Brewed by Cotleigh
Style: English Strong Ale
Taunton, England


on tap

Local Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Bottled & as a Cask seasonal at Christmas.
A richly flavoured deep copper coloured seasonal beer and Gold Medal Winner. A smooth long lasting finish with chocolate, toffee and nuts. Brewed using Pale, Crystal and Chocolate malt with Goldings, Fuggles and Northdown hops.

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

martinrumsam's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
martinrumsam (565) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, - NOV 6, 2012
Bottle. Nasty. Maybe a bad one. Pours totally flat murky brown. Aroma is some malt and old leaves. Taste is unpleasant sourness Must have been a rogue bottle but judging by other reviews I am not alone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
joe19612 (2856) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2016
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown colour with a thin beige head, aroma is light and hoppy with hints of fruit, taste is medium bitterness with a dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
simontomlinson (299) - Blackburn, Lancashire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2016
Malty, slightly burnt aroma. Light beige creamy head sat on a dark brown still body. Hints of burnt malt with chocolate a sweeter back of dark sugar. Medium body, dry, slightly cloying. Decent enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blackisle (2464) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2016
Bottle 33cl. poured into a pint. Clear amberbrown, good creamy beige head, half-way lasting, good lacing; aroma toasted malts, caramel, dark fruits, plums, some treacle, licorice; mild taste, light heavy to medium sweet and bitter, light tones of toasted malts, toffee, raisins; malty sweetbitter aftertaste, bit earthy; light to medium body, watery to oily texture, soft carbonation; overall a pleasant mild brown ale, not a stronge ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bartlebier (3933) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - JAN 19, 2016
33cl bbMAR17, cheerio idiosynkrasie for this post-Xmas UK cheer 2016-1. - English Stronge Ale and Xmas beer @5%...got to love that British sessioning standard and pint culture. - Smells and tastes like a Belgian Dubbel without any yeast character, sometimes a good thing: fragrant amber/brown speciality malts (light toffee, plum jam), thin chocolate milk. Lovely hedgerow hop profile in flavour, toasted malts have a polished furniture taste to them. Drinks as if quality ingredients have been too gently dosed and locked away under a layer of varnish - whos reinbeer is going to get merry of that?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
StueyD (1582) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2015
A dark reddish brown coloured beer with a weak white head. A light roasted malt aroma, nutty, caramel and a touch smoky. Dry mouthfeel. The taste starts off with a dry malt flavour, nutty and smoky, then a sweeter element comes through with caramel and red fruits. The finish is lengthy and dry. Cask @ The Windmill, Stansted airport. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
The_Osprey (7835) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2015
Cask at Penderels Oak at 4.5%. "Reinbeer"... seriously? Dark brown, orange hue, opaque, dense creamy head with thick lacing. Aroma is bready, airy. Body is medium, smooth, soft carbonation. Taste is thin, tangy, apple core, browned apple flesh. Resin, pepper and bread crusts in the finish. Soft bitterness endures. Just OK. It grew on me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rune (12366) - Troms, NORWAY - DEC 8, 2015
Half pint, cask at William Wilberforce (JDW). Good lacing from a filmy layer. Deep mahogany coloured body. Mid-sweet brown malty aroma. caramel and nuts to the taste character, fruity notes towards a roasted ending. Just alright (Hull 26.11.2015).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Finn (7038) - Troms, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2015
Fra cask p William Wilberforce Hull 26 Nov 15. Mrk amber / svart. Lavt tett skum med litt farge. Litt lacing. Svakt karamellisk aroma. Smaken mrke plommer med litt metallisk preg.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Desverger (10888) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2015
[email protected] Keys JDW, London (30/11/2015) - pours dark brown with a off-white head. Aroma and taste is sweet malty, lots of caramel and toffeish sweetness, cocoa, sweet malty finish, pretty decent Jule/winter number.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SarkyNorthener (4513) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2015
[email protected] avion, Aldridge. Dark brown beer with small bubbly head. Aroma is malts. Taste is some toffee, a little roastiness, malts and sweetish. Decent.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5