Brewed by John Martin
Style: Scotch Ale
Genval, Belgium
Serve in Thistle


on tap

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RATINGS: 498   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pedro_Tallieu (57) - Deinze, BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2010
75cl bottle shared with family. The beer has a browned body with a beige medium fizzy to creamy head that doesnt stay long. The aroma of this beer is very sweet and warm, with hints of dark malt, sugar, caramel, spices and herbs. The taste has that same sweet and warm feeling. Definitely caramel and sugar. This is a quite strong but doesnt taste like one. Nice beer for this time of the year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markas101 (2404) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2010
33cl bottle, The Dram Shop, Sheffield, UK. Ruby tinged amber with a thin dough coloured head. Faint raisin and pudding aroma, sweet with more raisin and prune coming through. Very little detectable alcohol for the strength. Merry Xmas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tlind2 (1684) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 30, 2010
750 ml bottle. Deep copper color, off-white head. Slightly spicy aroma with herbal notes. Strong resiny flavor with alcohol. Lingering, bitter-sweet finish. Full body, medium carbonation. Improved with a bit of warmth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DeanF (2417) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 20, 2010
Well.... arriving at Gordons "Christmas" ale, I can only hope that they put more effort into such a drink than their regular ales! Of course, its only a hope..... it pours with a decent head and a brown body; rather boring. Aroma is exactly that of a barley lager, fresh and relaxing if not a little complex. The taste is barley and tin - strong but still refreshing, harsh but still drinkable. Probably Gordons best effort, for whatever that is worth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lusikka (7793) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 19, 2010
Tap @ Gastropub Tuulensuu.
Pours a dark reddish brown colour with a long lasting, white and lacy head. Arom of strong cherries, honey, hops and some caramel malts. Flavour of the same elements. Medium bodied with a warming, dark fruity finish. Some citrus at the mouthfeel too. Decent brew, but nothing special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2010
Bottled. A dark brown beer with a whitish head and lacing. A spicy fruity malty beer throughout with spongy fruits. Decent hopping and warming alcohol. A sipper but good with nice fruitiness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (3016) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Slightly sweet with a dark malt aroma. Dark amber with a brown off-white head. The taste is sweet with a bitter dark roast, approaching stout-flavor and an alcohol finish; a bit of raisin in there as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (7276) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 29, 2010
Bottle 330 ml
Aroma frontal malts , sweet hints , high alcohol , bit creamy , even slightly lactic. Brown sugars. 7-
Appearance brownish with good ruby light. Frisky mid top.
Flavor and Palate : Soft and medium bodied. Gentle mid fin carbonation. Brown sugars , slight hint of roast , touch of chocolate , refined alcohol, bitter walls.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vaiz (4460) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2010
Bottle at home. Clear brown pour, creamy off-white head that leaves lacing. Aroma of spices, clove, dark malts, caramel and licorice. Flavor is sweet, spicy and alcoholic. Nice spicy bitter finish. Watery texture and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2010
Aroma of demerara and fine malt, ruby, pours a small toffee head. Flavour has lots of roast malt, caramel and toffee. Medium bodied, very well balanced, sweet but enjoyable. Great!

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