Graham77 (303) - Cumbria, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Better than their ’Christmas Eve’ offering but nothing special. Sweet, fruity and lightly hopped.
EithCubes (5269) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Nose of nice dark toffee/caramel malts with sly edges of sweetness and mild fruitiness that’s been put down. Very slight English hops but some pleasant and distinct Old Ale streaks underneath. Beautifully tawny out of the neck but deepens as it collects in the glass to a dull blood red, supports a lacing beige head much the strange consistency of its root beer float counterpart. Light body with little malt tumble and even less carbonation, firm butter/butterscotch character along with the toffee, not all that sweet and drying toward the middle, with soft light bitterness and hints of dark chocolate. I like the subtle Goldings here even if they’re mixed with sulfurous cousins and there’s something of a scrawny rattiness to their bittering quality. On the whole, one to pass the time, and nothing more.
574deadzone (1253) - North Central, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A great gift this holiday season...Pours a clear, deep copper with a buoyant rocky beige head. Nose involves sweet candy, orange peel, bubblegum, light tin, light vinegary British yeast, soft dough, suggestions of cinnamon, light blood, raisin bread. Fairly sweet with some bitterness. Medium bodied, oily, low carb, tacky, with kind of a blah finish. An ok brew. Surprised to see it categorized as an old ale as it’s listed at 4.7% ABV, but what else is it? Mostly, boring.
queenholly (3580) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Sweet brown bread barley malt aroma. Clear deep amber with a small ivory head. Toasty nutty caramel malt, and herbal hops flavor. Medium body, soft carbonation.
brnandersen (2616) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500 ml. bottle poured in to a snifter, label says 4,7 % alc. Lovely, dark copper colour with a small, bubbly light tan head. Sweet aroma with dark, ripe fruits, nuts, caramel malts, light toasted. An oxidized-vinous note . Taste is sweet. Medium body with a slick feel, soft carbonation. Finishes spicy and bitter with ripe fruits and nuts. Given the complexity in aroma, the finish is a bit of a let down.
20107589 (561) - randers, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2013
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
metalic aroma, with some almond, and roasted malt notes. appear dark brown with a small head. a thin but strong bitter taste. and a palate with to much carbonation
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Clear copper with 3 finger thick ivory head.
Aroma: Grassy/hay, pepper, raisin, fruit cake, hint of marzipan, slightly vinous, gentle caramel and biscuit/bread.
Taste: Low sweetness, low/medium sourness and medium bitterness.
Palate: Thick rough texture, light body, average carbonation, astringent bitter/sour malty peppery finish.
Comments: Very good and glass lace. This review is for the 4.7% ABV 2013 bottle.
undercurrent25 (1627) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2013
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is an average bitter, not very Christmassy and overall a lazy effort. Needs more spice and dried fruit flavours to make this a Christmas beer
bjerkeaa (180) - NORWAY - NOV 30, 2013
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Colour is ruby to copper. Basically no head. Some fruits, but very little aroma. Taste is slightly malty sweet, with some notes of fruit and dough. I didn’t pick up any christmas spices. Light body with a slightly creamy texture. Sour finish with a bitter aftertaste.
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ar: Sherry oxydation - some dark fruit, leather, blueberry.
Ap: Clear deep amber - medium off-white head with moderate retention, leaves a cap of big bubbles and a ring of fine foam.
T: Toasted malt, plum, treacle - touch of butterscotch - toffee and dark malt, with some mossy hop flavor - finish is toasted malt and molasses.
P: Medium-ligh body with high carbonation - finish is dry.
O: I like the flavors in this beer - with a bit more sweetness and alcohol, it would be pretty spot-on for an old ale.