Gary (1999) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2016 Cask in Taunton. Somerset. I dislike the whole west country region because of its philistine culture and the perplexing fact that garbage gimmick novelty concept beers like this are quote "generally regarded as one of the finest Christmas ales ever" down there. Give me a fucken break. I guess if you’re a redneck without a passport who’s never been to Belgium to try their interesting array of Christmas beers to contrast this crap I’m rating , you’d maybe have this free formed delusion ...and it’s not like any world classic beers in general make it down to the.West country.. FFS. This beer is nothing more than a malty,tepid,dull and soulless ESB. NOTHING remotely redeemable in the name of Noel. I guess alcoholics in the local taunton spoons will notice the bullshit Christmas theme depicted on the cask pump and make the "let’s get with the spirit" notion and actually convince themselves this crap is a Christmas treat. Would it kill who ever brewed this to have used some holiday spices? Fuck me. I think I’d rather be dressed like Santa Claus while residing in a Turkish prison with chief lunatic guard Hamidou from the movie "A Midnight Express" for a weekend , than live in a place where beers like this are considered great". The_Osprey (7991) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2016
Cask handpull at The Crosse Keys Bishopsgate as ’Exmoor Exmas’. Translucent dark amber, still with a scummy beige head but full lacing. Aroma is airy and nothingy. Nothing offensive-nothing at all. Indistinguishable from the air around it. Body is smooth with lowish carbonation. Taste is watery, soft musty hops, very light malt sugars, bread and cardboard, hop tea. Balanced in an ’everything is light and nothing outshines anything’ sort of way. Basically, it’s quite watery and simple but nice enough. The musty bitterness of the hops builds over time in a satisfying way. I could drink pints of this but wouldn’t choose to under normal circumstances. ManVsBeer (10467) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2016
Cask @ Percy Shaw, Halifax. Copper with a thin bubbly head. Malty in both aroma and taste, but quite sugary at the same time. Fairly smooth in the palate. Nocturne (1992) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2015
Cask at JDW. Mid amber shade. Short ring of foam. Notes are earthy, toffee malts, ever so slightly fruity, a hint of smoke at the edges. A bit sprightly and bubblegummy. You have to strain for all of that as on the surface there ain’t a lot going on. Decent enough. Don2711 (475) - - DEC 2, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2016 Aroma yeasty. Nice ruby appearance. Strength excellent. Mild on palate with no real bite. Nutty flavours caramel and dried fruit. quite malty. Overall starts well but end disappointing.Second pint much better. A little sweet maybe but rating improved by 0.5.
Svesse (8601) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2015
(Cask at Penderel’s Oak JDW, Holborn, London, 26 Nov 2014) Amber colour with brief, beige head. Malty nose with notes of nuts, dried fruit and caramel. Malty taste with caramel, nuts, dried fruit, a touch of chocolate and a fairly sweet finish with a moderate bitterness. Medium body, with a certain sweetness. Possibly a touch too sweet, but quite tasty. Quite nice. RichTheVillan (7852) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2014
Cask at JDW Bishop Vesey; clear amber pour with a frothy beige head, fruit and spice aroma, taste has digestive biscuit, sweet caramel, christmas spices come through at the end. leaparsons (10548) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2014
Cask, The King’s Head, Leicester. Amber brown with a thin off white foam. Aromas are toffee and caramel with autumn fruit. Soft spices with hints of smoke. Flavours are brown sugar with toffee and hints of apple. Bready with a dry, woody finish. Simple bitter. wheresthepath (2334) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2014
Cask at the Kings Head (JDW), Salisbury. It starts off alright; deep golden-amber with a thin white head and a reasonably rich body with a light fizz. Up front there’s straw, syrup, bready malt and a vague hint of spice. But then the straw turns damp, mildewy and earthy, and there’s a rising taste of vomit. There’s little Christmassy about this beer, and by the end little to like either, despite the reasonable start. Shame. jmgreenuk (9454) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 1, 2014
Cask at the Assembly Rooms, Solihull. Poured a crystal clear medium amber with a frothy white head. The aroma is sweet creamy malt. The flavour is moderate bitter light sweet witn a big malt, red berry fruit, light hop bitter palate and a short bitter finish. Medium bodied witn soft carbonation. A drinkable session ale.