Braudog (5578) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2012
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle. Pours amber-orange with a pretty big frothy head. The aroma is a bit mashy and sour. It drinks with a bit of mushiness, too. Like wet pine bark with a metallic, flat finish. (#4874, 12/29/2012)
Weefannybaws (85) - Paisley, SCOTLAND - DEC 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle for Christmas in N Ireland. A tasty, strong English ale. Fruit and toffee overtones. At 6%, I would only be able to drink a few of these per evening.
Chudwick (1972) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Half liter bottle - pours murky dark orange with thin offwhite head and thin lacing. Nose is brown sugar, dark fruit, alcohol and caramel. Flavor adds barn yeast. Sweetish. Light to medium body. Malty and boozy aftertaste. Interesting but the novelty of the label wears off quickly. Thanks to jordanhumbert aka Santa.
madquacker (1028) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rud hue with a nice inch of froth on top. Sweet and maltly. Well suited as a lightish Xma ale.
culchiem (2408) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear orange amber with a medium head. Aroma of dried fruit. Flavour is sugar orange, fruity dry bitter. Palate is dry ale.
Meilby (7210) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 500ml @ home
Pours clear deep golden/orange with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, fruits, caramel and floral. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
Rune (7760) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle kindly shared by Magne at the hotel room. Clear amber body, lasting low, off-white head leaving dotted spots to the glassware. Dried fruity aroma, notes of caramel malts. Malt-fruity taste, marmalade impression. Spiced bitter tail. Medium bodied. Likable (London, 27.11.2012).
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sharp spices predominate this beer. The underlying flavor is similar to a Märzen. The spices aren’t really blended that well, which takes away from the overall enjoyment of the beer.
DrSilverworm (5932) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
16.9oz bottle, from Jungle Jim’s. English malty aroma. Smoother, lighter carbonation of moderate strength, with a medium body. Mostly clear orange - red - copper color. Minimal white head, leaves a few dots of lace. Mostly sweet, light bitter taste. Light fruitiness. Overall... Not all that flavorful, for a Christmas ale, and generally wholly mediocre. Kind of boring, actually. Not my kind of English ale, xmas or otherwise.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, cler amber orange pour with soft creamy foam. Aroma is caramel and kumquat, flavor of metallic caramel, underripe fruit , grapefruit rind, bitter finish