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Brewed by Bristol Beer Factory
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Bristol, England

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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.18/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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Cask, Keg & Bottle Conditioned; Seasonal - Christmas.

Our special festive brew is a harmonious blend of seven malts. A rich silky mouth feel is achieved from the addition of flaked malted oats with plum and dried fruit flavours. Only available at Christmas, naturally!


2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
oh6gdx (20274) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2012
Bottled (from Ales By Mail). Coppery amber colour with a mediumsized beige foamy head, that leaves some lace. Aroma is the traditional "beer poop" (drink beers 2-3 days, including a bunch of yeasty ones, go for a poop and the sweetish strange poopy notes you get is close to this). Flavour is mildly spicy, herbal with some sweet malts and mild bittering notes. Quite watery and dull. Best Before 17/10/2013 (I rarely mention BBE’s, but I had to with this one, as if it’s rather crap now, it will be rotten crap by the BBE date). Funny enough about one minute after swallowing a mouthful of this, you get some slight cinnamon notes to it. This will be a no go for the future.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (13564) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle at Chriso New Year 2012/13. Some spice and herb. base veer is a bit thin. decentish

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (10254) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle at Chriso’s tasting in London, 121230. Somewhat hazy amber/copper beer with a nice lasting beige head. Malty milky aroma, chocolate, caramel, fruity notes, citrus, vinous notes. Malty caramel flavor, raisins, toffee, floral notes, citrus, peach, notes of passion fruit, roasted notes, some raisins.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (3771) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, Brum. Rather a normal Bitter, with some sort of spice content. A quite normalish Xmas beer.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Unbalanced christmas like ale with nutmeg, coriander and i really had trouble finishing this. Some cinnamon. bit watery for a winter warmer.I gave it to my spouse who would give it a 3.5. I do love the brewery that makes this. Not my style but my wife and family are British and the enjoyed it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (7343) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2012
Bottle at the Shoulder of Mutton 21.06.12 in company of Peter Fowler who cracked this open, cheers Peter. Chesnut in colour with a slim off-white head that swiftly departed. From the description I understand that there is ginger and coriander in here but they are pleasantly subtle enough not to ruin things. The hoppiness is still there this is lovely and fruity. Like this. A7 A4 T7 P3 Ov14 3.5

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SilkTork (5187) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2012
500ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Oh this is nice. A good, roasty toasty beer. Very drinkable. very refreshing. Bags of flavours. Really fine, tip toe balance of sweet and bitter, sharp and comforting. The spices don’t really come through that much - the dark malts tend to overshadow them, but they add a little bit of warmth and depth, and fill in the corners. This is a very satisfying Winter Warmer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4237) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2011
Bottle. Muddy brown beer with a reasonable head. The aroma is mildly roasted and hopped, and the flavour is roasted, bitter and mildly chocolaty. It does have ginger notes. Overall a nice roasted and bitter chocolaty beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wyzzywyz22 (1961) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2011
Bottle from Stirchley Wines, Birmingham. Reddy brown pour with a small off white head. Relatively subdued nose of spices, fruits and malts. Prominent spices, especially ginger and nutmeg, sat astride the flavour and rescued proceedings from malty mediocrity. Some bitterness crept in towards the finish. A little thin, but drinkable overall. Christmas time.... Brizletoe and whine....

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (8019) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2011
Bottle. Copper with a cream foam. Aromas are coffee and chocolate with yeast and citrus. Herbal and spicy with some burnt notes and grapefruit. Flavours are nutty, fruity coffee with grapefruit bitterness. Dark chocolate with festive spices. Good.


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