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


on tap

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RATINGS: 438   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 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
diabel (1645) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JUN 3, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2008 Bottled Deep black body. Rocky, lightly brown head. Nose of malts: coffee, straw, molasses, ... with some liquor. Malty flavour (moderately bitter, moderately sweet) of coffee and fruits (raspberry, ...). Quite complex flavour. Well balanced, interesting but not extravagant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2005
Very nice christmassy nose of cinnamon and spice. Looks great in the glass - dark honey treacle with a lasting creamy head. Taste of christmas pudding with brandy sauce and other good stuff. The alcohol makes itself known just a touch on the finish in a good way. Very nice indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2005
Red-brown with delicate beige head. malty aroam with notes of chocolate and apple. A bit acidic. Coffee flavor with notes of licorice, alcohol, bitter chocolate and fruits. Sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2005
A striking looking brew after the pour, itís a reddish-brown with a tall fizzy tan head. Strangley, the head transforms into a creamy near-film in short order, but manages to lace the glass through the entirety of the drink. The aroma is a rich, sweet bready malt with dark, dried fruits and clues of the alcohol underneath. Itís thick, rich, and hot in the mouth. The flavor continues the sweet malt along with the fruits, a hint of smoke, and the alcohol making itself most obviously known. The finish is sweet and sticky, warm with alcohol, and a trace of earthy hop bitterness. This is the product of a masterful brewing effort, which is much appreciated.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (37031) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2006
33 cL bottle. Pours almost black with white short lasting head. Smell of dark roasted notes. Taste is dominated by roasted malts, elements of chocolate/coffee and liquorice. Has sweet notes and bitterness beneath the roasted taste. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10404) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2007
[Bottle 2004] Dark brown with nice off white head. Sweet malty aroma with overripe fruits. Malty flavor with spices, brown sugar and toffee. Good balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rcasta (843) - EL SALVADOR - AUG 16, 2008
Gracias casta desde porto hasta el salvador me ha gustado bastante porquer es un dark ale buenisimo

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2008
This bottle has at least a couple of years on it. We nearly opened it last winter. Pours brown with light brown edges and thin tan head. The aroma is malty sweet with loads of molasses to go along with earthiness, yeasty spice and curdled grape puree. The taste begins with even smooth dark fruitiness moving into molasses, earthiness, candi sugar and some yeasty spice. Nicely aged and tasting very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Bottle courtesy of sebletitje. Pours a clear amber with a small off-white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of caramel, sweet malt, spicy yeast, and cherries. Taste is spicy yeast sweet malt, caramel, and tart cherries. Medium mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness and smooth alcohol. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 11, 2009
From allen Black with a fizzy white head. Roasty sugar molasses dark fruit and belgian yeast aroma. Syrupy bright palate and tastes of fig and bread. Good.

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