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Brewed by McMullen
Style: English Strong Ale
Hertford, England

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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Cask; Seasonal - Christmas. Also available bottled.
Specially brewed from the finest malted East Anglian barley and whole leaf English hops, CAMRA chose McMUllen Stronghart as thir first ’Best Festive Ale’ award, describing it as "Liquid Christmas Pudding. A beer that is rich, dark and exceptionally smooth, demonstrating the very special skills of Hertfordshire’s Independent Family Brewers".


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philym (920) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2014
Appearance: Clear ruby/brown with 2 finger thick beige head. Aroma: Dried fruit, toffee, golden syrup, slight spiritous note. Taste: Medium bitter and sweetness with low sourness. Palate: Thick coarse texture, light/medium body, average carbonation, lingering dry, burnt toffee, syrupy, fruity finish. Comments: Lovely.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nocturne (744) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours a dark amber with a pillowy head. I really can’t fault the appearance; the head sticks around and spins a web of lace as the glass empties. Wow... a huge malty aroma that I can’t quite get on with. Smooth caramel taste that is particularly sweet. Lands somewhere between a bitter and a barley wine without ever quite making sense. Still, worth a try.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Martin243 (740) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2011
500ml bottle, cellar cool. Pours deep reddish brown with an offwhite head. Fruitcake aroma, juicy blackcurrant, raisin, licquorice flavours with lurking alcohol. Delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gowdy (720) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2012
Bottle at Craig’s house. caramel, resin, brown, minimal head, medium sweetness, medium body, creamy, average carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2014
Bottle - Very Malty; roasty/burnt malts, burnt sugar. Very Fruity; dark fruits, raisins, plums. Spicy. Hoppy; grassy hops. Full bodied and very smooth. Bittersweet very fruity roasty/burnt malty with a sour fruit/hop edge. Nice Beer!

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
greenmanalishi (462) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2011
Bottle. Dark fruits, molasses, marzipan, sultana, with a smooth texture and dry finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brownyonder (266) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 21, 2011
Lovely dark brown with hints of red around the edges. Minimal head or carbonation. Aromas of banana, malt, treacle, Flavours of raisin, banana, malt. Some residual acohol flavour.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LordCrabapple (109) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2011
I have to say that this beer has grown on me. At first, as is often the case, I can’t say I particularly enjoyed it, but now I have to restrain myself from opening the remaining three bottles I have. How will time change this fine beer? Both bitter and sweet, better than the British beers of this strength that I have tasted, it is too good to be in supermarkets!

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Scottrf (105) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2011
500ml bottle, Sainsburys. Very dark reddy brown, little head. Raisin, chocolate smell. Not overly hoppy or malty. Sharp and rich, can detect alcohol, spiritlike afterfeel. Little too harsh for my liking.


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