From one of the oldest pubs in Sydney (one we have visited many, many times), this seasonal release is wrought with high expectations. Poured into a tulip glass, there is minimal head but fairly high bubble content. Amberish/brown in colour with an attractive copper tone which strikes us as quite light for a brown ale. The quickly dissipating head eventually settles to a scattered patch of foam on top. There is a nice mix of toffee/caramel yet sweet perfume on the nose. Just like the old admiral, a decent roastiness with hints of nuts, fig and dark fruits add to this dark delight. In the mouth it’s smooth and oily with low carbonation. Moderately bodied. First sip yields biscuity, grainy flavours with elements of sweetness from the toffee malt. There are fruity hops in here too…maybe oranges which lead to muted hints of Jaffa through the mid-palate. The finish is nutty and earthy with a lingering taste of rice crackers on the back end. As we smash it down, there is mild lacing on the glass. Sitting at 4.7% ABV, this is one smooth, sessional ale. There is bottle conditioning here also. We think this will be high on the agenda next time we visit The Lord. Nice ale.