Brewed by Strathaven
Style: Bitter
Strathaven, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tombyars (1664) - Saltcoats, - DEC 28, 2012
Tasted this in the Salt Cot, Saltcoats (JDW) in December 2012. Cask, handpump dispense. Opaque orange amber in colour with a thin off white head. Slight note of wine gums and cloves in the short aroma. Thin resiny mouthfeel and poor lacing. Mixed malts give a fiery, almost gingerbread like base with notes of cloves, black pepper and nutmeg prickly in the mouth. There is also a swet glycerine fruit note of redcurrant jam also present. Hint of hop resins in the brief peppery aftertaste but difficult to make out against the Christmas spices in the background. Finish is malty with warming port and orange peel notes evident. A decent winter warmer and recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
amhart88 (129) - Manchester, Lancashire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2017
A Christmas beer, available in late February. Deep amber colour. Hints of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, but not overpowering. A malty lingering bite, with a suggestion of lebkuchen biscuits

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Towey1989 (2438) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2017
Cask at The Green Dragon, Leek (JDW) A clear brown colour with a frothy beige head. Aroma of gingerbread, caramel, clove, some orange peel, slight cinnamon and subtle lebkuchen biscuits. Taste of orange, gingerbread, caramel, slight cinnamon, clove and subtle biscuit. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. A soft, spicy, biscuity bitterness in the finish. A full on spicy and malty bitter with a hint of hops. Enjoyed this more than I thought I would.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
berkshirejohn (6370) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2017
Cask at the Old Manor (JDW), Bracknell. A dark golden amber pour with a loose cream head; malty aroma with some cloves; similar taste with a light spicing; then a drier finish with some caramel and biscuit. A traditional winter ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (5350) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - FEB 9, 2017
Cask, quarterly ale, 1/2 pint, hand-pulled at Caley Picture House, Lothian Road, Edinburgh on 9 Feb 2017, malty, light spice aroma, amber brown with a marginal haze, thin off-white head and minimal lacing, earthy, Christmas spices, dry bitter finish,

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (18692) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2017
Cask at the Ledger Building, Canary Wharf, 23/01/16. Golden amber with a decent off white head. Nose is orange peel, spice, biscuit, straw, grains. Taste comprises light herbal notes, pinch of spice, winter cheer, clove, dried fruit rinds, minced meat. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, semi drying close. Ok.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
47574xeCD (1052) - Coventry, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2017
Cask at The Metropolitan Bar. Clear light brown thin white head. Faint nose of toffee malts. Taste is malt cereal caramel. Bland.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (7729) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2017
Cask handpull at The Railway Putney as Strathaven Winter Glow, 5.0% Whilst reading Filth by Irvine Welsh - to follow the Scottish theme. Pours a dark amber, no haze at all, translucent and still with a compact tan head which leaves full lacing. Aroma is airy, bready malt. Body is smooth, rounded and full, light carbonation. Taste is rounded malts, resin and varnished wood, some tangy stingy floral hop bitterness, some Stop n Grow herbal astringency builds. A hoppy old school bitter. Full flavoured. Personally I didnt pick up any spice additions, though I wouldnt be surprised if there was something contributing to the drying astringent finish alongside the hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Don2711 (448) - - JAN 10, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2017 Cinnamon caramel and malty. Amber appearance. Excellent strength. Nice on palate .Had cold today so must try again

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nihtila (3429) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 8, 2016
Cask at JDW Standing Order. Clear copper. Nose is cinnamon, caramel, malts. Tastes red fruits, cinnamon, caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (12496) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2015
Cask at the standing order. Pours clear amber, nose is cinnamon, sweet toffee, malty, taste is more cinnamon, sweet toffee, a little thin.

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