 ... loving it--

Bottle at Home 11/2013.... Hand laced with an Aji Limon ~6 weeks ago ... deep black ... and thin tan head .. not much less than a fresh bottle ...soft roast ... massive capsicum nose ... light meaty malts .. deep roast ... massive massive chilli ...im surprised how much its got a kick ... (more than my Aji Chilli sauce)... i have a non chilli bottle open but im nottasting much now... so gonna pass but the chilli one scores 4.4 man i love the burn

Bottle at home ... Feb 2014 ... 2011 vintage .. deep black ... thin tan head ... soft meaty chocolate almost rum nose ... light meaty overtones nose ...dark malts ... sweet roast ... plums and figs ... light mellow malts ... ligth sweet malt ... soft toffee ... plums ...biog soft oak ,,, nice and soft .. quite a big oaky finish 4.6

Bottle at home ... March 5th .. deep black ... thin tan head ... soft dark roast .. plums and chocolate ...sweet berry chocolate bars ... dry oak nose ... big roast ... big berry fruits ... light roast body ... figgy ... rich roast ... chocolate ... soft oaky finish ... im noticing the oak much more this time havingh missed it in the regular just a few dayts ago 4.6

Bottles(may 2014) at home 2009 ... deep black .... thin tan lacing ... soft black currant roast ... dry chocolate ... roast nose ... dry chocolate ... big chocolate ... soft smooth malt ... big berry fruit ... very dry ... woody malts ... light dry cranberry dry fruit finish 4.1

2011... deep black ... thin tan lacing ... soft mellow malts ... soft chocolate no berry nose .. sweet malts ... socft chocolate .. big roast ... litght dry roast ... very soft ... very rich oak ... soft malt ... 4.6

bottle at home ... June 2014 ... 2011 bottle ... deep black ... thinest tan lacing ... soft blackcurrent roast ,.. dark malts ... dark roast ... chocolate roast ... soft smooth roast ... big mellow chocolatre ... I Love this beer. 4.8

bottle at home 2009 version drunk 2014 (june) .. deep black ... thin tan head ... soft roast ... big oak nose ... dark malts ... sweet fruits ... dark malts .. deep rich roast ... soft malt .. sweet blackcurrant fruits ... mellow fruits ... soft fruit roast 4.3

Bottle at home 2011 vintage, drunk july 2014...Deep black... Thin tan head... Dark roast... Dry sweet dark chocolate nose... Oily body... Actually quite slimmy mouthfeel... Dark chocolate... Very oaky... Very chocolate much more than other 11s... Light bovril... Light blackberry fruits... 4.0

Bottle at home 2011 vintage drunk july 2014 (same day as previous) no slimmy mouthfeel... Dark wood chocolate malts nose... Rich roast..big oak... Big chocolate... Dark malts... Deep chocolate 4.5

2011...drunk aug 14...deep black... Thin tan lacing... Dark berries... Big oaky woody nose... Sweet meaty malts... Dark berries roast... Massive malt... Big chocolate... Soft oak 4.6

2008...drunk aug 14...deep black... Thin tan lacing... Soft chocolate roast malts... Dry roast... Light plum... Woody roast.. Dark sweet chocolate roast 4.3

2011 vintage .. drunk sept 2014 ... deep black ... thin tan head ... dark chocolate roast ... dark malts ... dark roast ... chewy malts .. soft chocolate ... dark figgy malt roast ... heavy malts ... big chocolate ..... deep heavy malts .. dark roast ,.. dark malts... heavy roast ... nice soft malts .4.3

2011 vintage drunk oct13 2014 at bens... Deep black... Thin tan lacing... Massive soft berry blackcurrant chocolate nose... Dark roast... Soft chocolate... Dark roast... Dark malts... Soft sweet plummy chocolate... 4.3

Bottle at home Oct 14 2014 days later 2008 Vintage... Damn ratebeer app managed to overwrite that one... but it was cracking and i gave it 4.6.. very oaky as i remember. most depressed that i lost the info

05 Drunk 17/10/14 ... deep black .. thin tan lacing...soft oaky woody ...big berry ... soft sherry nose .. dark roast ... oaky woods ... light cardboard tones ... soft blackcurrant fruits ...ligth berry fruit .. again light shrry ... but definite big oxidiesed 4.2

07 Drunk 17/10/14... deep black .. almost no lcaing...dark soft wood ... open chocolatey nose ..dark malts ... dark roast ... dark chocolate ... dark malts ... soft roast ... dark soft sweet ... 4.7

12 Drunk 17/10/14... Deep black ... small tan head ...intense oaky chocolate ... very open oaky fruits nose... light fizz .. dark woddy oak malts ... soft chocolate ... light licorice maltss ... soft roast ... fuller body... rich figgy malts ... massive oak ... 4.4

3 year blend ... 17/10/14 ... Deep black .. thin tan lacing ... soft berry oak fruit nose ... dark roast .. dark fruits ... berry fruits... dark roaky roast ... dark malts .. dark chocolate ... woody malts ... deep roast 4.7

rest of bottle after using in Christmas cake and aji sauce...2011 version... Deep black thin tan lacing... Soft dark meaty roast malts nose... Mellow oak chocolate.. Dark roast.. Rich malt... Soft oak.. Soft body.. With light carbonation... Nice 4.7

Bottle at home 2012 vintage drunk 31/12....deep black .. bit tan head ... colapsing to thin tan lacing ... massive oak (having had normal yesterday oak is so apparent ) soft chocolate roast nose ... again massive oak .... wow suck oak .. dark roast ... light sweet chcolate roast .. i think i really like the extra oakyness... dark fruits ... 4.7

bottle at home blind Number 6 Bottle 1... dark black ... thin tan lacing ... dark roast chocolate malt .. light blackcurrnt roast ...soft chocolate mats ... dark berries ... dark chcolate nose ... soft malt s.. meaty malts ... osft roast ... silky body ... soft sweet chocolate roast... dark malt roast ... id have said the henry but not the resrve ... 4.3 not getting much oak

Bottle at home 2011 drunk oct 2015.. To celebrate ordering 2013 version... Dark black... Thin tan lacing.. Soft meaty.. Big big oak.. Dark chocolate roast malts nose... Big oak woody malts.. Soft sweet woody chocolate.. Meaty malts... Big woody malts 4.4

Bottle at home... The first of the 2013.. Drunk 23 Oct 15....dark chocolate... Small tan head... Soft dark chocolate.. Big oak.. Big chocolate roast malts nose... Dark malts.. Dark chocolate.. Dark roast.. Big chocolate... Long soft oak... Soft mellow chocolate roast .. Light dry chocolate roast.....4.5 Followed by an 2012...dark black... Thin tan lacing... Dark berries.. Soft oak... Soft sweet plum chocolate roast nose... Dark roast chocolate roast malts... Dark sweet malts fruits... 4.7

Bottle at home Feb 2016 ... 2011 Vintage ... drunk after being interviewed about it ... Dark black ... small tan head ... massive oak ... big chocolate roast malt nose ... soft woody chocolate rost malt ... light pine ... big oaky wood ... dry roast ... raisins .. dark chocolate roast ... long oaky finish 4.5

Botttle at home 1 Day later Feb 2015 ... 2013 vintage ... dark black ... thin tan lacing .. massive woody oak roast malt nose ...low carbonation .. full rounded mouth feel.... deep rich chocolate malts ... soft oak ... mellow dark chocolate ... darlk fruit roast ... sweet chocolate malts ..nice full rich roast 4.6

Bottle at home ... 2012 vintage (Blind stout roulette)... july 2016 ... dark black ... thick tan head .. soft mellow oaky roast chocolate malts .. dark roast chocolate malt ... rich roast ... heavy malts ... big soft oak ... oh yeh babby its GKHR for the Win 4.6

Bottle at home 2011 vintage ... july 2016(~week later) dark black ... thin tan head .. soft rich chocolate oak roast malt nose ... dark fruit .. soft juicy roast malt ... big soft chocolate .. mellow oak woody malts .. rich chocolate 4.7

Monday, November 21, 2016

Cimbasso
3.1
Old Chimneys Parnassus
Bottle from the brewery. Clear amber with a white head. Good, fresh aroma of malt and hops and a taste which has sweet malts and a heavily bitter hop flavour. Quite fruity with notes of oranges and herbs, but the bitterness is brutal, making this beer difficult to enjoy. Not an easy-drinking pint. It needs less astringency to make this beer a litte more approachable.
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Theydon_Bois
3
Old Chimneys Firecrest
Bottle at home, 13/11/16. Clear golden with a decent off white head. Nose is sweet malt, toffee, sugar, fruit esters, light plastic notes. Taste comprises caramel, cane sugar, straw, bready notes, vanilla, fruit loaf, grains. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, sweet licks in a clooe combined with a tickle of alcohol. So so for style, fails to deliver any real depth given the 7% ABV.
Sunday, November 13, 2016

Theydon_Bois
3.1
Old Chimneys Brimstone
Bottle at home, 13/11/16. Nose is sweet malt, caramel, vanillia, straw, grains. Taste comprises vanilla esters, straw, toasted grains, bread, sweet tones. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok pils, if a touch sweet.
Sunday, November 13, 2016

PotjeBier
4.4
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
Side by side tasting in Beer Temple, 2011 and 2014 bottles, big shoutout to kermis and scotty001. Black color. Beige head (if any). 2014 was quite umami, soy sauce in the nose, whereas the 2011 had sweetness, chocolate, whisky/bourbon, red fruit, wood and only light soy sauce. Retronasal 2014 had wood, soy sauce, roast, sweetness, alcohol, dried/dark fruits. 2011 was much less fruity, but woody, sweet and whisky-ish instead. Flavor of 2014 was sweet, fruity, wood; 2011 was moderate sweet, fruity. Both had rather strong alcohol feel and were medium to full bodied. Velvetty mouthfeel. Finish is woody, light bitter, warming (2014); moderate bitter, wood/tannines (2011). Both were great but I had a slight preference for the 2011 version.
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Scotty001
4.4
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
Side by side tasting of 2011 and 2014. Both excellent, but very different. Will be interesting to revisit the 2014 in a couple of years to see how it develops. Both poured deep, dark brown with a minimal off white head, interestingly the older vintage was the more lively looking. The 2011 was smooth and slightly vinous, a hint of liquorice (more in the 2014), dark chocolate, warm and wooden (harsher in the newer vintage, sweetly sinuous in the older). Excellent whatever way you look at it.
Friday, November 11, 2016

Maakun
4.5
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
2011 and 2014 vintages drank side by side huge thanks to kermis and scotty001. Massive bourbon on the nose of the older vintage! Older bottle has huge vanilla, fudge, brown sugar, palm sugar, sweet soy sauce. Newer one has way less vanilla, but has light smoke, old wood, lots of berry jam, dry herbal touches. Both are very sweet, but the newer one has a dry long lasting bitterness where the 2011 vintage is less bitter. Both are full bodied, very thick and have low carbonation. Massive beers! Both are lovely but I prefer the 2011 one.
Thursday, November 10, 2016

Cimbasso
2.4
Old Chimneys Black Rat
Bottle from EEBRIA. Pours black with no head. Virtually no carbonation. The bottle had a BB date of 08/2017 so well within its Best Before time. Milky coffee aroma. The taste is quite sweet and has some mild coffee, dried vine fruits and bonfire ash flavours. Rather watery and thin mouthfeel. Some bitterness at the end. I would like to try a bottle with carbonation and would hope to give it a better rating next time.
Monday, November 7, 2016

sjogro
3.5
Old Chimneys King Alfred’s Cake Baltic Porter
Sampled from bottle at THT October. Black with thin light tan head. Sweet roasted malts, barley light sweet, light bitter. Medium body, slick soft feel.
Friday, October 28, 2016

Maakun
3.6
Old Chimneys King Alfred’s Cake Baltic Porter
Bottle shared thanks to Scott. Very dark brown with beige bubbly head. Quite earthy, light meaty, roasted malts, toffee, raisins, walnuts, blackberries. Medium sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with a light dry feel. Quite unusual, not bad!
Friday, October 28, 2016

deanso
3.6
Old Chimneys King Alfred’s Cake Baltic Porter
33cl bottle shared at THT. Thin off white head. Clear black pour. A decent brew
Friday, October 28, 2016

EdKing
3.8
Old Chimneys Scarlet Pimpernel
Bottle picked up from the brewery. Colour is clear rusty orange/red to chestnut brown with a large biege head which dissipates to small. Nose is really nice. Toasted grains, chocolate malt, puffed wheat cereal, earthy hop, digestive biscuits, slight nuttiness, minerals. Taste is earthy and autumn fruity yeast, toasted grains, biscuity malt, nutty, caramel and maple syrup, some dryish hop, tangy, papery. Really like this.
Friday, October 28, 2016

EdKing
3.6
Old Chimneys Horn of Plenty
Bottle from Eebria, via the brewery. Dirty cloudy looking rusty orange with almost no head. Nose is musty, caramel, marmalade, pine, earthy, barley sugar, chalky and flinty minerals, slight yeast extract Marmite note, grapefruit marmalade, sticky orange fruit. Taste is citrusy, pine, bitter citrus peel, earthy, something spicy like dried ginger.
Thursday, October 27, 2016

allanmb
4
Old Chimneys Good King Henry
Pours fairly thick black with lively tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate with a bit of Raisins and dark fruit, coffee and Christmas cake. Fairly carbonated but very fine bubbles. Mouth feel is medium. Certainly lighter than the likes of yellow belly and cocoa psycho. Taste is Christmas cake and espresso coffee with a hint of chocolate and Brazil nuts. Semi dry, semi bitter with a mild alcohol burn but in a good way.
Thursday, October 27, 2016

allanmb
3.4
Old Chimneys King Alfred’s Cake Baltic Porter
Pours very dark brown with a good beige head. Aromas of dairy milk, black cherries and roasted malt. Medium carbonation and mouth feel. Taste is dark fruits, cocoa, black forest gateau, Christmas cake and hint of liquorice. Lightly dry. Definitely more porter than stout. Light to medium bitter and a kick of alcohol. Not sickly so you could get through a few of these!
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

EdKing
3.5
Old Chimneys Red Stag
Bottle via Eebria, from the Old Chimneys brewery. Opaque cloudy chestnut brown, with an off white thin foam head. Nose is thick cut marmalade, musty sticky citrus fruit, orange and lime peel, earthy, spice, slight Bovril. On opening I got a really big hit of lactic milky creaminess which has subsided, but it’s still there. Taste is citrus fruit, earthy, pithy orange, damp cellar mustiness, Bovril, little spicey.
Monday, October 24, 2016