Old Drifter by Ratsherrn and Simian Ales

  • 6. May 2018
  • By Admin: Frank
  • Comment: 1

The Old Drifter is a collaboration between Ratsherrn Brauerei (Hamburg) and Simian Ales (Elmshorn). Simian Ales is a young Brewery opened a few weeks ago. But the brewer Ian Faulkner is an “old hand” in business (Balduin, Christmas on the Reeperbahn).

This beer is a classic english Barley Wine blended by a barrelaged Sour Ale. It was brewed to mimic an old fashioned english ale.

This clear, amber beer pours with slow rising bubbles and a short white head at all. Immediately thereafter, the nose is quite restrained. It requires patience to detecte the aromes, but if you do, you’ll be rewarded with malt, dried fruits and a little bit of alcohol in the aroma. Not surprising for this style, hops are nowhere to be found.

The flavor showcases a complex melange of malt and fruit flavors counterbalanced by warming alcohol and low hop bitterness. Once again, hops are largely absent except for a mild, supportive bitterness but the balance is squarely towards the malt. Subtle alcohol provides a bit of intrigue as it melds with the other malt-based flavors.

Aroma profile Old Drifter


Barley Wine

8,3% ABV,


Marris Otter Pale Ale Malt und Biscuit Malt

English First Gold


brilliant amber, slow raising bubbles, short white head

malt, dried fruits, alcohol

malt, bread, dried fruits

Spaghetti Carbonara, Stilton Cheese



Ratsherrn Brauerei

Hamburg, Germany


Simian Ales

Elmshorn, Germany



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