chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask (gravity dispense), Reading Beer Festival, April 2005. Deep brown colour. Looked a bit cloudy when held up to the light but it was so dark that it was kind of hard to tell. Hovers round in style between a strong ale, a stout, a porter and a barley wine. As this is obviously a Christmas ale, they’ve either made a special late batch or, more likely, given it some barrel ageing. It has a spicy, fruity aroma. but also has a surprising level of resinous hoppy notes. Lots of berry fruit and spices in the flavour. Slightly woody and quite bitter. Some licorice and dark chocolate. Full mouthfeel. Christmas ales can be a bit overblown and cloying, but not this one. perhaps its the extended ageing. A very fine beer.
Simeon (2) - Derby, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2005 does not count
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This ale is so dark it can only be described as crepuscule.
this stygian brew with its warm, nutty, fruity, chocolate and more than just a tiny hint of cinnamon flavour begs to be consumed on frosty yuletide evening in the company of close friends.
A log fire burns gently at the back of ones mind as the dark liquid easily flows from the flagon to the heart.
This ale can be compared to A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens where warmth and friendship can be found in the darkest of places. be that Man or Brew.
one thing is for sure this ale will leave you in no doubt that christmas is here to stay.
eraserhead (1) - MICRONESIA - MAY 19, 2005 does not count
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
A stupedous Ale,Which i tried 3 years ago,Its glazed but not scatchy,and reminds me of i barn i once owned where i kept hundreds of coats durning the winter equinox for close friends.Black christmas is like the funniest joke on the worst day of your life.After 4 pints you wont know whether to laugh of cry.A real winner
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ Reading Beer Festival. A strong, fruity ale that’s almost Belgian in character with Christmas spices and yeasty edges.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask@Reading BF. Nice one, interesting. Chocolate, raisin, christmas cake spicyness. Sweet to start, dries out a touch towards the end. Really nice. Quite a soft mouthfeel aswell.
DanielBrown (4063) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gravity at Reading Beer Fest, with Kook, Duff, Chris_o and Joeh. Black beer of no fixed style. Nice Dunkel and fruit aroma. Tastes strong. Prickly hop and nettly grapefruit flavour. Meaty and big, with a long finish. Certainly amongst the best of the festival.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black with a beige head. Roast in the nose with a touch of alcohol. Big choc and roaste taste with some cara notes. Medium, quite warming feel. Ok.
leaparsons (8727) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Describes as a strong english although its more stout like. This is black with a tint of red while aromas are earthy and stout like. Tastes of winter fruit and xmas pud. This is smooth, with a fair degree of sweetness with roast coffee and chocolate character. Like a strong porter, actually. Best of Leicester Fest for me.