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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: 31   MEAN: 2.96/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (4179) - 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 (6101) - 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 (14315) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, 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 (2275) - 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 (1410) - 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 (2713) - 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 (10026) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (15306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2013 Cask at the White Horse, London. Pours clear, shiny ruby with a very slight head. Big berry and spice aroma. Light to medium sweet flavor, winter berries, cinnamon and other spices. Medium in body with fine carbonation. Faintly dry finish, some leaves, cinnamon, sweet malts, fruit cake. Not bad. (3.6)

Bottle on the Black Country Train Tasting Part I. Pours clearish dark brown with a creamy beige head. Dry brown bread on the snout, some wintery spices. Light to medium sweet flavor with more dry bread, lots of winter spices, cinnamon, light leathery fruits. Light to medium bodied with average to high carbonation. Mild bitter earth finish with dry toast and further spices. Not bad. (3.6)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2011
Cask (gravity dispense from stillage) at the White Horse Old Ale Festival on 29 November 2008. Dark brown colour. Not much life to it. Very strongly spiced aroma. More of the same on the palate - full on "Christmas" spices, heavy on the cinnamon. Also a sort of medicinal, herbal edge. To be honest, I found the spicing far too heavy-handed and any other elements were somewhat overwhelmed. If you like strongly spiced beers this may be for you but, although I didn’t find it undrinkable (as I have with some American pumpkin beers), it’s not really my thing at all. The score reflects simply my personal taste.

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