john44 (3331) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2017
Bottle. As "Ascot Santas Reserve" in 2010 - Also unfortunately as "Ascot Winter Reserve" in 2009 - Dark Reddish Brown in colour. Overwhelmingly Spicy; cinnamon, coriander, ginger, powdery nutmeg, peppery spices. Couldn’t taste anything else. Much too heavily spiced. Didn’t like it. In 2009-2010 it was equally poor in both cask and bottled form. Bought bottle not realising it was the same poor beer masquerading under a different name. (2010-07)
BeardedAvenger (1038) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2017
Cask at Prince of Wales, Farnborough. Tasting slightly marred by a faulty wood burner, giving the pub a smoking. Got a fruity aroma, mixed in with smoke. Chestnut, with a thin and frothy white head. Initially sweet, through to a malty bitterness. Lightly spiced biscuits. Light bodied, soft, long finish. Enjoyable. BeerViking (4998) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2016
Cask at the Express Tavern, deep brown with a thin head and a light spiced malty nose. Palate is dry-sweet malt and light spice with a crispish toasty edge. prawlie (1649) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2015
Mini cask from Bentalls. Spiced, can taste the ginger notes. Nice and tasty winter ale, but lacks oompf. The_Osprey (8732) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2015
Cask at Putney Wetherspoons. Clear-ish dark red / brown, still, small bubbly off-white head. Aroma is ash, toffee, plummy, cinnamon. Body is medium, soft carbonation, pretty smooth. Taste is soft, thin toffee malts, marzipan, twiggy, dry resin, fig biscuits, nutmeg or cinnamon, very light bitterness. Decent beer.
jackl (8301) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle @ The Train Tasting, Pt I. The pour’s deep amber with a small head. The nose is quite spicy. Plenty of pepper. Rich toffee, strong malt presence. A bit of chocolate and hazelnut spread. The taste is burnt toast,grain. Some licorice, brown sugar. Chocolate. Moderate red berry tang, fig. Medium body, smooth. Fine carbonation. Overall, not a bad cold weather beer. Theydon_Bois (20490) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2013
Bottle on the Black Country Train Tasting Part I, 06/07/13, sourced by myeslf from Budgens, Lightwater - some 4 miles from the brewery. Bottled as ’Santas’s Reserve’.
Murky mahogony brown with a big light tan head.
Nose is dark fruits, brown bread, light spice, bready malts.
Taste comprises dates, light chocolate, dark fruits, spice, dark toffee.
Medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry finish with light roasty notes. Decent winter warmer - more old ale than an ESB in my book. Lilja (3474) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2013
Smak och doft av humle, malt, karamell, mörk frukt med toner av choklad, läder och fat. Lätt beska. CraftBeerNick (2738) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle at home 23rd December 2012. Over lively, almost a gusher, poured murky red brown, aroma is spice and a little metallic, taste is sweet, cinnamon, ginger, all spice, not for me, almost a more complex crabbies maeib (8751) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2012
Bottled 13/10/12. A dark brown to ruby coloured beer with a hint of off-white head. Sweet and malty but with sourness too in the mouth. Has a wintery edge and there is cinnamon spicing. I don;t think the sourness is intentional and it is a bit off putting.