Theydon_Bois (7935) - 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 (1040) - 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 (7112) - NUNEATON, Top 13, 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 (929) - 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 (6238) - 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 (2737) - 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 (3532) - 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.
ianwelby (427) - SCOTLAND - DEC 18, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A malty but oddly sharp aroma. A copper beer with a head that dissipated quite quickly. A malty but slightly bland flavour and a bitter aftertaste. Drinkable but quite unremarkable.
berkshirejohn (4395) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Gig House (JDW), Wokingham. Hazy amber with a dense cream head that left lots of lacing on the glass;the aroma is malty and spicy with a touch of orange zest; in the mouth it’s sweet and orangey with some Christmas spices and a full, malty, body; the finish is dry with a deep, but rather muted, bitterness. Not bad.
AshtonMcCobb (2353) - 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.