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


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RATINGS: 295   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Bottle: Filtered.
Thereís 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2010 Bottle dated 2009. Vegetal aroma with a lot of metal. The same effect can be achieved by putting your head into a dirty dishwasher. Donít know why the aroma simply didnít appeal to me: I rather liked the taste, which was sweet and toasty like an overdone muffin, and the finish which was satisfyingly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
odgaard (382) - Skyum, Thisted, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2009
Dark golden color with a lasting offwhite head. Good lacing. Aroma: fruity, hay, straw, malt. Taste: much bitter hops, fruity, a little warming alc. Ok beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
trapez (1537) - Hilleroed, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2009
Bottle. Spicy aroma of hops, wood, herbs and wine. Clear amber colour with small beige head. Nice bitter hops flavour with some liquorice and caramel. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dedollewaitor (14641) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2009
Bottle @ SuperBest, Odense. Pours clear amber with a small creamy white head and lacings. Sweet toffee, caramel, berries and pudding. Medium and smooth palate. Ends dry. Fairly drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (22528) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 9, 2009
Bottle (from Alko, Vaasa). Amber colour, mediumsized beige head, some lace. Aroma is grass, wood, some mild herbal notes as well as mild yeast and fruits as well. Flavour is rather herbal and spicy along with quite bitter hops. A rather wellbalanced and nice brew. Not too much Christmas in this though...
Earlier Rating: 12/30/2008 Total Score: 3.7
Bottled. Reddish amber colour with mediumsized creamy white head. Also quite lasting, giving some lace. Aroma is fruity, hoppy with some slight caramelly hints. Flavour is much the same, in a rather nice balance. As it got warmer it got some slight rouches of alcohol.
Earlier Rating: 12/1/2007 Total Score: 3.2
Bottle. Amber colourm, mediumsized white head. Aroma is quite typical Shepherd Nameish, yeasty and hoppy. Flavour is dry hoppy along with some grassyness. A bit soapish notes too. Quite oily palate.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
begbie100 (181) - Oulu, FINLAND - NOV 7, 2009
500ml bottle. Small white thick head which transforms to lacy surface quickly. Clean amber color. Very mild aroma, almost non existent... maybe a little bit hops and citrus. Palate is semi thick, nice tickling carbonation. Flavour is spicy with ginger, citrus and hops. End is sour and some alcohol there also. This beer would be much better with actual aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skinnyviking (7763) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2009
Bottle. High creamy and lasting creamy off-white head. Clear and beautiful amber body. Caramel raisin spicy aroma. Peppey spicy fruity caramel flavor with just a hint of the alcohol which is well hidden by the sweetness and the spicyness of the beer. Fair amount of hops bitterness. Low carbonation. Long aftertaste.
Earlier Rating: 12/12/2007 Total Score: 3.3
Bottle. High creamy and long lasting off-white head. Clear and good looking amber body. Relatively hoppy and spicy aroma. Flavor though is sweet spicy at first but also with a bit of bitterness. Low carbonation and a short aftertaste. Would not have guessed on 7% as alcohol percentage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (7839) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2009
Bottle. Amber colour with a small beige head. Aroma and flavour of malt, hops and fruit.
Earlier Rating: 6/21/2009 Total Score: 3.4
Bottle. Red amber colour with a small white head. Aroma and flavour of hops, malt and fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (4273) - 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 (5174) - 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.

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