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Brewed by Shepherd Neame
Style: English Strong Ale
Faversham, England

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RATINGS: 253   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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There’s a spicy signature to this incredibly complex cockle-warming winter ale. The nose is reminiscent of raisins, dates and molasses while the palate is vinous with tannin-like notes of leather, vanilla, apricots and a hint of rustic Armagnac on the finish. An awesome after-dinner drop.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Seffle (150) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle from Systemet. Nice body and head. Aroma with raisins and christmas fruits. Nice bitterness but the high alcohol content shines through with chemical sweetness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ReV2 (138) - Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
One of the better S.N. offerings unlike their Cherry Brandy Christmas Ale of some years back. Pours with a rocky head, big aroma of fruit & berries. The alcohol is well hidden, fruit pastels, pear drops with a fruity hop balance, yep, fruit & more fruit lacking the usual heavy hopping and astringency I find in other S.N. beers. This is surprisingly decent.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frothmeister (544) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
500ml bottle. Pours a clear copper colour with a beige head. Smells undoubtably like a British ale. Fruity, caramel heavy malt notes, and light pink bubblegum. The taste is caramel / sponge toffee / corn syrupy notes up front, big hard water notes, and lots of mineral heavy hopping in the bitter finish. It’s not terribly successful as a beer, but it does succeed in making me want a pint of the much better London Pride.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dexcansino (424) - Andalucía, SPAIN - DEC 25, 2013
Una cerveza color rojiza, y una espuma color marfil que va desapareciendo lentamente. Tiene bastante sabor y olor malteado y acaramelado. A pesar de ser de navidad es muchísimo menos alcohólica y menos especiadas que las cervezas navideñas belgas, lo que hace que se pueda beber sus 50cl, aunque yo recomendaría compartirla y pasar a una cerveza navideña belga más sabrosa, compleja y "aliñada".

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nacho_1985 (88) - Málaga, SPAIN - DEC 25, 2013
Sabor a malta tostada espuma ligera color a roble sabor a ALE aunque botella demasiado grande para uno solo

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjsint (628) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle from Tescos. Light caramel brown, high carbonation & little white head. Smells of toffee apple, sweet buns with a hint of cardboard. After an initial nothing-y alcoholic taste, the sweetness hits, followed by a bitter finish and aftertaste. Doesn’t hang together all that well, but it’s a reasonable Christmas beer.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tadahster (112) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 12, 2013
Almost a year old. Starts to develop winey characters, leaning towards a barley wine. Alcohol more spicy than sweet.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hackobock (1183) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2013
Bottle from Systembolaget. Clear amber with a minimal off-white head. Sweet malty aroma with caramel, nuts, raisins, vinous. Taste is sweet caramel, light bitter, finish is vinous with some dried fruits and light alcohol. Light/medium body, smooth carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (921) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2013
Chestnut coloured witha white head. Quite sweet and fruity. Very nice beer with notes of caramel, sherry and raisin.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
richc (239) - Bolton, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2013
Aroma has strong likeness to raisin bread with a strong dried fruit note and a cakey breadiness backed by a hint of spice. Flavour adds a hint of bitterness and a gentle sweetness. A good beer if not an amazing one.


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