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

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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Seasonal - December. Also available bottled.
A dark copper coloured Christmas ale, traditionally hopped with Fuggles and a hint of seasonal nutmeg and cinnamon.


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
stravale (2062) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - DEC 29, 2011
Cask @ Castle Tavern, Inverness 271211
Appearance - Golden amber, clear, thin white head.
Aroma of cinnamon, sweet light malts, no hops.
Taste - sweet light malts, fair amount of cinnamon and christmas spices, no hops (obliterated by spices), 1-dimensional taste, rather mushy, boring.
Palate - Soft carb, spice, sweet, glycerine-like bit gloopy sweetish golden malts. Finish rapid and dull.
Overall - This doesn’t really work - they can do better than this. I’d skip this for one of their other beers.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
flying_pig (913) - SCOTLAND - DEC 28, 2011
500ml Bottle from Tesco:
A fair bit of spice in this one, particularly cinnamon, there is some muted hops and dark malts. It was quite an unusual smell but not really great.
A light orange copper coloured drink that has good clarity and is topped with a foamy white head that is about a pinkys width tall and stays constant throughout.
Pretty unusual but not it a good way, it was very spicy and there was tonnes of cinnamon but not a lot else. Not very complex or enjoyable.
Light to medium bodied with a spicy but smooth feel to it & a crisp finish.

A poor effort, even for a novelty Christmas beer. There was far too much spice and not enough variation, I’d avoid this one if I was you.

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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2011
500 ml bottle from Premier Gourmet. Pours cloudy, amber in colour, with huge offwhite head, which leaves tonnes of lacing. Aroma is slightly bitter, hint of nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is similar. Xmas spices are mild, making this an enjoyable drink!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (6295) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2011
500 ml bottle as a trade bonus from Michael-pollack- thanks, Pollack! Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a small eggshell white head. Aroma of nutmeg, pale malts, sawdust, straw, grass, and some fruit. Flavor of grass, wood, earth, straw, nutmeg, dry grains, and paper. Light-bodied, with medium carbonation and a crisp mouthfeel. Dry finish. Did not really get any cinnamon. Not a bad bitter, though.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
esp0r (1921) - NORWAY - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle at home
Deep golden, big beige head. Smells of christmas spices and perfume. Taste is medium malty with ok sweetness. Bitter finish. Miss alot of balance. Totally a perfumic bomb that don’t work as a beer for me

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
CalumScotland (140) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - DEC 24, 2011
Not Big fan of bitters but its a nice christmas drink love the label good one for adding to the colection

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
mike_77 (2989) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2011
Red brown colour. Aroma is of cinnamon, clove, ginger. Flavour is similar just like Xmas pudding. Texture is thin and watery.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Gr0ve (2128) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2011
500 ml bottle. Light copper. Crystal clea. Small white fine laced head. Acidic spicy nose. Christmas spices; cinnamon and nutmeg. Some black pepper. OK carbonation level. Body is rather light. Taste of spices dominate everything else. Bready notes. Nothing special, and there is no reason to buy more.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClubGonzo (3951) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2011
Bottle @ Baran, Bergen. Deep coppery orange body, medium white head. Aroma is caramel malts with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is light caramel tones, hints of nutmeg and crisp hops. Very drinkable, as expected. Mellow but quite all right, except for a few tones of wet paper in the back which detracts the score a bit.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daniele (5219) - ITALY - DEC 4, 2011
ambrata schiuma media discreta persitenza naso leggermente speziato cannella in bocca discreto malto leggero caramello spezia delicata non molto amara


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