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


on tap

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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.84   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Bottle/keg: Filtered.
A full bodied, malty and fruity Christmas Ale with a refreshing bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilkTork (5407) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2013
500ml clear glass bottle. Filtered. Dark amber malty beer. Quite clean, but tasty and pleasant. Mild caramel notes. I do like a malty brew, and this is well done, even with the lowered abv from the original, and the filtering. Drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zacgillbanks (3190) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2013
Bottle from Tesco, Gateshead. This is a dark red brown beer with almond and burnt toffee flavours, red fruity notes and a sweet and roasted finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
SperkeleForce (762) - FINLAND - DEC 20, 2013
Bottle 50 cl. Pours copper amber with small white lacing head. Malty, nuts, caramel, pines, bread. Kind of bit weird harsh lame taste in this, slight bitter finish. Mellows down abit after awhile.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackHaddock (4924) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2013
Clear 500ml bottle claiming to be a Hardy & Hansons beer brewed in Bury St Edmunds by Greene King: poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard at home on 17th Dec 2013. Taken with a meat platter of Wiltshire Ham, German Peppered salami and a Pork Pie! Good looking beer, huge head of lightly tanned foam on top of a clear mid-mahogany body. Malty feel to the aroma with a toffee apple hint. The taste is also malt led, with a fruity trace. There is a mild Christmassy spiciness but not enough to get excited about. Originally a 5.0% ABV beer I believe, it needs that extra alcohol and the oomph it would give to this OK brew. This is just better than average for a mass produced UK Winter brew, but it could be so much better if they’d kept too the higher alcohol level IMHO.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
leaparsons (8837) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2013
Bottle. Ruby red brown with a thin foam. Aromas are woody and nutty with toffee and hints of red berries. Earthy with some plastic. Flavours are raisins and red berries with bitter lemon and herbal notes. Woody with toffee and spices. Carbonated with a dry finish. Pretty average.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thellgren (463) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 14, 2013
0.5 l bottle from local supermarket. Dark red-brown colour, nice head. Taste has at first malts and then nicely amount of hops. Maybe a hint of some Christmas fruits also.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brnandersen (2527) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2013
500 ml. bottle. Clear, amber colour with a golden tint. Small, off-white head. Sweet aroma with toasted malts, caramel, nuts and fruits. Taste is light sweet. Medium body with a creamy texture and an average carbonation. Short, dry finish with a herbal bitterness and toasted malts. Pleasant - and that’s it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SarkyNorthener (2999) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2013
Bottle from Tesco. Chestnut beer with quickly fading head. Aroma is fruity malts. Taste is malts, fruit and caramel. Nothing great about this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2013
Appearance: Clear ruby with loose finger thick ivory head. Aroma: Raisin, syrup, bread dough, hay/grassy, caramel note. Taste: Low sweetness and sourness, medium bitterness. Palate: Thick grainy texture, light body, low/average carbonation, abrupt bitter astringent malty peppery finish. Comments: Tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hermod (4356) - Vantaa, FINLAND - NOV 30, 2013
50cl bottle. Deep copper, thin head. Nutty, biscuity, malty aroma. Flavor is quite lame with malt, toffee, metal. Short, bitter finish.

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