Leighton (6973) - London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the Craft Beer Co. - Clerkenwell, London Holiday Tasting - thanks to me, lover of ESA. Pours clear copper with a tight, tan cream head. Dry brown bread nose, some toasted brown sugars, dried fruits. Medium sweet flavor with dry brown bread, bitter leaves, light cocoa, some dirt. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Moderately sweet finish, lightly sticky, some earthy and leafy bitterness, rich and well toasted whole grain bread. Not bad, actually.
Nocturne (383) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle. Reddish copper shade with a good amount of head. Aroma features caramel, vanilla and red fruit notes. Described as a "liquid Christmas cake" but I wouldn’t go that far. The taste is caramel malty and not overly sweet. Seems a bit boring to me, but then I prefer my Christmas beers to have an obvious Christmassy taste.
Theydon_Bois (2957) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (as Titanic Christmas Ale - 7.4% ABV) at pre Xmas tasting, thanks to Leighton 21/12/12.
Clear mid brown with a thin off white head that soon bades farewell and heads to the edge of the glass.
Nose is toffee, touch of booze, wood, dark fruits, raisens.
Taste follows, dark toffee, sugars, dark fruits, malt.
Medium bodied with bite, smooth on the palate, soft carbonation.
Not being a lover of the ubiqitous ’Christmas Ale’ I was pleasantly surprised by this one - not bad at all !
Beersiveknown (1625) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle@theydon-bois tasting. Rich spicy tracle pudding, quite sweet red-amber, touch of cara astringency 7.4%
daniele (3783) - ITALY - DEC 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ambrato carico riflrssi nocciola buona schiima discreta persistrnza naso fruttato frutta secca scorza arancia leggeta dpeziatuta discreto corpo spezoata fruttata noci finale tenfente all amaro
AshtonMcCobb (1456) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours a lovely mahogany with a nicely proportioned head. Looks great! The nose has a hint of cheese, some old dusty cellar. The taste has malt, spice, honey and a dry malty finish. The palate has a medium body with a big malty texture and a dry malty finish. Overall, a nicely balanced and well made beer.
Martin243 (478) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle served at cellar temprature in a chalice. Orangey brown with a white head. Yeasty aroma, marmalade and dundee cake flavours. Big and sticky with warming alcohol. Reminded me of Belhaven Wee Heavy. Nice beer.
Dedwoods42 (7) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A wickedly strong ale that wrecks the senses and explodes with flavours. A personal favourite.
BlackHaddock (2365) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml brown bottle, best before end of Feb 2011, reviewed 30 Dec 2010. Poured into an ’Abbot Ale’ glass tankard. This a bottle conditioned beer, so it was poured carefully and slowly.
Dark red in colour, clear and clean. On top a small off-white crown.
Lambic, sour aroma with plums and sweet malts coming as the beer warmed.
The taste was rich, Christmas pudding type flavours with all sorts of fruit coming into play. Yet that lambic sourness in the smell also had a huge impact on the taste and mouthfeel too. The combination of the richness and lambic feel made this an interesting and certainly different beer.
When cold this beer was poor, but as it warmed it became better and better.
charlotte (3657) - rødovre, DENMARK - APR 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle.Dark brown/reddish colour with aroma of fruite cake carmel and spices,nice warming and fruity with dried fruits and caramel,some coffee flavor and medium body,really nice type of beer.