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Arbor Christmas Cheer

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Brewed by Arbor
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Bristol, England

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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Seasonal - Christmas. Also available bottle conditioned.

Christmas cheer is a lightly spiced dark ale. If you like Christmas cake and mince pies it’ll be right up your street.
It;s based on the recipe for our award winning Omega with a few carefully selected spices thrown in to liven things up.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zacgillbanks (2249) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle fro, Coppers, Newcastle. This very dark brown beer pours with a large foamy head. It has chocolate and spicy red fruity flavours, slight tart fruity notes and a roasted coffee and malty finish. Very nice indeed – even though its way past Christmas!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (14711) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2013
15th December 2012
Opaque dark brown beer, good pale tan head. Palate is light, airy and semi dry. Sweetish dark malts, a little spice. Tangy orange peel. Finishes dry with a whisper of chocolate. Not bad.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Brigadier (2915) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2013
500 ml bottle
This was a £1 bottle at Cotteridge Wines so I rolled the dice. It might have been a little past its prime but I have had worse. It certainly met my expectations given the price and being on the clearance shelf. I’m not saying I will chase down more Arbor beers but it was an affordable experiment.

Aroma / Appearance - The brownish ruby base pours well for a porter and looks the part convincingly. The tan head is like the sand on a beach during a morning sunrise with the tide out. Black cherries, malt, and a damp winter feel remind me of melting snow after it has been driven over by hundreds of cars. Anise lurks in the background.

Flavor / Palate - Deep cherry and chocolate truffle meld in a smooth mouthfeel that feels mostly balanced except for one flaw. The yeast must have taken off because the carbonation was very aggressive. If you do have a bottle I would sit on it until it does down. The bitter finish, as a result, is oaky and unappealing. If I were to have this on cask I am sure it would be a much better experience.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (34595) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 3, 2013

Bottle 500ml.

Clear medium to dark red brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, spicy, fruity. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long to average duration, christmas spices, dark malt, chocolate. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20121208]

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (10683) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2013
Bottle shared at the Craft Beer Co. - Clerkenwell, London Holiday Tasting - thanks to me. Pours rich brown with a fine, tan cream head. Dry roasted malt aroma, good light dry cocoa. Light sweet flavor with vague roast, faint cocoa, background spice and gingerbread. Light to medium bodied with average to high carbonation. Mild sweetness to finish with light roast and mellow cocoa, along with fine spice. Decent.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (6659) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2013
Bottle from Real.com. It pours very dark brown with a massive beige head. The nose is roasted malt, spice, plastic, burnt tire, coffee, leather and molasses. The taste is rather bitter, roasted malt, ash, coffee grinds, spice, liquorice, molasses, light bubblegum and wood with a dry, lightly spiced finish. Medium body and lively carbonation. Pretty solid spiced porter.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (4230) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, Birmingham. Poured a murky dark mahogany with a thin broken tan head. The aroma is dry and malty, leading to a rich bitter flavour with liquorice and dark chocolate. This is not a traditional Christmas beer. It’s more like an imperial stout, but very tasty and drinkable all the same.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
johninmelb (1126) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2012
Nose is coffee grinds, earth and some raisin. Oh, and a bit of cocoa and nutmeg. Pours dark with a good head. Flavour is rich and dark with some astringency and, unlike a lot of Christmas beers, doesn’t overdo the malty sweetness. A well-balanced ale. The spice comes through a little on the finish - maybe some cinnamon and clove. Not bad.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (8100) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2012
Bottle at pre Xmas tasting thanks to Leighton - 21/12/12. Murky dark amber with a thin off white head that clears to the edge and forms a film. Nose is dark fruit, malts, booze, molasses. Taste follows, fruity, malty, sugars. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, fruity dry finish. Disappointing, Arbor normally deliver more!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (4560) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Back from the dead! Bottle from the legendary Kris Wines. The pour’s deep brown with a tiny head. The nose is brown bread, caramel, red fruits. Plenty of funky spice. Hints of a candi-sugar like sweetness. The taste is more brown bread, light coffee, plenty of caramel and a bit of raisin and licorice. Light allspice and cinnamon. Medium body, smooth. Overall, just OK. Arbor are playing it safe with this one.


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