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Old Freddy Walker - Moor Beer Company

Not Rated.
Old Freddy WalkerOld Freddy Walker

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

13 Reviews
no score

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Reviews: 13
Hads: 24
Avg: 4
pDev: 7%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moor Beer Company visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-25-2004

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Reviews: 13 | Hads: 24
Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oddly-sized 660ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a deep purplish-brown (almost certainly psychosomatically purple due to the colouring on the label), with a filmy, beige head pocked with plenty of larger bubbles, forming something of a scum on the top of the beer. Carbonation is fine, but extremely minimal. Body is pretty heavy, but fluid. Looks decent enough.

Nose is deep and rich, with a port sweetness melded with some fine roasted coffee and plummy characters. There's certainly something boozy to it as well: almost a berry-heavy red wine. The sweet fragrance has a suggestion of yeast-genesis to it, which gives it almost a suggestion of a Belgian Strong Dark, or a Weizenbock. It's really quite fascinating stuff.

Taste drags it more back into less fragrant, less anarchic territory. Here there's more of a solid roasted character, and a relative lightness to the body. There are still hints of fragrant fruitiness: amaretto, marzipan, dried currants and halva around the edges, along with a slightly astringent bite towards the finish, which suggests more booze. It's really very pleasant stuff.

Overall, this is pretty interesting stuff. It has the roasted bite of a deep porter, but the fragrance and booziness of a slightly funky dark Belgian ale. The result? I'm not quite sure what to make of it, but it makes me intrigued enough to seek out more from Moor.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

660ml bottle.

This beer pours a solid motor oil black, with the slightest of faint cola highlights, and one skinny finger of thin foamy chocolate milk brown head, which leaves some sparse mitachondrial lace around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, nutty bittersweet chocolate, some dry coffee grounds, a dark, dried fruitiness, and a musty, earthy hoppiness. The taste is sweet, somewhat acidic black fruit, raisins, a sturdy toffee/caramel malt, licorice root, faint day-old coffee esters, and ever more musty, dusty hops. No discernible warming from the booze at this juncture.

The bubbles are rather lean and sedate in their activity, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, as the fruit and caramel-adjacent malt carry the day, unsurprisingly, in the face of so little hop intrangisence.

A decent porter, the fruitiness providing enough sour-like character to make like the London offerings of old, as filtered through the new, in my particular experience. Pretty drinkable, and worthy of a committed try, I would proffer.

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Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of FreshHawk
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark cola black with a large, frothy, creamy, rocky tan head with above average retention and a nice bit of creamy lacing left.

S - Strong roasted espresso coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt smell. Good amount of dark fruit (blackberry, date, black currant and raisin), licorice, and some brown sugar/molasses.

T - Initially there is a pretty strong dark fruit (similar to the nose) and chocolate taste. This is slightly tart and slightly sweet. Then a heavy amount of roasted malt, coffee, and other roasted slightly bitter porter flavors come in. Also present is a touch of licorice and brown sugar along with the dark fruit. This creates a slightly bitter taste with some sweetness and tartness to balance it out a bit. On the finish, some earthy flavors become present and the dark fruit makes a strong comeback and lingers on the tongue.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Smooth and a bit creamy.

D - Good drinkability. Well balanced flavors, with there being some strong porter flavors but not necessarily heavily roasted flavors but a good amount of fruitiness. Good easy to drink porter that is a little on the higher side of ABV.

Notes: ABV = 7.5%. Enjoyable porter that is well balanced and tasty. Nothing outstanding about it, but it is good and easy to drink. Fruity, roasted, and porter flavors are good. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle bought from Beermerchants.com...

Poured almost completely black with just some brown hints when held up to the light. Creamy brown head poured quite thick and fizzy then faded fairly quickly to almost nothing... very faint lacing...

Aroma - Strong roasted malts, chocolate mixed with strong espresso coffee, some blackcurrent/blackberry notes, leathery, woody, light liquorice, some vanilla traces, some tar, spicy hops, treacle/burnt sugar, some alcohol traces...

Taste - Strong roasted malt bitterness, some smokey notes, definite black coffee, creamy dark chocolate, peppery hops, faint liquorice, some nutty sweetness, treacle..

Feel - Very smooth and creamy with just a little sharpness after... full bodied... very drinkable for 7.30%

Overall - An excellent porter.. reminded me of Brooklyn BCS which is no bad thing... recommended..

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Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of windypete
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zimbo
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the time I opened this 660ml bomber there were deep appetisingly damp concrete and stout-like earthiness. Poured between an ISO tasting glass, a high tumbler and a Duvel tulip the tan/light brown head was always there but lost thickness over time.

Fairly firm body, the alcohol is well hidden and this beer slowly releases a lot of dark juiciness on the tongue and thoat. Pretty chewy. In time there is some lovely lovely development from the slow start with such a superb lingering quality.

Perhaps a bit on the tannic side this was superbly drinkable and had me giggling by the end.

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Photo of Schmoog
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of wordemupg
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

660ml bottle poured into tulip 11/12/12 from notes

A shes pretty black in the glass with a deep cola edge, thumbs width of dark mocha foam falls to a thin film leaving a thick ring of lace

S chocolate covered raisins and coco powder with a hint of licorice and dark fruit, a little christmas cake, and earthy notes, smells rich and quite nice

T chocolate milk and faint spice, everything I smells still there in one form or another just not quite as rich as the nose, no idea where the booze is hiding

M could use some more bubbles but for an Old Ale its to be expected, not quite as thick as the color would let you believe but still far from thin, the christmas cake aftertaste lingers

O pretty solid brew and I didn't know what to expect so I'm pretty happy, smells great and no major flaws elsewhere

goes down like a session brew and this could hurt you, I'd never guess this was 7.4%. pretty solid English Ale I could drink another
I think I finally caught up on my notes from my computer being in the shop for November, took me long enough

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Photo of BDTyre
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very black with an extremely thin tan head that fizzes up a bit after the pour is done. Goes into stout territory in the appearance.

Liquorice, earth, toffee and light wine hints. Big roasted malt profile in the scent. Nice, malty taste. Toffee, light coffee, wine, vanilla and light, hoppy fruit. Smooth, light oily body. Not too thick, and the carbonation is spot on. A great porter. At 7.5% this is a bit of a dessert beer, but still a great brew.

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Photo of Brewer1980
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of yesno1011
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of FLima
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deepest black color with a caramel huge thick head with good retention and leaving strong laces.
Aroma of roasted and smoked malts with notes of coffee, perhaps a bit of bacon, dark chocolate, condiments, red wine and dark fruits.
Bold flavor with notes of earthy hops, peppery yeast, cocoa powder, some citrus and vinous, raisins, black currants, cola and a hint of coffee and licorice. Very dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness with roasted and smoked notes.
Full body with good carbonation. Alcohol of 7.4% abv is well hidden.
Excellent Old Ale, though if felt quite modern to me. I guess American Porter feels right as well. Even though it is a bold, good complexity and flavorful brew I found it quite drinkable and pleasant until the last drop. Recommendable.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Thick black body with a tiny creamy tan head, and limited carbonation.

Aroma: Rich and fruity nose, with winey grapes, figs, and blackcurrant. Hints of bitter chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Heavy dark malts from the offset, with bitter crumbly chocolate, strong espresso coffee, and a little smokiness. The fruits are still there, with sweet dark forest fruits.

Mouthfeel: Heavy on the palete, with a nice medium level of carbonation, and a slight creaminess.

Drinkability: Very heavy and rich which makes it tough going on the drinking but the flavours are superb and reallly make this a pleasure.

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Photo of benclimbs
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a slight head and Very little lacing

smell is coffee, freshly baked pudding and booze

taste is smooth coffee, sweet caake and a bit of spice - just a slight bitterness on the finish

mouthfeel is surprisingly light for the thickness

very drinkable for a 7% sweet cask ale

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Photo of Jonathangreen
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice coffee coloured head disappearing to an espresso like rim of bubbles

chocolate/figs with a hint of coffee (could be influenced by the appearance)

First taste
immediately nothing on the tip of the tongue then chocolate raisins and brandy
as you breath across it a lovely stouty liquorice alcohol flavour

soft and full with piquant flavours emerging after the swallow

One of my current favourites

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Photo of pixieskid
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The last (for now) and darkest Moor beer in my inventory. Old Freddy is brownish black with reddish tints. Ample tan-colored foam perches on top and keeps its form well. Aroma is a heady blend of caramel and molasses, milk chocolate, nut cake, black licorice candy, and hickory smoke. Earthy English-style hops with a citrus vapor trail are prominent and more front and center than is typically the case with such a dark brew. Taste is rich, sweet and earthy in equal measure. I get instant coffee crystals, licorice drops, treacle-laden cookies, bittersweet chocolate, unlit tobacco, and something that is rather medicinal and almost salty, an ammonium chloride type flavor like you get in those salty European licorice drops, for those who know about these. I also detect a poached pear fruitiness and earthy, spicy hops in the finish. Thick, buttery mouthfeel and this stuff absolutely coats the mouth and lingers there. The alcohol is initially well-concealed but starts to make its presence felt ... This beer made me unexpectedly tipsy truth be told, probably because the alcohol is sneaky. Great stuff. Totally not an "old ale". Although some cake-like flavor and earthy hops are present, the chocolate and black malt flavors, thick syrupy body, moderate degree of carbonation, and classic "sour smoky" profile scream porter.

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Photo of SciFidelity
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of wl0307
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

At 7.4%abv., coming in a 660ml bomber brown bottle, bottle-conditioned; BB 30/09/2014, served mildly chilled in a Gulden Draak’s short-stemmed tulip-shaped sniffer.

A: pours a pitch black colour, coming with a well-lasting dark khaki frothy head and rather mild carbonation as far as my eyes could manage.
S: smelling like a double stout using a copious amount of chocolate and roast malts really… the upfront comes lots of vanilla-ish dark chocolates and treacle-ish notes, backed by a thick backbone of jammy date cake and aromatic roast nuts; given a good swirl, lightly acidic and rich dark fruits and even raisins-like dried berry fruits join the malt chorus, while a little musk-ish red grape aroma also stays quietly in the corner. Robust, thick, pleasant, never going too heavy as far as 7.4%abv. is concerned.
T: rather light on the entry, the flavour has lots of roast malts, aromatic and lubricating dark chocolates, earthy hoppiness and licorice-like herbal notes to show; the mid-taste boasts coffee-ish and smoked-nutty aroma with a deepening impact of earthy bitterness to linger, towards a long, mildly warming, rather chewy and aromatically malty finish.
M&O: on the palate the beer tastes lubricating without going jammy or thick, this beer is so well made that the alc. content doesn’t render a weight but only a subtle warmth at the end of each sip. All in all, I can hardly find any trace of “Old Ale” that I can associate anything with in this beer, but this dark beer, almost in the style of modern porter or hoppy strong stout, has all the potential to stand out in the class of its own. I for one truly love this beer; it just ticks most of the boxes for me.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Old Freddy Walker from Moor Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.