Old Admiral - The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
3.9/5 rDev +15.4%
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.
07-03-2012 01:23:04 | More by SmashPants
3.2/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
06-17-2011 09:25:56 | More by doktorhops
3.53/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
05-08-2011 17:31:42 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.18/5 rDev -5.9%
Malt driven amber ale style. Lightish chocolate tan in colour. Reasonably fizzy palate keeps the weight surprisingly light for a 6.7% beer. Malty chocolate notes come across the palate really well. Very appealing beer. Best of the marque in my opinion.
05-08-2011 09:00:12 | More by Stew41
4.1/5 rDev +21.3%
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!
02-15-2011 04:33:06 | More by WoodBrew
3.45/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
11-20-2010 21:33:54 | More by drtth
3.45/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
07-06-2010 02:46:44 | More by CrazyDavros
3/5 rDev -11.2%
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.
11-27-2009 10:46:32 | More by mulder1010
3.1/5 rDev -8.3%
Appearance - 4.0
A finger of yellow-beige head that reduced but never disappeared. The body is slightly hazy and copper-brown with hues of red. Leaves rings of sticky lace on its way down.
Smell - 3.0
Sweet and fruity, a little caramel and bready, doughy malt. Almost candy-like on the nose.
Taste - 3.0
The first thing that springs to mind is homebrew. Good homebrew, perhaps, but is a definite, dusty, yeasty, tart apple flavour that I associate with amateur brewed beer. Flavours of red and green apples, wholegrain bread, a little burnt caramel, tart to sour yeast and just a hint of warming alcohol. Quite tasty, but I prefer a cleaner, less yeasty beer.
Mouthfeel - 3.5
Moderately carbonated, quite fine bubbles.
Drinkability - 3.0
Not hard to drink, but I wouldn't go back to this one.
OVERALL - 3.25
Another craft brewed Australian beer that fails to win me over. Lots of flavour, full of character, but I suppose I have been spoiled by drinking real ales in England. This is far from a bad beer, and it is streets ahead of what most people are drinking in Australia (VB, TED, Corona etc), but still falls well short of the international benchmarks, not to mention offerings from Little Creatures, James Squire etc.
10-07-2009 05:37:32 | More by LittleCreature
3.53/5 rDev +4.4%
(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.
09-24-2009 16:48:13 | More by rhoadsrage
3.75/5 rDev +10.9%
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.
09-09-2009 09:40:58 | More by ADZA
Old Admiral from The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
79 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.