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Brewed by John Martin
Style: Scotch Ale
Genval, Belgium
Serve in Thistle

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RATINGS: 462   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews.


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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zaf (302) - - MAY 23, 2013
aspetto molto invitante..colore rosso rubino molto intenso..schiuma non eccessiva ma quanto basta. aroma esplosivo,intenso e molto caratteristico..sicuramente alcolico,ma anche molto maltato,frutta scura,lieviti molto particolari,veramente uno spettacolo..è forte ma non mi stancherei mai di annusarlo..c’è qualcosa che non riesco ad identificare,ma non iporta..aroma da 9! gusto molto particolare..alcolico quanto basta,lascia spazio al corpo ben maltato e al retrogusto amaro sul palato.. birra speciale,non da bere in tutte le occasioni viste le caratteristiche particolarmente "invadenti" ma,come indica la categoria,ogni tanto una di queste ci vuole!


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hopverdju (340) - BELGIUM - APR 12, 2016
Donker robijnrood bier met een beige schuimkraag. Geur: gedroogde vijgen, rozijntjes. Smaak: zoet, rozijnen, wat alcoholisch. Matige koolzuurprikkel. Afdronk: zoet.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lele (332) - Padova, ITALY - MAR 20, 2016
Birra veramente spettacolare. L’aspetto è perfetto: rosso rubino molto scuro e limpido, con schiuma tra il bianco e il leggermente rosato/marroncino. Il naso è buono, ma non particolarmente intenso. In bocca dà il meglio di sé: calda, liquorosa, avvolgente, dolce, abbastanza speziata e pulita allo stesso tempo, con sentori predominanti di ciliegia sotto spirito. Insomma, un capolavoro.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kapusil (1021) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 12, 2016
0.33l bottle. Clear dark amber/brown body, off-white head. Aroma and taste of toast, orange zest, dark sugar and caramel. OK beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cristobal37 (625) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 12, 2016
Like the Gordon scotch it’s a nice brown ale toasty, caramel, sweet sticky brew. Similar but for whatever reason I like it a bit more.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nihtila (2544) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 13, 2016
Bottle from Cornelius (with good discount after xmas). Pours dark reddish brown. Nose is prunes, dried fruits, brown sugar, caramel. Taste is spicy, wood, booze, sweet dark fruits, raisins, plums. Had lots of Belgian xmas beers at holidays and this would have been one of the weakest ones. Unbalanced and boozy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
seynie (313) - Tienen, BELGIUM - JAN 8, 2016
Dark brown beer with a small beige head. Smell of red fruit and sugared creamy coffee. Caramel, red fruit, spices, candi sugar, latte. Looking finish with a bit more bitterness and white sugar. Well balanced

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MayumiH (705) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2016
Bottle at home. Sweet malts, caramel, toffee, cinnamon, nuts and dark fruit. A nice warming beer indeed.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SimonBlok (167) - GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2016
33 cl bottle at home. Pours clear chestnut brown with medium beige head. Aroma: coffee, caramel, red fruits. Taste: high sweetness with low to medium bitterness. Notes of roasted malts and caramel. Texture is oily. Carbonation is flat.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thanatosti (1385) - Culemborg, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2016
75 cl. bottle @ home, bought @ Mitra Tiel. Dark brown with a tan head. Malty aroma with raisins and plums. Very sweet with also a vinous touch to it. Nice spicy finish. Great winter warmer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mjp12 (1238) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2016
There is enough spice in this to cut through the normal sweet malt scotch ale flavour . Great sipping by the fire.


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