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Brewed by McMullen
Style: English Strong Ale
Hertford, England

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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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".


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rand (1290) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle 500 ml from PS. Dark red brown ale, fine ivory head. Malted aromas, chocolate, raisin, molasses and banana. There is taste of Christmas Cake, spices, stewed fruits and licorice. Notes of almond, chestnut and alcohol. A rich beer, however without excess sugar and with an adequate measure of bitterness in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2004
Cask Conditioned @ the Saturday session, St Albans Beer Festival 2004. Beer #37. This one popped up towards the end of the day. It was really nice, decent malt character, sweet, not too many hops and chocolate.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8718) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2013 Cask conditioned - gravity dispense - St Albans Beer Festival. A very dark brown beer with aroma of spicy raisins and Christmas cake. Tons of fruit and malt in the taste. Very good indeed. Score 3.7
Subsequent rating scored 3.8 Score unaltered

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2004
Cask@St Albans BF. Pretty nice. Strong woody character. Caramel/toffee and quite rasiny, on the sticky side, but theres a nice dryness towards the end, this was really tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tommann (2715) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours very dark brown with a small head. Aroma is fruitcake spice and raisin. Taste is all fruitcake. Warming alcohol on the aftertaste. Good winter warmer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8070) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2011
Bottle. Very dark brown with a beige foam. Aromas are bready yeast and cookie dough with berries and hints of banana. Chocolate and cream with coffee and liquorice. Flavours are molasses with herbal, medicinal notes. Dark chocolate with blackberry and banana. Xmas pudding with yeast and roast malts and peppery alcohol. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6812) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2011
Bottle from Sainsbury’s Purley Way. It pours deep mahogany brown, with a bubbly beige head. The nose is varnish, chocolate, wood and dark fruit. The taste is wood, resin, varnish, fruit cake, raisin, medicinal, chocolate and warming alcohol, with a long bitter-dry finish. Full body, fine-moderate carbonation and foamy mouth-feel. Surprisingly good stuff!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike_77 (3119) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2011
Deep red colour. Strong fruity aroma. Very rich and silky texture. Flavour is sweet like the juice of dark red fruits. The finish is altogether much drier though giving a nice balance.

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!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
planky84 (2105) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2011
Bottle from Sainsburys. Reddish-brown pour with a beige head. Sultana, chocolate and marzipan nose. Sweet dark fruity flavours. Throat warming. Dry, long bitter-sweet finish.


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