Old Dan by Thwaites

Newly released, Bottled Conditioned Strong Ale from Thwaites. A welcome addition to their range of Ales.


Type: Strong Ale
ABV: 7.4%
Brewery: Thwaites

I picked up two bottles of Old Dan at my local Morrisons. Placed in the speciality section as opposed to the section set aside for Real Ale, this Ale comes in 330ml bottles.

Old Dan is traditional in ingredients, with it’s mixture of Maris Otter, Pearl and Crystal malts, complimented with Fuggles and WGV hops.

At 7.4% ABV, this is meant to be savoured. Pouring Old Dan into my ping glass, the head is sparse, with no real lacing present. The colour is dark brown, with a classic bronze sheen.

Thwaites Old Dan poured into a Pint Glass. With it’s deep bronze colour, there is very little head and no lacing present.

The sediment resulting from the yeast gives the Ale a slightly cloudy appearance, but does not detract from the drink in any way.

Warming in flavour, with fruit and caramel notes. There’s some elements of port, with a nice alcohol finish. On the Thwaites website they describe the Old Dan as fruitcake. I think they’re just about right.

I found the body of Old Dan slightly more thicker on the palate as opposed to other Ale’s in the Thwaites range. I find many of the Thwaites beer’s to be more watery than other kind of Real Ale’s.

Overall, a respectable Real Ale from Thwaites. I think it’s missing something. Possibly I’m not a fan of the watery type of beers that Thwaites produce. I find the same issue with Shepherd Neame. There’s nothing wrong with Spitfire or Bishop’s Finger, maybe I’m looking for a little more kick.

See: Rich Amber, Brown

Smell: Toffee

Taste: Caramel, Molasses, Burnt Coffee

Final Score:
3.5 out of 5
3.5 out of 5
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