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


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RATINGS: 277   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (4090) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2009
Bottle. Clear with a small head. Low carbonation with some fruitiness.Plenty of body and an all round reasonable strong ale.
Earlier Rating: 3/15/2008 Total Score: 3.5
Bottle. Amber and very clear. some fruitiness and surprisingly bland considering its strength.Not an outstanding Christmas ale but still quite reasonable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2009
Clear orange colour with a small beige head. malty, light caramel sweet aroma with notes of fruit. Light caramel sweet flavor with fruity notes. Light dry, bitter finish.
Earlier Rating: 11/19/2007 Total Score: 2.8
Orange, Amber colour with a beige head. Fruity, light sweet aroma with hoppy light floral notes. Malty, fruity and light caramel sweet flavor with a light dry hoppy and bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29850) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 22, 2009
Bottled. An amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and toffee. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and nuts, leading to a lightly bitter finish, where the nuts lingers. Thanks KimJohansen for sharing.
Earlier Rating: 2/11/2008 Total Score: 3.2
Bottled A clear copper colored beer with a lazing beige head. The aroma is sweet malty with primary notes of caramel. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of caramel and nuts as well as light notes of straw and alcohol, leading to a dry bitter finish. OK, but not a whole lot of Christmas in this beer. Thanks to Grovlam for sharing - I missed it on the supermarket shelf, so thanks buddy for helping me out.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
cheeta (1181) - Langå, DENMARK - APR 12, 2009
Moderate malty aroma. Small, frothy, white head. Good lacing. Mostly diminishing longevity. Clear, red brown body. Moderat sweet flavor, tast of christmas. Light to medium palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
faroeviking (10288) - FAROE ISLANDS - APR 1, 2009
Botella, courtesy of Pinball. Bit hazy golden amber colour. Dark fruity sweet toasty malty aroma with some alcohol. Ok mouthfeel. Sweet toasty caramel and malty alco flavour with dark fruits. The alcohol is too present.
Earlier Rating: 10/25/2007 Total Score: 3.2
Bottle. Pours a nice orange-brown colour with a good head. Aroma of fruit, good toasty maltiness, caramel and some spices. The flavour has ripe fruit, caramel, spices, hops and toasted malt. Dry bit spiced and quite hoppy well lasting finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Anker (723) - Hillerød, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2009
Bottle shared by Pinball. Pours clear amber with a small off white head. Aroma is dark fruits, caramel, malt and alcohol. Flavour is alcohol and malt, with notes of caramel and nuts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Plovmand (6603) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2009
Bottle shared by Pinball. Clear amber body with a medium off white head. Malty aroma with notes of caramel and dark fruit. Flavour is caramel, dark fruit and some alcohol. Medium bodied. Not very xmas like.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pinball (10928) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2009
shepherd neame christmas ale 2008 7.0% clear amber small white head caramelly slightly spritty, fruity , malts macro christmas brew taste, alc, caramel faint dark fruits, faint bitterhops, syrup.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
pilsnerrogge (2536) - Finspång, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2009
Pours pale copper red with a small-ish head. Dusty and soapy aroma. Flavour is quite sweet and has notes of bitter almonds and cherries. There’s also some faint notes of salty liquorice. The alcohol givs it a somewhat harsh finish.
Earlier Rating: 11/25/2007 Total Score: 3
Copper colour. Thick, creamy head. Soapy aroma with notes of bitter almonds and caramel. Malty flavour followed by a growing, aromatic hop bitterness. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2009
Bottled. A chestnut coloured beer with a little beige head. The aroma has plums and raisins but there are clear notes of pasteurisation. Some licquorice and wood in the taste together with fruits. It’s ok.

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