hogan873 (449) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice, clear amber body with a very thin off-white head. The aroma is very light but overall sweet with just a hint of winter spices. The palate is rather thin with some bright carbonation. A nice, sweet flavor starts like a slice of apple pie. There is a decent bite of nutmeg at the finish. Pretty good beer.
floydslip (102) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark amber beer with a thin white head that lasts for a few seconds before disappearing. Somewhat soapy nose with hints of sweet spice, such as nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla. Flavor is semi-sweet with a bit of the spice from the aroma, but lacks the balanced bitterness to make the beer less cloying. After the initial sweetness, it just doesn’t go anywhere. Not great.
OKplus (673) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 23, 2013
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A - Slightly hazy, amber/orange, small white head fades to nothing.
S - Fruity, sweet cinnamon apples, peaches, buttery caramel malt. Some sourness when it warms up a bit.
T - Sweet husk grain, ripe orchard apples and peaches, cherries, faint dry spices come out but grassy hops overshadow the Christmas spices. Hints of diacetyl. Finishes wet and with miner hints of grassy hops.
M - Medium body, low carbonation slowly drops off.
The flavors start off good but everything gets thin and the aftertaste is unsatisfying. Would drink again but wouldn’t seek it out.
Serving type: bottle
ads135 (2330) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - APR 27, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
For an English Strong, this isn’t too bad. It has more evidence of spice, nuttiness, and caramel than most. Nice appearance and easily drinkable.
zoucrew102 (282) - - MAR 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from coaltrain liquors. Aroma is malty with a few spices. I get nutmeg and cinnamon the most. Pours light chestnut color with thin white head. Taste is very malty with the above spices. Finishes smooth with a strong malty palate.
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swoopjones (4895) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, cherry caramel pour, sweet malts, Caramel/toffee notes in flavor. Lighter notes of flavor in aroma. Decent beer but somewhat boring
bluejacket74 (1129) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500 ml bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear amber/orange color with about an inch off-white head that stayed around for a little while. There’s a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice but light, it smells like nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, and some bready malt. It tastes like bready malt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and some apples. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it’s smooth and has low/moderate carbonation. I think it’s an OK brew, but I probably wouldn’t buy it again at $4.99 a bottle. Just seems average overall to me.
DrinkEmUpJones (1055) - Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy light reddish orange with thin white lacing. Mild, spicy fruitcake aroma. Light citrus flavor with a mild spice. Good effervescent palate but a little watery in the back. Tasty overall.
ReV2 (91) - Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a bad Christmas offering and a good strength at 6% but seems less. Thinnish body, nice, spicy aftertaste, I’m getting the spices listed on the bottle. Not overdone, maybe the 8 months in the bottle have calmed them down a bit. Agreed, don’t like the name of the beer, not much on pickles myself. Overall a reasonable winter ale and one of the better British ones I’ve had this year among some real disappointments.
beerbaaron (682) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark orange. Light soapy head that diminishes. Aroma of spices. Same spices in flavor, along with some ’over-ripe fruit’. Light body. An enjoyable beer but not something to come back to.
CamdenD (1027) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 24, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pleasant. Certainly more enjoyable than the reindeer whatevers that they make. It is overspiced and there’s not much else here, but at least you can finish a pint. Could.