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Cairngorm Santas Sledgehammer

Brewed by Cairngorm
Style: English Strong Ale
Aviemore, Scotland


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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Cask; Seasonal - November and December.
A strong bronze coloured ale with a traditional hop bitterness and a pleasant aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (14316) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2014
Cask at the Sussex Arms, Twickers, 20/12/14. Clear amber coloured with a decent off white covering. Nose is biscuit, light spice, dark fruit rinds, earthy. Taste comprises biscuit, toffee, faint nutmeg, dark orange peel, malty, sweet tones. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, semi drying close with bittering notes. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (7810) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 17, 2014
Cask at the Standing Order. Pours amber, nose is caramel, taste is sweet, fruity, rich.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
harrisoni (15794) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2014
Cask gravity at White Cliffs BF 2014. Clear russet dark brown grey head. Strong toffee aroma. Abd toffee flavour. Very toffee some white pepper hop on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2014
Cask conditioned handpump Wig & Pen Northampton 09/01/14. A dark brown coloured beer with a white head. This is odd. Boozy with whiskey notes. Vanilla. Sweet caramel. Biscuit. Vinegar. Apple and honey. So much going on and so much of it weird. Now 5.6%.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stravale (2567) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - DEC 18, 2012
Cask @ JDW Elgin 171212 5.6% ABV
Copper brown, clear, frothy white head, good lacing
Aroma of toffee, caramel malts, touch of cereal
Taste of caramel malts, rich toffee malts, some cereal, soft bitter hops in the background, quite easy going for the abv
Palate - medium body, smooth. Finish as main flavour, dryish and bitter, lingering digestive biscuit dunked in caramel, slightly metallic note maybe from the spices
Overall - Certainly one of the better Xmas ales around

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mr_h (4022) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2012
Cask by handpump at State Bar, Glasgow - clear amber red, thin off-white head, fruity and sweet malty aroma, caramel, fruity, hint of spice, sweet malty aftertaste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (10026) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2011
Cask at Prince of Wales, Aberdeen. It pours dark brown, with a thin off-white head. The nose is soap, leather, candied fruit and caramel. The taste is wood, leather, caramel, candied fruit, spice, dust and alcohol warmth, with a dry finish. Medium body, soft carbonation and slightly syrupy mouth-feel. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 21, 2011
On cask at Cloisters. Pours an amber colour with a thick white head. Aroma of alcohol, caramel and toffee. Similar flavours. Alcohol is quite well masked overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnRMurdoch (3983) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 17, 2011
Cask @ The Counting House JDW. Fruity malt aroma. Medium dark brown colour, good head. Fruity caramel malt flavour. Bitter sweet aftertaste. Quite smooth. A good bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bullit (4285) - Burgos, SPAIN - DEC 16, 2011
Cask @ Sir Walter Scott, JDW. Amber colour, off-white head. Aroma is slight caramel malts, fruity, a bit perfumy. Flavour is soft caramel malts, wood polish, slight sourness.

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