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Ascot Winter Reserve

Brewed by Ascot
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Camberley, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 2.98/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Cask; Seasonal - Winter.
Also available Bottle Conditioned as Santa’s Reserve.

This is a perfect Winter warmer with lightly spiced aromas of cinnamon, coriander and ginger. The palate is full, with a pleasant spicing coming through. Very smooth and drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (4143) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2016
Cask at the Express Tavern, deep brown with a thin head and a light spiced malty nose. Palate is dry-sweet malt and light spice with a crispish toasty edge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
prawlie (1499) - ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2015
Mini cask from Bentalls. Spiced, can taste the ginger notes. Nice and tasty winter ale, but lacks oompf.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (6351) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2015
Cask at Putney Wetherspoons. Clear-ish dark red / brown, still, small bubbly off-white head. Aroma is ash, toffee, plummy, cinnamon. Body is medium, soft carbonation, pretty smooth. Taste is soft, thin toffee malts, marzipan, twiggy, dry resin, fig biscuits, nutmeg or cinnamon, very light bitterness. Decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (7063) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle @ The Train Tasting, Pt I. The pour’s deep amber with a small head. The nose is quite spicy. Plenty of pepper. Rich toffee, strong malt presence. A bit of chocolate and hazelnut spread. The taste is burnt toast,grain. Some licorice, brown sugar. Chocolate. Moderate red berry tang, fig. Medium body, smooth. Fine carbonation. Overall, not a bad cold weather beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (16883) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2013
Bottle on the Black Country Train Tasting Part I, 06/07/13, sourced by myeslf from Budgens, Lightwater - some 4 miles from the brewery. Bottled as ’Santas’s Reserve’. Murky mahogony brown with a big light tan head. Nose is dark fruits, brown bread, light spice, bready malts. Taste comprises dates, light chocolate, dark fruits, spice, dark toffee. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry finish with light roasty notes. Decent winter warmer - more old ale than an ESB in my book.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lilja (2792) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2013
Smak och doft av humle, malt, karamell, mörk frukt med toner av choklad, läder och fat. Lätt beska.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
CraftBeerNick (1920) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle at home 23rd December 2012. Over lively, almost a gusher, poured murky red brown, aroma is spice and a little metallic, taste is sweet, cinnamon, ginger, all spice, not for me, almost a more complex crabbies

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2012
Bottled 13/10/12. A dark brown to ruby coloured beer with a hint of off-white head. Sweet and malty but with sourness too in the mouth. Has a wintery edge and there is cinnamon spicing. I don;t think the sourness is intentional and it is a bit off putting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vignale (3323) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2011
bottle condition. Tried at chistmas ale test 2009. A spicy ESB with a bit to much spices and sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12508) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2011
Cask at the White Horse. It pours deep mahogany brown, with a thin off-white lace. The nose is cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and some caramel sweetness. The taste is dark fruit, wood, chocolate, port-like, leather, nut, touch of caramel and lots of Christmas spice, with a dry, woody finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Good stuff.

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