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Brewed by Titanic (UK)
Style: English Strong Ale
Stoke-on-Trent, England

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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Seasonal - October to January. Available Bottle Conditioned as Christmas Ale.
This sweet malty winter ale has a port-like aroma, oranges and lemons play around the edges of the tongue whilst dried fruit and cinnamon drive home the wonderful warming effect, the walnut aftertaste completes this slice of Christmas time in a glass.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beersiveknown (3166) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 21, 2012
Bottle@theydon-bois tasting. Rich spicy tracle pudding, quite sweet red-amber, touch of cara astringency 7.4%

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (2821) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 9, 2012
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tommann (2816) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2012
500ml bottle at 7.4%. Pours a very dark brown with a medium head. Aroma is bready, nutmeg, other Christmas spice and a little coffee. Taste has spice and coffee to start. Bready finish with some coffee on the aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 25, 2009
500ml bottle from Nelson Wines. Deep amber / brown. Fruity nose. Rich malt, stewed fruit and warming alcohol in the mouth and a smooth rich palate. It goes down surprisingly fast! Nice stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
planky84 (2143) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2011
Bottle from Beers of Europe as ’Christmas Ale’. Reddish-brown pour with a beige head. Toffee, caramel and dark fruit aromas with some port like qualities in the nose. Grapefruit, pineapple and candied peel flavours. Whole fruit mouthfeel. Rich, warming Christmas beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
evergreen0199 (2114) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2013
Cask at White Horse Old Ale fest 2013, Parsons Green, London. A dark red/copper coloured pour with a thin off white head on top. Port like, fruity, caramel aroma. Tastes similar, dark fruit, oranges, slightly sweet.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
wyzzywyz22 (2000) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2012
Cask, Dispensary, Liverpool. Murky brown colour with a thin lingering tan head. Aroma was dark fruit, sweet malt and spices. Similarly sweet, verging on cloying flavour, with notes of toffee, butterscotch, fruits and clove. Boozy finish with some bitterness. All a bit muddled.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BeerCast_Rich (1891) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 22, 2010
[500ml bottle (Titanic Christmas Ale), The Bottle, York] Where to start with this one? Great hopes reading the label tasting notes quickly vanished amidst an uncomfortably bitter beer. Almost a lambic-like sharpness, overwhelming flavours of blood orange and grapefruit, some cinnamon but really nothing good at all to recommend it. Either ours was off (although it had a two year shelf-life), or it was extremely badly balanced. Doesn’t really matter, I’ll not be trying another [17122010]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm89walt (1777) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2007
Cask - Fat Cat, Norwich. A reddy brown colour with a slight beige head. Full fruity and tobacco aromas disperse towards the nose along with its noticeable alcohol content. The flavours are warming, a decidedly berry-like fruitiness. Quite a syrupy mouthfeel that saturates the whole palate. This was too sweet in pint form for me but it was a pleasant drink.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tombyars (1401) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2012
First tasted this in Coanes, Johnstone in December 1992. Cask, handpump dispense. Ruby black in colour with mahogany highlights and a thin creamy white head. Strong aroma of liquorice and port. Thin but creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Dark malt complex gives huge booming maltloaf base with molasses, damsons and black cherries evident. There is a very slight prickle of hop resins in the aftertaste but this is very difficult to detect. Finish is very warming and complex with strong overtures of alchoholic notes of port, plum brandy and Grand Marnier slipping easily down the throat. Dangerously drinkable Barley Wine and highly recommended but very hard to find in Scotland.


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