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

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RATINGS: 467   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.


zaf's rating

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zaf (308) - - 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.. forte ma non mi stancherei mai di annusarlo..c 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!


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KyotoLefty (9040) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 10, 2016
Tap at Sapporo Craft Beer Forest. Dark brown. Nose is caramel, fudge, raisins. Very sweet flavor, cloying. Lots of caramel and raisin. Too much for me.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Trolleo (1240) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - JUN 29, 2016
Clear amber color, small white head. Alcohol, biscuit and caramel malt aroma. Begins sweet-ish with caramely notes, than turns to more alcohol with roasty finish. Medium body soft carbonation. Okay.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud (2147) - CROATIA - JUN 15, 2016
Bottle, 330 ml at Pivkan, Zagreb. Pours amberish brown with solid beige head. Caramel, toffee, dried fruit, spicy. Medium bodied. Quite nice actually.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Syfher (311) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUN 5, 2016
Bottle of 33cl, in a Thistle glass; from the fridge. Well... The beer is nor good nor bad : with her deep brown colour and her creamy head, the taste is just sweet and alcohol, with a sticky aftertaste... Nope, but yes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gopherfan99 (1248) - CROATIA - MAY 13, 2016
Bottle; pours dark amber with a beige head; sweet aroma of malt, toffee, caramel, dark fruits, with hints of spice and booze; taste is sweet with toffee, dark fruits, caramel, and malt; finish is dry with some spice and alcohol; okay

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hopverdju (551) - 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 (382) - Padova, ITALY - MAR 20, 2016
Birra veramente spettacolare. Laspetto perfetto: rosso rubino molto scuro e limpido, con schiuma tra il bianco e il leggermente rosato/marroncino. Il naso buono, ma non particolarmente intenso. In bocca d il meglio di s: 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 (1121) - 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 (736) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 12, 2016
Like the Gordon scotch its 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 (2746) - 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.


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