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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 Hertfordshires Independent Family Brewers".

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3.5
   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.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nocturne (1951) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours a dark amber with a pillowy head. I really cant fault the appearance; the head sticks around and spins a web of lace as the glass empties. Wow... a huge malty aroma that I cant 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tombyars (1666) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rand (1660) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle 500 ml from PS. Dark red brown ale, fine ivory head. Malted aromas, chocolate, raisin, molasses and banana. There is taste of Christmas Cake, spices, stewed fruits and licorice. Notes of almond, chestnut and alcohol. A rich beer, however without excess sugar and with an adequate measure of bitterness in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Martin243 (1117) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gowdy (1083) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2012
Bottle at Craigs house. caramel, resin, brown, minimal head, medium sweetness, medium body, creamy, average carbonation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2014
Appearance: Clear ruby/brown with 2 finger thick beige head. Aroma: Dried fruit, toffee, golden syrup, slight spiritous note. Taste: Medium bitter and sweetness with low sourness. Palate: Thick coarse texture, light/medium body, average carbonation, lingering dry, burnt toffee, syrupy, fruity finish. Comments: Lovely.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
greenmanalishi (545) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2011
Bottle. Dark fruits, molasses, marzipan, sultana, with a smooth texture and dry finish.

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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Davros IX (127) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2017
It was Christmas pudding in a bottle! Lovely flavour of malt, stewed fruits and a bit of coffee with an underlying flavour of the alcohol.


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