Brewed by Beartown
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Congleton, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.24/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask; Seasonal - Christmas.
A premium quality festive ale! Deep red / brown colour, full flavoured with a good hoppy finish

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jjsint (3652) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2017
Handpull cask from the Salmon, Leicester. Gingerbread brown and clear with a decent off-white head. Spice dominates the aroma: cinnamon, ginger nuts, mace, clove, brown sugar. Taste is spicy sweet as well although there's a touch of fruity hop in the finish. Long lingering finish with clove and plum aftertaste. Won't be to everyone's liking but I quite enjoyed it.

ManVsBeer (11451) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2015
Cask @ Britons Protection, Manchester. Golden with a thin bubbly head. Has plenty of sticky, sugary winter fruits and very mild sweet spices in its aroma and taste, and is a good Christmas winter warmer for it. There’s a fair bit of bubble gum in its aroma.

undercurrent25 (2287) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2014
Pours a red colour. Taste is sweet and malty and full of red fruits and winter spice. Does have the aroma of a yankee candle however

mike_77 (7369) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2014
Clear brown colour. Sweet fruity aroma with some glace cherry. Body is a bit weak and watery. Flavour is of a floral and fruity pot pourri.

Beese (3335) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2014
Cask at The Moon Under Water (JDW), Watford on 27 Nov 2012. Poured a clear amber colour, with a thin white head and good lacing. Aroma of malt, light spice and candied peal. Fruitcake and nutmeg in the flavour, with some light berries notes. Finish was grassy hop, copper and flat malt.

BlackHaddock (8073) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2014
Hand-pulled half-pint on 11th Jan 2014 in The Fox, Chetwyn Aston, Shropshire. Amber body with a smooth white foam on top. The beer had a malty start with a hop dry finish, the nose and initial taste was of semi-sweet molasses, they in turn gave way to the hops asserting themselves towards the end of each sip. There were hints of spice and wintery notes from something, nothing over the top, but this was tasty and Christmassy without it being in your face.

MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Gift from Sj. A definite smell of caramel malts and toffee. The flavr was caramel malt and mild hop. Crisp finish. Decent red / brown pour.

niquillis (2752) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2011
On cask at JDW, Stone. Pours amber with a white head. I don’t know what to make of this, it was very sweet, quite strange but certainly different to many Xmas ales.

chriso (7536) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2011
Cask (gravity dispense) at the Pigs Ear Beer Festival, London on 6 December 2006. Attractive deep ruby colour with a scant head. Some juicy, chewy berry fruit in the aroma. Rather more of the same in the flavour. Quite succulent. Smooth but not soft with a little herbal bitterness providing some grip. Plenty of presence for 4.5%. Yeah, I liked this one.

johndoughty (5600) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2011
Bottle. Bronze with low carbonation. Lovely spiceness with an infusion of herbs. This is a true Christmas beer not jusy one labelled Christmas with nothing distinctive about it. Comlex and very interesting it came as a very pleasant surprise. Check it out.

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