Simeon (2) - Derby, - JUN 17, 2005
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.
Ungstrup (27819) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at Marble Arch, Manchester. A hazy red-brown beer with a lazing brown head. The aroma has notes of sweet and roasted malt. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of roasted malt, leading to a dry and lightly roasted finish.
weaselkenievil (1094) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask, Marble Arch Inn, Manchester. Deep dark brown with good thick off white head, good lace. Flavour is quite mellow, often a good thing aiding the whole neckability. Watching TUF 8 Junie Browning must die.
fonefan (31813) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask (handpump) @ Marble Arch Inn, 73 Rochdale Rd, Manchester, Greater Manchester England M4 4HY.
Clear medium to dark brown color with a average, frothy to creamy, excellent lacing, fully lasting, off-white to light beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, burnt, coffee, prunes. Flavor is moderate sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 
MesandSim (7121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate. Cask at the Marble. Black mahogany with a thin but very stable beige head and great condition. Lovely dark chewy malt with plenty of coffee and roasted nutty notes. Some liquorice. Tarty fruity finish. Clean. Drinkable. Excellent.
albertane (377) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Derby Winter Beer Festival 2009. This nearly black beer has an enjoyable rich consistency. The flavours include aniseed and burnt sugar. Oddly, it reminded me somewhat of pumpernickel bread.
RichardGretton (4119) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask@Derby Winter Beer Festival, 2009. Blackish/reddish beer with a smokey and fishy aroma. The flavour is herbal, fishy and smokey. Overall a plain smokey beer with a weird element of fishiness about it.
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask (gravity) Notts BF 2005. Bliss. Solid black, big malts and lurking hops, wet tar, good chocolate, berries steeped in alcohol - there’s plenty going on here and it comes together wonderfully. <!-- br --><!-- br -->You can still buy this in the middle of summer round here at a Whim pub - and it tastes just as good.
DJMonarch (9160) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask Handpump at the Crown Inn, Stockport 31/12/2001
Dark coloured and strong in alcohol with some fruit aroma. Lasting fully roasted malt finish.
harrisoni (12089) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask gravity at Notts BF 05. Ties as my beer of the festival. Black beer with lasting beige head. Intense hop, dark malts, some tar and bitter choc. Like a really good imperial style stout. Beautifully balanced, hops on end plus more bitter choc. Not too strong not too intense, not too alcholic, perfect balance
chriso (7306) - 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.