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Old Admiral - The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel

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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.91%
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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Photo of rjgbeeradvo
1/5  rDev -70.3%

Photo of rastaman
2.17/5  rDev -35.6%
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.

Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of sulldaddy
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of TubaManJack
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of mulder1010
3/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Jd2391
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of XsoldoutX
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of LittleCreature
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Stew41
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.2/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of doktorhops
3.2/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of vancurly
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
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%.

Photo of rizzo
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
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....

Photo of brendan13
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of drtth
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of joecast
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of dwarbi
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of jarmby1711
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
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

Photo of ColSanders123
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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Old Admiral from The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
79 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.