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

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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Seasonal - Winter.
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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mr_h (2434) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2012
Cask by handpump at Edward G Wylie, Glasgow - clear golden amber, thin off-white head, good lacing, mild fruity hop aroma with a bit of spice, sweet malty, fruity, well balanced, carbonation is quite high

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jamesie1857 (1225) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2012
500ml Bottle.Pours deep golden with a small off-white head.Aroma of lemon, grapefruit, grassy and spicy hops with some malty notes. Flavour is bitter and sweet with some caramel and malt. A dry finish, medium to thin body, average carbonation. Not too bad, but not very festive!

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerhammaren (893) - FINLAND - NOV 20, 2012
.33l bottle @ Vihreä Haltiatar Pours dark amber with low head. Aroma is dark malts, sweetnes. Flavor is dark malts, brown sugar, raisin.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (3716) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle. Bronze with a small head.. Lovely refreshing fruitiness dominates. Clean and unusual taste. Don’t really see it as a winter beer but its still rather unusual and quite easy to drink.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stravale (1883) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - NOV 13, 2012
Bottle from Aldi 121112
Copper amber, clear, bubbly thin white head
Aroma - soft citrus zest, soft toasted malts
Taste - Caramel malts, bitter earthy hops, some citrus zest, toasted malts, bitter toffee malts
Palate - soft carb, medium body. Finish - bitter toasted malts with a touch of citrus, over toasted bitter long linger
Overall - Unusual mix of citrus zest and bitterish toasted malts, over bitter linger

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rauchbier (3559) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle, from Morrisons Scunthorpe. Bronze, thin shortlived white head and moderate condition.Gentle floral hoppiness in the nose with a hint of citrus, soft in the mouth with a gentle bitterness and a trace of hops, finish is mostly bitter hops but not excessive

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tommann (2487) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours dark copper with a medium head. Aroma is lemon and lime hops with a little bread. Taste has toast to start. Lemon and lime finish with a little soapy malt on the aftertaste.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Holmen1 (1995) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 25, 2012
Fra flaske på Cardinaltreff: da denne kom fra restelageret blir det kanskje urettferdig å beskrive den, men den fremsto som uten særpreg og ganske så uinteressant mens vi ventet på at gildet skulle begynne. Kanskje verdt å prøve fra fat en gang?

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (2977) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 17, 2012
Chestnut brown color. Malty, nutty and earthy. Not bad, but nothing special.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerheart65 (894) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 10, 2012
Aroma is medium strong, fruity, caramel malt also. red/brown to black. Taste has same elements as aroma, crisp, medium body. Interesting nuanced beer. Not basic Christmas beer but ok.


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