Brewed by Bristol Beer Factory
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Bristol, England


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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.21/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Cask, Keg & Bottle Conditioned; Seasonal - Christmas.

Our special festive brew is a harmonious blend of seven malts. A rich silky mouth feel is achieved from the addition of flaked malted oats with plum and dried fruit flavours. Only available at Christmas, naturally!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (5062) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle from trembling Madness, York. This is a very dark brown-black beer with chocolate and spiced red fruity flavours, plum notes and a slight sour creamy fruity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SaintMatty (7228) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2013
500ml Bottle - Dark brown in colour. Raisins, mince pies and spicy malt in the aroma. Fruity and spicy taste with raisins, cloves and malt detected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jerd16 (226) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2013
Very much brown ale-esque. Pours nutty brown colour with small transient tan-head. Quite a soft nose requires concerted inspection. Slightly herbal, with some plum and raisins, Doesnt really come alive until mid-palate with some dark malt then builds with raisins, dark-berries and a little orange. Without the belgian yeast this beer wouldnt stand up. It stoutly carries the beer preventing it from vanishing into a watery disappointment as so many brown-ales do. Decent but uninspiring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (24293) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2013
15th December 2012
Hazy brown beer, good off white head. Crispy palate, semi dry. Semi sweet malts, thin and a little dry. Mellow ginger and a trace of lactose. Finishes dry. Its okay but not floating my boat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 5, 2013
50cl, exclusive English brew, from The Bottle Shop Canterbury, complex brew, malty/sweet and slightly spicy/woody, balanced, hazy, good head, nice X-Mas brew

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beersiveknown (5272) - NORTHERN IRELAND - FEB 18, 2013
Dark chestnut with fluffy cream head. Herbal corriander and fruit cake on the nose. Juicy malt at first followed by minerally water and dusty English hops. Not really a festive one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
kwik-lime (1895) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2013
Winter warmer with hints of spice and herb and a vinous quality in the finish. Quite a weak palate. Not my thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theydon_Bois (18927) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2013
Bottle at ChrisO tasting, thanks to Fergus, 30/12/12. Hazed dark amber with a thin off white head that clears. Nose is dark malt, fruit, spice. Taste comprises much of the same. Medium bodied, slightly on the thin side, some spice and bitterness in the finish. Very average, certainly the lowest scoring and dullest beer Ive had from BBF.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mR_fr0g (11609) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle at Chrisos tasting 30/12/12. Mineral Chalky aroma. orange nut brown in colour. Metalic chalky and slightly herbal. Not on par with other BBF beers i have made.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
oh6gdx (26447) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2012
Bottled (from Ales By Mail). Coppery amber colour with a mediumsized beige foamy head, that leaves some lace. Aroma is the traditional "beer poop" (drink beers 2-3 days, including a bunch of yeasty ones, go for a poop and the sweetish strange poopy notes you get is close to this). Flavour is mildly spicy, herbal with some sweet malts and mild bittering notes. Quite watery and dull. Best Before 17/10/2013 (I rarely mention BBEs, but I had to with this one, as if its rather crap now, it will be rotten crap by the BBE date). Funny enough about one minute after swallowing a mouthful of this, you get some slight cinnamon notes to it. This will be a no go for the future.

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