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Old Admiral - The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel

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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 17.16%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 01-20-2003)
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Reviews by SmashPants:
Photo of SmashPants
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: brown 330mL bottle, decent old-school label.

Appearance: pours a deep mahogany brown with a decent tan head, reasonably thick, takes a bit to drop.

Aroma: caramel, chocolate and earthy malt qualities, though fairly demure. Certainly some rich, overripe fruits (plums, raisins) coming through.

Taste: a good combination of deep characters - the same earthy characters and heavy fruits, along with a touch of smoke.

Aftertaste: flavours carry through nicely - linger for some time.

Mouth feel: quite a heavy body to this beer, which is nice considering the style. Also fairly light in carbonation - a lovely ale.

Overall: Quite a nicely put together ale. Reasonably dear at AU$80 a case (2012), but I think this one is worth it.

SmashPants, Jul 03, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First sample on tap at the brewery after a long day trekking through Sydney. Poured into a schooner (to optimize my sampling opportunity, it was schooners all night).

A ruby-russet coloured brew, slightly hazy, and with a thin but sturdy foam head. Circles of lacing.

Nose is malt, chocolate, earth, smoke and a bit of dark fruit. The word "old" is appropriate.

A study in malt and earthy hops, Old Admiral packs in some nice flavor (chocolate, dark burned sugar, fruit, smoke, yeast), but is a bit too dry and metallic to the finish for my liking. Still, a solid brew, alcohol is well-masked and the smoky, musky character is welcome.

Good, though not exceptional brew to start off the evening. Probably not one I'd return to very often if I were lucky enough to frequent this Sydney institution, but certainly worthy of a good pint every now and then.

JohnnyBarman, May 08, 2011
Photo of Dinkel
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Dinkel, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of rastaman
2.17/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Has a bit of body, but the watery characteristics are there in the finish, a bit of roastiness, not enough. Hints of coffee, caramel, chocolate, but not well noticed, some mollasses, but generally has a sweet watery texture. Not really too pleasant to drink, no enough balance and flavour.

rastaman, Jan 20, 2003
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a short nonic)

A- This beer pours a dense brown body that glows but looks clear with a creamy light tan head that last and last. There is a gentle carbonation of bubbles trailing up the sides of the glass.

S- Dark dry toffee notes have a hint of dark nougat to follow.

T- The soft flavor of roasted malt has some notes of cream to follow. There is a taste of water and coffee roasted dark malt before the green hop finish. There is a slight tartness to the hop finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel and no alcohol heat noted.

D- This beer has some nice flavor but they are a bit thin.

rhoadsrage, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of WoodBrew
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah....Yeah...Right...Croiky...Righto!

If you ever been to Aussie then you understand the above as a common response to most questions. Anyway....the Old Admiral is a nice, tasty beer. Not to strong, but noticeable. The aroma is sweet, malty, and caramelly. Color is a dark amber with nice white head. The taste is ever bit what the aroma was hinting. A very good beer with red meat. I would give this beer a go at a session...why not!!! Cheers Mate!

WoodBrew, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper with ruby tints and a small head.
Nose shows faint malt with caramel and dark confectionery notes but unfortunately there's a metallic hint. Later on some darker toasty notes become apparent.
Flavours are more focussed towards dark malt than the aroma with plenty of nutty chocolate malt but are still very sweet. Some spicy hops are noticeable and are followed by a gentle bitterness with some roasted character.
Carbonation is too high for the flavours in my opinion.

CrazyDavros, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -26%

pin, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of joecast
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

surprised to see a bottle of this in hobart. had to pick one up to balance out my purchase. six bottles, but this the only domestic

quite dark and just shows a hint of reddish brown when held up to the light. still there is a bit o murkiness that i get from the appearance. thin but stable foamy tan head. medium carbonation.

not a lot on offer in the aroma. a bit of sweet malt and a hint of alcohol comes through. not getting much in the hop department.

taste has a bit more to offer. pretty light and well balanced for a stronger beer. as it warms a bit more malt character comes to the fore. dark crystal and some nutty character as well. just enough hop bitterness to balance and hop flavor is minimal.

i missed the lord nelson on a trip to sydney a while back. this beer makes me want to be certain to get to the pub on my next trip. this would be a must try on tap.

joecast, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of drtth
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes taken on a recent trip to Sydney.

Poured into a wine glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a nice copper/brown color with a ¼" light tan head that leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aroma has some faint caramel and some toasted malt with a touch of fruitiness. There also seems to be some yeast character.

Taste: The flavors are mostly from the malt with some sweetness and touchs of milk chocolate and dark fruits. The hops contribute a bit of spice and bittering. There is a touch of alcohol here as well.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and prickly with the ample carbonation. The finish is a bit of a muddle of flavors that come and go without a definite dry ending.

Drinkability: This was an ok beer and I did have two both before and during dinner. That said even if I were still in Sydney I'd not go out of my way to have this one again.

drtth, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of sulldaddy
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The only beer I sampled at Lord Nelson as it was packed on a Friday after work session.
The beer comes in a pint glass and is a clear chestnut hue with 1 cm beige fluffy head that fades quickly to an edge layer.
Aroma is relatively mild with toffee and caramel dominating. But I do get some grainy malt as well with just a bit of husk too.
The first sip is liter in body than I expected with fairly mild carbonation.
Flavor is slightly sweet with some caramel and grainyness with some toffee mixed in as well. I also get some earthy hops that I couldnt find on the nose. the beer finishes clean but a little empty. The beer is decent but a bit of a letdown. Still worth swingin by as they have others on tap to try.

sulldaddy, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of Shy5
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Shy5, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of mulder1010
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330 ML poured into a SA perfect pint.

A-- Poured a dark redish brown with a light tan head, good one finger head. Leaving sticky lacing. Also left a good amount of sediment in my glass. Medium carbonation.

S-- Yeasty, carmel, touch of booziness, dark fruits and a little bit of sour smell to it.

T-- Lots of yeast and malt in this, a little bit of carmel and a sour off taste. Does have a bit of a alcohol taste in it. Dark fruits a small bit. Needs more of the fruit to come out and be bigger.

M-- Medium carbonated. Not a lot of character and some of the flavors are flat. Like the fruit. More dominated by the sweet and sour flavors of the yeast and malt. Feel like I should have drank bread in a way

D-- One 6 pack is enough. Not again. Reminds me of a homebrew with a lot of sugar. Once the beer sits in you for a while a really sweet taste begins and it is like being a kid who has had too much candy on halloween. Has a really nice look and smell but after that if goes downhill quick.

mulder1010, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of magpieken
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

magpieken, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of TubaManJack
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- A deep brown oak bodied beer. A bubbled top and little head.
Smell- Somewhat sweet malts but mainly lasting bitter malts.
Taste- Bitter like Nelson's Blood without any real sweetness or chocolate
Mouthfeel- A moderate body and seemed smooth except for the "hotness" but I know the ABV is quite low for that to be the sole cause.

Note almost seems like an Old Ale and certainly a night cap for my evening.

TubaManJack, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of dwarbi
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Like the other Lord Nelson release, the bottle is handsomely packaged. The head went a little nuts but chilled out quickly enough. Deep caramel colour.

Not much aroma. A bit of alcohol. Some malt. And if you breath in hard enough maybe some toffee.

Big malty character in this brew. It's really chewable. Rather pleasant. There is a high sugar taste that makes it a little less enjoyable as you continue. I wonder what the final gravity is.

dwarbi, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of vancurly
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Loose foamy head, sinks fast. Good bubbling. Burnished amber/copper colour

S: Slight molassess, caramelised malt. Touch metallic

F: As it smells, with some honeycomb notes. This is a malt-dominated style - "Dogbolter" according to the brewery....
Light/medium bitterness. Hint of roast/coffee. Touch of alcohol.

M: Medium mouthfeel

O: Having put many a pint of the Admiral away over the years, I can say I prefer the draught version, which is 6.7% abv, and usually with a more chocolatey profile.

The bottle is 6.1%.

vancurly, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: first glance shows hazy dark brown color, but held up to light reveals nice ruby red color, bubblies up the side & middle, small head settles to veil, nice lacing
s: sweet malts, caramel with a hint of coffee aroma
t: same as smell -- sweet malts like caramel, even less coffee hints & finishes with a quick shot of hop bitterness
m: lots of carbonation on the front, then settling to a smooth ride to a bitter finish, medium body
d: got much better as it warmed, a good-looking & decent tasting brew with a very nice mouthfeel

belgbeerdrinker, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy dark brown colour, with minimal head.

Dark roasted coffee notes on the nose, quite rich and flavoursome.

Very roasted dark palate. Quite toasty, with a sultana-like sweetness. Mouthfeel a little thin. However, the palate is sort of a one-trick pony. It leaves me feeling a little flat. It should have more complexity to it.

As it stands, it's a reasonable dark ale, but little more than average.

lacqueredmouse, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of rizzo
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've had this on tap over the years through a few different brewers and recipes. The first release in the bottle was disappointing but I have to say that the latest bottled batch lives up to the memories of the best on tap at the Lord. Bottled conditioned, hazelnut brown in colour with an off white head. Great nutty English ale yeast nose with roasted malt. Great balance of hops and toasted malt flavour. A bit heavy to be really sessional but I never drank Old Admiral to be social....

rizzo, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of ColSanders123
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

ColSanders123, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of Jd2391
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Jd2391, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of doktorhops
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought this a 6 months ago in a six pack and was saving the last bottle for a review... also wondering if it would mature in the time it sat at the bottom of my fridge.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip pint.

A: Deep brown, like treated pine, body that had from the pour a tan head but after sitting for about 30 seconds reduced to absolutely nothing (this I've heard is common in ales that have been cellared).

S: Smells like a fruit pudding full of raisins. Not sure but it might be due to the cellaring because I don't remember it having this fruit "slap in the face" when I originally drank it. It's definitely gained a stronger scent nonetheless.

T: Actually quite the opposite to what I was expecting: it's lost a lot of it's punch sitting at the bottom of my fridge. Last time I drank this when it was fresh and it was full of sharp acidic alcohol and bold resiny hops, but the hops have been killed in the cellaring and the alcohol is almost non-existent, tastes like a big glass of water now. The only thing left is the malt; burnt caramel with a hint of the fruit pudding.

M: Heavy-bodied with minimal carbonation - goes down even easier...

D: Not sure how to rate this beer due to the change in character from cellaring. I think it tasted better before (although I remember the sharp alcohol astringency being a bugbear) with more flavour, so to give it justice I believe I should rate it as it was originally: a decent hard full-flavoured ale that was not great for it's style but by the same token not bad either... in other words - do not cellar this.

Food match: Again I'm going off what the ale was like when I first drank it: rich foods like roast lamb, beef, venison with heavy gravy's and Lyonnaise potatoes with Yorkshire puddings and glazed carrots.

doktorhops, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of ADZA
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark copper hue with average carbonation that leaves a half finger head with subtle lacing,it has aromas of burnt toffee,roasted malts and dried fruits,it has an above average mouthfeel with a toffee taste first up followed by some roasted malts with a nice touch of hop bitterness towards the end,a very well balanced beer and could easliy drink a few of these.

ADZA, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of heygeebee
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

heygeebee, May 23, 2013
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Old Admiral from The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
78 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.