Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Bitter
Alva, Central, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Cask: Seasonal - Winter. Also available bottled.

December brings the last of our seasonal beers - biscuity and bitter with a long finish.
A colour of dark copper leads to a nose that is hoppy and spicy, a balanced palate and a long, hoppy finish.
There are both crystal and chocolate malts in this tawny beer - it’s full bodied with a delighful hop character from Challenger and Styrian Goldings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrianWillum (193) - København S., DENMARK - FEB 1, 2013
Very good aroma of sweetness and roasted malt and a hint of coffee. Taste is even better and almost fruity, good balance between sweet and bitter, the smokedness and coffee is hard to taste, though. Palate is fruity and bitter, quite good. Dark brown beer with a little head, which disappears quite fast.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonnyguns (886) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 25, 2013
Bottle from mane liquor. Pretty standard beer nose is quite bready and malty. Taste is clean with a hint of citrus. Nice sharp bitterness. Ok beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zimbo (531) - SCOTLAND - JAN 20, 2013
Light citrus smell in the bottle. Slightly brownish golden colour. Forms a reasonable thivk creamy head all things considered. SLoghtly bitter end which sort of reminds me of a red or brown ale brewed with crystal malt. Appealing somewhat crunchy icy quality in the end which is tight, firm and well integrated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (13771) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2013
Bottle @ Odense Smagning, 1st Gathering Janaur 2013. Pours amber with a white head and lacings. Bread, caramel and a whiff of citrus. Medium bodied. Standard Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11029) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2013
RB Odense January tasting. Hazy copper with a lasting white head. Malty aroma with a toffee note, some fruit and citrus. Sweet malty flavour with toffee and a roasted note, some fruity hops and a hint of marmalade

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tide (1700) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle from super market. Amber color, white head. Mildly bitter sweet taste wtih citrus, honey, toast, caramel and floral hops. Well-balanced body. Bitter finish with citrus. Exquisite bitter, one of the best I’ve tasted so far.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorgeLee (1158) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2013
Cask in the Cadogan Arms SW3. Middle coloured amber brown bitter with a decent white head. Quite a full flavoured ale, initially malty with some biscuit and some fruity caramel, but then quite a bitter dry finish. Good balance beween bitter and sweet, malt with some hops. Not overly heavy so remains drinkable. An enjoyable pint!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zacgillbanks (2174) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle from Morrisons, Byker. A dark amber beer with citrus and warming toffee flavours, orange marmalade, red fruit and a bitter-sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
ralphdot (982) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2012
4.5% amber colour with a thin head, sweet floral aroma, roast malt and citrus hop taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flying_pig (914) - SCOTLAND - DEC 24, 2012
Bottle (500ml, Morrisons):
This one didn’t come across as the strongest beer in the world as far as smell was concerned but that’s not to say it wasn’t a pleasant smell once detected. There was some earthy malts, and perhaps some caramel at the start along with a faint blend of fruits and a hint of citrus. Not a bad smell but far to weak on the nose to fully appreciate.
A deep copper amber colour with a foamy, off-white head about a thumbs width tall. This settles to a thick looking lacing after a couple of minutes and remains like that for the rest of the beers life.
An unexpected mix of fruits that features some banana, a little citrus, some earthy malts and caramel along with a bit of citrus and some lighter, earthy hops. Quite a good mix of flavours and one that works well together.
Definitely medium bodied and fruity with a slightly citrus light tang and acidity. The finish is quite bitter and despite what the bottle says about it being crisp I would class it as a wet beer and definitely one that leaves you wanting more at the end.

A nice beer that was well balanced and had a good variety of flavours throw into the mix. Not a classic beer but a welcome addition to their range for December anyway and it is certainly better than most other Christmas beers I have tried.

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