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Brewed by McMullen
Style: English Strong Ale
Hertford, England

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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   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 Hertfordshires Independent Family Brewers".

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2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BenH (3437) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 14, 2011
From bottle. Looks great, pours chestnut/red/brown with thick tan head. Lots of alcohol on the aroma with some raisins and other dried fruit, tue alcohol is overpowering and unpleasant. Taste is unbalanced, lots of alcohol, some caramel malt and some dried fruit. Bitter ugly finish, not good.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LordCrabapple (109) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2011
I have to say that this beer has grown on me. At first, as is often the case, I cant say I particularly enjoyed it, but now I have to restrain myself from opening the remaining three bottles I have. How will time change this fine beer? Both bitter and sweet, better than the British beers of this strength that I have tasted, it is too good to be in supermarkets!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (8189) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2011
Bottle from Sainsburys. Mahogany coloured with a decent, off-white head. sweet aroma of dried fruit, figs, dough and liquorice. Rich, molasses, spice and marzipan flavours, with more bready malts and a slightly spicy, drying finish. Very good.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
greenmanalishi (529) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2011
Bottle. Dark fruits, molasses, marzipan, sultana, with a smooth texture and dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
planky84 (2931) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2011
Bottle from Sainsburys. Reddish-brown pour with a beige head. Sultana, chocolate and marzipan nose. Sweet dark fruity flavours. Throat warming. Dry, long bitter-sweet finish.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Scottrf (105) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2011
500ml bottle, Sainsburys. Very dark reddy brown, little head. Raisin, chocolate smell. Not overly hoppy or malty. Sharp and rich, can detect alcohol, spiritlike afterfeel. Little too harsh for my liking.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bullit (4510) - Burgos, SPAIN - SEP 28, 2011
Bottle from Sainsburys. Amber colour, off-white head. Nose is malty, nutty, bit of brown sugar and molasses. Flavour is malty and nutty, slightly alcoholic. Slightly sweet and fruity strong ale. Medium bodied and alcoholic finish. I can see why people like this, but its not really to my liking.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Martin243 (1063) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2011
500ml bottle, cellar cool. Pours deep reddish brown with an offwhite head. Fruitcake aroma, juicy blackcurrant, raisin, licquorice flavours with lurking alcohol. Delicious.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brownyonder (266) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 21, 2011
Lovely dark brown with hints of red around the edges. Minimal head or carbonation. Aromas of banana, malt, treacle, Flavours of raisin, banana, malt. Some residual acohol flavour.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (10130) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2011
Bottle. Very dark brown with a beige foam. Aromas are bready yeast and cookie dough with berries and hints of banana. Chocolate and cream with coffee and liquorice. Flavours are molasses with herbal, medicinal notes. Dark chocolate with blackberry and banana. Xmas pudding with yeast and roast malts and peppery alcohol. Very good.


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