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


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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Cask: Seasonal - December.
Greene King’s 4.2% abv version of Hardys & Hansons 5% abv Rocking Rudolph.
A full bodied, malty and fruity premium Christmas Ale with a refreshing bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2010
[2708-20100117] Cask. Sweet toasted maple malt aroma with a tinge of evergreen spruce. Clear, rich brown amber body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Sweet toasted maple-dipped dry wood flavour. Medium body is smooth. Lovely and tasty after a long day, in good shape.
(@ Duke of Monmouth, Oxford)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18711) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2010
Cask at the Cleveland Arms. We are nearing Christmas, and the Cleveland is decked out excessively. The beer, though, pours a clear, dark garnet brown with a short but strong beige head. Rish malt aroma with juicy fruits, bread, and berries. Smooth flavor, bready like fruitcake, juicy with oranges and cherries, just slightly bitter with dashes of herbs. Alcohol hints dance about. Light to medium in body with mld carbonation. Finishes malty, sugary, with light spiciness and winter fruits. In the background, Marvin Gaye croons out "I heard it through the grapevine." I just listened to his album What’s Oin’ On? and can understand why the album gets such acclaim. I taste some grapes in this beer, too. It is warm in the Cleveland Arms tonight, but not too warm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
worldbeertaste (1796) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2011
Lovely fruity peach smell with malt and caramel. Dark amber with a full frothy light tan head. Smooth fresh thin palate. Sweet malt start with a light bitter hop finish. Some spice, woody, light roast. Delicious and very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (6745) - Tau, NORWAY - DEC 25, 2015
Cask pint at the Audley (a Taylor Walker pub) in Mayfair, London. Dark copper color, low creamy head. Malts and toffee in the aroma, hints of caramel. Malty flavour but not too sweet, also toffee and fruity notes (blackcurrants) and earthy hops, a hint of cinnamon. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MissPxx (959) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2013
Quite hoppy smell. Very dark in colour. Almost can't see through. Lovely taste. Hardly any aftertaste. Very drinkable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikkellund42 (772) - DENMARK - DEC 17, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear dark reddish brown with medium white head. Aroma is intense malt, malt syrup, malt drops, biscuits, butter, butterscotch, grassy hops and faint hints of spruce. Taste of light to medium sweet, light bitter and faint acidic. Body is watery to light oily with soft carbonation. Finish is long and mostly sweet with lots of malty notes but also bread, biscuits, caramel, butterscotch, fudge, lemon, pale syrup and hints of ground coffee and cinnamon. Nice English ale with hints of Christmas.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Cask at JDW, Liverpool St Station, 23rd Dec 08. Russet with a cream-coloured head. Looks good. Caramel aroma. Taste-wise, lots of malt at first. Full bodied too, feels like a winter brew. Hints of sultanas and raisins but not much spiciness. Decent hops at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dynamiteninja (1827) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2011
Cask. The Bay Horse Inn, Ravensworth. Medium thick creamy white sparkler head. Mahogany body. Delicious fruits, malty nose, Greene King yeast, grass, toffee. Bittersweet, well balanced. Gentle carbonation, dry finish. Very refreshing, pretty darn well drinkable for the strength. A good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (5002) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2012
Cask.Tried on a family pre Christmas meal when I wasn’t driving. Quite pleasant and slightly hoppy. A nice bitter but a Christmas ale- I dont think so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mattstrib (24) - Truro, Cornwall, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2011
Cask at The Phoenix Twyford. Nice creamy head to this chestnut brown best bitter. Malty Jose with ripe vine fruit, very pleasant. Malt and fruit on taste with gentle bitterness making it fairly smooth an easy going. The GK yeast is notable in the taste. Finish has a slow growing bitterness with malt and fruit.

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