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


on tap

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RATINGS: 440   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kosmokrator (677) - ITALY - MAR 29, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2013 Limpido color ambra scura con una soffice schiuma biancastra mediamente persistente. Aroma dolce molto piacevole con pesanti note di caramello e sentori di frutti di bosco, toffee e lievito. Il gusto molto simile ma meno "profondo": dolce e leggermente vinoso, in primis con sapori di caramello e uvetta ed un po pi asciutto del previsto. Il finale presenta delicate note amarognole di malti abbrustoliti che aiutano a non renderla "appiccicosa". Morbida al palato con uneffervescenza ridotta e generosamente corposa: unottima birra invernale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tseo (153) - Athens, GREECE - JUN 3, 2012
Aroma: fruity, almost like strawberry and/or cherry jam, spicy (probably contains cinnamon). Also a hint of caramel. Mouthfeel: big and foamy. Taste: Strong, sour and sweet. I could notice a nutty tone, like hazelnuts and such. Turns to bitter as it goes down. Finish: Ends with a firm bitter note. Overall: not a refreshing beer. Its a warming, very flavoursome drink though. Very satisfying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OllieBBommel (1311) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2012
Bottle@home, 75cl. Head: cream colored.Color: ruby brown. Aroma: laurel, honey. Taste: mild, some bitter, sweet. Palate: some bitter, mild. Overall: very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Temptation (256) - - NOV 19, 2012
Dark cherry colour, transparente but dense. Aromas to yeast (bread) and milk chocolate. Mouthfeel to toffee, very creamy and bodied, but not heavy. Very easy to drink and tasty. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Icedwarf (926) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2014
Donkerbruin bier met weinig schuim. Smaak is zoet en kruidig, caramel, chokolade, noten. Blijft lang hangen. Uitstekend bier, smaakt ook in de zomer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rubin77 (326) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 20, 2015
F: nice brownish head and lots of lacing. C: dark ruby brown. A: malt roasted raisins and plums, brown sugar. T: medium to full body, plums and dark cherries, chocolate sweetness, aftertaste is alcohol warming and slightly bittersweet, very nice Christmas English strong ale beer and now in summer u can buy it just for 62c in some market here in Brussels. 

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
s_hartshorne (2531) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2015
Bottle bier huis ossett. Red brown ok head. Aroma caramel mollases malts taste same some fruit nice sweetness light bitter finish great balance. Nice oily mouthfeel subtle carbonation. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (9110) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2002
A boozy sweet brune with atypical chocolate notes. Also present are autumn fruits as rich as Xmas pudding. The finish is quite spicy with alcohol. Happy Xmas - even in June.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2004 Very good in the cold, cold winter. Sweet and nice long-lasting head and dark red colour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
domtom (65) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 6, 2003
It has a superb dark brown colour with a very nice head. It has a very (almost too) deep aroma of caramel, cream, butter and mocha. The flavour lacks of specificity and is a little bit flat. The finish is pleasant with a nice bitterness. A good beer but unbalanced between aroma and flavour.

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