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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 468   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2004
Bottle. The colour is clear, dark wine red with a tint of brown. The large foam is light and beige.

The smell is dry and quite heavy. There are notes of aromatic hops, iodine, dried fruits and raisins, dark bread and brandy. In other words: Quite complex.

The carbonation is a bit sharp, but it weakens fast.

The taste is loaded with alcohol and a dry burned bitterness. I noticed flavours of some strong wine, some white bread, marzipan, and dried dates. The body passes surprisingly fast. The aftertaste is sourish with a potent bitterness and a light touch of matured cheese.

An good Christmas session ale, but there might be a little too much alcohol for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
larsniclas (6695) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2004
Draught at The Rover, Gotehburg, Sweden. Red ruby. Aroma from chocolate and some toffee. Warm and fullbodied. A lot of chocolate. Mmmmm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Dark mahogany red. Nose rich and darkly sweet, bit peaty and maple syrup-esque, a bit like an oversweetened scotch ale. Nice flavor, rich and sweet, spiced toffee and butterscotch. Plummy sweet. Lots of caramel and chocolate. Rather good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DJMonarch (9179) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle. Nice dark amber and I must confess to being a bit swayed toward a 5 in appearance by the handsome glass it was served in. The aroma seems at 1st like it should be stronger but upon closer inspection it has some nice complexities along the lines of pine, maple, and brandy. Lightly spicy gingerbread flavor, pretty nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
janubio (705) - SPAIN - MAR 9, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2007 75 cl. bottle. Pours a black reddish colour with a big creamy slightly brown head. Smell of cinnamon, some toasted notes, fruits and brandy and a bit of chocolate. Mouths is of liquor soaked cherries, cinnamon, caramel, liquorice with a touch of some hot spicy. Cake too. Thick mouthfeel, and, atfter all the sweetness, some warm bitter afterstate. A nice one, not the most complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Pours dark brown with an off white head. The aroma has hints of berries and spices.The flavor has a nice sweetness complimented by a good bitter aftertaste. Really enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (3128) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2011
Pretty good beer. Had it served in a thistle glass with large, foamy, frothy, light tan head that lasted and lots of lace. Color was a clear, dark cherry wood with deep red tones. Aroma was roasty, toffee, caramel malt. Flavor was similar to nose. Great phenols. Body was a tad thin and had high carbonation. Finish was similar to taste, long, and boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11513) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle at Le Poechenellekelder in Brussels. The beer pours a dark mahogany color with a medium tan head that diminishes slowly. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel and spices. Rich body with a spicy fruity character and notes of figs, chocolate and sweet spices throughout. The finish is ripe fruits and sweet malts. Pretty good from start to finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaghana (5498) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - JAN 26, 2012
Bottle 33cl, a clear brown beer with mow head. Nose is vinous and oude bruin like. Aroma is very sweet with smoked and dark notes, very nice caramel and dark malt notes, intense barley sugar notes, slightly smoked, cola notes, roasted notes, red fruits and dry fruit notes. A very creamy and smooth beer with roasted finish, excellent !

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