dogbomb (1244) - ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2012
Bottle. Pours a crisp clear amber with a thin white head. There’s a hint of nose in the form of cakey spices. Once in the mouth it wakens out - liquid christmas cake. It’s mild, but it’s there. Cinnamons, nutmegs, the cakey maltiness. Not overly sweet as it’s balanced with a decent bitterness. A nice seasonal. Kavu (5018) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 4, 2012
Pours amber with a medium head. Aroma is fruits and malts. Flavor is fruits, malts and hops. Pretty decent ale. ALLOVATE (3054) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 3, 2012
Pours an attractive, radiant deep orange, not quite bright, with a big, dense, rocky white crown fuelled by fine streams of bubbles. Pronounced nutmeg and cinnamon on the nose with an odd hint of ginger and root beer, and toasted marshmallow. Unexpectedly raw and bitter, herbaceous hops in the mouth. The cinnamon and nutmeg blend in to the biscuity toasted malts to give a savoury edge to it’s sweet front. Mild buttery notes and hints of caramel are forgettable. Not too long in the finish, ends quite crisp, the body light and adequate carbonation gives it bounce. This wasn’t too bad a drop but I can’t see it being overly sessionable! (50cL, BBE 02/13, Cellarbrations Kinross) Scopey (15427) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2012
Cask at Blackfriars, Aberdeen. It pours clear amber, with a thick white head. The nose is spice, cinnamon bun and brown bread. The taste is toasted malt, cereal, lime, brown bread, spice, dough and cinnamon bun, with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Not bad. JohnRMurdoch (4997) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2011
Cask @ The Ben Nevis. Minimal fruity aroma. Amber colour, good head. Mild Christmas pudding flavour. Quite smooth. Average bitter.
stravale (3088) - Co. Westmeath, IRELAND - DEC 29, 2011
Cask @ Castle Tavern, Inverness 271211
flying_pig (1619) - SCOTLAND - DEC 28, 2011
Appearance - Golden amber, clear, thin white head.
Aroma of cinnamon, sweet light malts, no hops.
Taste - sweet light malts, fair amount of cinnamon and christmas spices, no hops (obliterated by spices), 1-dimensional taste, rather mushy, boring.
Palate - Soft carb, spice, sweet, glycerine-like bit gloopy sweetish golden malts. Finish rapid and dull.
Overall - This doesn’t really work - they can do better than this. I’d skip this for one of their other beers.
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jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2011
A fair bit of spice in this one, particularly cinnamon, there is some muted hops and dark malts. It was quite an unusual smell but not really great.
A light orange copper coloured drink that has good clarity and is topped with a foamy white head that is about a pinkys width tall and stays constant throughout.
Pretty unusual but not it a good way, it was very spicy and there was tonnes of cinnamon but not a lot else. Not very complex or enjoyable.
Light to medium bodied with a spicy but smooth feel to it & a crisp finish.
A poor effort, even for a novelty Christmas beer. There was far too much spice and not enough variation, I’d avoid this one if I was you.
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500 ml bottle from Premier Gourmet. Pours cloudy, amber in colour, with huge offwhite head, which leaves tonnes of lacing. Aroma is slightly bitter, hint of nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is similar. Xmas spices are mild, making this an enjoyable drink! phaleslu (10546) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2011
500 ml bottle as a trade bonus from Michael-pollack- thanks, Pollack! Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a small eggshell white head. Aroma of nutmeg, pale malts, sawdust, straw, grass, and some fruit. Flavor of grass, wood, earth, straw, nutmeg, dry grains, and paper. Light-bodied, with medium carbonation and a crisp mouthfeel. Dry finish. Did not really get any cinnamon. Not a bad bitter, though. esp0r (2928) - NORWAY - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle at home
Deep golden, big beige head. Smells of christmas spices and perfume. Taste is medium malty with ok sweetness. Bitter finish. Miss alot of balance. Totally a perfumic bomb that don’t work as a beer for me