Garrat (1314) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 500ml.Dark brown,small head.Malt bread flavours,some coffee.A smooth easy going ale.Hot ears at the ready.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from West Lakeview Liquours, Chicago. Dark brown with small off-white head. Aroma is doughy with caramel, brown sugar and red fruit. Flavor is caramel with some nuttieness, fresh brown sugar (if brown sugar can seem fresh), red fruit, sweet, some hop bitterness in the finish. Medium to full creamy body. A solid mix between a brown ale and a winter warmer.
fletchfighters (1298) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
murky brownish black color, thin off white head. Mostly a solid collar.
Almond, malt, caramel, chocolate, pear and dark fruits. Nice bold nose for such an ABV that it is.
Taste pretty much the same as the nose.
Thin but coats well and a good long lasting flavor.
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A - dried fruit, chocolate and caramel
A - brownish-red with thin head
T - light sweet with strong alcohol and bitter
P - mid to full and soft
O - good
floydian1 (1249) - FNQ, Australia, - NOV 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle from Dan Murphy’s. Deep brown pour with a stable tan head that laces well. Nose of caramel, burnt brown sugar, dried dark fruits and a hint of nuttiness. Lovely smooth malty mouthfeel and taste without being too sweet. Low hop bitterness at the finish. A nice dark ale that knocks spots off Tooheys Old.
swooper (1247) - Cambridge and Kladno(Czech Rep.), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, nice rich malt hoppy aroma, dark ruby-red colour, brown foam, clear, medium bitterness, medium sweetness, rich taste nice balanced ...awesomefull body, slick feel, soft carbonation, long finish, bitter, cool beer. I want more than one
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. To paraphrase Baldrick from Balckadder’s Christmas Carol, ’It come from the shop, it said its piece, and then it sodded off’. I like a winter ale to have a little life in it, this was smooth and well balanced indeed, but I’d have liked a little more to be made of its nuttiness. An unremarkable dark beer.
Maris (1225) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 500ml bottle on 8/7/2012. Pours a clear dark red brown with a medium fine head. Has some bready and caramel malt in the aroma, along with some fruit. The flavour is quite intense with dark/stewed fruit, nuts, and a rich maltiness which features caramel, toffee, chocolate, nutty and roasty notes. The body is full and the bitterness firm. This actually comes across bigger than 5.5% and feels like a bit of a winter sipper. Nice stuff.
KeefOz (1220) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - NOV 3, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
BB 06Feb14. Poured a mahogany red brown colour with a thin light tan bubbly head that diminished quickly to a line of bubbles. Poor lacing. Low carbonation. Aroma delightfully of chocolate but with under-lying alcohol. Taste of malt sweetness followed by a nice mild tasty hops bitterness that was not over-bearing. Medium body. Smooth finish. Quite OK.
Joakgust (1216) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark deep red beer with a good brown head. Aroma is rather sweet with hints of fresh fruits and malts. Flavor is roasty malty with notes of coffee, nuts with a nice dark bitter chocolaty finished. Stands out from most X-mas ales in a pleasant way.