JohnCook101 (350) - - DEC 29, 2012
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
500ml bottle. Pours deep copper. Heavy malt aroma with not much else. Similarly heavy and toasty malt to taste with a good amount of smoke and coffee notes leading to a surprisingly sharp bitter finish. Better balanced with the bitterness than many dark malty ales.
Mr_Pink_152 (1048) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
500ml bottle from B&M. Very disappointing beer. I guess you just chuck a Christmas label on a bad beer and people will buy it, I did. Deep gold. Little is any head. Some malts and caramel in aroma and taste.
niquillis (1216) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle from B&M Bargains. Pours chestnut with little white head. Dry and bitter. Bit smoky. Itís alright.
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe (not my selection). Poured a hazy chestnut colour, with a scummy white head. Aroma of dried fruit, wet grass and malt. Cooked fruit flavours, with some cake and straw. Finish was copper, bready malt and peal.
SilverfoX (417) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2014
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
smells just like warm water, burnished gold in colour and the head has gone, tastes amazingly like flat warm cola. the mouth feel is awful, to be honest i think it may well go down the sink.
cgarvieuk (15171) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 16, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle in the garden... Deep brown... Thin tan lacing.... Soft sweet dark sweet malts nose... Soft malts.. Light metallic bitter malts... Long blood bitter linger
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled 04/04/14. A dark brown coloured beer with a white head. Very fruity and malty. Grainy and chewy. A bit of jam. Seems quite hoppy really but ends up being too fruity chewy.
Beth101 (531) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2014
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours dark amber with a rapidly disappearing light tan head. Has an aroma of malt and lightly burnt toast with a strong burnt flavour . Fairly flat.
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appearance: Clear ruby with cm thick ivory head.
Aroma: Chocolate malt, bread/biscuit, slight fruitiness and a note of plum.
Taste: Low/medium bitter and sourness, low sweetness and a slight saltiness.
Palate: Smooth thick texture, light body, low/average carbonation, abrupt dry nutty, malty finish.
Comments: Tasty but not outstanding. Not sure where Christmas comes into play other than the name.
s_hartshorne (1773) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2013
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle bargain booze. No head at all a dark chestnut coulou taste is liquiriche and malts with lingering bitter aftertaste. Very low carbonation medium body. Not bad tatse but nothing else going for it.
AshtonMcCobb (2939) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
50cl bottle from Appellation Wines.
Appearance - opaque black with just a chink of red around the edges. The head dissipates a bit too quickly.
Nose - dark chocolate and liquorice
Taste - more of the same, with malt bitterness in the finish.
Palate - medium bodied with a big tangy texture and a finish which is dominated by malt astringency.
Overall - this seems to have a lot of poor marks. I think itís quite decent, of course these days this style of beer is not in vogue.