overall
85
74
style
Brewed by John Martin
Style: Scotch Ale
Genval, Belgium
Serve in Thistle

bottled
available

on tap
unknown

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 499   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews.

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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 10, 2004
Poured a dark amber with a very thick beige head. Very malty, sweet aroma. Light smokiness. Flavor is mostly malt. Nice.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nocturne (1973) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2011
30ml bottle. Bought in September so possibly a leftover from the previous year. Dark amber with plenty of head. Musty alcohol and caramel aroma. Mouthfeel is medium verging on thin at times. Syrupy caramel and dark berries with a little heat in the finish. Not very complex or Christmassy in my opinion.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ken1 (1961) - DENMARK - DEC 18, 2016
Aroma: Yeast with sweet fruits and dark berries. Flavour: Sweet berries with prunes and caramel. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and mouthfeel is warm alcoholic. Colour: nut brown with an offwhite head. From: Bottle @ Voldby Kbmandsgrd Nov. 2016.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaartenRF10 (1944) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2012
Clear brown, good off-white head. Strong toffee aroma. Very surprising and interesting taste. Some sort of coffee chocolate pralin with toffee. Medium dry.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GoufCustom (1944) - HONG KONG - DEC 25, 2014


330 ml bottle bought at CitySuper in Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui.

Looks: Clear deep ruby-red colour; Less than one-quarter finger head and residual soapy off-white foam which fades in 20 seconds; Very good sticky lacing with near zero carbonation.

Aroma: Very sweet and quite fragrant roasted amber malt as soon as it was popped, with cranberries, cherries, caramel, sherry, light toffee, very light oxidation, strong molasses, biscuits and faint grass.

Taste: Medium sweet malt, with tasty dry roasted grains, caramel, very light toffee, cranberries, strong dry red fruits, strong sticky molasses, very light wet paper, light alcohol, strong dry biscuits, yeast, lemon, lime, quite strong bitter hops and sharp grass.

Body: Close to medium body; Very dry and biscuity palate.

Mouth Feel: Very malty Ale, strongly roasted in a fairly wholesome body. Strong red-fruits on the get go, especially cranberries and dry cherries, with fairly good caramel and toffee in the background. Sweetness is very tasty and acceptable sticky molasses-type, compliment the hops well. Strongly yeasty and dry biscuit as if this is a real liquid cream crackers! 8.8% booze is fairly light and doesnt bite. This is a winter treat!

Hoppiness: Faint grass in nose. Expressive lemon, lime and grass in taste. Bitterness is quite strong for the style for a lasting, mid astringent bitter-sweet finish.

After Taste: Very dry after taste, fruity and fairly bitter to mouth.

Comments: Bought this just in time for Christmas Day, and while this may not be as comfy and warm as Fullers Old Winter Ale, but its expressive in every sense - the aroma and taste is filled with tasty roast malt, strong cranberries and red fruits, sticky molasses, hidden booze and bone dry biscuits. Very festive and perfect to go with my Stollen for a cold damp Christmas night. Merry Xmas!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Dark mahogany red. Nose rich and darkly sweet, bit peaty and maple syrup-esque, a bit like an oversweetened scotch ale. Nice flavor, rich and sweet, spiced toffee and butterscotch. Plummy sweet. Lots of caramel and chocolate. Rather good stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lunkie (1923) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2005
Sweet malt aroma. Dark brown clear colour with good head and lacing. Thick malt flavour that lingers. Smooth palate.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 25, 2011
[330ml bottle, Cornelius Beer&Wine, Edinburgh] Deep reddish brown with a peaky white head. Aromas of coffee and malt with plenty of toffee sweetness. Caramel malt on the palate with molasses sweetness. Sticky stone fruits in there as well dates, mostly. Long rich, sweet fortified wine aftertaste as some of the alcohol coming through definitely a winter warmer [13122007]

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rubin77 (1873) - Brussels / Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 20, 2015
F: nice brownish head and lots of lacing. C: dark ruby brown. A: malt roasted raisins and plums, brown sugar. T: medium to full body, plums and dark cherries, chocolate sweetness, aftertaste is alcohol warming and slightly bittersweet, very nice Christmas English strong ale beer and now in summer u can buy it just for 62c in some market here in Brussels. 

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Well aged bottle. Toasted brown. Appealing aroma of aged malt, showing malt diversity and giving hints of buttery, caramel-like, toasted and burnt malt along with a touch of honey, chocolate and apples. Big, dry and chewy malt flavor (toasted bread with grape jelly) with notes of caramel, chocolate and fruit. Thanks Dr. Bill.


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