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Fyne Ales Holly Daze

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Brewed by Fyne Ales
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Cairndow, Argyll, Scotland
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask, Seasonal, Winter;
An antidote to Christmas. No strange spices, just a really good stronger beer with a crisp fruity hop flavour and plenty of malt. A refreshing beer to clear the palate.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nilz (345) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle from the Fyne Ales shop. Dark reddish ale with minimal transient head, aroma was a malty sweetness, taste was a gentle dark fruits and sweet malts, pleasant enough.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
elbernays (314) - IRELAND - DEC 29, 2013
Pours dark amber. Clear look with no head. Dark fruits in the flavour. Nose is a bit of spice, cherries. Smooth Flavour with nice finish. Low carbonation. Not bad for the type.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
culchiem (2303) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle. Clean amber with no head. Faint malty aroma. Flavour is biscuity malt, some toffee on a thin fruit finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8391) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2013
Bottled 21/12/13. A rich brown coloured beer with a white head and lace. Ncie fruity hops and a lot of bitterness but also sweet bready malts. Quite flavoursome and full bodied. There’s something about it though which keeps it in the mid 3s

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Imaena (1703) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Draught. This is a solid winter brew with lots of nice malt layering. Well worth a look.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2013

Cask (handpump) @ Craft Beer Co., 82 Leather Lane, London, Greater London, England EC1N 7TR.

Clear medium orange amber colour with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, fudge notes, moderate hoppy, fruity hops. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, caramel, sharp hops, dry. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20121208]

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mr_h (2446) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 18, 2012
Cask by handpump at State Bar, Glasgow - clear amber, thin bubbly off-white head, very little aroma, sweet almost herbal maltiness with a bit of fruit, understated hop finish by Fyne standards

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (5543) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2012
Cask at Craft Beer Co. It pours deep amber with a small beige head. The nose is caramel, wood, leather, brown bread and leaf. The taste is wood, leather, leaf, resin and a touch of dark fruit with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. A solid ESB all-round.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (6105) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2012
500 ml bottle. BB Nov 2012. From the Fyne Ales Brewery in Cairndow, Scotland.
Cloudy ambery golden colour with small to average sized fluffy white head. Fruity hops, malt, nuts and some caramel sweetness in aroma. Flavour is pretty much the same. Some bitterness in aftertaste. Solid. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (4820) - Tau, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2012
500 ml bottle, from a potential importer. ABV is 5.0%. Amber to copper colour, large off-white head. Aroma and flavour of ripe and over-ripe Nordic fruits and berries (incl. blackcurrants) and blackcurrant leaves. Also notes of toffee, medium bitter hops in the aftertaste. A bit to fizzy for a British ale. Otherwise a decent beer.


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