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Brewed by Greene King
Style: Bitter
Bury St. Edmunds, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 2.89/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A full bodied, malty and fruity Christmas Ale, with a refreshing bitter finish.


ianwelby's rating

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ianwelby (546) - - DEC 26, 2013
(Bottle) Dark amber beer with a filmy head and a slight scent of malt. Flavour of malt and berries but itís slightly bland with a watery finish.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichTheVillan (3545) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2014
Cask at JDW Charlie Hall; light clear copper pour with a creamy off white head, red fruit and malt aroma, taste has nut, some roast malt, toffee and a hint of spice.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5278) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2014
JDW, Eastleigh. Malty beer. Delicious. Pear drops. Tobacco hops in the finish, lingering. A tasty and satisfying beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jamesie1857 (1482) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2014
500ml bottle from B&M Bargains - Deep reddish brown body, thin foamy off-white head. Nose is a bit bland, some caramel there, nuts, bread, ripe fruits, but not in great massive bouquets. Taste is a little more robust, but is let down by a thin as water mouthfeel, so the ripe cake fruits, nuts and dough and all that are really washed away. Nice enough, but felt more like a cheap version of Hobgoblin.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (8323) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2014
Bottle. Russet brown with a thin head. Aromas are raisins and vinous berries with dark toffee. Spicy black tea with medicinal notes. Flavours are sweet raisins and toffee with medicinal notes. Black tea with pepper. Not bad.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2014 Bottled 12/07/14. A dark brown coloured beer with off-white wisps of head. Fruity and malty. Flavours of raisin. Sweet. Tastes fairly Christmassy. Pasteurized boiled sweet noted let it down. Itís passable. Score 3.0
Subsequent rating also scored 3.0

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dynamiteninja (1591) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2014
Bottle. Large off white head. Deep amber body. Nose is malt, grassy hop, toffee, wet dog, metal. Bittersweet. Dry finish. Loses 0.2 points for wet dog aroma.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gegwilson (1478) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2014
Bottle from B&M. Deep chustnut colour with a cream froth. Fruity and quite sweet, with toasted malt notes as well. A slightly bitter finish. Went down easy and I enjoyed this one.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1048) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2014
500ml bottle from B&M. Not really sure about this. Is it just a Greene King gimmick.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SarkyNorthener (2396) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2014
Bottle from B&M. Dark chestnut beer with small head. Aroma of malts and caramel. Taste is fruity malts and toffee. Ok beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (7316) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2014
Bottle. Red and wet. Slender cream foam. Cherry stone and cooked brown sugar aroma. Bland and pleasant with clean bread and praline impressions. Brown sugared finish with hints of cherry blossom.


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