Brewed by Shepherd Neame
Style: English Strong Ale
Faversham, England


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RATINGS: 359   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Bottle: Filtered.
There’s a spicy signature to this incredibly complex cockle-warming winter ale. The nose is reminiscent of raisins, dates and molasses while the palate is vinous with tannin-like notes of leather, vanilla, apricots and a hint of rustic Armagnac on the finish. An awesome after-dinner drop.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, - JAN 10, 2013
Bottle from the LCBO. Bright and clear reddish-copper with a small creamy white head. Mellow aroma of toffee, barley candy and subdued orange peel hops. Medium bodied, pleasant on the palate. Flavour follows the aroma - decent balance of caramel malt and orange peel, with a suggestion of ground ginger in the finish. A nice enough beer, but a bit plain for a Christmas ale, and nowhere near as complex as the commercial description claims.

nybol (2200) - DENMARK - JUL 11, 2017
Smager sødlig af karamel, let humlet. Det sødlige smager lidt af frugtagtig.

jookos (6762) - FINLAND - MAR 1, 2017
bottle. coppery clear. nice smooth caramelly, bit buttery, butterscotchy caramelly nose. medium bodied, tastes a bit herby metallic, slight nutty caramelly. some spicing. malty, caramels, burnt sugary. bit nutty buttery. fine by me. isn’t a really heavily xmassy- spiced drink, unless that buttery thing is it. and it isn’t an unpleasant faulty buttery note, just sorta rounding soothing one.

DoubleGee (1) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2017 does not count
Great strength with lots of warming flavours present. It’s a pity this beer is not available all year round. One of my favourites.

stravale (3065) - Co. Westmeath, IRELAND - JAN 22, 2017
Bottle from Joyces, Athenry [161216]
Dark amber, clear, frothy white head
Aroma of sweet caramel fruity malts, light alcohol, quite complex fruity malt
Taste of sweet fruity caramel, soft raisin, fruity malts, soft bitter English hops, slight roast
Palate - Medium carb and body, fairly sweet, quite smooth. Finish of sweet fruity malts
Overall - Better than expected

Milter (942) - Nyborg, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2017
God, men noget ordinær engelsk strong ale. Tilpas med sødme i smagen. Flot udseende og skum.

g_georgiou (571) - CYPRUS - JAN 18, 2017
Clear orange body with a thin white head. Aroma is malty, grainy, toffee. Taste is sweet and light bitter. Watery texture, soft carbonation, light body.

Finn (7547) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2017
Flaske 500ml. Spandert av Rune. Delt med ham og djoeye i WCveien 9 Jan 17. Gyldenbrun. Middels høyt skum med litt farge. Pen kniplingslacing. God aroma av honning & karamell med hint av frukt. Smaken som aromaen. Bra fylde. Grei - men litt tungdrikkelig. Ikke mye julepreg.

Rune (12738) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 10, 2017
500ml bottle bought at Systembolaget PK-huset,. Stable pearl white head, spotty lacing. Bright amber in body colour. Smell of dried fruits and caramel. Malt-fruity flavours of honey, caramel and dried fruits, lightly spiced with cinnamon. Malt-fruity end, rather sweet. Fine bodied. Nice, a bit heavy to drink though (Shared with Finn and djoeye at a session in Tromsø, 09.01.2017).

djoeye (4605) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 10, 2017
Aroma; honey, caramel, mild dry prunes, xmas raisins. Look; big fine off white head, golden clear body. Taste; honey, caramel, toffee, apple, dry prunes, some raisins – monotone sweet finish. Feel; ok. Overall; sweet thing, no holiness. [50cl.btl 7% BB:# provided by Rune [email protected] Session]

Nurmis (674) - Oulu, FINLAND - JAN 10, 2017
0,5l bottle. Pours reddish with quickly diminishing head. Sweet caramel malts, some spicy notes. Nice body.

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