john44 (3510) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2017 GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, - JAN 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Garnet colour with a wispy tan head. Nice aroma of sweet caramel, malt and orange candy. Soft mouthfeel like the rest of the O’Hanlon’s beers I’ve tried. Pleasant flavour, fairly sweet with mild spice notes, and a moderately dry finish with a faint medicinal tinge. I liked it, but I expected a bit more from an Xmas ale.
Bottle. Spicy, aromatic, but very bitter (sour) citrus hoppy ale with very dry bitter finish. Didn’t enjoy it. Too bitter for me. (2008)
Grumbo (4595) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2017
Bottle enjoyed whilst in Devon, rating from historic notes. Poured a slightly cloudy amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma is malty and hoppy, some caramel and a very light spice. Medium sweetness, moderate bitterness. Medium body, slight oily texture. Finish is a little dry with lasting bitterness. wheresthepath (2437) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2015
Cask at the Monk’s Retreat (JDW), Reading. Amber with a medium off-white head and a prickly fizz. Rather slimy caramel with some dead leaves, a little apricot and a hint of spice. Another crap Christmas beer with little Christmassy about it, although I can’t fault Wetherspoons for the conditioning which was once again excellent. SilverfoX (879) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2015
malty caramel with a hint of spice, chesnut colour, chesnut flavour hints of coffee and vanilla smooth and full bodied Finn (8556) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 4, 2015
Fra cask på William Wilberforce Hull 25 Nov 15. Mørk gyldenbrun. Filmskum. Svak karamellaroma. Smaken søt karamell. Uvariert.
Desverger (14061) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2015
[email protected]amhart88 (141) - Manchester, Lancashire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2015
Keys JDW, City, London (30/11/2015) - copper brown coloured pour with off-white head. Toasty malty aroma and taste, some notes of dark dried fruit, caramel malts, ok winter beer.
Chestnut coloured. Tastes of dates, raisins, spiced fruits. Not too overpowering though. Really good Christmas ale SaintMatty (7656) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 4, 2014
Cask (Maidenhead Inn JDW, Basingstoke) - Copper coloured. Caramel, dried fruit and dates in the aroma. Fruity and moderately hoppy taste with raisins, dates and caramel detected. Theydon_Bois (21887) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2014
Cask at the Shakespeares Head, Holborn, 30/12/13.
Dark amber with a moderate off white head.
Nose is light spice, berry fruits, bread dough, cake mix.
Taste comprises dark berry fruit, light gingerbread, toffee, spice.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, light bittering in the closure.
So so. mr_h (6122) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 28, 2013
Cask by hand-pump at Counting House, Glasgow - clear amber brown, thin creamy head, spicy herbal malty aroma, excellent film of lacing, Christmas spices prominent in the flavour, creamy malty backbone, sweet leading to a sharp bitter finish