jmgreenuk (2722) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at The Wellington, Birmingham. Poured a clear dark reddish brown with a bubbly tan head. The aroma is purely malty leading to a bitter, fruity, malty flavour with a hint of sourness on the palate. The first mouthful or two was a bit of a shock but it grew on me over time. Not my favourite Christmas beer though.
stravale (1706) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - DEC 27, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Cask @ JDW Elgin
Chestnut brown..clear..thin clear head...Aroma of light malt...Taste of dark caramel malts..slightly sour...slight earthy hop...Palate is thin and watery...almost no carb...Finish of caramel malts..bit acidic.
Overall - Bland and boring for 5%. Wasn’t in best nick.
berkshirejohn (3972) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at the Old Manor (JDW), Bracknell. Golden amber with s dense cream head; biscuity aroma; malty flavour with a touch of sweet digestive biscuit; and a dry finish. A rather ordinary bitter.
sm89walt (1667) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask - The Ribs of Beef, Norwich. Poured with a clear golden body & a fine & lasting, lacy white head. Good citrus aromas, lemony & lightly biscuity. Again, crisp citrus on the tongue with some sweeter pale malts beneath. Lingering bitterness & soft tang. Light to medium body, crisp & firm on the palate, soft mouthfeel. Shortish finish.
tombyars (1271) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - DEC 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted this seasonal ale in the Esquire House, Glasgow (JDW) in December 2011. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear orange amber in colour with a thin white head. Pleasant malty aroma with sweet citrus fruit in the background. Thin resiny mouthfeel and poor lacing. Pale malts deliver a fiery digestive biscuit base with sweet notes of soft caramel and orange oil. Fragrant spicy hop resins compliment the malt well in the slightly bitter citrusy aftertaste. Hint of coriander in this along with a warming Cointreau liquer note present in the rounded, moreish finish. An excellent seasonal 5% ale and much superior to other Christmas themed bitters you see just now. Well recommended.
Leighton (8791) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the Crosse Keys, JDW, London. Pours clear copper with a foamy, white head. Mild ripe fruit nose, some wet malts, toast. Medium sweet flavor, a bit of leaves providing moderate bitterness, slight toast, slight grass. Medium in body with fine carbonation. Fairly sticky finish with soft toffee. Not a well concerted beer, but decent.
niquillis (779) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On cask at JDW, Stoke. Pours ruby red with a thin head. A Christmas ale that tastes of Christmas, whatever that means! Plum, dark fruits, spice and a well balanced hop finish. Excellent.