Formerly brewed at Great Yorkshire Brewery (prev Cropton)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Cropton, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.81/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Note: There are two versions of this beer. This is the stronger export version.
A dark bitter, using finest Cascade and a Styrian Goldings hops and English malt, providing a unique hoppy beer with a fruity aftertaste.

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PorterPounder (8361) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2007
Marietta, Ga. - Bullocks Wine & Spirits - 500 ml bottle. Medium copper pour, thick egg nog like head. Faint cereal-like aroma, some ripening fruit. Flavor? None - really - the most non-descript 6% abv beer I have ever had - can’t even taste the alcohol. Tastes like an iced tea after the ice has already melted - there - there is a flavor. Smooth drinking - so not the worst mouthfeel . So what was Rudolph getting revenge for - all the bad Santa’s beers that another brewer, Hepworth has put out?

unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - JUN 16, 2007
500mL bottle. A dark ale. Dark, rusty, amber color, Foamy tan head. Strong cascade aroma. Citrus and pine. Aroma is great! Flavor is a little off...maybe a bad bottle. The flavor has quite a bit of sourness to it. Like tart berries. DISAPPOINTING.

Headbanger (4022) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2007
16.9 oz bottle- Medium to dark amber body with a huge off white head and a lot ofcarbonation emanating from the bottom of the glass.Aroma of citrus and malt. Taste of citrus, berry, sourness, and a metallic taste. Not sure if the bottle is bad or just overly carbonated. Not bad but obviously could be better.

hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Fruity malt aroma with a noticeable earthy-pine hop presence and a touch of minerals. Dark amber in color, with a thick off-white head. Fruity almost strawberry-like maltiness with some tannin that puckers the sides of my mouth. Transitions mid-palate to a mineral, metal-like hop finish. Medium light body, very soft carbonation. I just don’t like mineral or metal flavors in my beer.

blinesam (235) - USA - APR 18, 2007
pint, poured into glass. Oh yeah this is a good beer. The beer could probably pass for soda and a damn good one at that. I’m gonna guess that there is some strawberry in there and some other fruits i dont even know about. The alcohol is undetectable, the drink is almost too fizzy. A Great birthday beer, and a good winter beer too, although I technically had it in the spring.

rajendra82 (1109) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Winter has come and gone in Georgia, and some of the Winter Warmers from 2006 were on sale the last time I was at my package store. At $1.95 a pint+, I couldn’t justify passing on Rudolph’s Revenge anymore, so I went ahead and got me a bottle. The pour was clear, and bubbly, with no cloudiness to provide evidence of the bottle conditioning mentioned on the label. A little pale for a Winter Warmer, this looked more like an American Amber. The smell was light and somewhere in the vicinity of malted milk balls, and orange marmalade. The start of each sip was hurt a bit by the sting of club soda like carbonation, but as I let that fizz over, and herbal bitterness followed by a tart sourness could be tasted. The dry mouthfeel and earthy and chalky aftertaste did not conceal the thinness of the body. The burps after drinking this fast were louder than the call of a Reindeer on a foggy Winter night. Over attenuated, but still enjoyable.

Strykzone (7799) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2007
A great beer to pour this one has a very big tan colored soapy head. The beer is reddish brown with plenty of carbonation present. The head dissipates slowly. Aroma is malty and spicy. The flavor has more hops than expected and is, as expected, plenty bitter. Many previous raters mention a metallic flavor to this beer and I must agree. This beer is pretty much straight forward. What you taste in the first few sips is pretty much what you finish with. Flavor is not particularly good but is unique and consistent.

elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2007
Pours a redish brown color with same colored head. Has hints of fruit, malt, caramel. Medium bodied beer with some carbonation. Has a hoppy aftertaste.

twindadplus2 (743) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2007
Pours a reddish brown with a small, fluffy beige head that faded pretty quick. Aroma of toffee and sweet citrus. Malt flavors with cherries and raisins. The finish is the biggest disappointment, a metallic bitternes that just doesn’t work. Strong carbonation and an astringent bitterness throughout. Started out well but just not that enjoyable.

Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2007
I was enjoying a day off from work and doing some housecleaning when I decided I might need to clean the inside of my fridge as well. I figured I’d do this one while it was still somewhat in season. Slighty hazy beer with a deep red hue. Fluffy White head doesn’t really last. Decent lacing. Some butterscotch and caramel in this one with just a tad of hop bitterness. Abrasive metallic finish is super wack. I got about halfway through this one before pouring it out.

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