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RATINGS: 386   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rasmus40 (9853) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2011
Clear red brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, dried fruit, yeasty and spicy. Flavor is rather sweet and bitter. The finish has a sharp and unpleasant bitterness - almost astringent. 121209

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (9839) - DENMARK - OCT 31, 2009
Dark red brown body with beige head. Flavour is malt, caramel, sugar and spices.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (9829) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2003
Aroma has porto, roasted malt and coffee. Full bodied. Caramel, coffee, apple, some roasted malt and dark chocolate in the flavor. Thick and loads of flavor. Long bitter chocolate finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (9651) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2003
Bottled: Clear ruby red coloured. Off white lasting head. Malty aroma with yeasty notes. Malt, liquorice, hops, herbs and alcahol in the flavour. Has a heavy bitterness in the end. Quite nice x-mas beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (9636) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2012
Bottled, 330ml, aged 4.5 yrs from Bellingers Garage, Grove, Oxon. Dark brown with off white head. Rich, fruity beer, christmas pudding, raisins on a dark malty body. Good settling down beer, some alcohol but not overly so. Smooth and soothing. Decent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (9492) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2005 Rerate, bottle stored for one year. Dark amber with a nice lasting offwhite head. Malty aroma, juniper berries, some fruit, x-mas spices, some toffee and figs. Flavor from figs, some pine, malty and with some alcohol, toffee and vanilla. Quite mild pleasant malty finish. (Old rating: 6/4/6/3/13)

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lubiere (9438) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2009
A deep dark clear brown ale with a thick receeding moka head. In aroma, a good caramel and molasses, with treacle notes. In mouth, a sweet caramel malt, buttery, toffee, sweet and cloying. Medium bodied. Tasted Nov. 2008. Bieropholie import.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2006
1. Bottle at the Metropolitan Centre, Bury 24/11/2001 Mid brown coloured and strong in alcohol with a honey sweet flavour. Smooth on the palate. 2. On Tap at the Borough Arms, Crewe 17/04/2005 Mid brown coloured and strong in alcohol. Spicy and fruity cherry aromas. Warming slightly dry malt finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9050) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 3, 2001
very dark brown colour, nice head, roasty caramel aroma, sweet, full-bodied, spicy aftertaste

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (8604) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 14, 2008
330ml bottle - - Gallows Bird, Espoo
Beautiful deep red, luscious thick self-supporting creamy head. Rich mämmi and raisin aroma. Soft carbonation on the tongue. Initial spicy taste, but quickly a wave of very dry nuttiness - so dry it is almost papery. Aroma also shows the spice. A curious combination of the sweet, smooth, and sticky with the drying. Pleasant nutty finish. Covers 8.8% very well. Scores fairly well everywhere, but does not wow me. Definitely pretty good, just no wow.


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