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

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RATINGS: 498   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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (7444) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 22, 2007
Medium light beige head; dark brown body with carbonation. Sweet aroma of licorice and burnt malts with sugary notes. Very harmonic. Fruity. Deep sweet harmonic taste of burnt licorice and syrup with light grain and fruit notes and a touch of spice. Light a light, sweet spicy stout. Slightly oily mouthfeel. Bitter spicy wood aftertaste. Some alcohol heat. Very nice, if not typically Belgian; more like a Belgian/Scottish mix. (0.33l bottle.)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3919) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2007
11.2oz thanks to fonefan. pours dark ruby with fluffy off white head. nose has toasted nuts, bready, and some dark fruits. flavor has dark fruits, subtle, yeasty, and bready. full and smooth mouth feel. a tasty beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grovlam (4208) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2007
Bottle. Large thick and creamy like beige head which lasted. Very nice display of lacework. Aroma of light ashtray, hint of smoke, dry fruit, caramel, toasted malty notes. Medium to full bodied with an average carbonation and light alcoholic texture. Nice malty base flavor with light notes of bitterness. Fruity sweet finish. Quit nice!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfm (1724) - Holbk, 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (6155) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2006
Draft. Ruby brown with a tall foamy tan head. Nose is malty, fruity, and sweet with raisin and fig notes and light spice. Taste is spicy with oatmeal cookies, light figs, raisins, cocoa, sweet, creamy malt, and touches of chocolate pudding. Body is medium with a creamy mouthfeel. Finishes with more spicy notes, fruits, cocoa, sweet malts and a bit bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hansen (8543) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2006
Fine christmas-brew. Dark brown, clear. Off-white head, lasting. Burnt, nutty aroma, flavor burnt and sweet. Heavy alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
GABF 2006 post-party. 11/19/1999 vintage via DenverLogan. The beer pours to a hazy dark brown body. Foamy white head. The aroma is lightly phenolic and acetonish. The flavor is spicey, similar to Anchors OSA. Woodsy. Well balanced. Woody dry palate. Really tasty for the age.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bruale (7) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2006 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2006 Bottle dated 1973. The story of this beer is more interesting than the how it tasted. I gave this beer ratings near what others thought given the advanced age of the bottle. An actual rating would be an anomaly. The story starts with a couple who owned a bar in Algoma, WI for decades. They have both since passed on. He emigrated from Belgium, regularly vacationed there and likewise his relation would visit Algoma. My in-laws were good friends of the couple and would invite them and the visiting Belgians for a local tradition a trout boil. Undoubtedly, beer flowed and a good time was had by all, although my in-laws arent beer drinkers. We would go to the couples bar every Christmas Eve for Tom & Jerrys and appetizers. Sometime over the years, whether during a trout boil, Christmas Eve visit or whenever, this bottle was given to my in-laws. They recently discovered it and 30+ years later was finally opened. The label states brewed by Scottish Brewers LTD, Edinburgh Scotland. Imported and bottled by John Martin LTD. Everaertsstr.105 Antwerp. It poured dark brown with no head or carbonation, sour tasting wine flavor, definitely past its prime. It had a ring of residue at the surface inside the bottle, not a good sign, and ended up down the drain.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeinDahlem (1478) - Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 28, 2007
This is such a cool time of year to live in Belgium, what with these holiday beers. Youve gotta love the snowy pattern on the red cap foil. 33 cL enjoyed at home... Pours ruddy brown with ruby highlights, cream-colored head recedes to a frothy film. Cherries, dark chocolate and spices are swirling around in that aroma. Tastes only mildly sweet in a way that seems restrained for a Belgian, with an overly clean layer of bitterness that nonetheless offers balance and lasts. Maybe a touch clean and metallic, but still interesting. Average carbonation. More dry, hoppy character than I expected, yet warming... not bad at all.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (7411) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2008
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue via Importations Prives Biropholie. Arme: Odeur de crales grilles et d’pices. Apparence: La couleur est brune bourgogne avec une faible densit de bulle. Prsence d’un moyen col beige crmeux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Got de caramel fruite et de crales avec une pointe d’pices. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture lgrement crmeuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Lgre prsence d’pices en arrire got. (Rating #1872)


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