Svesse (5679) - 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.
maeib (8041) - 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
MesandSim (7121) - 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.
MartinT (7307) - 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.
DJMonarch (9160) - 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.
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.
imdownthepub (9161) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask conditioned at The Woolpack, Banbury. Dark amber beer with smooth head. Easy drinking malty beer, smooth and a little fruity but with a reasonable hoppy bitterness. This seems to be the trend for this years winter beers, lower strength but with some flavour. Quite an enjoyable beer.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2007 Pint pulled at The Railway in Putney (London), a clear light brown with a very large airy head. A sweet flowery aroma. Malty taste, with a little hint of ginger for me. Very smooth in the mouth with right amount of bitterness. Different to the usual festive brew I would think, maybe a session beer for Christmas and enjoyable all the same.
chriso (7306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask (handpump) at the Captains Cabin, Piccadilly. A decent, fruity, copper coloured bets bitter, if a bit short of Yuletide character. Smooth, but with some hoppy bite.
harrisoni (12068) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask handpull at Thomas Ingoldsby, JDW, Canterbury. Deep copper colour with thin off white head. Lots of toffee, nice red berry fruit. Almost a bit of whisky too and some apple. Nice in mouth with good acids towards the end. Nice sweetish fruit balanced by acids and citrus hops