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Brewed by Everards
Style: Bitter
Leicester, England
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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Seasonal - Winter.
"A rich copper ale that signifies the essence of Christmas in a glass."
Ingredients: Maris Otter malt; Goldings hops and dry hopped with Cascade, prior to conditioning.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (34188) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2008
Cask (handpump) @ Wellington, Birmingham B2, UK. Clear medium amber color with a small, virtually none, virtually none lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, light hoppy. Flavor is light to moderate sweet and moderate bitter with a average duration. Body is medium to light, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. (100108)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20217) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 1, 2012
Cask@The Drum, London. Amber colour, small white head. Aroma is caramel malts, some fruity notes as well as mild spices and herbs. Flavour is nutty, caramel malty, fruity and mild spices as well.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (19192) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2011
Cask at The Drum, Leyton, London. Hazy amber. Fruity caramel aroma. Some grass and spice. Medium bodied with soft mouthfeel. Mildly caramelly, medium bitterness. Nicely drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (13198) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2005
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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (9954) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2005
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2006
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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8574) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2007
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

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
leaparsons (7934) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2002
Not the best of Xmas beers. Like Tiger bitter with a little more fruit. Boring.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2007
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2005
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.


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