Adnams Old Ale | Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

6 Ratings

Brewed by:
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by CRJMellor on 07-08-2004

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of KevinRailton
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Sam-VW
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Dracook
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Ruds
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On cask at the Flying Horse, Gatwick Airport

Pours a mid chestnut brown into a UK half pint glass with an 'off' white frothy head

Head maintained its presence fairly well throughout drinking and plenty of lacing on show

Dried fruit and malt aroma

Tastes of dried fruits, raisen, malts, light spice, perhaps liqourice?

Thinnish body to this beer

An OK beer but not one I'd purposefully seek out in the future!

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Half pint, hand pulled in the excellent ‘Castle’ (Cambridge). The Adnam’s own pub had 8 different beers of their own available in cask form, so half pints were the order of the day.

Mahogany/reddish in colour, with an off-white head that left some good heavy lacing.

Malty caramel notes in the nose, lightly toasted nuts and some dried fruit in there too.

Sweeter than an old ale should be (in my opinion) and young feeling too! Those caramel notes in the aroma are too strong in the flavour and although full bodied, it just doesn’t seem right to be known as an ‘old ale’ let alone called one.

Second time I’ve written something like this about Adnam’s: disappointed to be honest, nothing wrong with it really, just not what an old ale from Adnam’s should taste or feel like.

I think the brew has been 'played with' and isn't the same as years ago.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep claret red and brown with a bubbly tan head. The bubbles disappear quickly leaving a ring of lace on the pint glass.
Aroma of rosted barley, hint of chocolate and nuts some heavy drak wheat bread.
Flavor is very toffeeish with some chocolate and roasted nuts. Bitterness is very resiny nad piny but mild enough to just cut sweet notes to the appropriate length. Well-balanced flavors.
Mouthfeel was puckering sweet for a bit then moving to a roasted and long, smooth residual bitterness. Great transitions, Great beer.
Drinkability was fantastic, best Adnams I've ever had.

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Adnams Old Ale from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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