imdownthepub (14961) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2014 Fin (10699) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, - MAR 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle that I picked up from Westholme Stores, Goring-on-Thames, December 2012 consumed at home. This was a very decent Christmas beer, the spiciness was well done and contributed well. I like the subtlety of the spruce and the beer itself was jolly decent, good tanginess and a very nice bite, middling bitterness. If all Christmas beers tasted like this I would be prepared to try a few more, sadly many are too over-spiced, cinnamon, star anise, sweet and crap, this was an exception a decent effort indeed. A6 A4 T8 P4 Ov14 3.6
Bottled, 500ml from S.H Jones, Banbury. Chestnut with off white head. There is a pleasant, fruity aroma on opening, like a rich Black Forest Gateau, this leads to a slightly tart, fruity flavour, full on the palate, smooth but with a nagging hint of spice. I didn’t really get the spruce needle thing, but that probably is a good thing as it is just part of the overall flavour. Very pleasant and a warming sipper. Garrold (5433) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle from Archer Road Beer Stop, Sheffield. Clear, dark red. Thin, cream coloured head. Aroma is sour cherry, bonfire toffee. Some pine. Some liniment. Taste is dark sugar sweet. Light bitter palate. Some tartness. Decent. cgarvieuk (25253) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 14, 2013
Bottle in Dundee... Deep red brown... Huge foam bubbly head.. Soft spiced roast nose... Sweet malt... Soft toffee... Light spice... Little woody... Decent johndoughty (5504) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2013
Bottle. Slightly spicy and Bock like but not as powerful as I had expected. Still quite pleasant and at least it tastes like a winter ale which some so called Christmas beers don’t.