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Old Man Ale - Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd

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BA SCORE
83
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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2003)
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Reviews by Zimbo:
Photo of Zimbo
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mother in law gave me this beer from her recent visit in Keswick.
Trying not to fall for the trap I opened and poured and was struck by the orangy brown sparkle and the spicy sugary nose. Gave a decent just off white head which just oozed some light but thick fluffy frosting all over the glass.
Dry earthy start carried through to the middle and the end and though not much development beyond this it was still engaging enough in its simplicity and reasonable lightly sweet maltiness.
An old school beer for the well season male.

Zimbo, Oct 01, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle says a ruby in color the BA style has it as a brown ale I dont see either in the color profile,pours a clear light golden with a thin but well retained white head although I also see other BA's who have reviewed it as either ruby and or brown in color hmm odd.Subtle aromas of fruit and brown sugar with a touch of herb,flavors as well are not in your face but with somethings going on I picked up a real green apple mixed with a touch of spice flavor wich was nice finishing with a noticable dose of green leafy hop even more so as it warmed.A nice quaffing ale nothing to search all around for but if you see it pick it up.

oberon, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of merlin48
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a sligtly hazed, copper amber body with two fingers of lasting, beige head. Generous patch lacing is left on the glass and the rocky head has excellent staying power. Aroma has spicy herbal hops atop a restrained malt profile that boasts toffee and caramel notes. Accents of ginger and apple are also noted. Mouthfeel features a velvety medium body with lively carbonation. The taste is dominated by the Challenger hops which lend a spicy and herbal bitterness. Soft malt base has a toffee character. Lively and spicy, with a hint of ginger and green appleskins. Very well constructed, with excellent drinkability. Like most English ales, the price, unfortunately, is a bit steep.

merlin48, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of bsp77
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received September shipment of my BOTM club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Very clear amber with large stark white head and nice lacing.

Smell: Dry spice, fruit, tea, sour bread and English hops.

Taste: Light fruit, bread and tea-like malts with some English spice counterbalance. Wow, very tea-like and somewhat tart and musty.

Feel: Low to moderate carbonation, relatively light body, exceedingly dry.

Drinkability: Great English pub ale, but I have absolutely no idea what style this is. But it is NOT a typical Brown Ale, closer to a Bitter but without much hops. Edit: this is an Old Ale, albeit a low abv one.

bsp77, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of ADR
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly yellowish chestnut color, murky and chill hazing. Big pillowy head, rocky and over an inch for more than a minute. Minimal lacing. malty aroma, chocolate, but with a grape sense that hints at more than expected hoppiness. Mouthfeel is charged with carbonation and leans on the thin side. Quite standard in the malt department, lightly sugary and somewhat non-descript -- but the beer swings quickly toward a large amount of skeletal dusty and flowery bitterness. Finishes somewhat gassy without the mouthfeel to temper it. For me, this struck a harsh note I wouldn't expect in a Brown and I don't find it as pleasant as Bluebird Bitter.

ADR, Jun 07, 2004
Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev +9.9%

InfernoBoss, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of cokes
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazed decayed orange under a compact, yet alive bone skull.
Emits doughy rye bread, cardboard, buttered bagels and dried herbs.
Enters caramelly, yet dry. A little pasty even. Opens up with a fuller bready expression. Lightly toasty, topped with the perfect about of buttery diacetyl. Spice notes make this special (particularly because they don't exist in actuality). Cinnamon hits the back of the throat. Nods of ginger too. Toffee picks up and carries this into the crunchy leaf closure. Just bitter enough to seal the deal.
Moderately full, glassy textured. This is "real" ale. This won't make you soil yourself...or at least not until you've downed gallons.

This is the Brown that Newcastle should aspire to become.

cokes, Dec 06, 2003
Photo of russpowell
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber/ice tea with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Average lacing & minimal head retention

S: Slight breadyness & leafy hops & then fruitty notes once warm

T: Leafy & metallic hops, a bit of brown sugar & slight biscuitty malt up front. Some jammy fruit & plenty of herbal & leafy hop notes as this warms. finishes fruitty with leafy hops, brown ale, I think not, English Pale Ale I reckon

MF: Thinnish with low carbonation, skews a bit hoppy. Body picks up a bit as it warms

Drinks alright, just not that flavor packed.

russpowell, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of Gmann
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber brown color with a fluffy off-white head, left nice lacing as it dissipated. The smell is sweet, juicy fruit and granny smith apple. It has an overall earthy taste due to the bottle conditioning. Starts off sweet, then finishes tart and bitter. A taste of granny smith apples with a slight hop kick. A good range of flavors. Tightly carbonated, very fizzy feel, probably kills some of the flavor a bit. A very drinkable brew, I find it quite good, a tad too fizzy, but good range of flavors.

Gmann, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of robotiks
3/5  rDev -17.6%

robotiks, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of fitzy84
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A slightly murky, amber appearance; little to no lacing and a very thin head. Aromas of grain and honey are noticeably strong. Besides a subtle sweetness, there is a dull sour aftertaste. The carbonation has somewhat of a crispness, but it does lack in giving it punch. Overall, not too bad.

fitzy84, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of Spikester
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber with a sizable cream colored head. Good amount of lacings. Aroma is somewhat sour apples. Taste is astringent, some brett like flavors, mildly bitter hops. Not much going on here. An O.K. English pub beer. I paid about $5 for this beer and I would be better off drinking almost any random West Coast micro and at about half the price. Drinkabilty is good due to the under 5% abv.

Spikester, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of Traquairlover
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Clear amber, bone white frothy head that leaves heavy lacing.

S = Light grains, honey, earthy hops.

T = Bitter with a fair malt backbone, fresh grains, cracked wheat bread dough, grass, medium dry finish with a bitter tinge to it.

M = Medium-light body, good mouthcoating, nice level of carbonation.

D = This would make a decent session beer. Pretty steady and standard. At the time of this review it is categorized as an English Brown Ale, but I believe it is closer to a pale ale.

Traquairlover, May 17, 2008
Photo of largadeer
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle with a best by date of 11/7/10, poured into a nonic. Brownish-amber with a moderate haze. Pours with a finger of off-white foam which settles to a thin cap. Fruity and mineral aroma, a bit of stone fruit and green apple, toasted malt, baking bread, light earthy hops. Mild but pleasant. Very crisp and rather dry, toasted malt and whole grain bread flavors are prominent, with undertones of green apple and buttery diacetyl, both of which are faint enough to be pleasant. Quite mineral with moderate earthy/spicy hop flavors that appear mid-palate, but there's little bitterness or bite. The finish is more toasty, dry, clean. Light-bodied, bordering on thin, but I don't know that more body would be to the beer's benefit. This has a lot going on for a 4.8% beer, I'd love to try this fresh on cask. Very enjoyable.

largadeer, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light copper in color and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high foamy off white head that has good retention properties and took a long time to settle down.
S: The nose is surprisingly fruity and has aromas of apples and earthy malts.
T: The flavors in the taste are very similar to the smell but are slightly stronger in strength. There are some notes of roasted malts and bitterness in the finish along with some hints of sourness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, a bit thin and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is easy to drink but nothing really sets it apart from others in the style that would make me want to try this again.

metter98, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of VoodooBrew
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well here's a pretty good-looking beer from those silly Brits. It's hazel in color, with a huge, rocky head.

But alas, this is where the goodness ends. The aroma is way off-- it's odd, musty, almost like corked wine. Bad bottle? What's the deal here? I wish I could say that all is redeemed by the flavor but it's no stunner either. Mineral, softly hopped, finishing with a malty touch... standard British fare.

I'm sad to say this beer really didn't do much for me.

VoodooBrew, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of BGsWo22
4/5  rDev +9.9%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of lesdemonsamaporte
3.75/5  rDev +3%

lesdemonsamaporte, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of Sallerj
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is a great example of a beer that might have been awesome when and where it was brewed, but is mediocre by the time it gets here. It smells of lemon and stale bread. It has a great, creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is a mix of fading malt and hop flavors, with citrus and caramel. I'd love to try this at the brewery, but I'll never buy it in the US again.

Sallerj, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orangeish/reddish amber with a thick off-white head that slowly descends to a lasting cover. Some foamy lacing sticks.

The smell is of fruits (tangerine?) with earthy/woody notes and some caramel/toffee.

The taste is of caramel/toffee maltiness and balancing, subtle fruitiness. There a buttery touch with woody, earthy, leafy, spicy bitterness in the finish.

To fully appreciate the body, serve at the temp. it recommends (58) or even a bit warmer - it reaches close to full-bodied, or even lower end of it, and has a nice smoothness, with carbonation laid-back but enough to keep things gliding along.

This is a nicely balanced English ale that has a nice maltiness with rounding hop bitterness (from the generous, but not overly-done) of Challenger. A "sessionable" English ale with nice subtle complexities.

jwc215, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of twelvsies
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear amber, with a small to non existent head, but still highly carbonated apparantly, with a seemingly endless stream of rising bubbles. Faint in the nose, but it's possible to pick up on some fruity esters and some dusty, almost metallic notes. Much the same in the taste, a little disappointing, because the Bluebird Bitter is fantastic. A little roasted, carmel malt kicking around there, and a little dry, dusty hoppyness. The two don't really do much for each other however, and nothing really jumps out at me. That's fine, but if nothing is going to smack me in the face I'm looking for a little balance, which I don't think this beer has so much. Still, a nice toastyness, and a pretty smooth beer. Try some others from this brewery.

twelvsies, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of rfgetz
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy yet bright copper color, frothy off white head, decnt lacing

S: unexpected whifs of lightly roasted malt, buttery bread and sour fruit

T: Bready malts up front followed by a sour and tart fruit like taste. Toasted malts and some bitterness on the back end.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation, dry finish

D: Very pleased with this brew. Unique blend of flavors and feelings makes it stand out.

rfgetz, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of Jadan
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Jadan, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of jpnasty
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had the old man at a cask tasting last night and wow. First off the nose had a very rich thick malted Carmel smell and with hints of coco and wet leaves. The medium brown color had a little oily feel to it which I felt was pretty cool. I took I sip and immediately I knew my taste buds would be gone for the whole night. Rich aged scotch, tawny port, very dark chocolate, and I finish of cherries. And a nice calm age boozy finish. I only had an 8oz pour but it filled me up and hit me hard on the ABV , I can drink pretty full body beer all night but this guy I could make it threw maybe one pint before I would have to switch, almost like a Belgian quad. But al I have to say is wow.

jpnasty, Nov 08, 2008
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Old Man Ale from Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd
83 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.