E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Strong ale, or rather intoxicating cake, like tipsy cake, thus described by Taylor, the water-poet: It is much like a loafe out of a brewers basket; it is composed of two simplesmault and water, and is cousin-germane to the mightiest ale in England. (See vol. ii. of Taylors Works.)