Barley Wine aroma, Estery
Smooth & bitter with a barley wine taste
Target & Challenger
Pale, Chocolate & invert sugar
November to January
Old Expensive is a strong, dark winter warmer with a full bodied rounded bitterness. It has a rich port wine aroma in the nose, massive mouth-filling malt and ripe fruit flavors and a deep finish with hops, raisins and sultanas on the palate.
I found information on this beer in two separate places. On the brewery's official website the label is different and the malt types used seem a little different than what I am tasting. The other info can be found here and I think it falls more in line with what I was drinking.
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy orange copper with a thin white head that diminishes to just over the top, no lacing present.
Aroma: Toasty biscuit malt with hints of caramel. Good amount of fruitiness also present.
Flavor: Starts with a slight bitterness quickly moving into fruit. Apple, pear and a tinge of grape are present. Biscuit malt overtones throughout with a slight bit of toffee. Has a cidery feel to it which is probably from the oxidation that comes with aging. Ends moderately dry, with a small bit of sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation.
Overall: At 6.5% alcohol this is a moderately strong ale that I could sip on all day. It is quintessentially British with a good amount of fruity esters from the yeast but has a good base of biscuity malt to round things out. For an old ale this seems much lighter and easier to drink than most examples I have had. As I drank I thought this would be perfect with a nice pork tenderloin.