DJMonarch (9179) - 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 (194) - 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 (12908) - 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 (2335) - 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 (7513) - 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 (16927) - 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
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is sweet and blonde like, with a good balance of hops and malt. Taste is also blonde like and full, with some dark berry fruits and nuts having a say, with a good long sweet finish. Now this makes me think, judging by the other ratings, this keg was actually a one off or else they had tapped it wrongly to its advantage. (I didn’t tap this one)
Nekronos (4039) - Xalapa, MEXICO - DEC 13, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2006 This was nice, not that creamy, but really good. A little bitter and a little sweet, but was more like a special beer, and it is. I am starting to like.
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask conditioned @ Standing Order (JDW), Soton. Fairly traditional with marmalade aromas, light sulphur and caramel. Dry bitter and drinkable finish. Sulphur not too intrusive but perhaps slightly out of place and clashing with a vanilla like flavour.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JAN 10, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask: Hazy copper with a lasting beige head. Mild caramel aroma. Sweet slightly nutty with a mild bitter finish. Medium smooth feel. Average, but certainly drinkable.