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Brewed by McMullen
Style: English Strong Ale
Hertford, England

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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Seasonal - Christmas. Also available bottled.
Specially brewed from the finest malted East Anglian barley and whole leaf English hops, CAMRA chose McMUllen Stronghart as thir first ’Best Festive Ale’ award, describing it as "Liquid Christmas Pudding. A beer that is rich, dark and exceptionally smooth, demonstrating the very special skills of Hertfordshire’s Independent Family Brewers".

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3.5
gowdy (1115) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2012
Bottle at Craig’s house. caramel, resin, brown, minimal head, medium sweetness, medium body, creamy, average carbonation.

3.2
cgarvieuk (25224) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2012
bottle at home ... deep brown ... bubb;y tan head ... sweet dark tracle plum nose ... little fizzy ... sweet suger roast ... brown sugers ... plums and figs ... dark fruits ... malt extract tones... some cherry ... ok

3.9
tombyars (1724) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 9, 2012
First tasted this at the Glasgow Winter Beer Festival in February 1997. Cask, gravity dispense. Ruby black in colour with a thin off white head. Sweet toffee notes in the powerful malty aroma. Creamy but thin mouthfeel and poor lacing. Dark malts give a moist maltloaf base with sweet juicy damsons, sultanas and prunes mixed with treacle toffee notes. There is a slight prickle of earthy hops in the aftertaste but this is short lived. Robust powerful malt returns with booming notes of dry oak cask and vinous fruit. A superb, strong Old Ale in style and highly recommended.

2.8
joe19612 (2994) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2012
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. Pours a real dark brown colour with a thin white head, real malty aroma with a hint of banana, the taste is malty with fruit and a dry finish.

2.9
Nocturne (1992) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours a dark amber with a pillowy head. I really can’t fault the appearance; the head sticks around and spins a web of lace as the glass empties. Wow... a huge malty aroma that I can’t quite get on with. Smooth caramel taste that is particularly sweet. Lands somewhere between a bitter and a barley wine without ever quite making sense. Still, worth a try.

2.7
fonefan (49996) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2012

Bottle 500ml.

Clear dark brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, sweet caramel, riped dried banana, light to moderate yeast, yeast, riped fruit - fruit cake. Flavour is moderate to light light heavy sweet and light bitter with a long duration, sweet sweet caramel, swet sweet dark malt. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20111205]

3.7
mike_77 (6876) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2011
Deep red colour. Strong fruity aroma. Very rich and silky texture. Flavour is sweet like the juice of dark red fruits. The finish is altogether much drier though giving a nice balance.

2.8
omhper (25349) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2011
Bottled at chriso’s. Mahogany colour, small head. Heavy green apple aroma. Sweet and fruity, malty with burnt caramel and green apples. Low bitterness. Silky smooth, but overly apply.

3
oh6gdx (26487) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2011
Bottled. Deep amber colour, small off-white head. Aroma is dried bananas, some bitter wood, mild spices, fruits and some mild herbal notes. Flavour is quite much thee same with some vanilla added. Sweet and rather strange.

3.7
Scopey (15262) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2011
Bottle from Sainsbury’s Purley Way. It pours deep mahogany brown, with a bubbly beige head. The nose is varnish, chocolate, wood and dark fruit. The taste is wood, resin, varnish, fruit cake, raisin, medicinal, chocolate and warming alcohol, with a long bitter-dry finish. Full body, fine-moderate carbonation and foamy mouth-feel. Surprisingly good stuff!


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