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

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RATINGS: 496   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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stouby (4538) - Holbk, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2006
Bottle, at home. Dark brown with a large light brown head, mostly diminishing, excellent lacings. Aroma moderate to heavy malty (coffee, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit) and moderate hoppy. Flavor moderate to heavy sweet, moderate bitter. Medium to full body, creamy, soft carbonated. The alcohol is moderate to heavy.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oberabcbbsok (691) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - MAY 19, 2007
A very nice beer also a very good after dinner beer. Very tastefull and full taste. Tasted it from bottle as well from draft

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (9556) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2008
750ml bottle bought at Delhaize - FoodLions in Belgium. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma of dark fruits and malts. Taste is caramel malty, thick mouthfeel with lingering dark fruits - cherry and prunes - and candi sugar topping the whole for a sweet and yet warming boozy finish. I grew up loving all of the John Martin beers especially their Xmas beer; one that always had a good spot in our fridge.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rane (1047) - Nibe, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2012
Bottle. Dark redbrown beer with dense medium seized beige head. Aroma sweet malt, spices and caramel. Taste sweet, spicy, caramel. A really nice beer, very much a christmas beer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OwainTurner (425) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2013
Bottle from Belgium. Very nice indeed. Bell balanced and very tasty. A real festive treat

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sureshpa (387) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2013
Aroma: Black cherry, forrestfruits, little booze Appearance: Brown, clear, red glow, off white head, full lace Taste: Chestnutroast, red & dark forrest fruits, dark cherry, light dry finish, little booze

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beese (2570) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2014
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Poured a bright ruby with a thin, dense off-white head. Spicy aroma with tempered notes of toffee and molasses sweetness. Initial flavours of grassy hop, orange peal and cloves. More spiciness on the finish with nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and some grain. Lots of festive flavours all in harmony.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
lello4ever (805) - ITALY - JAN 1, 2017
Bruna con riflessi rossi, schiuma di media persistenza dal colore beige, fine e pannosa. Al naso buone note di prugne e frutta secca, uvetta, malto con una discreta vena erbacea. Bevuta positiva, il malto accompagnato da una bella speziatura intensa, tornano uvetta e frutta secca, un po di caramello. Bello il finale amarognolo che rende la birra molto equilibrata. Il corpo pieno, la carbonazione media. Scotch di quelle veramente ben fatte, nel periodo invernale pu accompagnare benissimo la serata, grazie anche ad un buon tenore alcolico.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bjarne2 (2) - - OCT 31, 2015 does not count
Dejlig julel, smager virkeligt godt, en god sdme. Spiritus smager ikke igennem.......

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McSherman (609) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - NOV 29, 2015
Dunkelbraun, rtlich.erinnet an Cola. Mit etwas beigem Schaum. Aromen von Rstmalz, gebranntem Zucker, Nssen, Brot und Gewrzen, leicht holzig. Dabei leicht s und moderat bitter. Sehr angenehmes Weihnachtsbier. Empfehlung!


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