DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2005
Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich (JDW) 26/11/2002
Golden and hoppy with some citrus aroma and a slightly dry malty finish. BlackHaddock (8091) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2012
Hand pulled pint at the Crown Inn, Oakengates Dec 2011.
Golden, light amber body with an off-white head on top, doesn’t give much lacing but tried to stay the course.
Aroma of citrusy hops and an undercurrent of mild malts.
The Beer is brewed using Pearl Pale Malt, Crystal Malt, Wheat Malt, Challenger Hops and Golding Hops. The taste is hop bitter foremost, but not overly hopped, those malts counteract the hops nicely.
A good, easy to drink beer, I like this breweries beers but rarely see them in my neck of the woods. DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2007
Cask @ Hoopers Bar, London, SE5. Lemon and light sulphur nose with notes of cream.Lacing, cloudy yellow amber. Dry citrus taste with mild sweetness. Nicely balanced with some vanilla. Small gripe is the thinness of the beer but nonetheless this is so dry and poised that it reminds me of a good white wine. It is complex in the aftertaste. hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2005
Handpump at the Wellington Arms, Bedford. Beautiful golden colour with a small off-white head. Faint floral hoppy aroma, redolent of distant summer meadows. A pleasant light sweet-sour taste followed by a slight bitter finish. The Christmas logo and release date is presumably an arcane brewer’s joke. madmitch76 (26850) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2013
2nd January 2013
The_Osprey (9916) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2016
Market Porter. Clear amber beer, good cream coloured head. Light palate, softish with mild fine carbonation. Nice! Creamy malt. Mild tangy orange hops. Not bitter! Semi dry finish. Just a whisper of sulphur but otherwise a decent Christmas ale.
Cask handpull at The Crosse Keys Bishopsgate as ’Banks and Taylor Santa’s Slayer’. Golden yellow clear still foamy white head. Aroma is bready, light citrus. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is grainy, white bread, gluey, dusty, light bitterness. A nice and very drinkable balanced golden bitter. Looking through the ratings consistency might be a problem, but very good on this showing. KnutAlbert (6824) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2007
Cask at the Old Mitre, Holborn, London.
Nice, smotth, hoppy bitter. A fine session beer, there is nothing particularly Christmassy about this. Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2007
Cask @ Hoopers Bar, Camberwell. Lovely golden colour with thin head and some lacing. Aroma is sweet with citrus and honey coming through. Taste is grassy with hops and malts towards the end. Finish is dry with good aftertaste. chriso (7536) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2005
Not very Christmassy. As SilkTork says, it’s more in the golden summer ale style that what you’d expect for a Christmas offering. The aroma is rather modest - some grassy hop and a touch of dry malt. There’s an initial sweetness on the palate, but that’s soon overtaken by a moderate citric hop bite developing into a lasting dry bitterness the aftertaste. If anything a touch acidic and tart. The body is a touch thin. Reasonable, but fairly standard fare and certainly not what I was expecting. Cask (handpump) at Lord Moon of the Mall (JDW), Whitehall, London.
sm89walt (2092) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2012
Cask - The Bell Hotel (JDW), Norwich. A clear golden colour with a lasting one-finger white head on the pour. Some citrus, mid fruits and biscuity pale malt on the aroma. Bittersweet on the tongue with more citrus, pale malts, some floral character and then grassy hop towards the finish. A light to medium body, soft palate texture with a medium length, soft intensity finish.