davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Bottle. Nice flavours. Aroma of spice, apple and cherries. Flavour is sweet, a bit sour, and long-lasting. Oily in the palate, and medium-bodied. Dark brown colour, and a fizzy head.
omhper (25563) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2005
Bottled. Dark brown. Aroma of sage and nutmeg. Sweet and roasty with mild, rounded mouthfeel and rich malt character. Warming and very enjoyable with some herbal bitterness in the finish. The balance between the malt and spices are excellent, and from all the good beers I’ve tried from this brewer this is probably my favourite. Pyobon (1481) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2007 Tap in Redoak - served absurdly cold, but barman advised to allow to warm for several minutes - so did this. Very dark brown with almost no head. Very complex aroma - clearly christmas pudding, but beyond that my nose cannot distinguish the individual aromas. The flavour is similar, but more complex still. Medium body with fairly lively carbonation. I really enjoyed this (but it was after three fruit beers). [Subsequently had a bottle and was similarly impressed, but perhaps a little less so.] mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2005
2005 AIBA Sample. All the aroma and flavours of a christmas pudding, raisins, nutmeg etc. Not forgetting the alcohol. Lots of actual flavour as well. Pretty darn good. Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2005
Very richly flavoured beer, I had trouble identifying it at first, ’cause the bottle had no label, but with a taste of this you can’t be mistaken. There’s so much spiciness going on, like Westmalle Dubbel with cloves, chocolate, prunes and cherries. Has that alcoholic linger like aunties christmas pudding. I thought it missed out on a bit of body as the finish, whilst spicy, did not have much smoothness. Probably served too cold though.
strings (377) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2007
I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of the novelty of drinking christmas pudding from a bottle. This one does it better than most, and you can really savour some of those individual flavours - the chocolate, raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, liqueur, and don’t forget the glace cherries. Labarde (22) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 4, 2008
Poured a dark reddish amber with a nice off-white head. Big aroma of cinnamon and hot cross buns. The flavour is fantastic...brandy and raisins and pudding all hit your mouth and you can really taste Christmas. Medium body with an agreeable finish. A great warming beer to have with a winter dessert. sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - SEP 2, 2009
[Bottle] Pours reddish brown with a tiny light tan head. Aroma is mostly spice, along with a lot of raisin. Taste has a good deal of raisin again, along with cinnamon, ginger, pear, some roasted malt, plum, a little orange zest, vinous notes, and nutmeg. Medium mouthfeel, with a long finish. I had this at around a 3.6 when cold, but the longer that I drank it and allowed it to warm, the more the taste grew on me. Maybe I was just in the mood for something like this, but I really liked it, and it was quite like a dessert in a glass. With a little tweaking, this could become a really stunning drink. voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2005
Pours a very deep amber, with a small brownish head. Aroma is spicy, doughy and plumby, just as I expected. The spices are a lot less prominent in the palate, with the cinnamon dominating a little. Also has a good malt profile with a slight (welcome) touch of roast malt, and smooth finish. Very much enjoyed. motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 5, 2006
bottled. the first classy beer i tried from redoak. dave behind the bar gave this plenty of time to warm before opening and the reward for patience was a big aroma of raspberry, cinnamon and clove which reminded me of christmas markets in germany with gluehwein all around. lightly sweet with a little minty mouthwash character and faint chocolate. good stuff