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Brewed by John Martin
Style: English Strong Ale
Genval, Belgium

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RATINGS: 410   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (20902) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2005
Bottled (8.8%). Dark amber colour with small beigeish head. Aroma of alcohol caramel and some malts. Also some plummy hints. Flavour is plummy sweet with some sour hints. Plummy aftertaste. Hides alcohol well, palate is a bit sticky, but still pleasant.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mette (224) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2006
Flaske delt med Theis. Rød-brun farve med et råhvidt skum. Duft: Tørrede frugter, ristet rugbrød, noget choko og alkohol. Smag: Mørke bær, tørrede frugtet, er lidt gløgg-agtig og nærmest "varm". Det er måske alkoholen som igen er noget markant. Vinder ved nærmere bekendtskab

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (17520) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2006
Bottle. Pours a clear dark reddish/brown colour with a longlasting off-white head. Vinous aroma with some hints of caramel. Sweet malty caramel, toffee/chocolate flavor. Sweet warming finish with some spicy bitter aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jacobwennbom (353) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2007
Dark brown with medium head. Sweet with lots of bitterness in the finnish. Caramell, toffee, chocolate in the flavour.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MPA (837) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - NOV 21, 2007
Bottle (cell phone rating). Dark amber, off white head. Sweet aroma of brown sugar, caramel, some alcohol and some metal. Flavour is sweet brown and candied sugar, roasted malt with a burnt bitterness in the end.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7674) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2007
Bottle from Onlyfineales.com This poured red/amber with an off-whire head, there was also quite a noticeable amount of carbonation. A slightly metallic nose like copper coins as Loz pointed out reminded one of a canned beer. Chewy soft fudge taste, nice and full bodied, a touch sweet but a very decent beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4843) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2008
Nice dark brown coloured body with a dense off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and definitely some nuts. Medium-bodied; Spicey malt up front fades to nuts, alcohol later on. Aftertaste shows complexity - a nice deep spice plus some very potent pit fruit flavours. Overall, a good beer - nothing tremendous, but finding this in a little market in Bruxelles speaks volumes. I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from a small little market off Ave. Louise in Bruxelles, Belgium on 01-January-2008.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2006 Bottled, blind tasting session: What happened to this beer the past 2? years? This used to be one of my favorites. So full and roasted, licorice, complex yet highly drinkable. And now? It’s so damned sweet! There’s still some cherry, plum, laurel and licorice but overwhelmed by the sweetness. Did InBev buy John Martin? Bottled, Sep 02, 3.8: Not much aroma at first due to the large head but when warming it becomes yeasty with raisins. Deep red color, light brown head, good lace. Very sweet and sugary start that even increases, light bitter start that increases as well, raisin, hint of varnish. Alcoholic feeling, sticky, warming, good body.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Poured with a huge (> 5 fingers), brown/tan frothy head. Long lasting with lacing. Malty smelling and tasting (roasted malts, molasses and a little fruity).

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2004
Bottle. Red ruby colour. Slight brown malt aroma. Sweet caramel, burnt sugar, an alchoholic bitterness in the aftertaste.


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