Brewed by Strathaven
Style: Bitter
Strathaven, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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tombyars' rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tombyars (1589) - Saltcoats, - DEC 28, 2012
Tasted this in the Salt Cot, Saltcoats (JDW) in December 2012. Cask, handpump dispense. Opaque orange amber in colour with a thin off white head. Slight note of wine gums and cloves in the short aroma. Thin resiny mouthfeel and poor lacing. Mixed malts give a fiery, almost gingerbread like base with notes of cloves, black pepper and nutmeg prickly in the mouth. There is also a swet glycerine fruit note of redcurrant jam also present. Hint of hop resins in the brief peppery aftertaste but difficult to make out against the Christmas spices in the background. Finish is malty with warming port and orange peel notes evident. A decent winter warmer and recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nihtila (2904) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 8, 2016
Cask at JDW Standing Order. Clear copper. Nose is cinnamon, caramel, malts. Tastes red fruits, cinnamon, caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (10626) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2015
Cask at the standing order. Pours clear amber, nose is cinnamon, sweet toffee, malty, taste is more cinnamon, sweet toffee, a little thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MissPxx (959) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2014
High cinnamon aroma. Nearly red appearance. Tastes like cinnamon and cloves. Not unpleasant. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AshtonMcCobb (5241) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 20, 2014
On tap at the Malt Shovel. Appearance - toffee coloured and nice head. Nose - cinnamon and toffee. Taste - quite heavy on the cinnamon but good toffee sweetness and some biscuit spice on the finish. Palate - medium bodied with a rich texture and a fairly fresh finish considering. Overall - good ale and a bit different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
gowdy (966) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - JAN 13, 2014
Pint on Cask from the merchant bar in Glasgow. A little amber coloured. Medium consistency.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
jd543 (428) - SCOTLAND - DEC 8, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2013 Red with an off-white head. Tastes like Christmas. Thatís not necessarily a good thing. Itís a bit spicy, some cinnamon, orange peel... I donít know, brandy? It just tastes like a Christmas pudding. I donít really like Christmas pudding. Nah, itís different, but I canít like this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2013

Cask (gravity) @ Cambridge Winter Ale Festival 2013, at the University Social Club, Mill Lane, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England CB2 1RX.

Clear medium to dark red brown color with a small, frothy - fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, spicy, cinnamon - christmas spices. Flavor is moderate sweet and light moderate bitter with a long duration, spicy - christmas spices, cinnamon, caramel. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20130119]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 29, 2013
Gravicask (CWAF2013, Thurs)
Hazy, ruddy orange. Aroma of mixed peel and a little cinnamon. Tastes the same, but maybe a bit messy. Burps of orange. Nope, it burps of mixed peel. Subtle gentle mixed peel. Quite pleasing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (9596) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2012
Cask, gravity at Merton Winter Beer Festival, 17th & 18th February 2012 Brown in colour with a slim light beige head, touch of haziness. Touch spicy with a distinct Chruistmas spicy feel to it, little powdery in the mouth and with a light bitterness. Bit of a one trick pony but not a bad one. A6 A3 T7 P3 Ov13 3.2

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