AleTamer12 (22) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 25, 2016
It’s Christmas Day and what better way to reward Rudolph for all his hard work than a drop of ale. Enjoy! foxo82 (900) - Bromsgrove (via Leicester), Worcestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2012 Bottle from Nisa (formerly Pedmore Wines), Grange Road, Stourbridge. Looks decent - clear, chestnut brown/reddish tint. Small head with nice lacing. Smells pleasant - a hint of flamingos and tablelegs but the overwhelming aroma is beer. Tastes well balanced, the right mix of bitter hops and sweetness; very drinkable. A stronger flavour than its 4% would suggest. A little fizzy on the tongue - some might rate it down for that but I think it’s just the right amount. Decent stuff. oh6gdx (26487) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2010
Bottled (from K Citymarket Kivihaka, Vaasa). Amber colour, mediumsized beige creamy head, that leaves some lace. Aroma is bready malts, some crystal malty notes as well as mild caramel. Also some slight grassy and floral hoppyness. Flavour is wooden, a bit grassy, quite sweet malty along with some slight herbal notes. Mild toffee in underneath. Biting carbonation. Pleasant bitter! onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2010
I was pleasantly surprised by this, I’m usually wary of Christmas themed beer. Aroma of grapefruit bitterness and spice. Lovely bitter flavour, some spruce, fruity and spicy, a little caramel sweetness to balance and a bitter finish that is quite refreshing. A good solid bitter. johndoughty (5465) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle. ( Clear ) Typical signature flavour. Some spiciness but lacks body. Pleasant but not really a Christmas beer.
berkshirejohn (6522) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2010
50cl bottle from Lidl. Golden amber with a dense off-white head; standard Shep hoppy aroma with a touch of treacle and spice; slightly sour malt flavour, refreshing and lively in the mouth, although appearing only lightly carbonated; dry biscuity hops to finish. Pleasant enough but not particularly Christmassy. wheresthepath (2342) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2010
[500ml bottle from Maureen & Dave - cheers!] Light amber, fizzy, loose cream head. Creamy caramel mouthfeel, lots of herbs. Some grapefruit bitterness in the finish. Pleasant enough. Garrold (5332) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2013
Bottle (short dated) from the local offy. For the grand sum of 80p! Clear, reddy brown with a lovely, creamy, lasting, off white head. Looks good! Aroma of sweet toffee maltiness. Some fruit. A hint of hops too! Taste is a slightly burnt, light sweetness. Actually quite enjoyed this. Especially for the money. Quack-Duck (9485) - Down South, GERMANY - JUL 26, 2015
bottle from pivnizub. Clear chestnut-brown colour, small white head. Malty, pleasant sweetness plus some caramel and roasetd malts, dried figs and dates. Nice. FatPhil (16351) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 21, 2010
500ml bottle (Hilpea Haukki, Helsinki)
6 Shepherd Neame standard fingerprint - Sweetish, muted hops, a little dusty and earthy.
4 Reddy orange, small persistent head, settles to a ring.
6 Text book shep again. Tons of floral honey whic is a little detached from the other tastes, namely the almost-pungent aromatic hops which make this just a little nutty.
3 Simple palate, crisp carbonation. Finish saves it - plenty of honey and caramelly malt, and loads of bitter hops. Those hops are again somewhat muted, and don’t taste fresh.
12 A straight down-the-middle bitter which didn’t survive pasteurisation so well. Like many other SN beers.