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75
style
Brewed by John Martin
Style: Scotch Ale
Genval, Belgium
Serve in Thistle

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RATINGS: 497   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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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gary (1933) - Grime Hood , Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2011
(Bottled) Nothing like warm Christmas beer on warm July nights. Cool bottle , like the SN Celebration bottle on festive cheer , only surpassing it maybe.Robust and powerful stuff. Very syrupy ,cloying-roast malt driven,burnt toast ,dark fruit ,licorice .. chocolate . HO YO HO.!

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nocturne (1927) - 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.

3.6
   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]

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ken1 (1866) - 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.

3.6
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lunkie (1863) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Abio (1859) - Waasland, BELGIUM - JUN 16, 2010
Pours out very dark red-brown, very dark brown in the glass. Nice, big, off-white head that holds good, and sticks nicely at the glass. Earthy sour-sweet fruits at the smell. A bit metallic. Pretty good fruity-sweet taste. Spices and something earthy inside. A bit to simple, alcohol comes up pretty hard. But not bad at all!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Retorp. Pours a dark brown to black color with a thin white head. Aroma has an earthiness to it with notes of sweet malt, spice, yeast, caramel, toffee and some hints of prunes or raisins. Flavor is malty and sweet with caramel, honey, spice, some slight notes of alcohol toward finish. Generally medium body with a pleasing malt finish.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GoufCustom (1815) - 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!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sdmmb (1789) - BELGIUM - NOV 16, 2013
Drunk from 33cl bottle. Strong dark slightly sweet ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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