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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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joecast

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 08:52:24 | More by joecast
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TubaManJack

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2009 23:06:30 | More by TubaManJack
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belgbeerdrinker

Colorado

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

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2008 23:09:41 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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jarmby1711

Australia

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

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 00:58:47 | More by jarmby1711
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brendan13

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 11:38:40 | More by brendan13
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rizzo

Australia

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....

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 03:04:11 | More by rizzo
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vancurly

Australia

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%.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 00:46:23 | More by vancurly
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dwarbi

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2006 11:37:27 | More by dwarbi
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2006 06:06:03 | More by lacqueredmouse
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joedon

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2006 22:10:00 | More by joedon
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Finite

Australia

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!

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2006 10:16:42 | More by Finite
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2005 02:58:55 | More by sulldaddy
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2003 02:21:07 | More by rastaman
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Old Admiral from The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
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