zacgillbanks (2557) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Morrisons, Byker. A dark amber beer with citrus and warming toffee flavours, orange marmalade, red fruit and a bitter-sweet finish.
ralphdot (994) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
4.5% amber colour with a thin head, sweet floral aroma, roast malt and citrus hop taste.
flying_pig (1008) - SCOTLAND - DEC 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
danlo (1334) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Euggs (21) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 23, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, from Aldi. Dark brown colour, no head, mild aroma and a surprisingly gentle flavour for such a dark beer.
Bygers (866) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
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kingstoni (1582) - FINLAND - DEC 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Mostly clear amber color with a disappearing thin head. Aroma and taste of caramel and fruity hops. Oily feel. Watery.
flemmingwillum (1038) - Nysted, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
andrewturba (1086) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
RichardW (1551) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.