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.
hershiser2 (1173) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, Wine Warehouse, CHO.
Pours clear amber with a tiny white head. Smells of copper, apple, and spice. Tastes of copper, nutmeg, and apple cider.
puboflyons (1808) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
The pour is copper orange with excellent clarity and a short lived head that fades to nothing. Aroma of English malts, a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg, and something like an apple or pear. The body is thin the medium. The taste is refreshingly sweet but nothing that makes this stand above other Christmas seasonals. Modest bitter ending.
allmyvinyl (1777) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours clear copper, nice tight white head & lacing. Aroma shave light spice, cinnamon and clove, alongside biscuity malt. Taste is quite powerful, more spice and nutty sweetness, but not too cloying for a 6% beer. Pretty good.
brontebeach (137) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Really not much more than a carbonated malty bitter. The labelling grabs a few sales at Christmas but really tough to find the nutmeg, cinnamon or coriander.
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annunz123 (794) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet, spicy aroma with caramel, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Flavor is essentially the same, with a little bittering hops and alcohol in a pretty watery finish. I thought this is better than the rating indicates, but still not worth going out of your way for.
sodakotakid (228) - Belle Fourche, South Dakota, USA - DEC 23, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours cloudy copper with a thin white head. This beer is fruity with a lot of Christmas spices and very bitter.
AshtonMcCobb (2012) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The best Christmas beer from an English brewery so far this year.
Appearance - dark amber maybe chestnut with a nice head.
Nose - deeply malty and nutty with a spicy edge.
Taste -more of the same.
Palate - medium bodied with a creamy texture and a fairly fresh finish.
Overall - yeah it’s good.
floydslip (125) - 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 (787) - 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 (2539) - 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.