Nocturne (603) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at JDW. Vibrant orange with plenty of lacing spun. Nice hints of spices like ginger and cinnamon atop a base of orangey marmalade and light caramel. Not exactly a Christmas pudding in a glass but there’s something festive about it. Decent stuff.
weeweegie (1) - Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2012 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Surprisingly tasty beer. Sweet warm, perfect for a winters eve and Hogmonay. Well done Tesco Shettleston for stocking it.
rlgk (9016) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at The Pommeller’s Rest, Tower Bridge, London. Clear amber/copper beer with a small offwhite head. Malty nutty aroma, caramel, biscuits, fruity, vinous, grapes, apricot, toffee notes. Fruity vinous flavor, peppery, red grapes, passion fruit, mango, citrus, floral notes, some bitter hops. Fruity vinous finish with caramel notes.
Theydon_Bois (6442) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at the Willow Walk (JDW), Victoria - 24/12/12.
Clear dark amber with a thin off white that retains well,
Nose is malt, dark fruit, touch of spice.
Taste comprises malts, dark fruit, bread, spice, orange.
Medium bodied with soft carbonation, bitterness in the finish.
Well balanced and drinkable but a little dull.
scotty (1026) - SCOTLAND - DEC 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Tesco Galashiels. Nose is an interesting mix of dried fruit, spice and citrus hops. Medium to full in body, good malty flavours with an underlying spice/hop character. A pleasant seasonal brew!
DruncanVeasey (6805) - NUNEATON, Top 5, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The Briar Rose, Brum. Odd, coniferous, buttered spruce needle flavour with citrus oil and resiny hints. Cream-capped ruby. Shortbread and margarine on the snout with good sprucey..hop? Could be spruce. Butterkist linger. Some oatmeal and berries. Pretty weird, but kind of in the Xmas tradition.
dogbomb (827) - ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask. Christmas Eve. Slightly opaque dark rust ale with a thin off-white top. Nose is quite non existent besides a little cinnamon spice if you try hard. Different story in the mouth, with bags of flavour. Really tastes like a pudding with doughyness, some currants, a little cinnamon, dried fruits. Quite tasty and an easy drinker.
Scopey (5284) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at The Grill, Aberdeen. It pours clear amber with a small white head. The nose is caramel, wood, ginger, nut and raisin. The taste is wood, Christmas spice (particularly ginger and clove), leather, earth, raisin, varnish, caramel and nut with a dry finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Good balance and flavour. Nice spicy bitter!
mr_h (2313) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask by handpump at State Bar, Glasgow - clear amber, thin white head, not much lacing, sweet fruity aroma, raisin and fruity, bit of spice, well drinkable
wimpyjoe (2646) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark golden bitter, not much flavour but has a thick texture that gives it its winter warmer tag. Mild malty sweet aroma.