Brewed by Orkney (Sinclair Breweries)
Style: Bitter
Stromness, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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berkshirejohn (6758) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2012
Cask at the Gig House (JDW), Wokingham. Hazy amber with a dense cream head that left lots of lacing on the glass;the aroma is malty and spicy with a touch of orange zest; in the mouth it’s sweet and orangey with some Christmas spices and a full, malty, body; the finish is dry with a deep, but rather muted, bitterness. Not bad.

AshtonMcCobb (7027) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2012
On tap @ Carters Bar. Pours dark amber with a nicely proportioned head. The nose has a sweet note of cake mixture and perhaps winter cake spices. The taste has more of the cake mixture, perhaps some apples or grapes and then the sweet malty spicy finish. The palate is at least medium in body and texture and has a smooth finish. Overall, one of the best I’ve tasted from Sinclair breweries.

tombyars (1789) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - DEC 10, 2012
Tasted this in the Salt Cot, Saltcoats (JDW) in December 2012. Cask, handpump dispense. Crystal clear pale copper in colour with a thin white head. Vague note of maltloaf and cinnamon sticks in the short aroma. Thin, slightly resiny mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malts give a moist maltloaf base with hints of raisins and orange peel fruit notes mixed with cloves, cinnamon and ginger. Peppery note present in the hop resins but soon fades easily away in the briefest of aftertastes. Finish is a bit malty but rather thin bodied thoughout with stem ginger and spices still present but really lacking in a bit of oomph. Disappointed with this, expected the Clootie to have a bit more Clout! Not a patch on the classic Dark Island - now that is a Winter Warmer.

maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2012
Cask conditioned handpump Eastgate Northampton 03/12/12 A mid brown coloured beer with a whitish head and lace. A pleasant malty beer with good ginger spicing. A good kick of spice over a decent enough base beer.

BlackHaddock (7952) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2012
Two hand-pulled pints in my local Wetherspoons on 7th Dec 2012. Found this strange tasting so had a second pint to ensure I’d got it everything correct in my notes. Amber body with a creamy textured off-white head: the head produced some good lacing on both pints, so the beer was in fine condition. The nose and taste went something like this: baked Mince Pies laced with cinnamon and cloves, now crumble a ginger nut biscuit over the top and re-bake the Pies. Once you’ve taken the over cooked Mince Pies out the oven add more cinnamon and a hop leaf or two before soaking in a bucket of alcohol. Put into casks and send to Wetherspoons. PS: I liked both pints!

evergreen0199 (3561) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2012
Cask at The Metropolitan (Wetherspoons), Baker Street, London. An amber coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Ginger and spice aroma. Tastes of ginger, spice and vague Christmasey ingredients. Lacking in complexity but OK.

Nilz (524) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - NOV 16, 2012
500ml bottle pours a dark gold with light head. Aroma rather nice light mix of cinnamon, dried fruit.and spices. Taste fruit cake, spiciness such as cloves with a mild bitter finish; if your looking for a seasonal ale with character, give it a try. I’d go back it to it again.

BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 16, 2012
[500ml bottle, Cornelius Beer&Wine, Edinburgh] Pours golden with a decent white head. Inoffensively spiced on the nose – quite gingery. More ginger on the taste, leading to a fruity finish. Could do with more body to be a true winter warmer – but a decent beer nonetheless [15122011]

thepegjett (1281) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2011
A - cinnamon A - mid amber with thick hear T - sour and spice bitter P - mid and soft O - good

Benjii (3050) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 28, 2011
In bottle. Pours a dark amber colour with a decent beige head. Aroma is very cinnamony with ginger, yeast and light toffee. Similar flavours with ginger and cinnamon upfront followed by alcohol and grassy hops. Alcohol is well balanced. Quite bitter with mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Light CO2 prickle. Just a little sweet and cloying to finish.

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