JohnCook101 (241) - - 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.
Beth101 (523) - 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 (586) - 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 (468) - 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 (2045) - 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 it’s quite decent, of course these days this style of beer is not in vogue.
allmyvinyl (1841) - 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, "It’ll probably be terrible, but let’s give it a go". Not terrible, but not great.
rauchbier (3553) - 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
RichTheVillan (1944) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from B&M; chestnut brown pour with a few brown bubbles for a head, caramel and dried fruit aroma, taste had caramel, soap, some biscuity malts, not much carbonation or xmas.
dynamiteninja (1332) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Chestnut body. No head. Red fruit, malt, black malt, green apple (unwelcome aroma). Bitter with a bitter finish. Only paid £1 for this, so difficult to feel shortchanged.
Leighton (9638) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at a ChrisO tasting - London. Pours clear, orange-gold with a foamy white head. Light toasty malts on the nose, faint leaves. Mild sweetness in the flavor, toasty dough. Kind of bland. Faint wood and leaves. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Boring finish, some leafy bitterness and toast. Drinkable just very pedestrian.
BlackHaddock (3164) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
500ml Bottle: best before Nov 2014, poured into two half-pint tumblers on 15 Feb 2013 and shared with a mate.
Pleasant reddy brown body, the biege head hung around awhile.
Malts rule the aroma and taste: spiced up somewhat, it tries to be a ’winter warmer’ without the strength or depth of flavours. Nice enough, but lacks true class or craftmanship in its feel and presence: it is a fairly cheap brew,mostly for the cut price supermarket and lower end of the booze shop trade, so my comments should be taken with that in mind.
OK more than great, it doesn’t pretent to be overly special and it isn’t: the shiney labelling is typical of the brewery and helps to make the beer stand out on the shelves, why not?
Happy with the beer: but would have been upset if I’d paid a lot for it.