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Old Fart - Merrimans Brewery ( Turnover Developments Ltd)

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21 Ratings
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Ratings: 21
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 21.91%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Merrimans Brewery ( Turnover Developments Ltd) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-19-2003)
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Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Julian4077:
Photo of Julian4077
1.25/5  rDev -61.4%

Julian4077, Oct 14, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Daniell
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark caramel colour- proper bitters. Decent head.

S: nice bitters and biscuity malts. Also some apple coming through.

T: very nice, decently strong hop taste and bitterness balanced with malts.

M: nice, not watery (a quality I dislike in beers), creamy, well balanced.

D: would be great to have this in a pub

Overall actually reminds me of Samuel Adams Boston Lager but darker and with more of a hop presence. It's superior to that beer imo. This beer looks to be a bit underrated on this site. No problems finishing the 500mls with some chicken with ginger and shallots

Daniell, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Coppery amber pour, small but persistent head.
Lots of caramel and toffee aromas, with resinous, earthy hops in the background. Some grainy notes bring it down though.
Very similar flavours, with lots of caramel malt, some grainy notes, resinous hops and a mild but lasting bitterness.
Carbonation is too high.

CrazyDavros, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of Rwalford74
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Rwalford74, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -7.4%

pin, May 21, 2013
Photo of DarthKostrizer
1.4/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Best Before 8/12/99

Vintage 98' brought to a bottleshare by MrVonzipper. Who brings a bottle to a bottleshare that expired in 1999? I will tell you who, a guy whose collection is so vast that he feels pity on most of us for never even seeing some of these bottles that he shows up with, not one bottle, but 3, that expired in 1999. Yeah, thats right bitches: suck one.

Look: Copper in color with no head

Smell: Sour raisins and caramel

Taste: Vinegar with caramel. Kind of taste like watered down balsmic vinegar

Mouthfeel: Medium body with no carbonation

Overall: Why did I drink this?

DarthKostrizer, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of Macca
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear dark amber colour with almost no head to speak of.

Both the nose and the palate are led off by some nice biscuity malts. Caramel and toffee. What I hope for in an ESB. For me the hops play a definite supporting role.

A bit of sweetness.

Not a world beater but still a reasonable drink.

Macca, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of juju7
4.25/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crap name. But if you get past that this is a very good beer. Amber/bronze with a small beige head. The nose is really nice full of floral hops and very biscuity malt. Couldn't stop smelling. On the palate it has a beautiful creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation and a mild bitterness. Surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Great beer, shit name.

juju7, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of GreenCard
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: sparkly auburn, great clarity, thick spongey layer of off-white foam, good head retention

Aroma: nice malty scent, dark caramel, woodsy hops

Flavor: initial malty sweetness balanced by a slight roasty edge and approaching herbaceous flavor, some caramel, finishes semisweet with a mellow maltiness in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, mild carbonation, smooth texture

GreenCard, Feb 16, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a thick white head that leaves a ton of lace. Nice amber color. Hoppy/malty start and mildly hoppy/bitter finish. It seems to be between a pale and an ESB. Light-moderate carbonation. Nose has sweet overtones Actually bought this York, England for the label; 500ml - £1.89.

jdhilt, Aug 19, 2003
Photo of soju6
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark copper color with a small head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt and grain.

T: Taste of roasted malt,and some grain. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Moderate body. smooth with a light creamy texture.

O: Not a bad beer, just nothing to get excited about.

soju6, May 31, 2013
Photo of magpieken
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

magpieken, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of Doiv
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper colour accompanied by a big tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Aroma is malty, roasted and bitter, with a slight bread tone. Largely unexciting though, and nothing really unique.

Taste is bitter, roasted and malty, with a citrussy and sour kick. Coffee and chocolate can also be detected.

Aftertaste is a minute amount of vinegar, bitter and slightly sour.

Mouthfeel is smooth and well carbonated, goes down well.

Doiv, May 25, 2004
Photo of mungus
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

mungus, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I saw this at a London Supermarket and the Label and name cracked me up.

It pours a murky brown color with a bubbly head that vanishes quickly. It has a very malty aroma with some Bitter hops in the background. The taste is of raisins and figs with a touch of bitterness. Its very Malty in a bland way. There is no aromatic hoppyness at all to this beer. The mouthfeel is velvety and pleasant. Though this beer has no fatal flaws, its lack of hop complexity makes it nothing more than average.

CAMRAhardliner, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep orangey copper body. Good beige creamy head, fed by persistent carbonation. A decent looking drop.

Metallic zing on the nose, rather sweet but with an underlying bitterness. Quite nice.

A little sour on the palate, underpinned by a deep roasted notes. Some alkaline bitter flavours raise their heads later in the mouth.

Smooth mouthfeel, it disappears rather rapidly however.

A decent drop. Nothing particularly fantastic, but a solid job.

lacqueredmouse, Mar 23, 2006
Photo of hopnerd
3.5/5  rDev +8%

hopnerd, May 15, 2012
Photo of ADZA
3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ive drunk this before but suprised to see i have not reviewed it anyways here goes it pours a see through bronze hue with average carbonation that leaves behind a fast vanishing one finger head and little lacing,the smell is only average with aromas of fruity hops and sweet malts not much to it really pretty basic,the mouthfeel is only average too and alot lighter than i remembered and quite carbonated too it has tastes of dark berries,fruity hops which is quite dominant and has a underlining of toffee,caramel sweetness to it which really rounds out those fruity hops you first encounter on taste,overall its basically nothing like i remembered and found it to be average in most departments and dont think ill be revisiting anytime soon.

ADZA, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of heygeebee
3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had avoided this (due to the name) until a mate bought one round.

Pours a dark amber, half a finger head.

Aromas of English malts, sweet, some toffee.

Taste as aromas - it's not groundbreaking but really quite reasonable. No hops to speak of, but not too sweet.

Might even buy again - good English ale and survived the trip here quite well.

heygeebee, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of chogm54
2.86/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bought as bday gift. I've seen this brew around, but my experience with beers that prominantly advertises the country of origin on its label has not been good. lets see...

A - brown as brown can be. Not much of a head at all, with a thin lacing. clear

S - toasted malt is prevalent, hoppy citrus, slight burnt toast smell,

t - malty flavour with a nice sweet tinge at first, slightly bitter (almost sour) aftertaste

m - feels thinner than it should, decent carbonation though - a bit like soda water

O - not bad, I've had better ESBs - the aftertaste was not as bitter as I hoped. I'd like to give it a go on handtap though.

To be fair it was a 32degree day (celsius), not the best day for this type of beer...

chogm54, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of LittleCreature
3.78/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.0
Pours a finger of thick, cream coloured foam that gradually reduced to a thin layer over a relatively clear, dark amber to copper body with a lot of small suspended particles.

Smell - 3.5
Relatively big aroma for an English ale; vinous fruits, biscuity malt, caramel sweetness and a little butter.

Taste - 4.0
Sweet, biscuity English malt fills the mouth along with caramel, vinous fruitiness and a pleasant buttery character and dusty yeast. Fruity, earthy and metallic hops provide a little flavour and a fair amount of bitterness. Alcohol is peppery and very noticeable for a beer of just 5%abv.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Low carbonation with very fine bead, medium bodied and feeling slightly viscous in the mouth. Just how I like my English ales.

Drinkability - 3.5
The noticeable alcohol means it is not a great session beer, but I would certainly have no problem knocking back a couple of pints.

OVERALL - 3.75
If anything I believe I am underrating this beer. It is something I would be happy to drink any time of the year. A better than average, if not outstanding ESB.

LittleCreature, Jul 28, 2010
Old Fart from Merrimans Brewery ( Turnover Developments Ltd)
78 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.