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Old Man Ale - Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd

Old Man AleOld Man Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

74 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%


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:
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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 20:07:57 | More by Zimbo
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A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Old Man Ale displays a clear, brownish amber hue beneath a thick light tan head that laces deep into the glass.

S: Subtle, unobtrusive aromas of toffee, roasted nuts, brown butter, and ripe apples gradually make their presence known. Very inviting, but a little too restrained.

T: A fruity, rich entry gradually allows notes of roasted nuts, toffee, nougat, heavy cream, spiced apples, minerals, brown butter, and orange to show themselves. Finishes smooth and somewhat dry with notes of minerals, apples, nuts, and cream still easily distinguished.

M: Crisp and full-bodied, but still relatively sessionable. It's what I would expect from an English ale of this type.

O: I feel that this would make a good gateway English ale. It's smooth and refreshing, but still flavorful.

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10-04-2011 19:38:19 | More by mrfrancis
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a rocky ecru head; a few dots and strands of lace are left behind

Smell: Very fruity, with a range of stone fruit elements as well as some caramel and bready malt

Taste: Opens fruit dominant with quince, pear and apple elements that are guided along by the caramel underneath; a bready aspect joins the profile after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with gentle carbonation

Overall: Old Man Ale packs a lot of flavor into a session beer and, though it is not particularly hoppy, it avoids the problem of being too sweet; would love to try this on cask at the source

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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.
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3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours to a hazy, dark, caramel-amber with a medium off-white head that hangs around. Thin lacing.

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Old Man Ale from Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd
83 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.