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Williams Brothers Nollaig

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

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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
peponi (269) - POLAND - JUL 21, 2014
Aroma: citrus, resin, pine and spruce. Appearance: nice clear orange color, white head. Taste: medium bitterness (citrus and resin, pine), fresh pine and spruce, nice malty backbone, well-balanced, a little bit of caramel, slightly sour (probably coming from spruce). Palate: medium body and medium carbonation, refreshing and ice aftertaste (like ice sweets). Overall: Interesting beer with nice bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (1659) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 14, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours hazy amber, sweet toffee, sweet pine, bitter, juicy resin.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4227) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2014
Bottle. Amber beer with a light head. The aroma is well hopped with a lot of maltiness. The flavour is deeply malty with hops. Overall a good heavily malty and hopped beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (4143) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mighty_meadow (157) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Osprey87 (1391) - 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.

3.8
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (2892) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7112) - NUNEATON, Top 13, 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SudsMcDuff (5792) - .....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!!


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