DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich (JDW) 08/01/2004
Mid brown colour and slightly rich on the palate. Fruity bubble gum flavours. Crisp finish with some sourness.
weaselkenievil (1094) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Browny, not much smell really, bit hoppy, average but ok. Thanks all the same but not my cup of tea.
larsga (5892) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Small coarse white head. Slightly hazy amber body. Wooden tea aroma, a bit musty. Soft dry tea taste with earthy wooden notes. Light, almost watery. Delicate, harmonic. No aftertaste. Very mild, but nice. (0.5pt cask at the King’s Head.)
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at ’Spoons, Milton keynes. Dark gold with a white head. Odd nettly aroma. Nutty, biscuity malt taste. Also a sort of raspberry sweetness. Not sure what this has to do with Christmas. Very little bitterness. Nothing to write home about.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Any first impressions?
-A veil of foam covers the bronze clarity.
-Cranberry-like fruitiness quietly chats with some earthy hops.
-The same fruitiness reappears in the flavor profile, aptly balanced with the wooden, leafy hops.
-Lean maltiness; low carbonation, high drinkability; a typical cask bitter mouthfeel.
What if you dig deeper?
-The leafy hop bitterness participates actively.
-Aroma’s a little too shy to be enticing.
-Ringwoody butterscotchy subtleties work well with the flavor profile.
-A well-made, generic bitter, again, is not what I’d normally think of as a special Christmas beer, but then again this seems to be the norm for many UK breweries.
On cask at Blackfriars, Inverness.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A Mes rate: Cask at Baker St. ’Spoons.
Mid brown with a thin bubbly head. Really heavy whiskey and malt. Nasty hop finish. Not great.
Svesse (5796) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Cask at Carpenter’s Arms, Marble Arch, London, 2 Dec 2007) Mahogany colour with brief, white head. Malty nose with dark fruit, raisins and toffee. Malty taste with notes of dark fruit, toffee, solid malt foundation and hints of dusty hops in the finish. Malty and chewy winter beer.
mike_77 (2657) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nut brown colour. Very rich, silky texture. Flavour is fruity with hints of floral hop. Sweet, smooth finish.
iammadeofjelly (192) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a fantastic little christmas bitter, had a bit of a christmassy flavour, if you get me, slightly spicy/fruity but still malty and hoppy. Very good.
maeib (8275) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2010 Cask conditioned - handpump - Brunswick, Derby. An amber coloured beer with an off-white head. A fruity malty aroma and mostly fruity taste. Some off notes on the taste. Not Christmassy in any way and absolutely no evidence of dry hopping of any kind least of all cascade. Just ordinary and fairly boring. Score 2.7
Subsequent rating scored 3.3. Average becomes 3