Old Fart | Merrimans Brewery ( Turnover Developments Ltd)

Old FartOld Fart
26 Ratings
Old FartOld Fart

Brewed by:
Merrimans Brewery ( Turnover Developments Ltd)
England, United Kingdom

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-19-2003

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Reviews by Julian4077:
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1.25/5  rDev -61.4%

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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

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Rwalford74
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
1.45/5  rDev -55.2%
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?

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Photo of tsinclair73
3.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful colour but felt a tad flat

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled and a benchmark for flavour and aroma and bottled continental lager that though now struggles to compete was a firm favourite from either supermarket shelves before craft arrived or in pubs with limited or tainted draught/ no real ale

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Photo of Macca
3.64/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of juju7
4.27/5  rDev +31.8%
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.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.41/5  rDev +5.2%
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

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Photo of jdhilt
3.06/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of magpieken
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Doiv
3.56/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of mungus
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.62/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of hopnerd
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of life_of_agony
2.79/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of doktorhops
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has been a long time coming given that I am cantankerous, old... well not old in age but old in spirit... and a boozer - perhaps the booziest of boozers as I have a blog about beer. So there you have it - many reasons for me to wrap my gob around a nonic pint of what I imagine will be a classic no-nonsense “I remember the days when...” Yorkshire-brewed English Bitter (i.e. malty with next to no hops and flat as a tack carbonation, an English pub beer if you will). Cheers to all the Old Farts out there!

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint just as God, the Queen and Blighty intended.

A: Presents with a clear (almost hazed) copper body and a thin foamy off-white head that quickly dissipates to nothing - a typical English Bitter appearance then - no surprises but also nothing that elevates this above the pack, and TBH I prefer a bit of cloudiness in my beers, though stylistically EB’s aren’t supposed to have yeast cloudiness. 7/10.

S: Hints of Diacetyl (a buttery character for the uninitiated) upfront, this is quite acceptable for the style, along with a toffee/biscuit base and fruity/floral hops in the background. A real English Bitter with little in the way of detractions... or distractions even. 7/10.

T: Upfront fruity and floral notes lead into a dry cracker mid-palate, then a sweet toffee/caramel malt layer that then leads into some buttery character and finishes with a light hop bitterness. There’s a decent amount of complexity going on here, perhaps too much (I’m looking at you floral/dry cracker notes) and indeed the Diacetyl in the glass adds to this complexity. 7/10.

M: Mid to light, almost medium bodied with a light but not English pub flat carbonation. 7/10.

D: What a solid chap this Old Fart is! With some typical flavours you normally find in an English Bitter, although I did find it a little distracting with the floral and dry cracker notes. At times it felt a bit muddled and not really sure of where it was headed, however there are plenty of things working in its favour: Diacetyl, fruity hops, toffee/caramel malts. Certainly this is one of the better Bitters I’ve had recently (never mind it is the only Bitter I’ve had recently). 7/10.

Food match: I’ve got a friend I would like you to meet, his name is: Stew.

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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.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of chogm54
2.85/5  rDev -12%
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...

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.22/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear golden brown with a small head that settles. Light floral hops on the nose with a little malt and toast. The flavour’s malty but not overly sweet with a little acidity and a bit of a burnt flavour.

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