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

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RATINGS: 501   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
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]

3.7
vanvenlo (1885) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2005
UPDATED: APR 30, 2006 6 Jun 2005 (Xmas 2003 - VAT at Kulminator). I thought it was a bit strange that the first beer I have at Kulminator is Scottish. A choice of 8 or so VAT beers at Kulminator - the VAT seems to make the beer somoother. A good night and a back courtyard awaits. I think this place is better on a quiet weekday afternoon, away from the smoke. TASTING - Very sweet and slightly sour aroma (smoke effected tasting). Clear brown-red colour, with rock solid light brown head and good sheet lacing. Easy to drink sweet malt and some roasted choc flavours. Smooth and light bitterness, with lingering spiritous malt.

3.2
Abio (1869) - BERMUDA - 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
Mjp12 (1869) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2016
There is enough spice in this to cut through the normal sweet malt scotch ale flavour . Great sipping by the fire.

3.6
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.

3.5
gopherfan99 (1829) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Bottle; pours dark amber with a beige head; sweet aroma of malt, toffee, caramel, dark fruits, with hints of spice and booze; taste is sweet with toffee, dark fruits, caramel, and malt; finish is dry with some spice and alcohol; okay

3.7
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
sdmmb (1826) - BELGIUM - NOV 16, 2013
Drunk from 33cl bottle. Strong dark slightly sweet ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
liinis (1770) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2012
Dark red brown colour. Sweet and strong, alcohol is bit too noticeable. Anyway enjoyable and very nice for a cold winter night.

3.4
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2004
Chestnut color with a light brown head. The taste is very sweet and malty with light notes of plums, raisins. Finishes with a slight alcohol sharpness.


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