Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Bitter
Alva, Central, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask: Seasonal - Winter. Also available bottled.

December brings the last of our seasonal beers - biscuity and bitter with a long finish.
A colour of dark copper leads to a nose that is hoppy and spicy, a balanced palate and a long, hoppy finish.
There are both crystal and chocolate malts in this tawny beer - it’s full bodied with a delighful hop character from Challenger and Styrian Goldings.

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Christian (13930) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2013
RB Odense January tasting. Hazy copper with a lasting white head. Malty aroma with a toffee note, some fruit and citrus. Sweet malty flavour with toffee and a roasted note, some fruity hops and a hint of marmalade

Tide (4566) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle from super market. Amber color, white head. Mildly bitter sweet taste wtih citrus, honey, toast, caramel and floral hops. Well-balanced body. Bitter finish with citrus. Exquisite bitter, one of the best I’ve tasted so far.

JorgeLee (2278) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2013
Cask in the Cadogan Arms SW3. Middle coloured amber brown bitter with a decent white head. Quite a full flavoured ale, initially malty with some biscuit and some fruity caramel, but then quite a bitter dry finish. Good balance beween bitter and sweet, malt with some hops. Not overly heavy so remains drinkable. An enjoyable pint!

zacgillbanks (5661) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle from Morrisons, Byker. A dark amber beer with citrus and warming toffee flavours, orange marmalade, red fruit and a bitter-sweet finish.

ralphdot (1095) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2012
4.5% amber colour with a thin head, sweet floral aroma, roast malt and citrus hop taste.

flying_pig (1686) - SCOTLAND - DEC 24, 2012
Bottle (500ml, Morrisons):
This one didn’t come across as the strongest beer in the world as far as smell was concerned but that’s not to say it wasn’t a pleasant smell once detected. There was some earthy malts, and perhaps some caramel at the start along with a faint blend of fruits and a hint of citrus. Not a bad smell but far to weak on the nose to fully appreciate.
A deep copper amber colour with a foamy, off-white head about a thumbs width tall. This settles to a thick looking lacing after a couple of minutes and remains like that for the rest of the beers life.
An unexpected mix of fruits that features some banana, a little citrus, some earthy malts and caramel along with a bit of citrus and some lighter, earthy hops. Quite a good mix of flavours and one that works well together.
Definitely medium bodied and fruity with a slightly citrus light tang and acidity. The finish is quite bitter and despite what the bottle says about it being crisp I would class it as a wet beer and definitely one that leaves you wanting more at the end.

A nice beer that was well balanced and had a good variety of flavours throw into the mix. Not a classic beer but a welcome addition to their range for December anyway and it is certainly better than most other Christmas beers I have tried.

danlo (3366) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2012
500ml bottle. Clear copper amber colour, foam white head and spicy malt aroma. Malty taste, with roasted earthy caramel notes, alongside a slightly lemony citrus bitterness that lingers. OK.

Euggs (21) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle, from Aldi. Dark brown colour, no head, mild aroma and a surprisingly gentle flavour for such a dark beer.

Bygers (1185) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle 0,33l. Pours a dark brown color with no head or lacing. Aroma of chocolate and some floral notes. Chocolate brown with minimal head. Taste of coffee, chocolate and smoke. It is medium bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

kingstoni (2174) - FINLAND - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle. Mostly clear amber color with a disappearing thin head. Aroma and taste of caramel and fruity hops. Oily feel. Watery.

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