Brewed by Vale
Style: English Strong Ale
Brill, England


on tap


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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.09/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Cask: Seasonal - Christmas. Also available bottle conditioned.
A classic Christmas Ale - Dark, Meaty and Strong! Traditionally brewed with Pale, Crystal and Chocolate malt and choicest whole cone hops.
Ingredients: Maris Otter pale malt, crystal malt, chocolate malt. Fuggles and Goldings hops.

Theydon_Bois' rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theydon_Bois (12868) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, - JAN 21, 2013
Bottle at Chriso Snow Tasting, thanks to Chris I think, 20/01/13. Lightly hazed chestnut brown with a thin off white head that clears to the edge. Nose is dark malt, bread, yeast, light fruit. Taste follows, rather bland, light sugars, malty, dark fruit. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry finish. Sub average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (10992) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 18, 2013
500ml bottle (Snow@CrisO)
Sweet rich raisiny aroma. Similar taste. Carries through to the finish too. Simple rich malts, and raisins, that’s this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Scopey (9381) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle at ChrisO Snow Tasting. It pours deep red-brown with a small off-white head. The nose is caramel, dark fruit, wood, leather and light smoke. The taste is caramel, wood, earth, leather, quite dry and faint astringency with a dry, slight sweet finish. Decent balance and fairly easy drinking, but there just isn’t much too it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
niquillis (1835) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2011
On cask at JDW, Stone. Pours mud brown with a lively head. Malts, Christmas spice, hop finish. Decent Xmas ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (15317) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2011
Cask handpul at County Hotel JDW Ashford. Clear deepish brown lasting beige head. Its malty and an ok strongish bitter. Some hops on finish but this is all about the rich earthy dry malts. ok condition and tasty rnough. Fine. Happy to have the other half of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
markas101 (2027) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Cask, The Francis Newton, Sheffield. Deep hazelnut appearance. Sweet aroma with Christmas pudding spice. Some sweetness, more caramel and prune. Moderate spice on the finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
SilkTork (5412) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2011
JDW Rochester - Saturday breakfast. Dark amber - quite malty with some loose bitterness. Rather muddled in all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (5223) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2011
Cask at the London & County (JDW), Eastbourne. Chestnut with a loose off-white head; caramel aroma with a hint of spice; rich caramel malt flavour; the finish is dry and biscuity with a touch of spice, leaving a malty aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (30736) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2011
Cask. A brown beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of nuts. The flavor is sweet and dominated by nuts which carries thru to the dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (14361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2011
Gravity cask at the Bree Louise. Clearish auburn pour with no head. Some fruity hops in the nose. Flavor is not too sweet, with weak notes of herbal and leafy hops leading the way. Mild notes of dried fruits. Medium in body with soft carbonation. Quite dry with only subtle sugars to finish, with some dull, earthy bitterness as well. A drinkable but rather uninspiring beer.

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