Theydon_Bois (6461) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at JF’s, from BOE, 20/04/13. Presume 2012 vintage - bottle states 7.3% ABV.
Opaque chestnut brown with a thin beige film that retains well.
Nose carries dark fruit notes, caramel malt, sugars, hops bringing up the rear.
Taste comprises brown sugars, light spice, dark fruits, caramel, hint of booze.
Medium bodied with bite, fine carbonation, dry in the finish.
Really good stuff!
Silverbush85 (59) - - MAY 3, 2013
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bitter, sour, over-hopped, .. No true christmas flavor.
One word verdict: pass
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mnmike (978) - Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle as part of a build your own six pack. This beer is a good holiday brew due to the spices. 2012 vintage
Beerdedone (2465) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a reddish brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, brown sugar and some nuts. Flavor was sweet and malty with caramel, dark fruit, mild spices a bit of toffee and some nuttiness.
Dfonorow (1038) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is hazy orange/brown with a large tan head. Aroma is of sweet caramel malts, cinnamon, vanilla, and just a touch of bitter hops. Flavor leans towards the sweet side at first (vanilla, dark fruit sugar, caramel), and transitions into a slightly bitter and spicy finish. Decent winter warmer, a tad thin in the body.
BillWyce (660) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes: 2012 version. Poured hazy orange-brown with a 1-finger bone-colored head. Light aroma of candied fruit and maybe a touch of caramel. Body is medium-to-full, with a very slight thickness. Flavors of orange, spices and some honey, with citrus peel in the finish.
QuezXLV (393) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one day expired but its still delicious. There is almost and oaked flavor with is great. Nice feel on the palate.
- Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Hercamund_Hops (29) - Rooster Poop, Nebraska, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2013 3/9/13 7.3% 2012 bottling ...bottled on 9/12/12 LOOK: red/brown/orange with khaki head and floaties NOSE: light resiny hops and malt, a little bit of that breadiness and something juicy like red grape juice or a rose’ wine TASTE: hoppy cranberry juice, some maltiness, short tart fruity finish FEEL: smooth, good balance OVERALL: kinda having a hard time discerning this beer ...I think drinking it fresher would have helped ...it does come across as very well crafted though, and it’s pretty tasty and easy to drink ...I will try this again next Christmas for sure ...Chilled to room temp ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
joe19612 (1715) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 Bottle. Pours a dark brown colour with a thin white head, rich malty aroma, medium bitterness, plenty of malt and spice with a dry finish.
wchesser (989) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
’12. Cloudy brown, persistent ring with heavy lacing. Fairly heavy carbonation. Flat nose. Dark toffee sweetness, carbonation driven palate, then slightly metallic tinge, but interesting spiciness. Better than I expected. Solid holiday brew.