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Williams Brothers Nollaig

Brewed by Williams Brothers (Heather Ales)
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland


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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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We have brewed this special festive ale using malted barley, a variety of high impact specialist hops and hand picked spruce tips which are only ripe for picking during a two week window in the spring. The resiny sweetness of the spruce and malt is countered by a huge hop character, which is just delicious. Limited batch of 800 bottles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (3784) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2014
bottle shared by albatross, thanks dude. pours clear golden-orange with a small off-white head, some retention and lacing. fruity and spicy maltiness - hint of caramel along with oranges, strawberry-ish hoppiness, some mangoes too, gently sprucey/piney, slightly perfumey - candy floss-like, moderate sweetness - hint of honey, chalk. moderate carbonation, light body - oily, grassy-spicy-sprucey short yet effective finish. somewhat balanced and tasty. nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mighty_meadow (145) - Kilwinning, SCOTLAND - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle from Peckham’s in Glasgow. Unseasonal but lovely Christmas ale. Like sucking on a Christmas tree* in February. Biggest compliment I can give is that my beer hating other half really liked this. *DISCLAIMER: I have never actually sucked on a Christmas tree but I imagine it would taste like this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Osprey87 (1161) - London via, WALES - FEB 5, 2014
Keg at the Draft House London. Hazy dirty orange, lightly sparkling, bubbly white head leaves webbed lacing. Smell - toned down citrus hops and musty socks. Body is sparkling, medium to light, slightly foamy. Taste is definitely in stages - watery soft caramel to start, then grapefruit and lime hoppiness, then a punchy bitterness with sweet...urm...spruce? The flavour (presumably the spruce) is like bubblegum, mint and artificial fruit flavourings all rolled into one. I really liked the way the fruity hops melded with that sprucey flavour. Enjoyable stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 11, 2014
Both Bottle @home and Keg @The Vintage, Leith. Fruity on the nose with some pine as well. Quite sweet on the first taste but the longer you drink it, it becomes more bitter and the hops come through. I’m guessing (because i’ve not had spruce before) that the tang that you get (it’s good) is the spruce.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (2172) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle at home. Hazy amber brown pour, thin to no head. Pine aromas, resin, grass and citrus. Light spice. Taste has a caramel quality, then a bitter hop finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (6950) - NUNEATON, Top 24, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2013
Bottle. Pours deep bronze with a fine, subsiding white foam. Aroma sweet honeyed lemon and lime wine gum; polished pine, mellow resins, peach, iced tea. Decent, well-balanced flavour with juicy perfumed hop, a scatter of needles, peach and sponge sweetness finished with bitter hop. Dry roasted and orange liqueur back notes; US IPA with a glug of Ribena. Booze and baubles very well concealed. Gelatinous berry and wine gum hop prevail. Enjoyable and balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SudsMcDuff (5658) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Had @ The Hudson, Belfast, raining .. . deep amber .. great head .. . christmas tree, spice, hay, and lots of spruce- almost minty .. . interesting mouthfeel and an interesting beer for sure .. . . woah, somebody’s comin!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (5520) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2013
Keg at BrewDog Camden. It pours clear deep amber with a medium yellow-white head. The nose is fresh pine, orange peel, Parma Violets, Tums and marmalade. The taste is nicely bitter, wood, caramel, Tums, chalk, Parma violets, resin, leather soft fruit and citrus peel. Medium body and fine carbonation. Interesting, good depth of flavour and balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alecwallace (155) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2013
Warm spicy aroma, red amber in colour with a small dense head. Cake and spice flavour, slightly nutty, malty and would be good with food.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoritzF (8250) - Bochum, GERMANY - JAN 31, 2013
(bottle, 100cl) Hazy, almost cloudy, dark amber colour with a massive and tanned foamy head. Mildly toasted malty aroma with resiny, grassy notes of pine needles, as well as fruity notes of citrus and a tinge of caramel. Sweet and delicately bitter flavour, medium bodied at most with a well-carbonated mouthfeel. Mildly toasted (cara-)malt character with resiny and a bit chlorophyll-like sprucy notes, well-combined by fruity hops; sweet and mildly bitter hoppy finish, again with resiny, almost a bit ethereally notes of spruce. I definitely would order a second one. 26.XII.12

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