Theydon_Bois (8102) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On Cask at The Rose & Thistle, Frimley Green dispensed into a UK pint glass (Jan ’12).
Deep dark brown in colour, reddish at the edges with a good white frothy head.
Smells of Belgian yeasts, dried dark fruits and spices.
Taste is fruity, some orange, spices, dark fruit, prunes, toffee/caramel, slightly toasted/roasted, and again that Belgian yeast flavour comes forward, but perhaps not as much as on the nose.
Mouthfeel was good, quite a full bodied beer for 4.6% ABV, fairly complex and not one to rush, but not heading into the ’chewy’ category in anyway!
Not bad when held up against a lot of the typical bland British Xmas beers where a bog standard recipe has seemingly been tweaked up 0.3/4 ABV !!!
evergreen0199 (1995) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at The Betjeman Arms, St Pancras station London last Christmas. An attractive dark brown/ruby coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Aroma of dark fruit and spice. Tastes of dark fruit, oranges, spice, slight bitterness. Pretty good Christmas ale.
niquillis (812) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at malt n hops, Fenton. Pours dark red brown with a lively tan head. Dark fruits, Belgian sourness , spices, a true Xmas ale. Very good
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Leighton (10683) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at The White Horse, Exchange Square, London. Pours clear brown with a foamy, white head. Light Belgian yeast aroma, with some candi sugar. Light to medium sweet flavor, candi sugar, faint toast, bread. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Light dry finish, light yeast and candi, mild cocoa, caramel, and toast. Very nice.
EdKing (1834) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask in The Crown & Two Chairmen, Soho. Clear dark brown, reddish at edges with good foamy creamy thick head. Nose is great. Belgian aromas. Yeasty, oranges, dark fruit, spicy, ground coriander, bit of fresh cherries. Taste is fruity, oranges, spicy, dark fruit, prunes, raisins, bit of cherry, caramel. This is the best Christmas beer of the year so far.
greenmanalishi (468) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cask. Fruity malts (berries, plum, caramels) with a dry, nutty finish. Recommended.
fonefan (34595) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask (gravity) @ 27th Pigs Ear Beer and Cider Festival 2010, at The Round Chapel in Hackney, London, England.
Clear medium to dark red - brown amber colour with a small, fizzy, virtually none lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, dark malt, dark fruit notes. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration, dark fruit, dark malt. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. 
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask Handpump at the Philharmonic Dining Rooms, Liverpool 17/12/2010
Fruity aroma. Small white head. Copper coloured rich on the palate and fruity with a hint of dryness and spiced flavour in a bitter malt finish.
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask (gravity dispense) at Pigs Ear Beer Festival, day 3 on 2 December 2010. Dark tawny colour with a ruby tinge. Thin collar of foam. Moderate condition. Quite restrained aroma with some light fruit. Much stronger fruit on the palate - berries and currants prominent. Finishes a little sweet. Just a touch of woodiness.
JamieFerdinand (163) - Hove, East Sussex, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught in Brooks’ Cellar Bar, Highworth - 24/12/10. Smoke and raisins in the nose. Dark beer with a thin head. Spicy, fruity taste and quite sweet.