Snowbound English Old Ale - The Tap Brewing Company
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3.31/5 rDev -13.4%
Served from a bomber bottle. Pours clear dark brown with a very good head
Aroma: fine except for a bit of vinegar
Flavor: smokey dark roasted grains and a touch of hops, but nonetheless, mildly sweet. Also a int of dates.
O: Decent-good for style.
02-09-2014 02:00:08 | More by chinchill
3.78/5 rDev -1%
Bottle from 2011.
Pours a deep reddish brown color with a smallish yellow white head that shows moderate retention and minimal lace. The aroma is quite sweet with lots of caramel and brown sugar as well as a fair amount of dark pitted fruits and orange marmalade. Sweet dark sugary flavor is mixed with orange and dark sweet cherry and is cut with a touch of earth melanoidin and alcohol. Hints of smoke and roast round out the flavor nicely. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. I remember trying this fresher and it didn't seem to meld well. With a bit of age on it this is a nice old ale.
10-17-2012 00:40:32 | More by johnnnniee
3.5/5 rDev -8.4%
Had on tap at New World Tavern--poured into a pint glass. Was called Haverhill Old Ale--may be a different old ale from Haverhill
Appearance: minimal head, tan in color, clear, moderate carbonation
Smell: oak, toffee, and alcohol
Taste: oak, juniper, caramel, and earthy hops at the end
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium-heavy bodied, sweet with a distinct bitterness in the backbne
Overall: An above average old ale, but nothing I am likely to get again. I do appreciate the mixing of the sweetness and the sharpness of the bitterness. I have had examples in this style that are more complex however.
07-25-2012 17:14:29 | More by tigg924
4.35/5 rDev +13.9%
From the 22 oz. bomber stamped Bottled in January 2011! Sampled on July 22, 2012.
The pour is a gorgeous looking dark brown with reddish highlights in the light, a small, wispy head that fades but laces. Clarity is quite good.
On the nose there are many sensations including sweet dark malts, molasses, licorice, and yeast. It is inviting me to drink it.
The body is medium to full and chewy.
The taste begins malty and sweet almost like a barleywine with a short-lived but light bitterness on the tail end. Some toffee notes as well. Overall it is very mellow. I actually bought this a year after it was a bottled and the aging improved it immensly. I wish I had more.
07-22-2012 21:54:29 | More by puboflyons
3.08/5 rDev -19.4%
Amber in color with a thin khaki head. Sweet caramel and brown sugar are about the only positives here. Maybe a touch of dark fruit. Otherwise, lots of cardboard. The flavor is fairly oxidized and cardboardy, too. A bit of toasted bread along with the caramel and brown sugar. Faint notes of raisin in the background.
07-18-2012 21:45:30 | More by womencantsail
4.18/5 rDev +9.4%
To me this tastes like a really good brown ale more than an old ale. Didn't really notice it was 8% until I read the ABV on site.
Lots of caramel, but nothing really heavy or (in my mind) "deep" that characterizes an old ale. Slight bitterness at the end. Very very drinkable, though. It tastes more like 6%, which I wish it was. Could down many pints of this while watching a game.
Great beer overall.
06-10-2012 00:35:30 | More by vbiliyar
3.13/5 rDev -18.1%
I picked up a bomber of this while passing through Mass.
Appearance is brown/dark red, with lacing staying on the head. Its` nose has dark fruit, nuts and toffee. A fairly nice aroma, particularly on a "snowbound" or cold evening. The taste has caramel, raisins, chocolate and toasted malts. Mouthfeel is nearly full, a rather sweet finish. This old ale does not live up to some of the great options in this style. But it can be obtained for a reasonable price and is worth trying once.
04-05-2012 02:08:01 | More by mltobin
3.4/5 rDev -11%
dark, but not quite opaque ruby/brown color with a khaki head that quickly settles at a spattering of film with a slight lacing left behind.
very subdued aroma of dark fruits, a touch of leather and sweet malts.
dark fruits covered in chocolate with molasses and lots of toasted malts. a bit subdued in the flavor as well.
medium bodied with subtle carbonation and a bit of molasses/syrup left after the swallow.
It's pretty good. 8% alcohol is well integrated, but it lacks the complexity I like in the style. very muted overall.
02-13-2012 06:41:46 | More by silentjay
4.05/5 rDev +6%
Deep ruby brown color. Apparently clear but it's hard to tell definitively. Foamy, lasting head. Leaves some spotty a mildly chunky lace.
Milk chocolate and gooey caramel aroma. Sweet and attractive.
The chocolate tastes semi-sweet. The swallow has some white pepper bite to it. The aftertaste is relatively mild and short-lived. Rich bodied with a low level of carbonation. The alcohol is muted despite 8% abv.
01-02-2012 00:19:15 | More by smcolw
2.95/5 rDev -22.8%
Review done by a non BA friend of my wifes. :)
Looks dark. Little light flecs in it.
Smells like coffee, eww. Also smells like raisens and an old barrel.
Tastes like wood, barrel, and beer. Like raisens.
Mouthfeel is thick, but smooth...like cold coffee.
Overall its not my style but I understand why people may like it.
09-17-2011 02:06:21 | More by levifunk
4.1/5 rDev +7.3%
bottled on January 2011. poured from a 22oz bomber into a Rapscallion tulip.
a: pours a clear, very dark amber color with a one inch off white head that settles into a nice thin lacing.
s: rich, malty aroma with notes of dried fruits (prunes, raisins)
t: sweet, rich malty flavor with notes of dried fruits, caramel. very subtle hop presence which adds a slightly bitter aftertaste. well balanced.
m: smooth mouthfeel
i got this for a pretty good deal @ $3.99 a bottle. i was going to hang on to it until winter time but i really wanted to try it. not many breweries make old ales and i'd stack this one up against any of the better ones i've had (founder's curmudgeon, old engine oil). recommended.
08-23-2011 01:41:12 | More by tzieser
3.8/5 rDev -0.5%
A- Dark red body with brown hues as well. A small head forms and fizzes out somewhat quickly. Creamy ring leaves spotty lace.
S- Big caramel, dark fruit, raisin and butter. Cocoa, fig, vanilla as well.
T- Dark fruit, raisin, fig, cocoa and caramel come to mind the most. A smoky hint adds a nice element. Not as sweet or syrup caramel forward as many old ales.
MF- The one flaw= too thin, needs a much thicker body. Moderate carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.
A nice beer, the flavors are plentiful and blend well, if only it was a bit thicker.
07-07-2011 02:48:04 | More by cbutova
3.68/5 rDev -3.7%
Pours a reddish, chestnut brown color with an inch of light beige head. It's clear and pretty calm looking, and keeps a thin, wispy, full lace.
Smells of sweet caramel malt with some buttery toffee as well. There is some dark fruit here too, prunes and raisins. Subtle nutty aroma as well. The caramel is most dominant and is quite nice.
Taste is a bit more bready and less sweet than the nose was. Doesn't have the layers of caramel sweetness that the nose suggested. Has a lightly toasty, slightly bitter, grainy bite to it as well. It's somewhat earthy, with subtle dark fruit flavors. Drinks pretty simple; nose was more complex.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation. Pretty soft and smooth, clean in the finish.
This is a pretty good beer although the nose was more complex and pleasant than the taste. I wish more of the caramel sweetness had translated to the palate. Drinks pretty simple, but it's tasty.
04-17-2011 00:45:29 | More by number1bum
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass
Bottled in January 2011
Pours an oily brown with a minimal head on top.
Whiffs of sweet tea and light chocolate notes.
A silky and oily caramel malt backbone. Heavy malt usage with a decent hop presence. Juicy apple with caramel flavors.
An easy drinking, high octane Old Ale from a solid Massachusetts brewery. A pleasant sipper on this early March evening.
03-03-2011 23:46:15 | More by Hibernator
4.3/5 rDev +12.6%
A dark black coffee color with a modest off-white head and decent lacing. The aroma is sweet caramel malt and chocolate licorice. Real nice. The flavor keeps things on a high note with a deep malt-molasses and herbal-grass hop combination. There's a touch of smoky charcoal and more of that licorice/root beer hint. It's near glassy smooth in feel, lightly carbonated with a solidly medium body. There's vague alcohol warmth but it drinks quite reasonably. I really like this, especially for a winter refreshment with plenty of flavor. It makes me think of a fairly mild barleywine. Wish there were more old ales out here. Nice job Haverhill!
02-26-2011 03:25:38 | More by Durge
Snowbound English Old Ale from The Tap Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.