Brewed by Inveralmond
Style: Bitter
Perth, Perth and Kinross, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Cask; Seasonal - December. Also available bottled.
A dark copper coloured Christmas ale, traditionally hopped with Fuggles and a hint of seasonal nutmeg and cinnamon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tfredvik (1463) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2012
Quite light amber clear body. A bit small but long-lived, off-white head that is a frothy to creamy, good lacing. Moderate aroma with pale malts, caramel, fruits (hey, isn’t that banana?), spices and pine needles. I’m not sure about the pine needles, though, it might be from my fingers, since I’m drinking this while decorating the christmas tree. The taste is light to moderate sweet and the finish is very light bitter. Spicy and somewhat herbal flavours with cinnamon up front along with other christmas spices, caramel and again this banana thing. On second thought, let’s merge the two last elements into banana caramel. Light bodied and rather watery texture, moderate carbonation. An easy-to-drink christmas party session beer.
[50 cl bottle, enjoyed 1 year before BB date, from Ultra Bryn, Oslo]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
abemorsten (3290) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2012
500 ml shared bottle at Cardinal. Clear golden with a white big bubbled film. Honey and crystal malts on the nose. Malty sweet with a boiled honey flavor. Light to medium body. Short finish revealing a faint bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (6816) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 12, 2012
UPDATED: APR 4, 2015

First rating: Medium beige head. Clear amber body with light carbonation. Spicy cinnamon and lavender aroma with perfumy fruity notes. Dryish spicy lavender taste with cinnamon and cardamom notes. Mid-bodied. Slightly hot, prickling mouthfeel. Dryish dried fruit and paper aftertaste with herbal dusty lavender notes. Not bad, but a bit too spiced and artificial. (0.5l bottle, Meny Oslo City.) 6,4,6,2,13 = 3.1

Second rating: Big offwhite head. Clear amber body. Fruity spicy cloves aroma with herbal sandalwood notes. Sweetish spicy sandalwood taste with cinnamon and clove notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dryish wooden resiny fruity aftertaste with cinnamon notes. It’s not bad, but a bit much spice. (0.5l bottle, from ... I forget where.) 6,4,6,3,12=3.1

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Holmen1 (3739) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 11, 2012
Fra flaske på Cardinaltreff des-12: som en golden ale med litt krydder. Kort ettersmak. Et typisk session beer, men allikevel bedre enn standard pøseøl.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
unstablefable (229) - SCOTLAND - DEC 7, 2012
Pours copper with a white head with small bubbles. Aroma is sweet with some Christmas spices cinnamon and deep malts, taste is similer, grain, surprisingly rich. Nice pint via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cards04 (2419) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 18, 2012
Pours a nice dark honey colour...aromas are cinnamon and clove, some sweet candy and banana aromas. Sweet flavours that go down smooth. Almost no bitterness detected. Good mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Nilz (467) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - NOV 16, 2012
500ml Bottle pours a yellow-amber with a frothy head. Aroma mainly light hops some sweetness with faint spiciness. Taste a gentle hopness, milder spiciness than I might have counted on.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lembeek (143) - ITALY - JUN 25, 2012
Aroma di malti tostati, caramello con sentori fruttati e di chiodi di garofano. Gusto dolce con sentori di cannella e chiodi di garofano. Amaro moderato. Finale secco

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
garza (572) - Oslo (NO), Caracas (VE), VENEZUELA - JUN 13, 2012
Copper colour with average white head. Nutmeg and other spices in the aroma but very subtle. Some spiced flavour at first but after it gets watery and unpleasant. Light sweetness and lightly bitter. Light body, oily feel, soft carbonation and a water malt flavoured finish. Did not like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gunnar (6720) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUN 12, 2012
Bottle from MyBrewerytap.com. Pours clear amber with a huge frothy off-white head. Aroma of spices, cinnamon earthy malts. Taste is light sweet malts with assorted christmas spices. Not very well incorperated.

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