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

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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zacgillbanks (2557) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
ralphdot (994) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2012
4.5% amber colour with a thin head, sweet floral aroma, roast malt and citrus hop taste.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flying_pig (1008) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
danlo (1334) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2012
500ml bottle. Clear copper amber colour, foam white head and spicy malt aroma. Malty taste, with roasted earthy caramel notes, alongside a slightly lemony citrus bitterness that lingers. OK.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Euggs (21) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle, from Aldi. Dark brown colour, no head, mild aroma and a surprisingly gentle flavour for such a dark beer.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bygers (866) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle 0,33l. Pours a dark brown color with no head or lacing. Aroma of chocolate and some floral notes. Chocolate brown with minimal head. Taste of coffee, chocolate and smoke. It is medium bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kingstoni (1582) - FINLAND - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle. Mostly clear amber color with a disappearing thin head. Aroma and taste of caramel and fruity hops. Oily feel. Watery.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
flemmingwillum (1038) - Nysted, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2012
Rating #782, bottle brought by Brian to Christmas Brew Tasting 2012. Brown beer with a small beige head. Roasted and spicy aroma with a bit coffee. Flavor has more coffee, caramel, a nice touch of smoke, a bit sweetness and a bit bitterness. Still feels dry in spite of the sweetness. Medium thick palate.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewturba (1086) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
Pours a clear brown with off white foam leaving mild-medium lace. Aromas of toasted malts, earthy, floral, bread, and a nice faint sweetness. Flavours of roasted malt, earthy, floral, caramel, mild-medium bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardW (1551) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2012
bottle, Morrisons. Lacking any discernible aroma, but has a soft sweet palate, with good biscuity malt, clean light citrus and a berries and brown sugar finish Not what I expected, but pleasant enough all the same.


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