JohnCook101 (297) - - 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.
Beese (1462) - 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 (194) - 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 (13935) - 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 (8576) - 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 (528) - 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 (925) - 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 (1030) - 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 (2318) - 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.
allmyvinyl (2802) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 5, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
500mnl bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours chestnut brown with little to no head. Aromas, such as they are, are light red fruit and caramel. Light spice on the taste. Finishes unexcitingly. I said when I bought this, "Itíll probably be terrible, but letís give it a go". Not terrible, but not great.
rauchbier (3593) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle, from Rhythm & Booze, Barton upon Humber. Deep chestnut gold, no head and minimal condition. Low fruity malt and trace hop resin in the nose, slight chocolate powder bitterness in the mouth with a low malt sweetness and some oxidation, finish is briefly bitter then lingering but muted chocolate sweetness