AshtonMcCobb (1739) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Carters Bar. Pours dark amber with a nicely proportioned head. The nose has a sweet note of cake mixture and perhaps winter cake spices. The taste has more of the cake mixture, perhaps some apples or grapes and then the sweet malty spicy finish. The palate is at least medium in body and texture and has a smooth finish. Overall, one of the best I’ve tasted from Sinclair breweries.
tombyars (1266) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - DEC 10, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasted this in the Salt Cot, Saltcoats (JDW) in December 2012. Cask, handpump dispense. Crystal clear pale copper in colour with a thin white head. Vague note of maltloaf and cinnamon sticks in the short aroma. Thin, slightly resiny mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malts give a moist maltloaf base with hints of raisins and orange peel fruit notes mixed with cloves, cinnamon and ginger. Peppery note present in the hop resins but soon fades easily away in the briefest of aftertastes. Finish is a bit malty but rather thin bodied thoughout with stem ginger and spices still present but really lacking in a bit of oomph. Disappointed with this, expected the Clootie to have a bit more Clout! Not a patch on the classic Dark Island - now that is a Winter Warmer.
maeib (8041) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask conditioned handpump Eastgate Northampton 03/12/12 A mid brown coloured beer with a whitish head and lace. A pleasant malty beer with good ginger spicing. A good kick of spice over a decent enough base beer.
BlackHaddock (2880) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Two hand-pulled pints in my local Wetherspoons on 7th Dec 2012.
Found this strange tasting so had a second pint to ensure I’d got it everything correct in my notes.
Amber body with a creamy textured off-white head: the head produced some good lacing on both pints, so the beer was in fine condition.
The nose and taste went something like this: baked Mince Pies laced with cinnamon and cloves, now crumble a ginger nut biscuit over the top and re-bake the Pies. Once you’ve taken the over cooked Mince Pies out the oven add more cinnamon and a hop leaf or two before soaking in a bucket of alcohol. Put into casks and send to Wetherspoons.
PS: I liked both pints!
evergreen0199 (1627) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at The Metropolitan (Wetherspoons), Baker Street, London. An amber coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Ginger and spice aroma. Tastes of ginger, spice and vague Christmasey ingredients. Lacking in complexity but OK.
Nilz (312) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - NOV 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle pours a dark gold with light head. Aroma rather nice light mix of cinnamon, dried fruit.and spices. Taste fruit cake, spiciness such as cloves with a mild bitter finish; if your looking for a seasonal ale with character, give it a try. I’d go back it to it again.
BeerCast_Rich (1809) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[500ml bottle, Cornelius Beer&Wine, Edinburgh] Pours golden with a decent white head. Inoffensively spiced on the nose – quite gingery. More ginger on the taste, leading to a fruity finish. Could do with more body to be a true winter warmer – but a decent beer nonetheless 
thepegjett (1261) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A - cinnamon
A - mid amber with thick hear
T - sour and spice bitter
P - mid and soft
O - good
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 28, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In bottle. Pours a dark amber colour with a decent beige head. Aroma is very cinnamony with ginger, yeast and light toffee. Similar flavours with ginger and cinnamon upfront followed by alcohol and grassy hops. Alcohol is well balanced. Quite bitter with mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Light CO2 prickle. Just a little sweet and cloying to finish.
stravale (1678) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - DEC 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2012 3rd rate Cask @ JDW Elgin 241212 - I’m liking this more and more, nice soft spicy doughy malts. Getting a wee touch of that bitter harshness in the finish again though. Overall it has good flavour and is their one of their best beers. Certainly could have more than 1 pint of this! Up to 3.5.
Re-rate JDW Elgin 261211 - Better finish, less harsh 6463-13 3.2
Cask @ JDW Inverness 211211 6462-11
Appearance Amber, clear, dense white head, good lacing.
Aroma Light christmas spices, cinnamon, allspice.
Taste Strong christmas spices - cinnamon, mince pies, allspice, quite fruity, hops obliterated by spices, bit of dough. The spice flavour is quite good.
Palate Soft carb, thin to medium body, tangy spices, smooth. Finish - quite dry, but some over lingering bitter cinnamon on the tongue.
Overall Could only have 1 pint of this, bit gimmicky, spices bit over strong but are very much of Christmas and taste good.