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%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (10451) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (8225) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2011
Bottle. Pale mahogany swirled with beige. Aroma of sticky dried grape, malt loaf, banana- a bit Highgate. Fine flavour, if a bit boozy with Allsorts, banana and muscovado notes lightly dusted with roast. Marzipan hints; some alcohol showing. Somewhat flimsy in the mouth with an added sugar, as opposed to loafy malt thickness. Emaciated dopplebock stirred with banana?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (3298) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2011
Bottle from Sainsburys in Pinner. A dark brown/ruby red coloured pour with a small beige head on top. Sweet, caramel aroma. Tastes of caramel, quite sweet, dark fruit, malty. Rich and warming and ideal for Christmas. There is a touch of the Rocheforts about this one. Surprisingly good. Must stock up on this, currently 3 bottles for a fiver.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tommann (3667) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours very dark brown with a small head. Aroma is fruitcake spice and raisin. Taste is all fruitcake. Warming alcohol on the aftertaste. Good winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (18209) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2011
500ml bottle from the Sainsburys beer competition 2011. Wish Id been at St Albans BF in 2004 when most of the ratings for this came from. What a great group of people were there. Clear deep russet colour with thick lasting mid beige head. Syrupy malty aroma. Touch of nuttiness and likeable malty fruit on aroma too. Mmmmm. Yes a full thick tasty English Strong Ale. Just like it should be. Now that is a beer. Yes it has a cake quality to it. Just the malts are just so wonderful. Yep, good beer. After a couple of not great things, and not being a huge fan of McMullens, this is stunning. Just perfect blend of malts. With a slight dry edge to the finish so the sweetness never gets out of control. Pretty special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (10380) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2011
Bottle from the Sainsburys Beer Challenge range, Sainsburys Kidlington, 2011 purchased & consumed 07.09.11 Pours dark brown with a very good clarity and a light beige rim of bubbles. Very malty beer, this is tasty the alcohol showing some warmth otherwise very well hidden. Soft in the mouth and smooth as it slips down, sweetness showing with a little chestnut honey type bitterness, great beer, loved it. A7 A5 T8 P4 Ov16 4.0

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - NOV 4, 2004
Light oak & caramel in aroma. Brown w/ tan head. Sweet toffee dominates with some fruity notes and a dry finish. Smooth medium-full. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2004
[email protected] Albans BF. Pretty nice. Strong woody character. Caramel/toffee and quite rasiny, on the sticky side, but theres a nice dryness towards the end, this was really tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2004
Beers from this small brewer in Hertford are rarely seen outside their own estate and neither of their London pubs seem to serve their occasional/seasonal brews. I had always found their beers to be solid, but unexciting. This beer was something of a revelation. The colour is a deep brown with a reddish hue. Plenty of fruit and sweet hops in the aroma - almost Belgian in feel. Rich mouthfeel, with dried fruit (mainly raisins), candied bitter orange, plums, burnt malt and a woody edge. Not too sweet. Excellent, warming, stuff. Cask (gravity dispense), St Albans Beer festival.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2013 Cask conditioned - gravity dispense - St Albans Beer Festival. A very dark brown beer with aroma of spicy raisins and Christmas cake. Tons of fruit and malt in the taste. Very good indeed. Score 3.7
Subsequent rating scored 3.8 Score unaltered

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