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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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4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Mosant, Jun 29, 2014
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
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

nanobrew, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +18.3%

dmorgan310, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of joedon
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark-garnet brown with just a minimal head. Nice aroma of malt and sugar.
Excellent strong ale flavor. Good malt backing with toffee, warming alcohol and caramel aftertaste. Not overly sweet but has a full bodied flavor and mouthfeel.

Would be an excellent sipper on a cool evening.

joedon, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of Finite
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lots of toffee flavours really great beer. I would describe this one as chewy! it a good beer to have with a meaty meal or desert.

I quite enjoyed this beer. Could be a bit stronger on the malt but again you cant falt to balance of these brewed they are very decent!

Finite, Jun 03, 2006
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
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Dinkel, Feb 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Shy5, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

magpieken, Jun 03, 2013
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
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

heygeebee, May 23, 2013
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 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
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

ColSanders123, Feb 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Agentveba, Sep 12, 2013
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 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 jarmby1711
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Soft fluffy tan head atop a vaguely hazy mahogany ale.
Initially sweet malts on the nose but they unfortunately fade rather quickly.
Quite bitter with some roasted grains tending to make it a little like a Porter
Mouthfeel is balanced and smooth and hides the 6.1%(bottle version) well.
An ok ale for a winters day

jarmby1711, Nov 30, 2007
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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 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
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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 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 brendan13
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Quite a hazy dark copper coloured beer with a couple of centimetres of off white head that falls away quite quickly to a thin whisp.
S - Quite a strong caramel maltiness, a touch of dark fruit notes and some slight floral hop touches.
T - Fairly similar to the smell but the caramel malt is much more dominant.
M - Medium to full bodied & a medium level of carbonation.
D - Nice enough beer but not something I'd drink on a regular basis.

brendan13, Nov 29, 2007
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
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Old Admiral from The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
78 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.