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Mary Ann Christmas Ale

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Brewed by Liberation
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
St Saviour, Jersey
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 2.97/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Seasonal - Christmas.
Christmas Ale features all the ingredients you would expect to find in a Christmas pudding recipe.
The recipe includes orange zest, mixed spice, raisins, currents and sultanas. The brew will be stored in casks which have been rubbed with Black Butter to allow the flavours to develop. The 4.8% ABV easy-drinking beer has a rich, ruby red colour and is especially good enjoyed with winter warming meals and mince pies.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (15101) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2012
7th August 2009
GBBF. Cask. Clear dark brown ale. Smooth softish palate. Light creamy malt with a pleasant touch of light fruits. Finishes creamy and mild. A pleasant little Christmas Beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2010
Cask (Jan 2010) Red-brown with a good sized head. Citrus and some spices in the nose. Quite thin and dry. Very fruity; mainly grapes but not much in the mouth after a few sips.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
chriso (7365) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2010
Cask (handpump) at the Great British Beer Festival, Day 1, August 2009. Not sure what a Christmas beer is doing at a festival in August. Is it a barrel from last Christmas? Or is it this years brew that would spend some time in the barrel before the official release. Or have they simply made it out of season specially for GBBF. It’s a mid copper coloured beer with the emphasis on caramel and a slightly sweet mouthfeel. Maybe some very subtle spices but not enough to evoke much reaction (I’m not a big fan of heavy spicing) or generate much interest. OK but a bit dull.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2009
Cask Handpump at the GBBF, Earl’s Court 05/08/2009 Rich aroma. Dark coloured strong in alcohol and fruity with a little spiced flavour. Bitter full malt finish.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5218) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2009
Cask@GBBF 2009. Chocolate aroma. Light and drinkable with good chocolate flavour.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fonefan (35077) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2009
Cask (handpump) @ GBBF 09, Great British Beer Festival, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London, England.
Clear dark amber color with a average, fizzy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, light chocolate. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20090804]

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
harrisoni (13745) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2009
Cask at GBBF 2009. Dark brown, no real condition to it. Bit of spice bit sweet on the malts. Dull and just a bit of spice on some malty water.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Christian (11119) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2009
Cask at GBBF. Dark chestnut ith a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel and toffee malt, possibly with a little diacetyl butterscotch thrown in for good measure. Sweet and slightly fruity caramel flavour.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (14339) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 20, 2009
Cask at GBBF 2009 ... Copper ... sweet roast malt nose ... big fruits ... little toffee ... sweet caramelised sugers.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biggles231 (16) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2009
Dark and full of complex flavour, drinking beyond its strength. Complex, with fruit, nuts and some creme caramel. Excellent balance


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