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Old Admiral | The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
Australia
lordnelsonbrewery.com

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 01-20-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,656
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
44
pDev:
16.42%
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: brown 330mL bottle, decent old-school label.

Appearance: pours a deep mahogany brown with a decent tan head, reasonably thick, takes a bit to drop.

Aroma: caramel, chocolate and earthy malt qualities, though fairly demure. Certainly some rich, overripe fruits (plums, raisins) coming through.

Taste: a good combination of deep characters - the same earthy characters and heavy fruits, along with a touch of smoke.

Aftertaste: flavours carry through nicely - linger for some time.

Mouth feel: quite a heavy body to this beer, which is nice considering the style. Also fairly light in carbonation - a lovely ale.

Overall: Quite a nicely put together ale. Reasonably dear at AU$80 a case (2012), but I think this one is worth it.

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1/5  rDev -70.7%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of doktorhops
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought this a 6 months ago in a six pack and was saving the last bottle for a review... also wondering if it would mature in the time it sat at the bottom of my fridge.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip pint.

A: Deep brown, like treated pine, body that had from the pour a tan head but after sitting for about 30 seconds reduced to absolutely nothing (this I've heard is common in ales that have been cellared).

S: Smells like a fruit pudding full of raisins. Not sure but it might be due to the cellaring because I don't remember it having this fruit "slap in the face" when I originally drank it. It's definitely gained a stronger scent nonetheless.

T: Actually quite the opposite to what I was expecting: it's lost a lot of it's punch sitting at the bottom of my fridge. Last time I drank this when it was fresh and it was full of sharp acidic alcohol and bold resiny hops, but the hops have been killed in the cellaring and the alcohol is almost non-existent, tastes like a big glass of water now. The only thing left is the malt; burnt caramel with a hint of the fruit pudding.

M: Heavy-bodied with minimal carbonation - goes down even easier...

D: Not sure how to rate this beer due to the change in character from cellaring. I think it tasted better before (although I remember the sharp alcohol astringency being a bugbear) with more flavour, so to give it justice I believe I should rate it as it was originally: a decent hard full-flavoured ale that was not great for it's style but by the same token not bad either... in other words - do not cellar this.

Food match: Again I'm going off what the ale was like when I first drank it: rich foods like roast lamb, beef, venison with heavy gravy's and Lyonnaise potatoes with Yorkshire puddings and glazed carrots.

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3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First sample on tap at the brewery after a long day trekking through Sydney. Poured into a schooner (to optimize my sampling opportunity, it was schooners all night).

A ruby-russet coloured brew, slightly hazy, and with a thin but sturdy foam head. Circles of lacing.

Nose is malt, chocolate, earth, smoke and a bit of dark fruit. The word "old" is appropriate.

A study in malt and earthy hops, Old Admiral packs in some nice flavor (chocolate, dark burned sugar, fruit, smoke, yeast), but is a bit too dry and metallic to the finish for my liking. Still, a solid brew, alcohol is well-masked and the smoky, musky character is welcome.

Good, though not exceptional brew to start off the evening. Probably not one I'd return to very often if I were lucky enough to frequent this Sydney institution, but certainly worthy of a good pint every now and then.

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3.14/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Malt driven amber ale style. Lightish chocolate tan in colour. Reasonably fizzy palate keeps the weight surprisingly light for a 6.7% beer. Malty chocolate notes come across the palate really well. Very appealing beer. Best of the marque in my opinion.

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4.12/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah....Yeah...Right...Croiky...Righto!

If you ever been to Aussie then you understand the above as a common response to most questions. Anyway....the Old Admiral is a nice, tasty beer. Not to strong, but noticeable. The aroma is sweet, malty, and caramelly. Color is a dark amber with nice white head. The taste is ever bit what the aroma was hinting. A very good beer with red meat. I would give this beer a go at a session...why not!!! Cheers Mate!

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Old Admiral from The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 44 ratings
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