Svesse (6757) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Cask at Penderel’s Oak JDW, Holborn, London, 26 Nov 2014) Amber colour with brief, beige head. Malty nose with notes of nuts, dried fruit and caramel. Malty taste with caramel, nuts, dried fruit, a touch of chocolate and a fairly sweet finish with a moderate bitterness. Medium body, with a certain sweetness. Possibly a touch too sweet, but quite tasty. Quite nice.
RichTheVillan (4071) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at JDW Bishop Vesey; clear amber pour with a frothy beige head, fruit and spice aroma, taste has digestive biscuit, sweet caramel, christmas spices come through at the end.
leaparsons (8669) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask, The King’s Head, Leicester. Amber brown with a thin off white foam. Aromas are toffee and caramel with autumn fruit. Soft spices with hints of smoke. Flavours are brown sugar with toffee and hints of apple. Bready with a dry, woody finish. Simple bitter.
wheresthepath (1732) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2014
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cask at the Kings Head (JDW), Salisbury. It starts off alright; deep golden-amber with a thin white head and a reasonably rich body with a light fizz. Up front there’s straw, syrup, bready malt and a vague hint of spice. But then the straw turns damp, mildewy and earthy, and there’s a rising taste of vomit. There’s little Christmassy about this beer, and by the end little to like either, despite the reasonable start. Shame.
jmgreenuk (5523) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Assembly Rooms, Solihull. Poured a crystal clear medium amber with a frothy white head. The aroma is sweet creamy malt. The flavour is moderate bitter light sweet witn a big malt, red berry fruit, light hop bitter palate and a short bitter finish. Medium bodied witn soft carbonation. A drinkable session ale.
Theydon_Bois (11617) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, 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 (4967) - 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 (807) - 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 (3417) - 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 (2395) - 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