I had Admans Old Ale during the Wetherspoons Beer Festival at the Ritz in Lincoln. The brewery are based in Southwold and to be honest it's just nice to see one of their beers that isn't Ghost Ship available for once. They've been going for over 150 years now so it's fair to say they're a well established brewery. Admans Old Ale pours a seriously dark brown that verges on black with a small tan head which vanishes to lacing far too quickly for my liking. It's an age old problem with dark beers that once the head dissipates they start to look like a cola drink rather than a proper pint.
Admans Old Ale has a oddly fresh and light aroma for such a dark beer with some malts and dried fruit coming through. Similarly the body is much lighter than expected feeling more light a pale ale than a dark one. It's all a bit odd. Fortunately the taste saves the day a bit. You'll get some light chocolate flavours, a decent level of malts, and a little plum lurking around in the background. It's not too bad to be fair. Despite the odd texture and smell for the look Admans Old Ale isn't a bad beer at all so I'm going to give it a very respectable 7 out of 10.