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Old Bob - T.D.Ridley & Sons Limited

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BA SCORE
83
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28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
T.D.Ridley & Sons Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: guinness33 on 09-17-2003)
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18.3%

06-24-2013 00:15:16 | More by cfalovo97
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United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-22-2014 17:21:20 | More by vinicole
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Amber; medium head; good lacing

Aroma: Malty; biscuity; fairly hoppy; slight dried fruit

Taste: Malty and hoppy on the start; nutty mid with semi-sweet, slight fruit finish; excellent balance

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 21:49:27 | More by IchLiebeBier
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Robert-Simmonds

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +9%

06-12-2013 21:42:46 | More by Robert-Simmonds
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Pelicanrocks

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

04-07-2013 17:49:46 | More by Pelicanrocks
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of Nov 2012. This brand is now owned and produced by Greene King.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear marmalade-orange hue with plentiful carbonation. Forms a small off-white head of foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding. Aroma of fruity malt with notes of yeast esters, dried fruit, a hint of brown sugar, faint roasted grain and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, with a whiff of booze and a subtle cardboard staleness in the background.

Tastes of fruity aged malt with a complex character and a dry finish. Notes of caramel, dried fruit, yeast esters, brown sugar, a hint of roasted malt and stewed leaves. Faintly sweet. Background hints of solventy booze, banana and stale cardboard/sherry. A mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, but a bit insubstantial. I'm surprised the carbonation isn't more spritzy. Rather astringent, with an aftertaste of fruity malt and cooked leaves.

Not so great - I'm not impressed. A not entirely pleasant mélange of flavours with too much harshness/oxidation/alcohol. Smells OKish, but the taste is poorer - too many lurking off-notes. Body is alright. A 'Greene King' yeast aroma permeates the beer. This is a rather unlovely example of an ESB - I would personally recommend spending your money on something better.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 00:22:42 | More by jazzyjeff13
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IPA4LIFE

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-12-2012 17:00:51 | More by IPA4LIFE
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dansmcd

Australia

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Ruby red and clear as glass, two fingers of soft foamy head followed by thick chunky lacing.

S - Light aromas of malt, barley and cream.

T - Again, not overpowering but pleasant deep toasty mat flavour, caramel and cream.

M - Smooth thin body with low carbonation. Seems fairly typical for the style.

O - Pretty good, certainly better than I expected for anything from a clear glass bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 12:13:03 | More by dansmcd
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml clear glass bottle. No freshness date noticed.
Served in a 12oz tumbler.
It pours a dark amber color with a very fast-fading off-white head and a smattering of patchy lacing.
A smell of crushed biscuits rises out at first pour. A slightly fruity citrus smell sneaks in and fades.
Tastes of biscuity malt and tart pear-like fruit bind together in even measure. A slightly astringent resinous hop bite is noticed in the background. There's a bit of an off-putting alcoholic taste in the finish. Not a bad beer, but certainly nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 14:22:56 | More by BeerResearcher
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shearer292

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured a dark red/brown colour, off white head which vanished very quickly, a lot of carbonation which also quickly stopped.

Smell - quite a fruity smell with quite a bit of sweetness behind it, just a hint of spice like described on the bottle but not worth mentioning to be honest.

Taste - nice sweetness and floral notes and a good malt taste, little bitterness on the finish and a bit of spice feeling on the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel - not as smooth as i would expect, medium carbonation, aftertaste doesn't last very long, would easily quench your thirst.

overall - This is a good beer, not exceptional but i would buy this again if looking for something not too complicated.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 18:53:54 | More by shearer292
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fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL clear bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: copper- and reddish-coloured transparent ale. Lots of head to begin with, but dissipates quickly leaving little to no lacing.

S: sweet and rich, malty

T: this beer reminds me of what is great about ESBs--very drinkable and flavourful; sweet but with a bitter punch, very malty

M: moderate to heavy body, very little carbonation or bite, sits nice on the tongue

O: very nice ESB!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 22:55:42 | More by fullsweep
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AEK

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

5ooml clear bottle poured into a hobgoblin pint pot.

A. Orangey red in colour with a tanned head, almost very light coffee coloured. The head soon disappeared.

S. Fruity malt dominates the nose with a little biscuit malt hidden in behind.

T. Again fruit malt dominates, the palate picks up the biscuit malt more than the nose. A nice hoppy bitterness also accompanies the malt throughout. The finish is nicely bitter and fruity.

M. Quite smooth.

D. A lovely session drinking beer and having tried this in bottle for a second time I am more impressed with it second time around. There seems to be more going on than when I first tried it a couple of years ago. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 15:06:36 | More by AEK
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charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Somewhere between copper and brick red in colour with a decent head which dissipates to leave a full rim around my glass. There is plenty of red grape and raisin in the nose, maybe with a hint of fig.

After an initial tingle of carbonation there is a very pleasant earthy biscuity flavour followed by a warmer figgy dried fruit finish. Lovely but not as bitter as I would expect from an ESB.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 21:45:16 | More by charlatan
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Daredevil

Switzerland

4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

it is always a great feel to sample a true premium ale, even better when you are not knowing what to expect and then get something like this one ....
very fruity nose (sultana cake), the taste is drier, very bitter actuall (especially in the aftertaste), whereby hops and malts are kept in very fine balance .... a great brew!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 20:40:01 | More by Daredevil
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brendan13

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a pint glass a bright reddish copper colour with a couple of centimetres of off white head that falls away very quickly.
S - Quite a strong toffee aroma with some mild floral hop notes.
T - Sweet toffee flavour with some floral hop bitterness.
M - Medium bodied mouthfeel with a gripping bitterness. Medium to high carbonation.
D - A nice beer but a little bit too toffee sweet to be a session ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 12:42:04 | More by brendan13
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kmacphail

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer poured well into the glass a nice ruby-brown colour with a decent off-white head.

The nose was very bland, slight scent of hops and that's it, nothing else at all. The taste faired a little better with an initial kick of hops followed by a slight after-taste of malts and some fruity bit thrown in, nothing to write home about.

This was very watery and thin for a 5.1% beer, very disappointing in the mouth. I have tasted worse, but this was a very poor example of an ESB, there are hundreds of this beer type out there, I personally won't touch this one again. If you wish to sample a good ESB for the first time try Fullers ESB.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2007 20:35:56 | More by kmacphail
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Stephen63

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Red tinged colour with weak head.

S - Light fruitiness and hops, not much else.

T - Hops quite to the fore and dark fruity flavours. Fairly bitter as expected.

M - Reasonable level of carbonation for bottled beer.

D - Nothing too memorable to warrant another but if someone gave me a 4 pack I could easily see it off in a session.

A decent enough bitter.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 21:58:36 | More by Stephen63
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garcia2a

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like I can get this in the US or atleast in New Jersey, but here I gas on anyway.

This poured nicely with a rather thin head and little carbonation. The ruby color and nose imparted dreams of malt, maybe some cloves and other spices dancing in my head. (I am too old for sugarplums, beer will do)

This was a medium bodied beer that had quite a balance of malt and spice. I enjoyed this nice ale, especially the warm mouthfeel. One that I highly recoemnd as it is smooth, flavorful easy drinking

Serving type: cask

06-13-2007 04:02:29 | More by garcia2a
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear 500ml bottle from my local Morrison's. No best by date.

Rear label claims it was brewed by; Ridley's Brewing, Westgate Street, Bury Saint Edminds, Suffolk.

Looks like an Irish Red in its bottle. Looks even more like an Irish Red in my pint straight sided sleeve glass. The off white, light tan head soon goes to leave a wisplike nothingness.

If your feet smell and your nose runs, you are built upside down, my nose can't smell anything here. Not even something nasty.

The taste is OK, a bit fizzy maybe, but barley and hops are in there somewhere, the bottle mentions Fuggles, but I can't find them from this pint.

Beery aftertaste, dryish and hops, slightly watery for a 5.1% beer.

I am sure Old Bob and myself have met before, in a cask life, this is not as i remember him.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 20:02:53 | More by BlackHaddock
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Globetrotter

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found in a Moscow grocery store, the brown half liter bottle with the long slender neck features a copper and black label including a bull sitting about a shield symbol that includes the name info. The 5.1% abv contradicts the label's claim that this is a "Strong Premium Ale." The regular label identifies "East Anglian pale ale malt" and Fuggles hops. The Russian import label also mentions wheat, sugar and some other syrup I don't recognize. Best before 11/25/06, I opened it on 5/17/06.

Pours clear copper under a 1.5 finger off-white head that fades slowly but lacks much body and cannot generate any lace. The nose features mild fruity malt with a hint of grape. The mouth is well- but not excessively carbonated and fairly sticky, with a light syrup consistency. Nice light malt flavor, with plenty of sweet grape. The hops kick in very late, but are strong and floral, with a mild and very pleasant bitter. The good dry bitter aftertaste lasts very long. Nice, refreshing brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 02:52:38 | More by Globetrotter
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first time I try this beer in bottled form, as my local Wetherspoon's has it on draught regularly. On cask it's a hit and miss for me, as when served overly cool it tastes like bland ice tea, while overly warm it's like lifeless juice, and while not fresh...don't want to touch the expired malt-juice. Yet, since it's not a rumour that the disappointing Greene King might soon close down Ridley's brewery and this decent Ridley's brew might soon disappear together with other brands now brewed by the GK in Bury-St.Edmunds... gonna drink more before it's gone forever...

BB date: 20/04/06.
A: in a goblet, it pours a dark reddish-amber hue, with a thick, fluffy and spongey, off-white beer head; good head retention, on top of gently-carbonated body.
S: deeply sweetish malty to start with, the aroma is decorated with mildly perfumy red-apple-ish and sweet citrusy hop note, raisiny and even a bit vinous, toffeeish or butterscotch (can't discern...), with soft caramelised brown sugar in the background. Overall the nose is very malty, with a fruity and spicy touch.
T: upfront a rich, syrupy dark-malty flavour flows into mouth, followed by caramelised brown-sugar, more toffees and butter, semi-sweet raisins (and some other dried dark fruits), toasted wholemeal bread, mildly hayish hop with a zesty touch, etc.; at the back, a smoothly chewy roasted-nuttiness and rounded maltiness along with underlying, smoothly herbal bitterness linger into the medium-length finish.
M&D: the mouthfeel remains soft, even creamy throughout as supported by the gentle but sufficient fizzy, while the rich maltiness results in a semi-rich sticky touch in the aftertaste, fortunately not too much. Though at 5.1%abv, this is a very easy-drinking as well as tasty premium bitter, esp. when served at the right temp. As mentioned above, I'd go for it whenever I see it on cask before it vanishes altogether...

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2005 18:18:04 | More by wl0307
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anders36

Sweden

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a orange amber colour into the glass. It also pours a very creamy thick white long lasting head. The aroma is sweet and malty. Has also a fruity aroma. It has a sweet and malty taste with some oak taste too. The aftertaste is warm and a little bitter. This is a very nice beer. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2005 21:13:43 | More by anders36
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RBorsato

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper with a nice full beige head, good carbonation and lace. Fairly strong earthy, grassy hop aroma with malt aroma fairly hidden. Quite bitter with malt character not strong enough; seems off balanced to the bitter side but not entirely unpleasant. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a warming alcohol and bitter hop finish.

Per Ridley's website: Twice a gold medal winner, Old Bob is a noted strong premium ale. Only the finest East Anglian pale ale malt and fuggles hops are used to create this full-bodied, rich and spicy beer.

(16.9 oz.)

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2004 16:12:13 | More by RBorsato
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Shaw

Florida

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale is a nice cooper color with a light brown head that reduces quickly. The aroma is rich and malty, with a note of toasted malt as well.

The taste is also rich and malty. It's a little sweet, but nothing extreme. There is a great specialty malt flavor in this ESB. I can taste nut flavors along with biscuit and bread-like notes. Good stuff.

The body is spot on, as well. There is a good amount of substance to accompany the rich taste.

Old Bob is an ESB worth seeking out. I recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2004 05:50:39 | More by Shaw
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marburg

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perhaps it's merely the shock of this (Old Bob? C'mon...) simply being worth drinking, but Old Bob is a pretty damn good beer.

Amberish color with an ample, picture perfect head. Burnt cream or butterscotch aroma with the slightest bit of leafy hop and alcohol. Then I sip. "Holy shit!" was quite literally the expression I used. I was expecting a mildly bitter English ale. Instead, I got a slightly toffee-like roasted flavor with a sharp, distinct charred bitterness and a fairly cleansing hop presence. Who do these guys think they are, challenging my expectations like this?

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2004 20:15:24 | More by marburg
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Old Bob from T.D.Ridley & Sons Limited
83 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.