Theydon_Bois (6986) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at the Willow Walk, Victoria, 23/12/13.
Clear golden copper with a moderate off white head.
Nose is biscuit, toffee, dark fruit, a little spice.
Taste comprises bread dough, malty backbone, hay, citric fruit, light spice, caramel.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry finish with a little bitterness.
So so affair.
Erzengel (1907) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - OCT 18, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask 2011: Malziger Geruch, schöne aletypische Farbe. Der Antrunk ist mild-würzig, leicht nach Weihnachten. Im Hauptteil vollmundig, leicht kräuterhopfig-würzig, interessant mit toller Ale-Note. Langer, vollmundig-würziger Nachgeschmack.
--> Sehr tolles Weihnachtsbier!
Stuartyboy (433) - SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at the bridge house Belfast ruby coloured bitter with good malt hop balance with a hint of Christmas spices. Hoppy aftertaste but not too bitter pleasant and drinkable beer
mr_h (2434) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask by handpump at Hengler’s Circus, Glasgow - clear amber brown, small creamy off-white head, no detectable aroma at serving temperature, good lacing, smooth hoppy Christmas pudding flavoured ale, hint of Christmas spices, medium hop finish
stravale (1883) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - DEC 18, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cask @ JDW Elgin 171212
Copper, clear, dense white head with good lacing
Aroma - some farmyard and soft caramel malts
Taste - Fruity sweet malts, cereals, odd yeasty note, toasted malt, hint of burnt biscuit, odd flavour
Palate - medium body, quite sticky, oily, quite cloying, sweet palate. Finish of lingering sweet malts with weetabix
Overall - Nope, better to look at than to drink it
ration (1900) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 1, 2012
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
011212. Tap at the moon at the water, London. Pours clear golden with a nice head. Aroma caramel, crystal malts. Light bitter taste. Nice fresh real.
maeib (8391) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask conditioned handpump Eastgate Northampton 16/11/12 A brown beer with an off-white wisp of head and lace. A fruity malty Christmassy beer. Cakey notes. A nice length. Pretty good winter warmer.
tombyars (1316) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - DEC 12, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
First tasted this in the Saltcot, Saltcoats (JDW) in December 2000. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear orange amber in colour with a thick white creamy head. Decent chewy toffee note in the long aroma. Creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Mixed malts gives a rich maltloaf base with syrupy raisins, orange peel and festive spices evident. Good smack of spicy hops impart a boiled resiny bitter aftertaste which compliments the malt well. Finish is warming with vinous notes of sherry and oak cask, along with mincemeat pie filling. My second favourite from the Exmoor portfolio. Well recommended and worth trying, you can easily tell this is 5%.
sm89walt (1716) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask - The Glass House (JDW), Norwich. Small though lasting creamy beige head leaving a thick lace atop a dark amber body. Malty bread & red fruit aromas. Mid fruit sweetness on the tongue with a lightly sour edge. Light to medium body, fairly soft palate texture with a short finish. Not a lot of hop at all & a mild metallic note in the finish.
DruncanVeasey (6950) - NUNEATON, Top 24, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The Baron. Slightly misted ruby, level foam top. Cranberry, light dough and oak nose; taste of wet dough, apple peel and redcurrant; cinnamon and oak creaminess. Maybe a pinch of coriander, or lemony hop at least. Still, a pretty bog standard GK-style red bitter.