Brewed by Greene King
Style: Bitter
Bury St. Edmunds, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask: Seasonal - Winter.
A fantastic winter warmer, this mature dark and malty ale is late hopped for a mellow fruity linger. Available in cask throughout November.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (8286) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Cask @ some random pub off Charlotte Street. The pour’s deep brown with a tiny off-white head. The nose is sweet nuts, some red berry and shoe polish. Hints of wood. The taste is mild leather, more red fruits and strawberry. Big, fat malty body. More nuts and shoe polish. Light body, very soft carbonation. Not a great deal of vitality in this pint. Overall, not too bad.
Earlier Rating: 12/21/2011 Total Score: 2.3
Cask. Light amber color, hardly any head. The nose is very sweet and floral - apples and other orchard fruits, honey. The taste is quite sweet and somewhat vinegary (perhaps the cask is past peak?). The finish is watery. The palate is medium light and a bit soft. Overall, pretty disappointing - perhaps a re-rate is needed? Also, this doesn’t have the profile of a winter beer, so why’s it marketed as one?

mr_h (5828) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 11, 2016
Cask, festive ale, 1/2 pint, hand-pulled at Hengler’s Circus, Glasgow on 8 Dec 2016, floral, toffee aroma, amber brown with a thin bubbly cream head and patterned lacing, fruity, raisin, toffee flavours, subtle spice, creamy.

stevoj (5425) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 6, 2016
Cask draft at the Angelsea Arms. A bit more red and hoppy than the average bitter, bordering on an amber ale. Sharper and hoppier, some savory zest as well. The normal caramel notes were muted by the extra hops.

Mr_Pink_152 (5400) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2016
On tap at the Vic. Lincoln. Ruby colour with an off white head. Malty sweet aroma and taste. Nice enough.

Don2711 (491) - - NOV 28, 2016
Caramel aroma with toast. Mild on palate. Amber appearance. Malt hints. All in all not bad but nothing special.

stravale (3088) - Co. Westmeath, IRELAND - JAN 1, 2016
Cask @ The Linen Hall JDW, Enniskillen [301215]
Dark amber, clear, thin white head
Aroma of soft caramel, soft twiggy hops
Taste of soft caramel, light bitter twig hops, dab of GK yeast, bit earthy, dab of bitter toast, light spicy
Palate - Medium light body, light bitter. Finish as main flavour
Overall - Typical BBB twiggy hops, not my cup o’ tea

kermis (14479) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2015
Cask at the Goat and Tricycle, Bournemouth. Clear amber brown with a bubbly tan head. Aroma of fudge, toffee, caramel, malt and light dark fruits. Flavour is light moderate sweet and bitter. Light to medium bodied with very soft carbonation.

amhart88 (136) - Manchester, Lancashire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2015
Smells of chocolate. Palate thinner than expected. There’s a sort of sickly sweetness to it which I don’t find appealing. Fans of sweet ale might like

Cokemonkey11 (1049) - - DEC 19, 2015
Cask, Pint, scotch Hop. Pours medium hazelnut brown with a medium tan head subsiding slowly. Carbonation throughout. Scent is very mild, little bitter. Taste is medium hazelnut ale yeast with light frothy body. End is a little bitter and even a tiny bit sour. Good but uninteresting.

jmgreenuk (9857) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 16, 2015
Cask at the Pump House, Shirley. Poured a crystal clear medium amber with a frothy white head. The aroma is light hop. The flavour is moderate to light bitter with a malt, grainy, light woody hop bitter palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

nihtila (3836) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2015
Cask at Oxford Bar. Clear ruby. Nose is dry toffee, berries, sweet malts. Tastes sweet caramel malts, red fruits, berries. Decent easy drinker.

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