Old Man Ale | Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd

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3.63/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd
England, United Kingdom
conistonbrewery.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,315
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
87
pDev:
12.67%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Photo of SABERG
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated BB 21/01/19 into an imperial pint glass
A - Wonderfully clear, active carbonation feeds a loose knit off white cap. The color is dark oak.
S - Floral aroma, similar to drying flowers of wet hop, An earthy element from the grain bill
T - A touch of caramel, semi sweet malts and delightfully applied Challenger hops, some green tea flavors as well
M - Light in body, soft water and wonderfully carbonated
O - A really good English Ale, I like the fact it's not to roasty, the hops are deftly applied. Well done offering

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Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brolo75
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a very clear tea-like brown with an off white head, not much head, slight lacing, decent amount of carbonation. Lots of dark malts, dark wheat, subtle aromas of raisins and figs, touch of rye, lots of grain in the finish, no alcohol on the nose. Lots of grain throughout, otherwise it follows the nose but with much more subtlety on the taste, finish has lots of grain and toasted bread notes. Mouthfeel is light bodied with very little carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

This lacked a lot of the other characteristics I've found in other English brown ales, there's no roasted nuttiness and the flavor and aroma are mild.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass. Pours a medium to dark bronze amber with a half finger off-white head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of dark malt, brown bread, very light figs and dates, slightly vegetal. Flavor is mild dark and bready malt, rye, hints of dates and nuts, very subdued. Finishes with a somewhat stark astringency with residual light malt and dark fruit flavors. Medium bodied with light creaminess. All the expected brown ale flavors are here, but very, very mild, doesn't taste watered down, but seems like it should be more robust. The initial flavor is good, but the subdued malt causes the hops, which are surprisingly forward for an English ale, to stand unsupported and a bit astringent. Not my favorite brown ale and may be a storage or freshness problem.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die", a sequel to his CAMRA classic.

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3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of delta490
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy medium-light brown with a thick cap of light tan head that leaves light sticky lacing. The aroma is mild, with hints of caramel and medium-dark fruit (think dates or figs) and just hints of earthy hops. The taste is off. There is a strong metallic tang to the lighter flavored body, in most cases overwhelming it. I'm not sure if it's old or just badly made. It does wear off a bit as it warms, but it doesn't really go away. The body has a nice weight to it and a smooth finish. I've had another from them that was quite good, so I'm a little disappointed.

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Photo of seedyone
4.44/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06/27/13 From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Very nice concoction. Truly old school. This is the stuff of legends. Not so much the blockbuster mega-Hollywood style but the old black-&-white sharply focused, understandable stories with a clear & compelling narrative. If you see it grab it.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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Old Man Ale from Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 87 ratings