Brewed by Caledonian (Heineken UK)
Style: Bitter
Edinburgh, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 111   ABV: 3.7%
Cask; Seasonal - December.
Tawny, tanned appearance. Delicate hop and sweet raisin aroma. Smooth, creamy with a perfect balance of sweet and sour, a highly sessionable festive ale.
Hops: Northdown and East Kent Golding

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fonefan (53728) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2006
Cask @ Coal Hole, London WC2R. Dark golden brown color with a beige head. Mild fruity aroma. Malty taste, some caramel and tasty fruit malt.

cgarvieuk (27058) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 2, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2011 cask at standing order ... copper ... thin tan head ... creamy caley toffee woddy nose ... light dry woody hop ... creamy caley malt ...blah

oh6gdx (26487) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Cask. Deep amber colour, small off-white foamy head. Aroma is toffee, caramel, some flight fruity and floral notes to it. Flavour is very similar with also some nutty notes kicking in.

harrisoni (20045) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2005
Cask handpull at Argyll Arms, London Xmas Pub Crawl. Chestnut colour with tight lasting beige head. Some caramel and tasty fruit malt. Flavours are a bit thin in mouth. Bit of sulphur. quite soft in mouth. Definitely needs more flavour.

imdownthepub (15901) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2005
Cask Conditioned at The Bear, Oxford. Brown beer with off white head. Inocent little session bitter although probably on the sweetish side for me. Good hop character, a little thin in body and a short crisp finish. Not what you come to expect for a winter beer though.

ManVsBeer (11968) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2018
Cask @ White Swan, Hebden Bridge. Clear copper-gold with a thick creamy head. Has a drab malty-bitterness with grainy chocolate to finish. Has a grainy-malty nose.

MartinT (10240) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2007
Any first impressions?
-A sheet of foam rests atop the reddish copper.
-Caramel maltiness reigns in an otherwise storyless aroma.
-Leafy hops and fruity caramel sweetness are politely introduced.
-The svelte body is very drinkable, and doesn’t show any thinness.

What if you dig deeper?
-Muscular leafy hop bitterness is smothered by a high caramel tide in the end.
-Competent balance is reached, but watery passages decrease my appreciation.
-Even though it lacked personality and substance, this was a nice pint of bitter.

On cask at the White Hart Inn, Edinburgh.

JorisPPattyn (10217) - BELGIUM - JAN 30, 2007
Cask Dark chestnut; B.C. "H.". Sweet malts, bread, cacao powder. Nice hops!! Sporting an original flavour of holly leaves - appropriate! Ends wry, nearly tart. Dry-out effect! What is this? In the aftertaste, I get acorn, and yet again bitter cacao powder. Light to medium bodied. Nice beer, as light as it may be.

DJMonarch (9180) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2006
1. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich (JDW) 14/12/2002 Mid brown amber colour with some sour fruit. Slightly dry finish. 2. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich 16/12/2002 Mid brown with some sour fruit flavours. Slightly dry malt finish.

maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2004
Cask conditioned - handpump - Head Of Steam euston. A mid brown coloured beer with some diacetyl in the sweet malty aroma. The taste has toffee, caramel and butterscotch notes. Quite drinkable.

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