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Cottage Santa’s Steaming Ale

Brewed by Cottage
Style: English Strong Ale
Castle Cary, England


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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Cask; Seasonal - Christmas.
A dark chestnut winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dogbomb (1152) - ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2014
Cask. Dark brown with a thick off white head. Nose is chocolate and caramel with a hint of nutmeg. In the mouth there is chocolate, caramel, spiciness, nuttiness. Mmmmm.. Smooth and easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swjoduk (61) - Bridgwater, Somerset, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2013
Lovely dark chesnut ale, frothy head, sweet with a touch of caramel and chocolate

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2012

Cask (handpump) @ Market Porter, 9 Stoney Street, Southwark, London, Greater London, England SE1 9AA.

Clear medium to dark brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to light light heavy malty, roasted, toffee, light caramel. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration, soft roasted - coffee, caramel. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20120115]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackHaddock (6388) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2012
Hand pulled pint into a UK sleeve at the excellent ‘Maypole’, Cambridge late Nov 2011. Dark brown with hints of ruby red when caught by the light: on top I had a wispy covering and collar of off-white foam. The head let the look down a little, but what was there at the start held on until the end of the pint. Malty aroma with some dried prunes, nuts and brown toast like smells. The taste was very malty, roasted, toasted malts again with prunes and nuts in the mix. OK without being startling or fantastic. The 5.5% ABV sat nicely within the mouthfeel, semi-rich but not creamy in body, lacked a punch or that sparkle to set it apart from other Christmas offering from the UK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (7960) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2009
Cask-conditioned at the Staple Hill Oak (JDW), Bristol 6/12/09. Dark brown with reddish tones and a slight, off-white head. Big aroma of mincemeat, oranges and nuts with a touch of caramel. Easy drinking for the ABV, with more fruity sweetness, a touch of roastiness and a warming alcohol finish. A great winter beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2008
A Mes rate. Cask at the Bree Louise. Mahogany red with a thin beige head. Rich fruity malt aroma with some faint notes of tobacco and just a hint of spice. Pleasant dark fruit flavour with some good earthy malt and a lick of caramel. Sweetish finish with a faint late bitterness. Not bad

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Cask at The Market Porter, Borough, 17/12/07. Rich toffee aroma and sweet caramel malt flavour. Dark amber in colour. Palate a bit thin but overall, decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Gravity, Dover BF. Dark brown with just a small ring of off-white. Rich caramel and coffee aroma, buttery brown. Toasted dry brown malt, blended seamlessly with a warm apple tart sweetness, finishing in a lingering toasted corn warmth. Medium palate, soft and round. Really nice! A tie with E&S 1872 for my beer of the festival.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11411) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2006
Cask @ Wenlock Arms, London. Dark amber coloured. Beige head. Fresh herbal and flowery aroma. Flavour of berries, spice, fruits and flowers. Nicely and full bodied. Light bitter end. Very smooth and easy to drink. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (13397) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2004
Cask conditioned at The Old Fourpenny Shop Hotel, Warwick. Dark brown red with small head. Fruity soft malt beer with a touch of prune and almond. Silky dark malt beer with a late sweet caramel mouthfeel.

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